DForenPsy Doctorate in Forensic Psychology / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2022

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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.


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.