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Revised Qualification in Forensic Psychology (post-July 2021 enrolments)

The BPS Qualification in Forensic Psychology (Stage 2) is a doctoral level qualification and the independent route to training as a forensic psychologist.

Our restructured qualification has been designed by leading experts in the profession. It covers a broad range of knowledge and skills in forensic psychology, training you to become a confident and competent practitioner and researcher through a flexible and supportive framework.

By completing this qualification you will be able to showcase your expertise and professional standards. You will become eligible to join the BPS as a chartered member and be able to register with the HCPC.

If you have any questions you can contact us by phone at 0116 252 9505 or email us at [email protected]

If you are working in a suitable area to gain the required competencies then this qualification is for you. Suitable areas/suitable job roles include

  • prison services;
  • probation services;
  • rehabilitation units;
  • secure hospitals;
  • social services;
  • forensic care settings; and/or
  • any other public, private and voluntary work as deemed appropriate by the Qualifications Board.


  • 2-4 years

Enrolment requirements

  • Graduate Basis for Chartered membership

  • BPS accredited MSc in Forensic Psychology

  • Suitable role to undertake supervised practice

Benefits of undertaking this qualification

  • Become eligible to be a chartered member of the BPS

  • Register with the Health and Care Professions Council

  • Join a network of likeminded professionals as a full member of the BPS Division of Forensic Psychology

  • Open up new career prospects and contribute to the field of forensic psychology

  • Attend training and development events delivered by forensic psychologists

Start date

There are four application points per year:

  • January
  • April
  • July
  • October

Following your application to enrol you will be invited to a Registrar review meeting to explore and agree your Plan of Training.

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