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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. A doctoral level qualification, it allows 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

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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.

After completing this qualification you'll be able to apply for Chartered Membership of the BPS, as well as full membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.


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 find and secure 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.

For more information please contact [email protected]

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.

Please use the links below to download the requisite forms and handbooks:

Enrolment Forms

Your enrolment application documents should be submitted electronically via Hightail.

As part of your electronic enrolment you must ensure:

  • That all the documents are signed with an electronic signature (scanned and inserted) and not typed
  • Certificates are authenticated copies.  By authenticated copy we mean a photocopy/scanned version that has been signed on by your co-ordinating supervisor with a written statement to confirm they have seen the true copy
  • The enhanced DBS is full scan of pages 1 and 2
  • All documents are enclosed in a zipped folder labelled with your name, membership number and qualification you are enrolling on

Handbooks and Regulations


Additional Documents

The documents on this page are only available to candidates from the appropriate cohorts.

You must be signed in to access the materials.

2011 Candidates

Over the past 4 years, various Hints and Tips documents have been completed to support candidates and their supervisors in the implementation of the Qualification.

Much of the detail does not replace what is written in the Handbook, instead the purpose is to produce guidance that supports and maximises opportunities for candidates to progress through the Qualification.

Within this period, there has also been one notice of change. The changes highlighted within this notice do replace what is in the handbook and is presented within this summary as an appendix.

The Hints and Tips reflect the current view of the Forensic Qualification Board. In response to feedback from supervisors, we have reviewed all of the available Hints and Tips and summarised the guidance into this document.

Download the current hints and tips document.

QFP Registrar Clinic

We offer a telephone service for you to speak to the Chief-Supervisor/Registrar directly regarding any queries relating to the qualification.

Appointments must be made in advance by booking online.

Find out how to book an appointment with the registrar clinic.

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