Forensic Psychology Practice PgDip
PgDip Forensic Psychology Practice
If you want to apply your psychology studies in the legal field, this Forensic Psychology Practice PgDip course will give you the tools, skills and knowledge to reach your ambition.
With a focus on guided knowledge, applied experience, specialist input and evidence based-practice, you'll explore research at the forefront of the discipline, and have the opportunity to get involved with ongoing projects in the department.
Our Forensic Psychology Practice PgDip course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is ideal if you want to achieve HCPC registered status as a practitioner psychologist. It's also a perfect springboard into a career as a Forensic Psychologist.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Study the key issues in the field of forensic psychology, including practitioner skills, assessment and formulation skills, intervention approaches, and forensic mental health and disorder
- Learn from the largest group of actively researching forensic psychology academics in the UK
- Put your investigative techniques to the test in our Forensic Interviewing Suite
- Benefit from our connections with the Ministry of Justice, NHS and the Mental Health Foundations Charity
- Use our laboratories to carry out investigations, with specialist facilities including eye-tracking equipment, an observation suite, and a digital analysis and video editing suite
- Complete a work placement, where you will gain skills in the field including reflective practice
- Graduate with registered status as a Practising Forensic Psychologist
Work experience and career planning
We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your forensic psychology skills to work.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
Careers and opportunities
The Forensic Psychology Practice PgDip course is primarily aimed at those wishing to become practising forensic psychologists. When you graduate, you'll be able to apply your skills with confidence.
Career opportunities include:
- working as a BPS Chartered and HCPC Registered forensic psychologist in settings such as prisons, the community or NHS secure units
- private practice
- social work
- training design and training delivery
- project management
- further study
- 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
- If you don't have these prior degrees, you could complete these prerequisites 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
- Applicants are subject to interview or assessment
- 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
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
- Part time: £3,070 per year (subject to annual increase)
- Part time: £5,035 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
Placements are a core component of the course and you'll be required to pay for the additional cost of travel to and from your work placement.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits. You need to study units worth a total of 540 credits.
- Professional Practice 1
- Proposal for Professional Research and Development Project
- Publication and Dissemination
- Training and Reflection in Forensic Psychology
- Consultancy, Communication and Expertise
- Professional Practice 2
- Professional Research and Development Project in Forensic Psychology
Changes to course content
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK). ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
How you'll spend your time
The course starts in February. Teaching takes place in 4 week-long blocks each year, held at the beginning and end of each semester, Monday to Friday from 9–5pm.
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- case formulation exercise
- placement reports and reflective practice diaries
- design and delivery of training package
- group presentation and discussion
- report writing
Admissions terms and conditionsWhen you accept an offer to study with us, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.
Apply for this course using our online application form. Please apply by 1 September if you want to start this course this February.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.