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The award
PG Dip

How long you will study
24 months

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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

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About Forensic Psychology Practice at Newcastle University

This new professional course is awaiting approval by the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). When this course is approved and successfully completed, you will be eligible to apply to the HCPC Register to practice as a Forensic Psychologist in the UK.

About this course

The Forensic Psychology Practice PGDip is a 2-year, full-time course. You will integrate academic learning with work-based professional activities.

It has received university approval and is awaiting approval by the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). When this course is approved and successfully completed, you will be eligible to apply to the HCPC Register to practice as a Forensic Psychologist in the UK.

You will only be eligible for the course if you are already working in a forensic setting and wish to progress further (there are no placements). You will gain the necessary practitioner skills to become qualified forensic psychologists and to become competent and professional scientist-practitioners.

What you'll learn

The programme covers the following topics:

Professional Practice Portfolio

The aim of this topic area is to provide you with the opportunity to present detailed examples taken from the work place, of competence, decision-making, and skills as a forensic psychologist in training across the duration of the programme of studies.

Working safely and effectively within ethical, legal and organisational boundaries

This topic will provide you with the knowledge-base to be able to practice safely and effectively in your professional environment using evidence-based and theoretical models/frameworks. The topic area will introduce you to the range of professional, ethical and legal boundaries, which must underpin the work of a forensic psychologist.

Research methodologies

This topic will strengthen your understanding of research methodologies, both qualitative and quantitative, strategies to critically evaluate literature, and psychological testing (e.g., psychometric assessment). The value of research to the critical evaluation of practice will be a main focus of this topic.

Contemporary issues in Forensic Practice (culture, equality and diversity)

This topic will provide you with an overview of planning and conducting psychological assessments and case formulation, monitoring procedures, and a range of approaches to therapy. The importance of assessment and treatment evaluation will also be accentuated.

Consultancy and training other professionals

This topic area will provide you with the skills and knowledge-base to be able to form, and give psychologically-informed opinions, and advice in a variety of forensic settings, including private consultancy.

Your development

We will ensure that all aspects of the HCPC’s Standards of Proficiency (SoPs) are covered. You will be supported by an academic and work-based supervisor. The academic supervisor will be an experienced academic member of staff at Newcastle University who will be a Registered Forensic Psychologist. The work-based supervisor will also be a Registered Forensic Psychologist. All supervisors will:

  • support you throughout the programme
  • encourage your academic and professional development

You will also be given a personal tutor who will provide you with any tutorial support you may need.

You must work under the supervision of a qualified forensic psychologist in your own workplace (no placements are provided as part of this programme). You will also need to demonstrate your developing competency in the key areas identified as essential to becoming a Registered Forensic Psychologist (ie the HCPC Standards of Proficiency).

You'll learn through:

  • supervised practice in the workplace 
  • 15 days of block teaching sessions (January/April/July) throughout the two- year course.

You will need to secure the availability of a Registered Forensic Psychologist who will act as your Work-based Supervisor. They will be able to offer supervision in your workplace for the duration of the course. You will need to confirm who your supervisor is on your application and that s/he is happy to supervise you (see ‘How to Apply’ tab).

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Notes about fees for this course

See Fees and Funding tab in the Programme information in our online Prospectus.

Entry requirements

You must have an Undergraduate Psychology degree providing Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). You must have also successfully completed Stage 1 training in Forensic Psychology (eg successfully completed a BPS-accredited MSc in Forensic Psychology)

You must also demonstrate experience in a forensic setting and be working in that setting for a minimum of 20 hours (circa 2½ days) per week. Such settings may include (but not limited to):

We do not stipulate any pre-determined period of time for such practice but this will normally be around one year. You will have to provide evidence of your experience.

You must secure the availability of a registered Forensic Psychologist to act as your work-based supervisor.

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