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Educational, Child & Adolescent Psychology - Research

Programme Overview
The DECAP Programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) to train Educational Psychologists.

The first three years of work, post qualification, must be spent (see above) in the EA EPS within Northern Ireland.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have, or expect to have at least a 2.1 Honours degree in Psychology, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. The qualification must be such that the applicant is, or will be, eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Prospective candidates are expected to have pre-entry experience (see DECAP website; entrance to this course is competitive). Applicants with international qualifications, or where GBC is uncertain, should seek confirmation of their status from the BPS by the time of interview (March/April 2016).

International Qualifications

For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

Additional Information For International Students

International students (for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their studies. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. (*Taken within the last 2 years). For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme. Please click the links below for more information: English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level. Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.


3 years full-time

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
The Programme confers a professional qualification to work as an Educational Psychologist. Graduates register with the HCPC, which qualifies them to work anywhere within the UK and in those countries which recognise UK qualifications. The DECAP Programme is the only educational psychology training programme in Northern Ireland and almost all of the appointments of EPs to the EA EPS are recruited from the programme.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

Gail Crawford
School of Psychology
Tel: 9097 4745


Special Features
The DECAP programme is recognised as being one of the leading training courses for EPs in the UK and Ireland. The three-year funding model makes it possible for students/trainees to retain close links with the programme's tutors and to attend the university throughout all three years of the programme (unlike equivalent programmes in Great Britain, there is no need or requirement for students/trainees to seek employment during the second and third years of training).

Amongst the benefits of this model of funding and course design is the capacity to provide not only close supervision, including research supervision, but also an Inter-modular Teaching Programme which includes foundation training (and, in several aspects, qualifications) in:

•Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
•Dynamic Assessment
•Family Systemic Therapy
•Incredible Years Parenting Programme
•Video Interaction Guidance

Application date

Postgraduate Research

There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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