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.
Applications for the top-up doctorate are accepted throughout the year with a closing date of 31 March. Our courses start in September each 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.
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.