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, so you'll 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.
Successful completion of this programme confers eligibility for Chartered Membership of the Society and full membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology.
This course is also approved by the Health & Care Professions Council.
The title ‘forensic psychologist’ is a legally protected title – and this course will enable you to use it, and to apply the skills you develop with confidence. Routes our previous graduates have pursued include:
Teaching will be delivered in blocks at the beginning and end of each semester so you'll be in regular contact with the University throughout your course.
We'll support your professional work placement and help you to develop practitioner skills including the use of supervision, workload management, professional relationships and reflection, assessment and formulation skills.
You'll also learn intervention approaches which include desistance, environmental impact and rejection sensitivity research, 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:
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.
Our staff are experienced practitioners who have held national leadership roles, Chartered and HCPC registered practitioner psychologists, and REF-entered psychologists – and they bring their extensive experience and expertise to their teaching.
You will complete a variety of assessments including:
Visit the Professional Doctorate in Forensic Psychology page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!
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