Forensic Psychology Practice Doctorate (CPD route)

Start date
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Doctoral research

£10,800 FT (UK students) 
£23,310 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

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.


Fees for 2024/25

  • Code: 8595: UK students £10,800 FT
  • Code: 8770: UK students £5,400 PT
  • Code: 8595: International students £23,310 FT only

Please note that fees are per annum.

Learn more about fees and funding.

How To Apply

Applications for 2024 entry are now open, and close on 11 February 2024.  Interviews will be held on 23-25 April inclusive 2024. 

  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to be interviewed.
  • The interview will involve academic staff from the Centre for Applied Psychology.
  • Candidates will sit a formal written test.

Please attach a brief research proposal in your application. Your research idea(s) will form part of the interview. Please use the name Dr Caroline Oliver or Dr Zoe Stephenson as academic supervisor if requested by the admissions system. If accepted on the programme, your research ideas would be further discussed with an academic supervisor – amendments could be made at this point.   

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate research programme, you will need to submit your application and supporting documents online. We have put together some helpful information on the research programme application process and supporting documents on our how to apply page. Please read this information carefully before completing your application.

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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). Certificate demonstrating Chartered Psychologist Status with the British Psychological Society (BPS), or evidence of eligibility to gain chartered status.  

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

Teaching and Assessment is done across dedicated blocks of time:

  • Teaching – approximately 9 days of teaching in year 1. These are delivered in blocks (September, November, January and March).
  • Academic supervision – you will meet at least monthly with your primary academic supervisor (either in person or remotely) throughout the duration of the programme.

Support from the Careers Network

The University's Careers Network provides expert guidance and activities especially for postgraduates, which will help you achieve your career goals. You will be encouraged to make the most of your postgraduate experience and will have the opportunity to:

  • Receive one-to-one careers advice, including guidance on your job applications, writing your CV and improving your interview technique, whether you are looking for a career inside or outside of academia
  • Meet employers face-to-face at on-campus recruitment fairs and employer presentations
  • Attend an annual programme of careers fairs, skills workshops and conferences, including bespoke events for postgraduates in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences
  • Take part in a range of activities to demonstrate your knowledge and skills to potential employers and enhance your CV

What’s more, you will be able to access our full range of careers support for up to 2 years after graduation.