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Forensic Psychology Practice Doctorate (CPD route)

Start date
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time for those employed in a forensic setting
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Doctoral research

£10,440 FT (UK students) 
£21,150 FT (International Students) 
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Our Forensic Psychology Practice Doctorate (CPD route) allows suitably qualified Forensic Psychologists to ‘top up’ their existing MSc qualification to Doctoral level through Continued Professional Development.

The Centre for Applied 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.


You will complete the following modules and associated assignments:

  • Research Systematic Literature Review
  • Development of Psychometric Measures
  • Advanced Research and Evaluation Methods
  • Research Project


Fees for 2023/24 are:

  • UK students £10,440 FT
  • International students £21,150 FT only

Please note that fees are per annum.

Learn more about fees and funding

How To Apply

Applications for 2023 entry are now closed.

Interviews will be held on 30th March 2023.

  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to be interviewed.
  • The interview will involve academic staff, practitioners from relevant services, and experts by experience.   
  • Candidates will sit a formal written test.

We do not require a research proposal for your application, nor do we need a name for a research supervisor. If the application will not progress without some details, please add in Dr Caroline Oliver as supervisor and mention any topic area. We do not use this information for selection processes and projects are not arranged until trainees have started the course.

Our Standard 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).

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

Learn more about entry requirements.

International Requirements

International Students

  • IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band
  • TOEFL: 95 overall with no less than 22 in any band
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) including online: PTE Academic 76 with no less than 67 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced or Proficiency – minimum overall score of 185, with no less than 176 in any component

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