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  • Study Type

    Full time available

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  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    2 years part time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    12 November 2018

Course content


If you want to apply your psychology studies in the legal field, this Forensic Psychology Practice PgDip course will give you the tools, skills and knowledge to reach your ambition.

With a focus on guided knowledge, applied experience, specialist input and evidence based-practice, you'll explore research at the forefront of the discipline, and have the opportunity to get involved with ongoing projects in the department.

Our Forensic Psychology Practice PgDip course is currently subject to HCPC approval, and is ideal if you want to achieve Health and Care Professions Council registered status as a practitioner psychologist. It's also a perfect springboard into a career as a Forensic Psychologist.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Study the key issues in the field of forensic psychology, including practitioner skills, assessment and formulation skills, intervention approaches, and forensic mental health and disorder
  • Learn from the largest group of actively researching forensic psychology academics in the UK
  • Put your investigative techniques to the test in our Forensic Interviewing Suite
  • Benefit from our connections with the Ministry of Justice, NHS and the Mental Health Foundations Charity
  • Use our laboratories to carry out investigations, with specialist facilities including eye-tracking equipment, an observation suite, and a digital analysis and video editing suite
  • Complete a work placement, where you will gain skills in the field including reflective practice
  • Graduate with registered status as a Practising Forensic Psychologist (subject to HCPC approval)

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your forensic psychology skills to work.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.


Staff are experienced practitioners and Fellow and Associate Fellows in the British Psychological Society (BPS). You'll be taught by experienced practitioners that have held national leadership roles in the field.

How you're assessed​

You'll be assessed through:

  • case formulation exercise
  • placement reports and reflective practice diaries
  • design and delivery of training package
  • group presentation and discussion
  • report writing

Careers and opportunities

The Forensic Psychology Practice PgDip course is primarily aimed at those wishing to become practising forensic psychologists. When you graduate, you'll be able to apply your skills with confidence.

Career opportunities include:

  • Working as a BPS Chartered and HCPC Registered forensic psychologist in settings such as prisons, the community or NHS secure units
  • Private practice
  • Social Work
  • Training design and training delivery
  • Project management
  • Further study

Visit the Forensic Psychology Practice PgDip page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!




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