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Hi there can anyone let me know just how important a BPS accredited undergraduate degree is if i want to pursue forensic psychology? I know to practice i will need a masters and a doctorate (accredited ones) but for an undergraduate is bps accreditation essential to continue in the field of forensic psychology? any help is welcome thank you ๐Ÿ™
Yes it does need to be accredited, or you need to do a conversion course before you do the forensics masters (or at least the stage 2 to be qualified, maybe)/doctorate
Original post by Rooooooo
Hi there can anyone let me know just how important a BPS accredited undergraduate degree is if i want to pursue forensic psychology? I know to practice i will need a masters and a doctorate (accredited ones) but for an undergraduate is bps accreditation essential to continue in the field of forensic psychology? any help is welcome thank you ๐Ÿ™

yeah it needs to be accredited, may I ask where you are studying? as BPS unaccredited undergrad course feel rarer these days? You need to meet the BPS requirements for graduate basis of registration in order to get on postgraduate stuff. The irony is a lot of psychologists I know, post qualifying stop bothering with the BPS, but you need to play ball first.

In my day.....there was no stage 2 masters for forensic and I fell foul of the MSc not being accredited but it got accredited just before graduation so I do appreciate some courses are not always up front about information.

Id also say, which may be influenced too much by my own experience so pinch of salt, forensic psychology is way too niche in the UK. A clinical psychologist can apply for any job you can and NOT vice versa. Working with offenders there are multiple routes too. Forensic psychology gets a "sexy" impression like you'll be alongside the police things deep thoughts about offender profiling.

In truth you'll be delivering sex offender treatment programs and HCR-20s

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