Forensic Psychology Masters

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


Key Facts

Approved by: 
Health and Care Professions Council

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

Course Length:
Top Up -​ Two years full-time or ​four years part-time.

Approved by:

Health and Care Professions Council

Course Overview

The Doctorate in Forensic Psychology is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Upon completion, the programme provides students with eligibility to apply to the register to practice as Forensic Psychologists in the UK.

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

​For applicants seeking to train and qualify as a Forensic Psychologist please see our Post Graduate Diploma in Practitioner Forensic Psychology. ​

​Course Content​​

Flexibility is the essence of our approach to student learning. The Doctorate Programme facilitates students entering and exiting at different places within the Programme depending on the individual needs of the student.  Thus, the full Doctorate programme comprises:

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.

Applicants who are interested in completing a full Doctorate Programme may apply initially for the MSc or PG Diploma, depending on their own individual needs and career progression.  Applicants who complete a PG Diploma and 'Top-Up' Doctorate can be awarded the Doctorate in Forensic Psychology.

Learning & Teaching​

The Top Up Doctorate comprises a thesis. This will be an independent research study.  Each student will be assigned a supervision team who will be responsible for supporting and supervising the student during their research.  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​

A Doctorate in Forensic Psychology enables graduates to gain Registered Practitioner status with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC)​.

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Applicants for the Top Up Doctorate must be registered as a Forensic Psychologist with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC)​.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 7.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is normally based on a completed application form, research proposal and interview.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

If you are interested in using credit from another institution, or have obtained qualifications and/or experience to study for a course at Cardiff Met,  you can find further information on this as well as information on how to apply on the RPL page.

Additional Information

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please email


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