University of Portsmouth: Forensic Psychology Practice

InstitutionUniversity of Portsmouth View institution profile
Department Faculty of Science
Telephone 023 9284 5566
Study type Taught


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.

To start this course in February 2020, please apply by 1 September 2019. We're no longer accepting applications to start this course in February 2019.

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
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 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
​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.

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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.

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.

Learning support
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
Staff are experienced practitioners and Fellow and Associate Fellows in the British Psychological Society (BPS). You'll be taught by experienced practitioners that have held national leadership roles in the field.

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.

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