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Newcastle University: Applied Educational Psychology

InstitutionNewcastle University View institution profile
Department School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
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Study type Research


This doctorate will enable you to become a registered educational psychologist in the UK. It is accredited by the BPS and approved by the HCPC.

Educational psychology is about the study and understanding of people's behaviour and the inter-relationship this has with organisational structures within educational and community settings.

The course will suit those with some understanding of educational systems and settings. You will learn how to support the social and educational development of children and young people aged 0-25 years. You will also learn how to work with other professionals, such as teachers.

The programme emphasises the need to apply psychology critically in order to make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people. We emphasise development as taking place within a social context and this influences the psychology we draw upon.

Educational Psychologists (EP) work with:

individual children young people parents carers/teachers/other agencies.

The work involves supporting individuals and working at the organisational level to facilitate the learning and wellbeing of children and young people. Along with all BPS accredited EP training programmes we draw upon a wide range of psychology.

2020 entry Open Day Our Doctorate of Applied Educational Psychology 2020 Open Day is being held on Saturday 19 October 2019, 11am – 2pm.

Course aims

Our aims are to:

promote the fullest possible inclusive education and social inclusion mitigate the effects of impairment, social and economic deprivation and disadvantage.

During the first year there is an emphasis on the development of professional criticality and self-reflection and the acquisition of process skills including the use of:

supervision consultation solution-oriented practices narrative practices dynamic assessment.

You undertake placements in educational and community settings and study four taught modules which cover:

key issues of inclusion and diversity working in partnership learning and social environments frameworks for practice.

During your training you also undertake research projects. These include:

a systematic review of published research in a relevant field an empirical study presented as a paper for an appropriate peer reviewed journal.

You maintain a practice portfolio that chronicles and evidences your professional development during each year of the course. A model of enquiry-based learning is used throughout and you are encouraged to work collaboratively and to take responsibility for individual and group learning.

Key staff include: Dr Richard Parker and Dr Wilma Barrow (joint Programme Directors).

Further reading If you would like to learn more about Educational Psychology, you can read more using the references below:

Frederickson, N., Miller, A., & Cline, T. (2008). Educational Psychology. London: Hodder Education. Frederickson, N., Miller, A., & Cline, T. (2009). Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity. (2nd Ed.). Maidenhead: Open University Press. Kelly, B., Woolfson, L. M., & Boyle, J. (2016). Frameworks for Practice in Educational Psychology: A Textbook for Trainees and Practitioners. (2nd ed.) London. Williams, A, Billington, T. and Goodley, D. (eds.) (2016). Critical Educational Psychology: Research and Practice. Wiley Blackwell.

Accreditation Through this course you will show your developing professional skills and competence to meet the standards required by the:

‌Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) British Psychological Society (BPS).

Quality and Ranking We rank in the top 150 for Psychology - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

Placements Throughout each of the three years you undertake supervised and assessed placements in schools, educational psychology services and the settings of other agencies and professionals who work with children and young people.


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