DEdPsy Educational Psychology

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Research opportunities

The DEdPsy is a flexible research degree designed to meet the needs of practising Educational Psychologists (EPs) with at least one year’s experience in the field. The course combines applied psychology with high quality real world research in a variety of vital and complex educational issues. It provides a framework in developing rich evidence based practice and self-reflection.

The programme takes a distinctive approach to a professional doctoral qualification through its focus on research rather than taught modules, research having been identified in the Currie Report (2002) as one of the Educational Psychologists’ core activities. Furthermore, the equal division of credits between two elements of the course, Research and Professional Practice, emphasises that this is a professional doctorate and maintains coherence in the balance between academic and professional elements in the MSc in Educational Psychology.

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Aims and learning outcomes

The aim of the Doctorate is to develop:

  • research skills in design, data collection and analysis leading to the submission of an original thesis that makes an identifiable contribution to knowledge in an area of developmental/educational psychology
  • a critical academic understanding of current advances in theory and research within a specialist area of professional expertise
  • effective, critical and reflective independent professional practice using a range of assessment and intervention approaches that are underpinned by psychological paradigms and are evidence-based

Intended learning outcomes will focus on the development of the following key skills:

  • research and critical analysis skills
  • academic and professional knowledge of current advances in an area of developmental/educational psychology
  • critical and reflective practice that is evidence-base
  • ecological-systemic practice at levels of casework, consultancy and research/policy development


The minimum period of study for Scottish EPs with an MSc in Educational Psychology is 24 months.

Candidates without an MSc may have to complete an additional 9 month portfolio of 3 small-scale project work carried out in practice (1500 words each, 3x20 credits). These pieces of work should involve projects at the level of the individual and family, the class/school, and school/authority/policy work.

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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are for full-time unless otherwise stated.

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Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

*Fees have not yet been set by research councils.

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NameAreas of expertise
Dr Clare Daly
  • teaching and learning
  • health and wellbeing
  • developmental trauma
  • behavioural analysis
  • video interaction guidance
  • motivation
Prof Jim Boyle
  • research methods
  • language development
  • autism spectrum disorders
  • implementation science
Dr Simon Hunter
  • bullying
  • stress and coping
  • screen time interactions
Dr Fraser Lauchlan
  • dynamic assessment
  • bilingualism
  • non-attendance
  • labelling
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The Graduate School is a friendly and supportive study environment for research students studying subjects within Humanities & Social Sciences.

Our staff will support you through your studies and you'll become part of a community of students who get involved with our workshops, seminars and competitions.

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Our PgCert RPD programme aims to ensure you get the most out of your current research activities at Strathclyde and helps you prepare for your future career as a researcher.

We'll help you recognise and develop your transferrable skills that'll have a positive impact on your research, now and in the future.


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Postgraduate research at the Strathclyde Doctoral School

The Strathclyde Doctoral School provides a vibrant and comprehensive student-centred research and training environment in order to grow and support current and future research talent. The School encompasses our four faculties and is committed to enriching the student experience, intensifying research outputs and opportunities, and ensuring training is at the highest level. As a postgraduate researcher, you'll automatically become a member of the Strathclyde Doctoral School.

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Candidates will be required to submit a research proposal prior to study. We strongly advise that you contact the DEdPsy Programme Director at to discuss the research proposal prior to applying.

Entry requirements

Normally, a Masters degree in Educational Psychology.

The application

During the application you'll be asked for the following:

  • your full contact details
  • transcripts and certificates of all degrees
  • proof of English language proficiency if English is not your first language
  • two reference letters, one of which must be academic
  • support in principle from your line manager
  • research proposals of around 1,000 words in length, detailing the subject area and proposed research methods to be investigated

By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.

Accepting an offer

Once you've accepted our offer, we'll need you to fulfil any academic, administrative or financial conditions that we ask.

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Contact us

Dr Clare Daly

Director, Doctorate in Educational Psychology

Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 2581