The Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology was formed in 1998. It is located in the School of Psychology, which was one of the first in the UK to offer courses applying a psychological perspective to the study of crime. The University of Birmingham is regarded as one of the leading Universities in the UK and the School of Psychology gained 23 out of 24 in the QAA Quality Assessment Review of teaching, and a grade of 5* in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
We continue to offer a range of courses in the area of forensic psychology. Our professional Doctorate in Forensic Psychology (ForenPsyD) is recognised by the Health Professions Council and our Masters (MSc) course in Criminological Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society. For applicants whose work relates to forensic psychology but who do not want to become a forensic psychologist, we offer a Masters (MSc) in Clinical Criminology. We also offer a Continued Professional Development route to the Doctorate in Forensic Psychology for practising psychologists.
Each academic member of the Centre supervises PhD students. To find out more about our academic members' expertise and the topics currently being researched by our PhD students please see the people pages.
The core philosophy of the Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology is to apply psychological theories, principles, knowledge, models and methods, in an ethical and evidence based way, in order to promote the well being and effectiveness of individuals, families, groups, organisations and civil society in general, whilst respecting the dignity and rights of the person. This is reflected in the training opportunities we provide whereby we strive to prepare our graduates to work in forensic and other settings using the highest standards of psychological practice and professional competence.