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Qualification in Forensic Psychology

The Qualification in Forensic Psychology (Stage 2) is the independent route to training as a forensic psychologist. It is a doctoral level qualification designed to enable you to train flexibly, within a structured and supportive framework.

Duration 2 years minimum (or part-time equivalent)
Enrolment (entry) requirements Graduate Basis for Chartered membership

BPS accredited MSc in Forensic Psychology
Start date Flexible
Current Fees £7,072.80 (£5,894 + VAT)
Fees from 01st of January 2019 £5,556.00 (£4,630 + VAT)

This qualification is tailored to those who are working in an area suitable to gain the required competencies but who choose not to, or are unable to, undertake a professional doctorate or any other university-based, Society-accredited stage 2 training programme.

Successful completion of the QFP (Stage 2) leads to eligibility for Chartered membership with the Society, Full membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology and eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council, the statutory regulator for practitioner psychologists in the UK.

The Qualification requires you to undertake a minimum of two years of structured supervised practice (or the part-time equivalent).

During this time your supervised practice will build upon the academic components of your MSc by requiring the development and demonstration of skills in the following applied settings:

  • conducting psychological applications and interventions
  • research
  • communicating psychological knowledge and advice to other professionals
  • training other professionals in psychological skills and knowledge

You will undertake your supervised practice (Plan of Training) with the support of your Co-ordinating Supervisor, Workplace Supervisor (if appropriate), the Forensic Psychology Qualifications Board and a designated Qualifications Administrator.

The team are committed to ensuring that the qualification allows you the flexibility to develop the competencies and submit work for assessment at your own pace.

For details on how to find a Co-ordinating Supervisor consult the Candidate Handbook

The first step is to consult the Candidate Handbook and make sure that you fulfil the entry requirements of the qualification.

The next step is to secure a Co-ordinating Supervisor.

The Candidate Handbook will help you to find a Co-ordinating Supervisor using the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors.

Supervision with your Co-ordinating Supervisor is an important part of your training on the qualification and, therefore, it is advisable to contact more than one Co-ordinating Supervisor before agreeing terms.

Your Co-ordinating Supervisor will be able to explore with you how you might design your plan of training, taking into account any previous qualifications and your current circumstances. 

Once you have secured supervisory support, the next step is to complete and submit the appropriate enrolment application form(s) which can be found on the Forms and Handbooks tab.

Our Candidate Handbook will help to guide you through the process of enrolment and provide tips on how to complete the relevant documents. 

Since the QFP (Stage 2) is a flexible qualification, it does not formally close for applications and you are welcome to submit your application, either by post or electronically, at any time. 

The assessment of the QFP is conducted throughout your enrolment and consists of several submissions against core role competencies.

The process is flexible and you can submit when you and your supervisor feel that you are ready to have a core role assessed.

Once you have completed your period of supervised practice and have demonstrated competence across all core roles, you will be required to submit documentation for final scrutiny before you can receive your final result and be formally awarded the qualification.

The current deadline for submissions is the 1st of each month.

Phone: +44 (0)116 252 9505

Email: [email protected]

Postal address:
The British Psychological Society
St Andrews House
48 Princess Road East

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