Research course

Professional Doctorate in Forensic Psychology

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 before progressing onto the Professional Doctorate. Applicants must provide proof of GBC and a research proposal at the time of applying. Applicants would be expected to have at least 1 year experience in a forensic psychology setting. Applicants are subject to interview. 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

Our Professional Doctorate in Forensic Psychology (DForenPsy) will give you the knowledge and skills to become a practising forensic psychologist, through a 2-year programme combining guided knowledge, applied experience, specialist input and evidence-based practice.

This course is HCPC and BPS approved which means you will be able to achieve Chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Registered status with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practising Forensic Psychologist.


On this course you can:

  • Engage in specialist fields of forensic mental health and disorder
  • Learn how to use a minimum of two risk assessment tools
  • Be supported through placements by experienced and expert staff
  • Learn how to deliver expert evidence and training


The course will give you the knowledge and skills to become a practising forensic psychologist. The title, ‘forensic psychologist’ is a legally protected title and this course will enable you to use it and apply your skills with confidence.

Routes our previous graduates have pursued include:

  • Chartered and Registered Forensic Psychologists - within the prison service, the NHS, and private practices
  • Training Design and Delivery
  • Project Management

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • DForenPsy
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Psychology Department
023 9284 6552