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The Queen's University of Belfast

Doctorate in Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology (DECAP)

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Degree: Doctorate

Start Date: 2020/09/01

Duration: 36 months

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The Doctorate in Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology (DECAP) seeks to provide qualified educational psychologists to work in Northern Ireland. It is a postgraduate professional training course, approved by the Health Professions Council for the training of educational psychologists and for employment as a qualified educational psychologist in the UK.The DECAP is a three year (36 month) postgraduate professional training course, approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for chartered status and for employment as a qualified educational psychologist. The course is based in the School of Psychology at Queen's University Belfast and placements are undertaken in a variety of educational, health or community settings.A DECAP Information Session for 2020 entry will take place on Monday 2 December 2019 at 3.30 pm at the School of Psychology, Queen's University Belfast.Applications will be accepted from mid-November and the closing date for receipt of applications for 2020 entry will be Wednesday 8 January 2020 at 4.00 pm.


Entry requirements

Graduates who have a good Honours degree (with GBC) in Psychology are eligible to apply for the DECAP course once they have had relevant experience in working in an appropriate setting with children or young people. In the normal course of events, this experience is likely to follow the award of the degree: successful applicants are those who are able to communicate to the course selection panels the ways in which they have brought to the work experience the psychological knowledge, theories, evidence and practices which they have learned, and how these have informed and influenced their work. There is no strict criterion in terms of length or quantity of the experience: quality, relevance and the application of psychological knowledge in practice are likely to be the most important factors - broad rule of thumb would be at least two years' full-time equivalent. See course page for more information.

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International students

There are some 1200 international students attend the university each year from over 80 countries around the world. Queen's is one of the few to have a dedicated facility for international students, the International and Postgraduate Centre (I&PSC) which forms a comprehensive and proactive support infrastructure for international students. This includes a range of advice and guidance as well as providing information to help those from outside the UK make the most of their time in the country. The heart of student life is the Students Union at Queen's or QUBSU, with its main building opposite the Lanyon Building on University Road. Students are automatically members, making it one of the largest unions in the UK and it provides a range of different services. There is full-time staff available to help with advice matters such as money and welfare as well services such as a shop, canteen and coffee shop. There are four bars in the building, Mandela Hall being the largest. There are 50 sporting clubs and another 100 non-sporting clubs for students to participate in. The oldest is the Literary and Scientific Society, established in 1850 by Edwin Lawrence Godkin. The Dragonslayers Gaming Society holds one of the largest gaming conventions in Ireland, Q-Con, in June each year while the Mountaineering Club has produced three Everest summiteers including Ireland's first, Dawson Stelfox. One of the most successful sporting clubs is the Queen's Boat Club while the Gaelic Football team has won several trophies.

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