Forensic Psychology Practice Doctorate (CPD route)

The Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology offers a Continued Professional Development route to the Doctorate in Forensic Psychology.

This programme is designed to allow Forensic Psychologists, who hold a valid Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) certificate (and preferably status as a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society), to ‘top up’ their existing MSc qualification to Doctoral level.

The programme requires students to attend nine days of taught classes, aimed at developing advanced research skills. During the course of the programme students will complete the following assignments: a research ethics proposal; systematic review; research project; and critique of a psychometric measure. Students will be required to incorporate this work into a thesis that will be examined via oral examination.

Successful applicants may register as full-time students for a minimum period of one year and a maximum of two years, or as part-time students for a minimum period of two years and a maximum of three years.

Forensic Psychology Practice Doctorate CPD route brochure (PDF 129KB)

Fees and funding

Fees for 2016

  • Home/EU students £7,920 FT (£3,960 PT)
  • International students £14,850 FT (£7,425 PT)

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Entry requirements

Proof of the following qualifications must be presented:

  • Certificate as proof of graduation from an MSc in Forensic Psychology (accredited by the British Psychology Society (BPS)). Preferably applicants will have achieved a merit or above. Valid Health professions Council certificate to demonstrate status as a Forensic Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).(preferable) Certificate demonstrating Chartered Psychologist Status with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Non-academic requirements: A research proposal must be presented with the application. This should outline the background rationale to the project; aims and hypotheses; methodology (sample to be accessed, procedure, measures used, and ethical considerations); description of proposed statistical analysis; and practical implications of the proposed research. Additionally, the area/question to be considered for the systematic review should also be presented.

Work experience required: Experience working as a Forensic Psychologist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council

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How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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