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

The Doctorate in Forensic Psychology is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It is a ‘top-up’ designed for qualified Forensic Psychologists who would like to undertake an applied research project in an area related to the field of forensic psychology.

​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. Candidates will will work with a team of supervisors who will support them to submit a research thesis documenting a significantly large piece of research. The thesis currently has a word limit of 36,000.

The ‘top-up’ comprises a module called the ‘Advanced Doctoral Thesis’. The aim of this module is to create and interpret new knowledge. The thesis will demonstrate a substantial contribution to the development of new knowledge, practice techniques, ideas or approaches through original research. The research will be of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication.

Learning & Teaching​

The thesis will be a large piece of independent research study. To facilitate this eas student will be assigned a supervision team who will be responsible for supporting and supervising the student during their research. Regular supervision meetings will be held each year, and a thorough review 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​

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 are required to be registered as a Forensic Psychologist with the HCPC and will have completed a HCPC approved route to qualification. 

For information about research degrees and how to apply click here.

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:
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Contact Us

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

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Key Course Information

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

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

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