Forensic Psychology Practice Doctorate (ForenPsyD)

This programme combines academic teaching, research, and professional training during forensic placements.

It is open only to Psychology graduates who are registered with the BPS (GBC status). On completion you are eligible for BPS Chartered Psychology status and full membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology. You will also be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Forensic Psychologist.

The full-time programme is offered by the Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology, and combines academic teaching, research, and professional training during forensic placements. It is open only to Psychology graduates who are registered with the BPS (GBC status) and have experience working in a forensic setting.

Programme aims

The programme aims to provide the necessary knowledge and skills to work as a forensic psychologist; to analyse offending behaviour and its effect on victims; to manage, assess and plan treatment strategies for both victims and offenders; and to work as an expert providing professional reports and training. An evidence-based approach to forensic practice is emphasised, with the objective of developing skills in research and evaluation. Professional case studies, research studies and forensic practice reports are carried out.

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Elspeth - Forensic Psychology Practice Doctorate 
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Part-time option

The programme runs part time over four years, to be sponsored (or self-funded) by employers who are willing to supervise employees in the workplace throughout the course. As with the full-time option, it confers the award of Doctorate in Forensic Psychology Practice (ForenPsyD) and eligibility for BPS Chartered Psychology status and full membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology. You will also be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (the statutory regulating body for Psychology) as a Forensic Psychologist.

Download the Doctorate in Forensic Psychology Practice brochure (PDF 225KB)

Why study this course

The University’s Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology takes a risk, theory and practice approach to investigate the causes and consequences of serious crime, family violence, and child maltreatment. The development of risk assessment, theory and practice are emphasised in work with prison, community, forensic mental health professionals, and the police.

The Centre developed the first Practitioner Doctorate in Forensic Psychology to be accredited by the British Psychological Society. It is now proud to offer the Continued Professional Development route to this qualification. Birmingham is regarded as one of the leading Universities in the UK and the School of Psychology was ranked in the top five departments in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. 

Modules

Both theory and practice are set in the context of the legal and institutional systems through which offenders and victims are managed.

Programme modules include:

  • Psychological Theories and the Understanding of Crime
  • Working with Offenders (and Managing Offending Behaviour)
  • Psychology, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
  • Assessment Issues (Offenders and Victims)
  • Forensic Psychotherapy and Forensic Issues
  • Psychology and the Court System
  • Forensic Practice Placements
  • Systematic Literature Review Methods and Critical Appraisal
  • Forensic Case Study Methods and Case Studies
  • Forensic Research Study Methods and Research Projects
  • Professional Writing, Training and Presentation
  • Development of Psychometric Measures
  • Advanced Research and Evaluation Methods

Fees and funding

Fees for 2016

Home/EU students

Full-time:
Year 1 - £7,920
Year 2 - £7,920
Year 3 - £7,920

Part-time
Year 1 - £7,920
Year 2 - £7,920
Year 3 - £3,960
Year 4 - £3,960

International students

£14,850 full-time
£7,425 part-time

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Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. 

Find out about scholarships for intenational students.

For further information contact the School directly or get in touch with the Student Funding Office via the online enquiries system.

Entry requirements

Full-time:

  • A good Honours degree (2:1 or above) in Psychology that confers the GBC (Graduate Basis for Chartership) with the BPS (British Psychological Society) and experience working in a forensic setting
  • Trainees must complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously the Criminal Records Bureau check) before attending any placement. This course is exempt from the ‘Rehabilitation of Offenders Act’ and no convictions are considered ‘spent’
  • Relevant forensic experience or similar alternative

Part-time:

  • A good Honours degree (2:1 or above) in Psychology that confers the GBC (Graduate Basis for Chartership) with the BPS (British Psychological Society) and must be working in a forensic setting
  • Trainees must complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously the Criminal Records Bureau check) before attending any placement. This course is exempt from the ‘Rehabilitation of Offenders Act’ and no convictions are considered ‘spent’
  • Must be working in a relevant forensic setting

International students:

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

Candidates must comply with the Health and Care Professions Council requirements of English language proficiency (Standard equivalent to IELTS level 7.0 with no element below 6.5)

How to apply

Closing date for applications: 15 March 2016

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At the end of the programme you are equipped either for further research study or for careers in the development and evaluation of psychologically relevant models in the workplace.

The programme aims to provide the necessary knowledge and skills to work as a forensic psychologist; to analyse offending behaviour and its effect on victims; to manage, assess and plan treatment strategies for both victims and offenders; and to work as an expert providing professional reports and training.

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