University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Forensic Psychology

With this professional doctorate students can achieve chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Registered status with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Practising Forensic Psychologist. This programme uses guided knowledge, applied experience, specialist input and evidence based practice, and students are well supported in a positive and collegiate atmosphere. There's also a range of placement opportunities.

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 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.

Course modules

The Univeristy supports professional work placements and helps students to develop practitioner skills including the use of supervision, workload management, professional relationships and reflection, assessment and formulation skills. Students also learn intervention approaches which include desistance; environmental impact and rejection sensitivity research; forensic mental health and disorder.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
Professional Doctorate Full-time - 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Admissions Team, Faculty of Science
Telephone number: 
023 9284 2555