• Application Deadline
  • 24 months


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 at University of Portsmouth 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.

What you will 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


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


Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Professional Practice 
  • Proposal for Professional Research and Development Project
  • Publication and Dissemination
  • Training and Reflection in Forensic Psychology
  • Consultancy, Communication and Expertise
  • Professional Research and Development Project in Forensic Psychology

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General 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 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5035 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5035 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3070 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3070 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Portsmouth

  • 710 - 1100 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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