University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Forensic Psychology Practice

Overview 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. Units currently being studied Close all Year 1 Year 2 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 referencing working in groups revision, memory and exam techniques Teaching 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.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip: 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.

Course modules

Teaching will be delivered in blocks at the beginning and end of each semester so you are in regular contact with the University and feel well supported. Placements will be supported and a range of issues will be covered including: practitioner skills - the use of supervision, workload management, professional relationships and reflection; assessment and formulation skills; intervention approaches - to include desistance, environmental impact and rejection sensitivity research and forensic mental health and disorder - a unique unit not delivered anywhere else which focuses on a specialist area of increasing relevance in multi-disciplinary working approaches in forensic psychology. Core units include: Practitioner Skills Forensic Mental Health and Disorder Forensic Practice Placements Training Skills Approaches to Intervention Options to choose from include: Research Skills Forensic psychology in context Practitioner Skills 2

Assessment methods

Staff are experienced practitioners and well regarded in the profession, having held national leadership roles including Chair of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division, Chair of the BPS Training Committee and many others. Staff are BPS Chartered and HCPC registered practitioner psychologists supported by REF-entered psychologists in a department with long established forensic psychology links. They will bring this extensive experience as practitioners to their teaching which is applied, collegiate and supportive. Supervisors will engage with you in a positive working relationship and your needs will be addressed by staff at the earliest stage. We assess you in a variety of ways throughout the course, including through empirical research, systematic review, oral presentations and more: Case Formulation Exercise (x2 - one for assessment and one for intervention) Placement Reports and Reflective Practice Diaries Design and delivery of training package Group presentation/ discussion Report Writing


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time February 2020 5,300 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time February 2020 3,400 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time February 2020 3,400 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time February 2020 3,400 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time February 2020 3,400 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time February 2020 3,400 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years

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