The first two years of the course follow the Clinical Psychology doctorate curriculum. As such trainees will gain grounding in the core elements of clinical practice, including assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation. Topics delivered in the first two years of the course cover the range of clinical practice and will include working with specific client groups (such as children, adults, older adults etc), various presentations (such as depression, anxiety, psychosis etc) and from a range of therapeutic orientations (including cognitive behavioural, systemic and psychodynamic).
In years three and four, the curriculum then aligns to the Forensic Psychology doctorate. During these years, trainees will gain a thorough understanding of the application of psychological theory and practice in forensic, criminal justice and other law settings. Module topics include Working with Offenders, Psychology and the Court System and Psychological Theories and the Understanding of Crime.
The programme is full time for four years, delivered partly at the University and partly in supervised practice on placement. The general pattern throughout is of one taught day a week during term-time, one day study leave and three days a week on placement. Attendance at University sessions is compulsory for all four years, and placements continue outside of term-time.
Throughout their four years trainees also pursue a research interest that builds into a research thesis to be completed in Year 4. It consists of two volumes. The forensic-clinical volume contains five Forensic Clinical Practice Reports (FCPRs) which are submitted and assessed at intervals during the programme, and the research volume reflects research work carried out over the four years of the programme, containing a literature review, a report of an empirical study and a lay summary.