With this course, you will apply your knowledge to practice while on placement in forensic environments. You will experience interventions with children and adults in community and secure settings.
We only consider applications submitted between 1 October to 31 May. If people apply after 31 May their applications won’t be considered until the following academic year.
The course begins in late September. 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.
Frequently asked questions
1. Are there any scholarships available?
Yes we have some scholarships that you can apply for during years two or three 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. half year fees or one 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.
2. 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.
3. Do I have to submit a research proposal in the application, and can I select a supervisor?
We do not accept research proposals at the time of application. Nor do candidates select a supervisor.
4. Are you having an open day?
5. Do I need to write a personal statement?
A: Yes, this is mandatory.
6. Which school do I apply to/under?
A: This course is offered by the School of Medicine and not the School of Psychology.
7. Do I have to live in Nottingham in year one?
You will be on Campus Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for three full days of teaching. It is up to you whether you live locally or commute.
8. In years two and three, 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 two weeks per year of mandatory block teaching (usually October and January) in the placement years (years two and three of full Doctorate and both of the two 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 three days per week in the MSc (or year one of the three year programme) so for this part of their training, most students live nearby or commute.
9. What are the fees?
Please check the fees section
(look under postgraduate research courses under the School of Medicine) of the website 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.
A Top-up Doctorate in Forensic Psychology (DForenPsy) is also available 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.
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