University Calendar 2014/15
Section XIII : Academic Regulations - Faculty of Social and Human Sciences

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Academic Unit Psychology
Final Award D.Ed.Psych.
Programme(s) Doctor of Educational Psychology
Last modified July 2014

Academic regulations for research degree programmes (without taught elements) are written and maintained by the University and can be found in Section V of the University Calendar.

1. Admissions
1.1 For admission to the programme, students:
  1. must satisfy the Regulations for Admission to Degree Programmes as specified in Section IV of the University Calendar;

  2. must satisfy the General Regulations for Research Degrees with a Major Taught Component;

  3. must satisfy the necessary programme requirements as set out in the programme specification (outlined below).

  4. Applicants must have attained at least a 2:1 Honours Degree in Psychology (or equivalent).

  5. Applicants must hold the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership ( (GBC) as defined by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

  6. If English is not an applicant's first language, they must be able to evidence a good standard of written and spoken English ( IELTS (or equivalent) entrance requirement is an overall score of 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in each sub-score.

  7. Applicants must have prior experience of work with children in a care, community or educational setting and be able to evidence the applications of psychology in working with children and young people.

  8. Applicants must obtain UK Disclosure and Barring Service clearance.
1.2 All individuals are selected and treated on their relative merits and abilities in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy. Disabled applicants will be treated according to the same procedure as any other applicant with the added involvement of the Enabling Services Office to assess their needs.

2. Structure of Programme(s)
2.1 The General Regulations for Research Degrees with a Major Taught Component apply to this programme. In addition:
2.2 Students for the Doctorate will be required to follow a three year training programme of supervised placements, academic teaching and research leading to the doctoral degree, dated as from their registration. Year 1 is taught in the University. Years 2 and 3 are taught in the University and include placement in a Local Authority.
2.3 The programme to be followed shall be full-time.
2.4 Attendance at all taught and placement sessions is compulsory.
2.5 All modules are core.
2.6 The programme is for educational psychology trainees and meets the requirements for chartered status with BPS and is approved for registration with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). The curriculum is based on the standards of proficiency specified by the HCPC and the core competencies outlined by the BPS.
Module (FHEQ Level) ECTS/CATS
Year 1  
PSYC 6072 (7) Placement Learning 25/50
PSYC 6073 (7) Casework 5/10
PSYC 6070 (7) Learning and Development 10/20
PSYC 6071 (7) Emotion and Behaviour 10/20
RESM6009 ARM (7): Qualitative Methods 5/10
RESM6010 ARM (7): Group Comparisons 5/10
REMS6011 ARM (7): Correlational Methods 5/10
RESM6012 ARM (7): Designing Research 5/10
PSYC 8021 (8) Small Scale Research Project 20/40
Year 2  
PSYC 8025 (8) Placement Learning 37.5/75
PSYC 8023 (8) Casework 7.5/15
PSYC 8020 (8) Learning Difficulties 5/10
PSYC 8019 (8)Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties 5/10
PSYC 8028 (8) Applied Research Year 2 20/40
PSYC 8022 (8) Research Proposal 15/30
Year 3  
PSYC 8024 (8) Placement Learning 45/90
PSYC 8022 (8) Research Thesis 45/90
All modules are core  

3. Progression
3.1 Entry to years 2 and 3 of the programme is normally contingent upon satisfactory academic and clinical performance in the previous year.
3.2 In order to progress formally from one year to the next, trainees are expected to have received a pass mark (50%) in every module.
3.3 Only one re-submission is normally allowed for any one piece of work. This will be within an agreed timescale.
3.4 A candidate receiving three fails must attend a Formal Review with the Programme Director. The Board of Examiners will normally deem a candidate to have failed the programme on any part of the examination on one or more of the following grounds:
  1. Failure to complete successfully all parts of the examination within five years or first registration (allowing for suspensions) or by such a date as will have been agreed by the Board.

  2. Failure of a practical placement if there has been no successful corrective action of the failure.

  3. Up to four failures of assessed work during the programme may redeemed. A fifth failure will result in failure of the Programme.

  4. Only one re-submission is normally allowed for any one piece of work and it will be within a timescale agreed with the Programme Director.

  5. In exceptional circumstances, such as gross misconduct or a serious breach of the Board of Conduct of the British Psychological Society, or if an educational placement is terminated or suspended after disciplinary action.
All circumstances of discontinuation will be discussed at the Board of Examiners where extenuating circumstances may be taken into account. Further information on University guidelines for appeals and complaints can be found at
3.5 In cases where a student's behaviour, health or professional conduct raises concern, the procedures associated with the University's Fitness to Practice Policy will be invoked.

4. Assessment
PSYC 6072 Practical work file N/A
PSYC 6073 Casework Reports (2) 5000 each
PSYC 6070 Essay 4000
PSYC 6071 Essay 4000
RESM6009 ARM Report 2000
RESM6010 ARM Assignment 2500 - 3000
RESM6011 ARM Assignment 2500 - 3000
RESM6012 ARM Proposal 3000
PSYC 8021 (8) Applied Research Project Project
YEAR 2    
PSYC 8025 (8) Practical work file N/A
PSYC 8023 (8) Casework Reports (3) 5000 each
PSYC 8020 (8) Academic Critique 2500
PSYC 8019 (8) Academic Critique 2500
PSYC 8028 (8) Applied Research Project 4000 - 6000
PSYC 8022 (8) Proposal 3000
YEAR 3    
PSYC 8024 (8) Practical work file and Casework viva N/A
PSYC 8022 (8) Thesis comprising Literature review and empirical paper  
All assessed pieces must achieve at least a pass mark of 50%. The doctorate is awarded following successful completion of all the above pieces of work.
All elements shall normally be completed no later than the end of September of the third year of the programme.

5. Award of Qualification(s)
5.1 The final award is Doctorate in Educational Psychology.
5.2 The programme follows the General Regulations for Research Degrees with a Major Taught Component.
5.3 There is no exit or interim award.

6. Placements/Study Abroad/Exchange/Fieldwork
6.1 Candidates will be required to undertake placements in years 2 and 3 as a Trainee Educational Psychologist in a Local Authority in the UK.
6.2 Placements should be monitored to ensure their quality, availability of suitable supervision and their offering or a range of experiences.

7. Other
7.1 Students are required to satisfy the academic and the Attendance and Completion of Programme Requirements as set out in section IV of the University calendar, the programme specification and the programme handbook. Those failing to do so may have their course terminated (see University Calendar Section IV: Transfer, Suspension, Withdrawal and Termination.
7.2 These regulations may be revised during the student's period of registration in accordance with the procedures approved by Senate.
7.3 Fitness to Practise: Students must satisfy the University's Fitness to Practise Policy and adhere to the HCPC Guidance on Conduct and Ethics for Students (2010) and the BPS Code of Ethics and Conduct.

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