Research course

Forensic Psychology Practice Doctorate

University of Birmingham · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree in Psychology that confers the GBR (Graduate Basis of Registration) of the BPS (British Psychological Society) and some experience working in a forensic setting.

Months of entry


Course content

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.
Programme aims
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.
Part-time option
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.

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Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

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