Key Programme Information
Programme length *
* 3 years full-time
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.
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).
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: go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
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.
How To Apply
Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.
If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.
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.
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 Intermodular 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
Fees & Funding
There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.
For tuition fee information see //www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/
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Successful applicants will have their fees paid by the Programme's commissioning and funding body, the Department of Education (Northern Ireland). An annual stipend of £15,000 (tax free) will be paid to cover living and other expenses. Applicants must sign an undertaking, on receipt of this funding, committing them to working for a period of three years after qualifying in the Educational Psychology Service of Northern Ireland's Education Authority. For fees, funding and further information see: go.qub.ac.uk/pgstudy
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