London Metropolitan University

Course Introduction

The course aims to produce competent, informed, reflective, and ethically and professionally sound practitioners of forensic psychology who are able to work in different settings. There will be a synthesis between taught workshops and your practical placements. Trainees are required to demonstrate core forensic psychology competencies at an advanced level and to complete D'level research. In addition to general forensic competencies and research, key areas of the course include consultancy, teaching and training, and assessments and interventions. The course is delivered by a combination of professional workshops, supervised practice, research, and individual, group, and peer supervision. Course leaders are registered forensic psychologists with experience working in prisons, secure hospitals, and independent forensic practise in the UK and the US. Because working in multidisciplinary environments is increasingly important, some lectures are taught by registered psychologists in other fields, including health, occupational, and counselling psychology. Throughout the course, critical reflection is encouraged on current discourses within contemporary forensic issues. We expect you to adopt a questioning stance to forensic practice that constantly looks to the multplicity of clients' needs and expectations.

Course Additional Entry

You will be required to have: Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS); an accredited MSc in Forensic Psychology (60% average or above with a minimum of 60% in research components); a supportive reference from the BPS'accredited MSc course leader; relevant work experience in a forensic setting; a supportive reference from a clinical supervisor (this would normally be expected to be your current supervisor); an appropriate work placement that would form the setting for supervised practice during the practitioner doctorate. Work placements should be organised by students themselves and be suitable to demonstrate relevant learning and practice. A work placement that is equivalent to 46 weeks full'time work for two years and that has been approved and supported by your lead supervisor will be a condition of any offer of study. We expect all placement supervisors to be Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered forensic psychologists. Supervisors are expected to directly oversee the work of the trainees. In order to ensure that trainees have sufficient breadth of experience we require trainees to work in 2 different organisational settings. Under these circumstances an alternative appropriately qualified individual may provide direct oversight of a trainee's work. However, this will only be approved by the course team if this supervision accounts for no more than 20% of the overall supervised practice element and a registered forensic psychologist provides additional supervision of the practice work (at a rate of at least one hour per week). An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (If this is not available at the time of application then it will be a condition of any offer of study). All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
2 years
Full Time
Professional Doctorate £11,440  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Full Time
Professional Doctorate £6,000  Academic year. First year home fees
3 years
Part Time
Professional Doctorate £3,000  Academic year. First year home fees