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.
In the Centre for Applied Psychology, we are committed to involving experts by experience in all the different aspects relevant to our teaching and research. The Experts by Experience Steering Committee (EBESC) is a group that meets regularly to discuss, organise and support the work of experts by experience linked to the Forensic Psychology Doctorate Programme. We comprise members from various backgrounds, including local experts by experience who contribute to the course and staff from the Centre for Applied Psychology.
We contribute to our different courses in various ways:
- Contributing to teaching, including training workshops
- Reviewing, supporting, designing and contributing to research projects
- Co-ordinating feedback in the course subcommittee
- Involvement in the course admissions process
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.
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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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.
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.