Research course

Forensic Clinical Psychology Doctorate

University of Birmingham · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree (2:1 or above) in psychology that confers Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) from the British Psychological Society. A 2:2 degree classification that confers GBC plus a Masters degree would be considered equivalent to the above criteria. A Masters degree or other relevant academic qualifications would also support an application. Conversion degrees that confer GBC are also acceptable.
  • HCPC requirement of English language proficiency (IELTS level 7.0 with no element below 6.5)
  • Enhanced DBS check
  • No criminal convictions (Psychology is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act so no criminal convictions are ever considered 'spent')
  • At least 12 months relevant experience of working in a clinical and/or forensic setting which has involved face-to-face contact with clients under the supervision of a qualified clinical or forensic psychologist (where this is not possible, such as in the case of international students, please contact the admissions tutor for advice on meeting this requirement)

Months of entry


Course content

This is the first practitioner Doctorate in the UK to provide people who complete the course eligibility to practise in two different branches of applied psychology, in this case Forensic and Clinical Psychology.

Successful completion of the course will lead to a dual qualification conferring eligibility to practise as a Forensic and Clinical psychologist.

The course is run in collaboration with local service providers who regularly sponsor their assistant psychologists on the course. Trainees on the course are also sponsored by a range of partners including Elysium Healthcare, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust and Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust. We also welcome applications from people who wish to self-fund.

In the Centre for Applied Psychology, we are committed to involving experts by experience in all the different aspects relevant to our teaching and research. The Experts by Experience Steering Committee (EBESC) is a group that meets regularly to discuss, organise and support the work of experts by experience linked to the Forensic Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programme. We comprise members from various backgrounds, including local experts by experience who contribute to the course and staff from the Centre for Applied Psychology.

Information for international students

  • IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band

Fees and funding

UK students
£15,030 FT
International students
£26,280 FT only
  • Sponsored places are available for existing employees of Elysium Healthcare, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust and Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
    • Employees of these organisations are encouraged to speak to their line manager for more information
  • For applicants considering self-funding, please contact the admissions tutor for more information and advice, if required

Learn more about fees and funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • ForenClinPsyD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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