DForenPsy Doctorate in Forensic Psychology

Year of entry: 2022

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Overview

Degree awarded
Doctorate in Forensic Psychol
Duration
3 Years Full Time
Entry requirements

You must be both HCPC Registered as a Forensic Psychologist and a Full Member of the DFP

We will accept applications for those with HCPC Registration only if research competence can be demonstrated via publications for example.  

Full entry requirements

How to apply

If you wish to be considered for Post Qualification Professional Doctorate in Forensic Psychology and meet our eligibility criteria, you must complete the online admissions application form to apply for this programme. Create a new application for the programme. Select 'Postgraduate Research' as the 'Level of Study' on the application form. Under 'Academic Programme', search for and select 'DForensPsy'. Work your way through the application form, including all details as requested.

Ensure you include the following supporting documents at the time of submission, or this may delay the processing of your application. 

1. A Research proposal (see the Advice to Applicants section) 

2. Brief Professional Curriculum Vitae (see the Advice to Applicants section) 

3. Two references from people who have knowledge of your academic ability. You will need to provide details of your referees in section 10 of the online form. Your referees will be contacted directly after you submit your application and directed to complete our online reference form.

4. Copy of HCPC and BPS/DFP Certificate - We will accept applications for those with HCPC Registration only if research competence can be demonstrated via publications for example.

5. Official English Language Certificate (IELTS or TOEFL), if applicable

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted online well in advance of your anticipated start date to be considered. You will not be able to apply after these deadlines have passed.

  • September entry only: 15 June 2022

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
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Programme overview

The Post Qualification Professional Doctorate in Forensic Psychology at the University of Manchester equips Registered Forensic Psychologists with a systematic understanding of a substantial body of knowledge in order to produce a contribution to professional knowledge in forensic psychology. The programme recognises and further enhances a student's prior grounding in applied research from their professional training (BPS Qualification in Forensic Psychology).  The programme supports students to develop qualities and transferable skills for applied practice.

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what undertaking postgraduate research at Manchester is like. Find out about our upcoming open days .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2022, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £4,596
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £25,500

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Doctoral Academy Admissions Team
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5608
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/research/
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

You must be both HCPC Registered as a Forensic Psychologist and a Full Member of the DFP

We will accept applications for those with HCPC Registration only if research competence can be demonstrated via publications for example.  

English language

For applicants whose first language is not English, or if you have not studied recently in the UK, you must provide evidence of how you meet the English Language requirement.

We mainly accept IELTS or TOEFL tests. Please note IELTS and TOEFL are only valid for two years.

We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall or TOEFL (iBT) 90 or GCSE English grade C.

Each component of the English test should meet the minimum requirement of IELTS 5.5 in all components, TOEFL (iBT 22). For the writing component we expect that you have achieved a minimum of 6.0 (IELTS).

For more information about English language tests see English language requirements .

Please contact us at admissions.doctoralacademy@manchester.ac.uk for further information.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Professional entry qualification

You must be both HCPC Registered as a Forensic Psychologist and a Full Member of the DFP.

We will accept applications for those with HCPC Registration only if research competence can be demonstrated via publications for example.

Application and selection

How to apply

If you wish to be considered for Post Qualification Professional Doctorate in Forensic Psychology and meet our eligibility criteria, you must complete the online admissions application form to apply for this programme. Create a new application for the programme. Select 'Postgraduate Research' as the 'Level of Study' on the application form. Under 'Academic Programme', search for and select 'DForensPsy'. Work your way through the application form, including all details as requested.

Ensure you include the following supporting documents at the time of submission, or this may delay the processing of your application. 

1. A Research proposal (see the Advice to Applicants section) 

2. Brief Professional Curriculum Vitae (see the Advice to Applicants section) 

3. Two references from people who have knowledge of your academic ability. You will need to provide details of your referees in section 10 of the online form. Your referees will be contacted directly after you submit your application and directed to complete our online reference form.

4. Copy of HCPC and BPS/DFP Certificate - We will accept applications for those with HCPC Registration only if research competence can be demonstrated via publications for example.

5. Official English Language Certificate (IELTS or TOEFL), if applicable

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted online well in advance of your anticipated start date to be considered. You will not be able to apply after these deadlines have passed.

  • September entry only: 15 June 2022

Advice to applicants

In addition to the formal online application, candidates should send all supporting documents (Brief Professional CV, Research proposal, transcripts, certificates, Letter of support from employer/line manager, English language ability (if applicable)).

About the Research Proposal  

The doctorate research proposal should consist of:

  • Background summary (1500 words)
  • Research proposal (1500 words) to include aims and hypotheses, methodology (sample to be accessed, measures suitable, ethical considerations), and description of proposed analysis.
  • Impact (300 words)
  • Lay summary (300 words).

Evidence of publications, supervision, leadership or specialist knowledge relating to clinical practice:

  • Publications may be the two projects undertaken for your prior stage 2/ Chartership process
  • It may include supervision of research of others or may simply be research published since attaining Chartership
  • include published peer reviewed papers or papers prepared for publication with an indication of where these would be submitted or submit evidence of excellence in professional practice (e.g. supervision, leadership, specialist knowledge and leadership in applied practice).

Interview requirements

You will be kept informed of the progress of your application throughout the application process.  We will contact you directly if we wish to invite you to interview.

If you are shortlisted you will be invited to formal interview where you will be required to present your research idea to a panel including those who would be suitable supervisors.  Interview and selection will be made on the basis of academic merit and promise.  

If you have any queries about this if you are invited to interview, please contact admissions.doctoralacademy@manchester.ac.uk

If you are not shortlisted, we will notify you directly that your application is unsuccessful.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard programme entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen programme.

Programme details

Programme description

Programme Aims

The Post Qualification Professional Doctorate in Forensic Psychology programme aims to provide you with the opportunity to:

  • Create and interpret new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication;
  • Systematically acquire and understand of a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of the forensic psychology;
  • Develop the general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems;
  • Develop qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and largely autonomous initiative in complex and unpredictable situations, in professional environments.

Programme learning outcomes

At the end of the Professional Doctorate in Forensic Psychology programme successful graduates are expected to be able to:

  • Make informed judgements on complex issues in the specialist field of forensic psychology, often in the absence of complete data;
  • Communicate ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  • Undertake applied research and development at an advanced level, contributing to the development of new techniques, ideas or approaches;
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.

Special features

Training and development

All of our postgraduate research students attend the Doctoral Academy Training Programme delivered by the Centre for Academic and Researcher Development (CARD).

The programme provides key transferable skills in areas such as commercial awareness, academic writing and public engagement. This training equips our postgraduates with the tools to progress beyond their research degree into influential positions within academia, industry and consultancy.

The emphasis is on enhancing skills critical to developing early-stage researchers and professionals, whether they relate to effective communication, disseminating research findings and project management skills. 

See the  training and development  page for more information.

Teaching and learning

Teaching will be based on individual learner needs. You will develop a bespoke training plan with your supervisor at the start of the programme. Teaching will be accessible from the Doctoral Academy training programme, MRes Health and Social Care or University of Manchester Worldwide (UMW). The teaching is designed so as to enable you to balance study alongside existing workplace demands; with the majority of the MRes and UMW content delivered online.

Teaching aims to provide grounding in embedding advanced research methods in applied clinical practice. Significant independent study is expected at doctoral level. All teaching is delivered by experienced researchers and academics at the University of Manchester. All supervisors are currently practicing in forensic mental health and/or active researchers. This will enhance your learning by offering multidisciplinary applied research and professional experience.

Face to face teaching is interactive and is supported by audio-visual stimuli such as PowerPoint slides, images and videos. All units are accessible via our virtual learning environment which contains course information, recommended reading lists, assignments, lecture materials and other material related to the course.  Lecturers may set tasks to be completed via the virtual learning environment. This facilitates shared learning and networking with peers/teaching staff.

A range of assessment methods are employed in the programme to meet the learning outcomes whilst also developing wider skills and capabilities.

You will be required to complete:

  • publishable systematic review (5000 words)
  • completion of relevant training (e.g. 30 credits from MRes Health and Social Care)
  • continuation report
  • ethics application
  • final written thesis (30-40,000 words)
  • viva examination.

You will be required take the lead on developing the research question, proposal, conducting the data collection, analysis and dissemination. You will be supervised and mentored throughout to support the research project. All research projects are subject to University Ethical Approval protocols and require attendance at an ethics committee meeting. Supervisors, or a nominated representative, may also attend this meeting.

You will be given detailed formal feedback from your supervisors, with clear guidance on how to improve on skills and knowledge.

There may be additional summative assignments required from the taught units you select. Details of specific assessments for each unit are contained in the unit specifications. Units available will be contained in the programme handbook. Assessments are conducted in line with University guidance.

What our students say

Find out more about what it's like to study at Manchester on the  Doctoral Academy Blog .

Facilities

You will have access to a range of research and learning facilities across the University and at some of our partner organisations.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk