Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
The School of Psychology is recognised internationally for its high quality research, investment in teaching, and commitment to the dissemination of psychological science to real world contexts.
The new part-time Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) programme is designed for HCPC-registered applied psychologists who have existing postgraduate qualifications in their discipline and seek an upgrade to doctoral level.
The award of the degree by this route is based on the carrying out of a critical literature review, a substantial research project, and a service evaluation. The degree is available for part-time registration only and can be completed in a minimum of two years and a maximum of five years.
The degree may be commenced at any time, subject to the agreement of the supervisor and School.
Whilst a substantial research project will be required, this need not be as extensive as is normally the case for a PhD. Nevertheless, the examiners will be looking for work of comparable quality - i.e., of publishable standard.
Course of Study
The award of the degree is based on the carrying out of a critical literature review, a substantial research project and a service evaluation. These three assignments must be relevant to practice within the candidate’s profession and normally the literature review will be thematically related to the research project.
The necessary work will normally be carried out in applied settings accessible to the candidate and relevant to the candidate’s practice in applied psychology. The process of implementing the research component will include the common preparatory phases of development of a formal research proposal (including peer review), ethical scrutiny and review.
Entry Requirements and Applications
The PsyD programme is designed for HCPC-registered applied psychologists who normally have existing postgraduate qualifications in their discipline and seek an upgrade to doctoral level.
This includes in particular those who are already qualified as clinical, forensic, or occupational psychologists by means of a formal training - e.g., a postgraduate qualification in clinical psychology such as the former Leicester MSc, an equivalent qualification from another university, or the BPS Diploma in Clinical Psychology.
Applications and Further Details
Applications for the PsyD can be submitted online and should include a brief personal statement:
- Search our staff research interests to make sure we offer supervision in the area you want to work in
- Draft a brief (up to 1,000 words) personal statement explaining why you would like to work in this area and describing any relevant research experience, including any research projects that you have undertaken - for example, as part of a previous degree - and listing any academic work you have published or which is currently in press awaiting publication
- Prepare your supporting documents
- Submit your online application
If you have any questions about the PsyD or about supervision in the School of Psychology, please contact us.