PgDip Forensic Psychology Practice

Designed for those working in a forensic psychology setting. Develop your skills and knowledge to progress from masters level towards practitioner status.

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This course focuses on the development of skills and knowledge required for forensic psychology practice.
We've designed this course for students to progress from masters level study towards practitioner status.

This course is predominantly work-based but you’ll also learn through a rolling programme of university-based workshops supported by an online learning platform. When you’re based at work, you’ll work under the supervision of both a university-based academic and a work-based clinical supervisor.

You’ll learn how to train other professionals in psychological skills and knowledge, and how to provide effective consultancy in a range of forensic settings. You’ll develop key skills for working in forensic settings, with a focus on undertaking assessments, formulations and interventions. Adhering to ethical and professional practice standards will underpin all of your work during the course.

Through the Professional Development in Forensic Psychology Practice units you’ll reflect on the development
of your forensic psychology skills and practice, completing reflective diaries and learning logs throughout the duration of your studies.

Our course tutors have forensic research, practice and supervision experience, and continue to work in forensic practice alongside their teaching here at Manchester Met.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

Successful completion of this course will provide students with eligibility to apply to the register to practice as Forensic Psychologists in the UK.

You’ll spend most of your time on placement, providing supervised experience towards developing the skills required to be a Forensic Practitioner.

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Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited MSc in Forensic Psychology and be working in a relevant Forensic Psychology setting.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

Course details

The course will mainly be work-based and you’ll work under the supervision of both an academic and clinical supervisor. You’ll also have university-based workshops which will be supported by an online learning platform.

Over the duration of your course, you'll cover the following core units:

  • Professional Development in Forensic Psychology Practice 1
  • Professional Development in Forensic Psychology Practice 2
  • Training Others
  • Consultancy
  • Assessment, Formulation and Intervention
  • Ethical and Professional Practice in Forensic Psychology

Department of Psychology

Our Department of Psychology is a large, diverse team of accredited psychologists, which includes practicing researchers, counsellors, and forensic and community psychologists.

The department aims to bring a real, relevant and modern perspective to teaching, with a view to using its wealth of knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to inspire the next generation of psychologists.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1459 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2667 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for postgraduate taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

Important Notice
This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate. Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us to access the most up to date information for your chosen course of study.

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