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.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I have to already be in forensic psychology employment to apply?
No, we have a range of national and international placement opportunities. However, those in employment may be able to use their employment as a placement during the supervised practice years (years 2 & 3 of full programme, either of the top-up programme years).
2. Are there any scholarships available?
Yes we have some scholarships that you can apply for during years 2 or 3 of the full doctorate or at point of interview/acceptance of the top-up (i.e. these are during the placement/supervised practice years).
These are usually fee payment scholarships that vary in nature but are dependent on the placement providing these. There is no guarantee of any scholarship and if you are awarded a scholarship it is usually only for the duration that you are working with the awarding placement e.g. 0.5 year fees or 1 year for a double placement. We do not currently have any scholarships that would fund the fees of an individual to complete the whole course.
Please only enquire about these if you are interviewed, we cannot respond to queries about these in advance.
3. In the application form I am asked to name a supervisor; do I have to have a supervisor identified in advance?
This is a glitch in the form aimed at PhD candidates and not our DForenPsy programme – if you do have a work-based forensic or clinical psychologist identified in your current employment and would plan to use this as a placement please (with their permission) name them, but if not please write TBC.
4. The application form asks for a research proposal. Do I have to have a full proposal before I apply for the programme?
You do not have to have a proposal ready at this stage. If you do have a proposal then write this in and if not please state areas of interest within forensic psychology that you may wish to research if you are offered a place on the programme.
5. Are you having an open day?
6. Do I need to write a personal statement?
A: Yes, this is mandatory.
7. Which school do I apply to/under?
A: We are in the School of Medicine and not the School of Psychology.
8. Are the placements all in Nottingham/Do I have to live in Nottingham when on placement?
No, you don't have to live in Nottingham; we are the only national/international doctorate training programme. Placements are all over the country and beyond. You are required in Nottingham for 2 weeks per year of mandatory block teaching (usually October and January) in the placement years (Y2 & 3 of full Doctorate and both of the 2 top-up years). There may be additional training or reviews that you need to attend in Nottingham but most of our trainees are based throughout the country. You are required to attend teaching approximately 3 days per week in the MSc (or year 1 of the 3 year programme) so for this part of their training, most students live nearby or commute.
9. What are the fees?
Fees for 2014-15 were £7,400 and we expect fees to be approx. £7,800 in 2015-16. Please check thefees section of the website and clarify before you accept your place.
10. Do I need a driving license?
This is not a requirement but is desirable. Your placement may be difficult to get to on public transport and students find that driving is an advantage.
11. Are there any expenses other than fees?
There will be living expenses, and also expenses involved with travelling to placements, printing costs and so on. There are no bursaries for this type of expense.
Scholarships offered through the International Office
Through its International Office the University offers a range of Competitive Scholarships for international students.
It also offers a number of Non-Competitive Scholarships. These include the University of Nottingham Alumni Scholarship, an automatic 10% fees bursary offered to overseas and European Union graduates from the University of Nottingham who continue on to higher degrees at Nottingham.
Similar schemes exist for Alumni of Universitas 21 Institutions and non-UK former Study Abroad and International Exchange Alumni.
There is also a Family Scholarship (10% fees bursary) offered to students (European Union or overseas) who have family who are students or graduates of the University of Nottingham.
Further information is available on the International Office Scholarships page.
Additional Funding Opportunities
Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) funding
Applicants who will be employed by the NHS in the East Midlands while they are undertaking their studies may be eligible to apply for Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) funding through the East Midlands Healthcare Workforce Deanery. Funding will be available for both full programmes and individual modules.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2013, 88% of postgraduates from Applied Psychology who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £22,109 with the highest being £34,000.*
*Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2012/13.
Career prospects and employability
Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service
. Individual guidance appointments, career management training programme, access to resources and invitations to events including skills workshops and recruitment fairs
are just some of the ways in which they can help you develop your full potential, whether you choose to continue within an academic setting or are looking at options outside of academia.