University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Forensic Psychology Practice

This programme combines academic teaching, research, and professional training during forensic placements; it 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 therefore carried out.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (2.1 or above) in psychology that confers the GBR (Graduate Basis for Registration) with the BPS (British Psychological Society) and experience working in a forensic setting. Trainees must complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously the Criminal Records Bureau check) before attending any placement. This course is exempt from the 'Rehabilitation of Offenders Act' and no convictions are considered 'spent'. elevant forensic experience or similar alternative.

Course modules

Psychology and the understanding of crime; psychology, law and criminal justice; working with offenders of serious crime; assessment (offenders and victims); psychology and the court system; forensic psychotherapy and professional issues; advanced-level modules cover - forensic practice assessment; case study methods; research and evaluation methods; critical appraisal; development of psychometric measures; professional writing, training and presentation.

Assessment methods

This programme is examined by continuous assessment and a series of assignments; on completion of doctorate research all trainees will receive a viva voce examination.

Sponsorship information

Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
ForenPsyD Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,920 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
ForenPsyD Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,920 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
ForenPsyD Full-time September 2016 GBP 14,850 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
ForenPsyD Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,920 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
ForenPsyD Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,920 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
ForenPsyD Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,920 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
ForenPsyD Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,690 per Year 1 (EU) 4 years
ForenPsyD Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,690 per Year 1 (England) 4 years
ForenPsyD Part-time September 2016 GBP 7,425 per Year 1 (International) 4 years
ForenPsyD Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,690 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 years
ForenPsyD Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,690 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 years
ForenPsyD Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,690 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

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Key information

Contact: 
Postgraduate Enquiry Service
Telephone number: 
0121 414 5005