Department of Psychology

Courses

BPS Accreditation

Our undergraduate programmes are accredited by the British Psychology Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) provided the minimum standard of qualification of second class honours is achieved. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. An accredited degree is required if you want to pursue a career in Forensic Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, or Occupational Psychology.

Undergraduate courses

Forensic Psychology

BSc (Hons) Accredited

BPS accredited, this dynamic and practical course is taught by academics at the forefront of modern forensic psychology.

Study mode: full time | part time

Psychology

BSc (Hons) Accredited

This BPS accredited course is the scientific study of mind and behaviour involving theoretical and practical learning using our cutting edge laboratory and computing facilities.

Study mode: full time | part time

Postgraduate courses

Child Forensic Studies: Psychology and Law

MSc

This part-time or full-time distance learning course for professionals working with children explores child psychology within the context of the legal system.

Study mode: distance learning

Forensic Psychology

MSc Accredited

Our Master's course in Forensic Psychology is BPS accredited and heavily informed by research, providing preparation for professional practice in its field.

Study mode: full time | part time

Forensic Psychology Practice

PgDip Accredited

HCPC-accredited, this course will help you achieve registered status as a practitioner psychologist.

Study mode: full time

Health Psychology

MSc Accredited Subject to approval

Learn from experts in health psychology and undertake an industry placement on this course.

Study mode: full time | part time

Science

MRes

An excellent opportunity to join an active research team and develop your science career.

Study mode: full time | part time

Professional Doctorate in Forensic Psychology

DForenPsy

Learn skills to become a researcher and practitioner and to achieve registered status as a forensic psychologist.

Study mode: full time

Psychology and Learning Disability

MSc

Gain a postgraduate qualification while supporting and caring for people with intellectual disabilities with this distance learning course.

Study mode: distance learning

Professional / Flexible courses

Child Forensic Studies: Psychology and Law

MSc

This part-time or full-time distance learning course for professionals working with children explores child psychology within the context of the legal system.

Study mode: distance learning

Psychology and Learning Disability

MSc

Gain a postgraduate qualification while supporting and caring for people with intellectual disabilities with this distance learning course.

Study mode: distance learning

Postgraduate Research

The Department of Psychology has a thriving postgraduate research programme.  PhD researchers conduct independent and original research on a chosen topic, working closely with a team led by a supervisor who guides and advises them throughout their study.

It is not essential to have a specific research project in mind, although many prospective PhD researchers do. You should at least have a definite idea of what area you wish to focus on. Most (but not all) postgraduate research in the Department takes place in the context of one of our Research Centres/Group.  You are encouraged to use the staff pages to look for a possible supervisor with expertise in your area of interest. You should then contact the potential supervisor, and ask them if they would be prepared to supervise a research project.  Often the supervisor will have ideas they would like to pursue in the area. If you find a member of academic staff willing to act as your supervisor, you should discuss your project with her or him in more detail, and when you have agreed a topic for your PhD project you can make your application.

Applications are made through the University postgraduate research page.

As well as your application form, you should send a research proposal outlining the programme of work to be undertaken. The application form and research proposal will be considered by the Department Postgraduate Panel, chaired by the Department Postgraduate Tutor, Prof. Alan Costall, who may decide to interview the prospective student. At the interview the applicant will have the chance to learn about the research environment of the Department, and the members of the Panel can assess the applicant, and decide whether resources are available to supervise and support the proposed PhD project.

If you are applying for a named project, you do not need to submit a research proposal with your application.

Funding information can be seen on our Postgraduate Research pages.

For enquiries about our PhD or MRes Science programmes please contact our Postgraduate Tutor for further details:

Professor Alan Costall

Tel: 023 9284 6316

Alan.Costall@port.ac.uk

The House of Legal Psychology

In 2012 Maastricht University, the University of Portsmouth and the University of Gothenburg announced an exciting new collaborative PhD programme in psychology and law, funded by Erasmus Mundus. This programme, called the House of Legal Psychology, combines three centres of excellence in Europe and offers a unique educational programme to PhD students in the field of legal psychology.

The House now is enrolling EU-funded fellowships (open to EU and International Students). Key research themes include police decision-making, detecting deception, interviewing witnesses and suspects, eyewitness identification and evidence evaluation. For more information about the programme and details of the application process, see http://legalpsychology.eu/