How to become a forensic psychologist
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- working towards this role
You'll need to complete:
- a 3-year degree in psychology accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS)
- a postgraduate master's in forensic psychology
- complete 2 years’ supervised practice on Stage 2 of the BPS Qualification in Forensic Psychology - QFP
Some universities offer a doctorate programme in forensic psychology, which is the equivalent of both an accredited master's and supervised practice.
If you have a degree in a different subject, you may be able to complete an approved psychology conversion course.
Competition for postgraduate training is strong. You'll need a first or upper second class degree, and evidence of excellent research skills to apply. You'll also need relevant work experience, for example in a prison or with a mental health service.
You'll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths
- 3 A levels or equivalent
You may be able to start your career in HM Prison Service as an interventions facilitator.
You could study for a psychology degree part time, while you work. Once complete, you could apply for trainee forensic psychologist roles.
- you'll need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council
Professional and industry bodies
You can join the The British Psychological Society for professional recognition and training opportunities.