University of Bath Featured Professional Doctorate Programmes

    Professional Doctorate in Forensic Psychology - Doctorate (D. Foren. Psy.)

    Course Description

    Course Overview

    The Doctorate in Forensic Psychology is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

    The intake for Top-Up Doctorate takes place in September, January and April. The Top-Up Doctorate is designed for qualified Forensic Psychologists who would like to undertake a research project on an aspect of specialism.

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    ​Course Content​​

    The Top-Up Doctorate will be available to registered practitioners who are seeking to formalise their research and clinical skills in an area of specialism. Applicants completing the Top-Up Doctorate will submit a research thesis reporting a significantly large piece of research.

    Learning & Teaching​

    For the Top Up Doctorate, the thesis will be a large piece of independent research study. Each student will be assigned a supervision team who will be responsible for supporting and supervising the student during their research. At least 6 supervision meetings will be held each year, and a thorough review of training needs will be established and reviewed each year. It is anticipated that many students on the Top Up component may be based some distant from Cardiff and in those cases the supervision team will support meetings through Skype or video conferencing. However, where additional training requires students to attend the university, it is expected that the student will factor this into their time commitments.


    The research thesis is assessed by viva voce examination.

    Employability & Careers​

    Find information on Scholarships here

    Find out how to apply here

    Visit the Forensic Psychology - Doctorate (D. Foren. Psy.) page on the Cardiff Metropolitan University website for more details!

    Entry Requirements

    Applicants will be expected to hold a first class or 2.1 BSc (Hons) Psychology degree accredited by the British Psychological Society. They will need to demonstrate extensive experience in applied forensic psychology, which will be evaluated as part of an assessment day. Normally we would expect at least one year of such work experience before being accepted onto the Programme. For further information on entry requirements please see the Cardiff Met website.

    Course Fees

    UK/EU students: £6,750; International Students: £12,000

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