University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Forensic Psychology Practice

This course is for students wishing to achieve Health and Care Professions Council registered status as practitioner psychologists. With an emphasis on guided knowledge, applied experience, specialist input and evidence based-practice, you will become a well rounded practitioner.

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 Full-time February 2018 - 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2018 GBP 5,030 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time February 2019 GBP 5,030 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site PO1 2UP South East

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