Forensic Psychology Practice
Gain the skills to become a registered practitioner psychologist
Why take this course?
This course (currently subject to HCPC approval) is for students wishing to achieve Health and Care Professions Council registered status as practitioner psychologists, with an emphasis on guided knowledge, applied experience, specialist input and evidence based-practice.
What will I experience?
On this course you can:
- Achieve Registered status as a Practising Forensic Psychologist (subject to HCPC approval)
- Become fully versed in formulation-based assessment and ethical practice
- Engage in specialist fields of forensic mental health and disorder
- Be supported through placements by experienced and expert staff
- Learn how to deliver expert evidence and training
- Use the wealth of academic expertise at the University to underpin evidence-based practice
- Enjoy a range of placement opportunities
- Be well supported in a positive and collegiate atmosphere
What opportunities might it lead to?
The course is primarily aimed at those wishing to become practising forensic psychologists. ‘Forensic psychologist’ is a legally protected title and this course will enable you to use it (subject to approval) and apply your skills with confidence. You will be well equipped as a practitioner and supported by experienced practitioner academics throughout the process.
Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:
- Working as BPS Chartered and HCPC Registered forensic psychologists in settings such as: prison, community and NHS secure units and developing their own private practice initiatives
- Training design and training delivery
- Project management
Subject to approval
- 2 years full time
- 2017 entry requirements
- An undergraduate degree or conversion course in Psychology or Forensic Psychology or which confers Graduate Basis for Chartered status (GBC) and a BPS accredited Masters degree which confers Stage I of the BPS Qualification in Forensic Psychology. Should an applicant not have completed these prior degrees, it is possible that they could complete these pre-requisites within the department via the MSc Forensic Psychology course. Applicants are expected to have at least 1 year experience in an applied Forensic Psychology setting, or equivalent. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.
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Structure & Teaching
Teaching will be delivered in blocks at the beginning and end of each semester so you are in regular contact with the University and feel well supported. Placements will be supported and a range of issues will be covered including: practitioner skills – the use of supervision, workload management, professional relationships and reflection; assessment and formulation skills; intervention approaches – to include desistance, environmental impact and rejection sensitivity research and forensic mental health and disorder – a unique unit not delivered anywhere else which focuses on a specialist area of increasing relevance in multi-disciplinary working approaches in forensic psychology.
Core units include:
- Practitioner Skills
- Forensic Mental Health and Disorder
- Forensic Practice Placements
- Training Skills
- Approaches to Intervention
Options to choose from include:
- Research Skills
- Forensic psychology in context
- Practitioner Skills 2
Teaching and Assessment
Staff are experienced practitioners and well regarded in the profession, having held national leadership roles including Chair of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division, Chair of the BPS Training Committee and many others. Staff are BPS Chartered and HCPC registered practitioner psychologists supported by REF-entered psychologists in a department with long established forensic psychology links. They will bring this extensive experience as practitioners to their teaching which is applied, collegiate and supportive. Supervisors will engage with you in a positive working relationship and your needs will be addressed by staff at the earliest stage.
How are you assessed?
We assess you in a variety of ways throughout the course, including through empirical research, systematic review, oral presentations and more:
- Case Formulation Exercise (x2 – one for assessment and one for intervention)
- Placement Reports and Reflective Practice Diaries
- Design and delivery of training package
- Group presentation/ discussion
- Report Writing
Facilities & Features
Utilise our range of modern, high-quality facilities including multiple laboratories and our forensice interviewing suite. You can also benefit from our strong links with the Ministry of Justice, NHS and the Mental Health Foundations Charity.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help. The library also has an electronic bibliography for psychology called PsycInfo, which can be accessed via the internet from your home. It is an invaluable tool for searching for literature on any topic.
You will receive support from the Department’s specialised employability group whose aim is to assist students to gain appropriate work-based experience.
Budgeting for your studies
There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
Careers & Opportunities
This course is specifically tailored for individuals seeking to become a forensic psychologist. This is a unique course which provides a blended approach to gaining these qualifications in one programme of work. We would expect this course to be appealing to those interested in a career in becoming a practising forensic psychologist.
One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.
We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.
In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.
Benefits of Postgraduate Study
Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.
- Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
- Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
- Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
- Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
- If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.
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