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Professional Doctorate in Forensic Psychology - top-up programme DForenPsy


Course Description

*PLEASE NOTE ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS ON THE UNIVERSITY'S COURSE WEBSITE.

The aim of the top-up programme is to allow postgraduate psychologists already holding a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited MSc Criminological/Forensic/Investigative Psychology to obtain a doctorate through applying their knowledge to practice with victims or offenders.

These individuals will be eligible to fast track onto the two-year doctorate component of the full DForenPsy course.

We only consider applications submitted between 1 October to 31 May. If people apply after 31 May their applications won’t be considered until the following academic year.

This programme is approved by the Health Professions Council (HPC) and accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and confers eligibility to apply for HPC registration and BPS chartered membership respectively.

Those applicants working in a forensic setting may use this setting as a placement, if appropriate.

Course details

During the doctorate component, you will apply your knowledge to practice while on placement in forensic environments. You will experience interventions with children and adults in community and secure settings and develop skills and competency in four core areas:

  • conducting psychological applications and interventions
  • case studies, research and evaluation
  • communicating knowledge to other professionals
  • training other professionals in psychological skills and methods

At the end of the course, you will submit a thesis on your research and practice in a specific area of forensic psychology.

Open days

5 February 2019 and 7 May 2019

Find out more.


Visit the Forensic Psychology - top-up programme DForenPsy page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Sarah Ashworth

"I explored other masters degree opportunities but the fact that you could to progress through to the Doctorate component was a big selling point.

The financial aspect of doing the doctorate is a really big barrier for some people (me included!) so I spent a long time trying to work out the most cost effective way of completing it.

I decided to complete the masters part time whilst working as an Assistant Psychologist and as I moved into the final two years I was able to complete the doctorate component full time, using my work as a placement.

I loved completing my masters as being out of academic education for three years working full-time. I liked returning to theory and its application to practice. The breadth of modules together with the variety of guest lecturers provided a strong theoretical basis to working clinically. There’s a big focus on getting this research published which did feel stressful at times but was actually a real positive and I got a lot of support in getting my research ready for publishable standards.

The doctorate component focuses on supervised practice in forensic settings, returning to the University for only two block weeks of teaching. I think that one of the strengths of the course is the push to develop a breadth of experience, allowing for skill transfer between different settings and the opportunity to adapt to different environments. I tried to make sure I got a breadth of experience including different settings (community, medium and low secure), diverse client groups (learning disability, mental illness, adults and children) and varied organisations (NHS, private hospitals and charitable organisations). Any concerns I had about the academic evidenced based approach of the course were negated by the clinical experience I already had.

I believe the course’s structure provides a combination of clinical experience (across a range of settings/client groups etc.) and academic rigour (with a complete, potentially published, academic thesis in tow!). This, in addition to personal clinical experience has placed me in a competitive position within job applications and prepared me for life as a Forensic Psychologist!”


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Entry Requirements

Minimum of 2:1 class honours degree in Psychology (BA/BSc single or joint or international equivalent) recognised by the BPS as conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBCM) with a grade of 60%+ overall & 60%+ in their final research project. A Masters in Forensic/Criminological/Investigative Psychology recognised by the BPS as conferring GBCM with a minimum grade of 60% + overall & 60% + in their final research project.

*PLEASE SEE FURTHER ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS ON THE UNIVERSITY'S COURSE WEBSITE.

Course Fees

Please see the University's Fees and Finance website for further details.



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