Online course details

Study options

Full-time: 2 years, Part-time: 4 years

Course level



PG Dip



Online course description

Due to open September 2022*

We are pleased to be expanding our established Forensic Psychology provision with a new Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Psychology Practice (online) programme which will be suited to students wishing to progress in this field of study and those who want to become practising forensic psychologists.

The programme is being developed by subject matter experts in line with our wider forensic psychology provision within the well-established School of Psychology. Psychology at the University of Derby is ranked first for student satisfaction in the Guardian league table (Guardian University Guide 2021), and the online PGDip Forensic Psychology Practice programme will be delivered by the same research-active and nationally recognised academic team as our existing programmes.

Building on the success and reputation of our psychology provision, this new programme will provide an accessible route to Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration to students who are unable to travel to attend campus to study, for example due to existing work commitments, or seeking a return to study in a way that fits around existing personal and professional commitments.

A cutting-edge curriculum based on real world developments

The programme will facilitate a critical awareness of issues at the forefront of forensic psychology. You will develop an advanced understanding and independent judgment of psychological perspectives, theories, policy and practice relevant to understanding criminal behaviour, as well as the psychology of victims and survivors of crime. Every module throughout the proposed programme will be forensically focused. You will cover topics such as forensic case formulation, forensic settings and rehabilitative interventions, consultancy in forensic psychology and forensic psychology in professional practice.

We have extensive links with criminal justice organisations including Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and Police Services, as well as the HCPC and BPS, ensuring current issues, practices and real-world learning are reflected throughout the curriculum. These links also secure the potential to develop research opportunities with these agencies.

Developed to meet the needs of professional standards

The PGDip Forensic Psychology Practice programme will be approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and will provide you with a Stage Two qualification, which is necessary to be granted HCPC registration, and will allow you to register and practice as a forensic psychologist upon successful completion. The programme builds on the MSc Forensic Psychology Stage One qualification (pending BPS accreditation), which is a prerequisite to enrolling on the programme.

A fully online course

The PGDip Forensic Psychology Practice programme will be online learning. There will be a wealth of resources and study materials hosted in our virtual learning environment and full access to our cloud campus facilities.

You will engage with fellow students from around the world through digital cafes, forums, and virtual workspaces to share ideas, experiences, and insights. You will also receive regular contact, support and Personal Academic Supervision throughout the programme.

Your academic team include practicing forensic psychologists, who will bring their industry experience and research-informed practice to the programme. Plus, you will have regular online presentations on emerging topics from visiting expert practitioners including internationally recognised psychologists, criminologists, and forensic psychology practitioners.

Register your interest for this course to keep up-to-date on its development and be the first to know when it opens for applications.

What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

Student support and guidance

Whilst we encourage our students to become independent, life-long learners, we also recognise that offering the right support and guidance will help you to achieve your goals. There is a wealth of support available to you at the University, from your dedicated Personal Tutor and Online Learner Advisor, through to our:

All these services, and more, are available to you as an online student at the University of Derby.

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.

Additional information about your studies

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.

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