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What will I learn?

Course Overview

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. 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 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.


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).

Which department am I in?

Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£3,000.00 (US$ 3,251) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

16 January 2023


Llandaff Campus

Western Avenue,


CF5 2YB, Wales

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students with a Bachelor degree from a recognised institution in USA with minimum GPA 2.8 or above or students with a good GPA and relevant work experience over 1 year or students with a Bachelor degree from a recognised institution in the UK or Masters degree. Students need to have an 6.0 overall with no sub score lower than 5.5. Some courses may require a higher IELTS level.

For international students

Applicants are required to be registered as a Forensic Psychologist with the HCPC and will have completed a HCPC approved route to qualification. Applicants whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 7.0 standard or equivalent.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Cardiff Metropolitan University

Located in the Welsh capital city, Cardiff Metropolitan University offers a range of courses which focus on practical and professional learning.

  • Welsh University of the Year 2021
  • Awarded silver by the Teaching Excellence Framework
  • Student community from over 143 countries
  • Top 15 university for international student support

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