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.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Continuing professional development, doctoral research

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time for those employed in a forensic setting

Start date: September


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)

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Fees and funding

Standard fees apply - This programme is in fee band D for international students

  • Home/EU students £7,290 FT (£3,645 PT)
  • International students £13,665 FT (£6,832.50 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

Deadline for applications is 23 February 2015. For enquiries after this deadline please email

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