Forensic Psychology Practice PGDip

Forensic Psychology Practice PGDip

PGDip- full-time 24 months


This professional course is approved by the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). On successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC to practice as a Forensic Psychologist in the UK.

About this course

About this course

This is a work-based Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) approved programme and has been specifically designed for professionals working in a forensic setting. On full and successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC to practice as a Forensic Psychologist in the UK.

The Forensic Psychology Practice PGDip is a two year, full-time course which integrates academic learning with work-based professional activities. You will only be eligible to apply for the course if you are already working in a forensic setting and if you are supervised by a registered forensic psychologist (no placements are provided).

By the end of the programme, you will have developed the necessary practitioner skills to become a qualified forensic psychologist and a competent and professional scientist-practitioner.

We offer an intimate learning experience with a small student group. Teaching and supervision is coordinated ‘in-house’ to ensure high levels of quality and consistency throughout the course.

Quote from a current student

I am really enjoying the Pg Dip in FPP at Newcastle University; it provides a great balance of interesting, relevant and informative workshops and lectures whilst also supporting independent work-based practice. I like the structure of the programme as it allows me to see the progress I am making throughout and receive regular feedback on my practice. The lecturers and tutors are experienced and friendly and have always been on hand to provide advice and support; the benefits of having both an academic and work-based supervisor was a real advantage of studying at Newcastle.


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The PgDip in Forensic Psychology Practice allows you to progress on from your Stage 1 training (ie, MSc Forensic Psychology) to becoming Registered Forensic Psychologists. As such, on successful completion of the programme, you will be able to apply to the HCPC Register of Practitioner Psychologists.

This programme is ideally suited for trainees who are already working in a forensic setting and wish to progress further.

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Fees & Funding

2019-2020 fees

The fees displayed here are per year.

Full time (year one): £2,970
Full time (year two): To be confirmed

Full time (year one): £2,970
Full time (year two): To be confirmed


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EU students starting at Newcastle in 2020 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Entry Requirements

You must have an Undergraduate Psychology degree providing Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). You must have also successfully completed Stage 1 training in Forensic Psychology (eg successfully completed a BPS-accredited MSc in Forensic Psychology)

You must also demonstrate experience in a forensic setting and be working in that setting for a minimum of 20 hours (circa 2½ days) per week. Such settings may include (but not limited to):

  • Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS)
  • National Health Service (NHS)
  • Private Practice

We do not stipulate any pre-determined period of time for such practice but this will normally be around one year. You will have to provide evidence of your experience.

You must secure the availability of a registered Forensic Psychologist to act as your work-based supervisor.

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

Closing date for January 2020 applications is Thursday, 31 October 2019.

Interviews and Assessment Centre will be held on:

Wednesday, 6 November 2019
Wednesday, 13 November 2019.

Start dates and Fee

Start dates

The start date for this course is January.

Selection Procedure

The following process shall take place for the selection of all trainees:

  • you complete an application and personal statement (on-line)
  • you are to answer these additional questions and are to attach them to your application
  • proposed work-based supervisor completes the Employment Endorsement and Reference form (on-line)
  • shortlisting takes place with programme team (using shortlisting document)
  • shortlisted applicants are invited to an Assessment Centre at Newcastle University where various group tasks will be undertaken followed by one individual written task
  • candidates will then be notified of outcome via Programme Administrator
  • for all successful candidates, the Programme Agreement Plan document will then be completed and signed by the: (i) trainee; (ii) the trainee's employer, (iii) work-based supervisor, and (iv) academic supervisor/DPD

Assessment Centre dates are to be confirmed.

You must attend the Assessment Centre in person.