Postgraduate study
Psychology

Doctorate Psychology (Top-up)

This programme provides a unique opportunity for qualified applied practitioner psychologists to update their level of academic qualification to doctorate status.

Course information

Part-time

  • 2 1/2 years

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January 2018 entry

  • Enrolment date: September 2017
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384491
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £8,005
    More details about our fees
  • Not eligible for any fee discounts

September 2018 entry

  • Enrolment date: September 2017
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384491
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £8,005
    More details about our fees
  • Not eligible for any fee discounts

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  • Facilities

    Psychology facilities

    Studying Psychology at the School of Social Sciences, Business & Law gives you access to outstanding facilities, including eye-trackers, EEG and Near-infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS). You also get to use specialist interviewing labs and our replica courtroom.

 

If you currently have Registered Practitioner Status at master’s level, this course provides you with the opportunity to study theory and research related to a specialised area of psychology to doctorate level. The production of the advanced independent work also allows you to enhance your understanding of conducting research and of the ethical issues involved in this process

If you currently have Registered Practitioner Status at master’s level, this course provides you with the opportunity to study theory and research related to a specialised area of psychology to doctorate level. The production of the advanced independent work also allows you to enhance your understanding of conducting research and of the ethical issues involved in this process.

This programme is designed for applied psychologists who are already qualified and practising with the primary aim of providing a continued professional development route to top-up applied psychologist’s level of qualification to doctorate level. The core philosophy of the programme is to develop applied psychologists advanced research knowledge and skills to doctoral standard, which will contribute to their growth as evidenced-based practitioners. The programme will enable you to engage with issues of importance to applied psychology practice and research in a manner that gives you responsibility for the focus of study and assessment, as is appropriate at this advanced level of study. The assessment strategies make use of your choice over the area of study to ensure that the subject of assessment is relevant to your own and/or your institution’s professional practice. This ensures an appropriate combination of academic study and professional focus as well as an understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of psychological theory and practice.
The clinical expertise of the programme team is diverse, covering a broad range of specialist areas in psychology. The programme team embrace the research informed learning agenda of this academic programme and use their expertise within their specialist field and research to support you through your studies.

Course structure

Stage 1 (12 months)

Advanced Independent Work Proposal

This module will assist you to ethically consider a research topic in applied psychology, critically appraise research knowledge in relation to the topic and to formulate research questions for your proposed study involving systematic review methods.

 

Stage 2 (18 months)

Advanced Independent Work

This modules provides the opportunity for applied psychologists to consolidate your learning experiences throughout the programme through a self-initiated research project that significantly contributes to the development of new knowledge within the context of applied psychology. In addition, skills necessary for publication of empirical work will be developed.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

You learn through lectures, small discussion groups and on-going individual supervision. The virtual learning environment is also used to provide learning resources for each module and an interactive learning environment to enable you to discuss materials with other students and the teaching staff.

How you are assessed

There is a variety of assessment methods used throughout the programme. These include an oral and written presentation of the research proposal, ethics submission and the production of a 35-40,000-word advanced independent work followed by a viva voce.

Career opportunities

The programme provides a route whereby psychologists who are fully licensed by the statutory regulator to practise as psychologists can top up their qualification to a doctorate award and develop advanced research methods skills.

Entry requirements

All applicants should have:

  • HCPC registration as a practitioner psychologist
  • a minimum of two years' experience in current psychological practice.


You will be required to attend an interview for this course.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

Course information

Part-time

  • 2 1/2 years

More part-time details

January 2018 entry

  • Enrolment date: September 2017
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384491
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £8,005
    More details about our fees
  • Not eligible for any fee discounts

September 2018 entry

  • Enrolment date: September 2017
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384491
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £8,005
    More details about our fees
  • Not eligible for any fee discounts

Contact details

Further information