Taught course

Forensic Psychology Practice

University of Portsmouth · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree or conversion course in Psychology or Forensic Psychology 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 must provide proof of GBC at the time of applying. Applicants are expected to have at least 1 year experience in an applied Forensic Psychology setting, or equivalent. Applicants are subject to interview/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.

Months of entry


Course content

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

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 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

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £3,400 p/a* *Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.
International students
Full time: £5,300 p/a* *Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Team
023 9284 5566