This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society and approved by the Health Professional Council.
The Professional (practitioner) Doctorate Forensic Psychology aims to educate and train psychology graduates to work with victims and/or offenders under the supervision of registered forensic psychologists and to attain the highest standards of research and practice. In collaboration with Institute of Mental Health (IMH), the course aims to develop skills such as assessment, management, intervention, treatment and evaluation.
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.
Professor Kevin Browne, Professor of Forensic Psychology and Child Health, Director of the Centre for Family and Forensic Psychology and Director of the D.Foren.Psy. Programme Dr Vince Egan, Associate Professor, Forensic Psychology Practice, Year 3 Director Dr Simon Duff, Lecturer in Forensic Psychology Practice, Year 2 Director Dr Shihning Chou, Lecturer in Forensic Psychology Practice, Year 1 Director
In the first year you will study a masters programme consisting of eight modules. On successful completion of the masters component, you may progress on to the doctorate component or exit with an MSc Criminological Psychology.
Years 2 and 3
During the doctorate component, 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 and develop skills and competency in four core areas:
--conducting psychological applications and interventions --case studies, research and evaluation --communicating knowledge to other professionals --training other professionals in psychological skills and methods
At the end of the course, you will submit a thesis on your research and practice in a specific area of forensic psychology.
In the first year you will study a masters programme consisting of eight modules:
--Theories of Criminal Behaviour --Forensic Child Psychology --Forensic Mental Health --Law and Criminal Justice --Forensic Organisational Psychology --Forensic Practice Interventions --Research Methods and Analyses --Research Project