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Supplementary regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Applied Psychology (Educational) (DAppPsyEd)

This page contains the supplementary regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Applied Psychology (Educational) (DAppPsyEd). Its content is relevant to staff and students across all of the UK, China and Malaysia campuses.

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The regulations for the DAppPsy (Ed) are those which govern the PhD except where the following modify or supplement them.

Admission requirements

1.   A candidate for the Doctor of Applied Psychology (Educational) must  

(a)   Be a graduate of this or any other approved university holding a Masters degree recognised by the Department for Children, Schools and Families as a professional qualification for work as an educational psychologist; or

(b)   Hold such other qualification as may, on the recommendation of the University be deemed by Senate to be equivalent to the qualifications referred to in (a).  

2.   Candidates will normally be expected to have a minimum of two years' experience as a local education authority educational psychologist.


Course of study

3.   A candidate for the degree of DAppPsy (Ed) must have pursued in this University a part-time course of study comprising a taught component and a major research project. Completion of the DAppPsy (Ed) programme requires a minimum four years' part-time supervised study.

Taught component

4.   The taught component requires the completion of 120 credits, completed during the first two years of the course. The taught component requires satisfactory completion of the modules as listed in the School's programme handbook.

5.   The University's Regulations for Taught Master's Degrees, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate courses shall apply with regard to satisfactory progression on the taught element of the degree. For more information, please consult the following:

Postgraduate Taught study regulations


Submission of thesis

6.   Candidates are required to submit a thesis of at least 35,000 words, and no more than 40,000 words, on an approved topic. The thesis should offer an original application of knowledge in the area of educational psychology and should demonstrate the candidate's ability to integrate rigorous academic analysis with practical relevance and application. The thesis should be the result of work completed mainly while the candidate is registered for the degree, such that at least 75% of the work submitted has been carried out during this period. A certificate to this effect, countersigned by the candidate's supervisor, shall be submitted by the candidate when presenting the thesis. The submission should also be accompanied by evidence that the taught programme has been satisfactorily completed .

Outcomes of examination

Includes: candidates who do not undertake or fail research thesis but complete part

7.   The degree of DAppPsy (Ed) will be conferred on candidates who have completed the taught programme, submitted a thesis in a form and of a standard outlined above and successfully completed the final module concerning research dissemination.

8.   Candidates who either do not undertake or fail the research thesis but successfully complete part or the whole of the taught programme may be considered for the following awards: Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Psychology (Educational) (60 credits), or Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology (Educational) (120 credits).

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