Required Training for this Role
Following your undergraduate study (see below), you will need a master's degree in forensic psychology (approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, HCPC). This provides the necessary underpinning knowledge or ‘Stage 1’ of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Diploma in Forensic Psychology.
Finally, forensic psychologists complete one of the following: a minimum of a three-year period of evidenced supervised practice during which trainee forensic psychologists provide evidence of applying psychology appropriately in forensic practice (referred to as 'Stage 2'). Or, a BPS and HCPC accredited/approved ‘top-up’ doctoral programme covering ‘Stage 2’, that includes practice placements and a third year doctoral research thesis.