The Graduate Certificate in Applied Forensic Psychology focuses on the application of forensic psychology to the investigation and prosecution of criminal offences. You will study how the history of forensic psychology has shaped contemporary investigative practice and impacted on the professional standing of psychology in the criminal justice system (in Australia and overseas). During this course, you will examine the interviewing of witnesses and suspects, and the application of offender profiling and crime analysis. You will learn evidenced-based approaches for forensic psychology interventions and practical applications. At the completion of your study, you will be able to explain forensic psychology principles using the concepts, language, and major theories of the discipline, and understand the ethical and practical issues of related professions. The Graduate Certificate in Applied Forensic Psychology is intended for psychologists and graduates from a relevant discipline, including criminology, sociology, social work or law, wishing to enter the forensic field. It is available to domestic and international students and includes a compulsory residential school.
The course introduces graduates to some of the main issues in forensic psychology (with an emphasis on investigation, detection and prosecution of criminal conduct). The course may be a bridging course for qualified clinical psychologists wishing to work in forensic areas, or professionals in the criminal justice system (e.g., police officers) wishing to learn about the latest developments in forensic psychology and the application of such knowledge to operational practice.
|Duration||1 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||24|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).|
|Expected Hours of Study||One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.|
|Course Type||Postgraduate Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||GradCertAFP|
|AQF Level||Level 8: Graduate Certificate|
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must demonstrate the following:
· A completed Australian Bachelor degree, or equivalent qualification, in a relevant discipline from a recognised tertiary institution.
A relevant discipline includes: psychology, criminology, sociology, social work or law.
If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or The United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by
the University. Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:
If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test
and achieve the following scores as below.
English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.
Each student will be assessed individually.
No recommended study
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||Not applicable|
|Professional Accreditation||Not applicable|
|Learned Society Accreditation||Not applicable|
|Compulsory Residential School||The final unit (Investigative Interviewing: Suspects) has a three-day residential school.|
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|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have specialised knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area|
|2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review,analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas|
|4. SKILLS Have specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice|
|5. SKILLS Have communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts|
|6. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences|
|7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts|
|9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters|
|10. FOUNDATIONAL KNOWLEDGE sufficient to undertake qualifications|
|11. ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION of knowledge in new or existing disciplines or professional areas drawn from higher education units|
|12. FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS sufficient to undertake qualifications|
|13. ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION of skills in new or existing disciplines or professional areas drawn from higher education units|
|14. Course content drawn from higher education units|
|Number of units: 4||Total credit points: 24|
One Unit (NUP42820 Investigative Interviewing: Suspects) will include a compulsory three-day residential school.
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|PSYC20050||Introduction to Forensic Psychology|
|PSYC20051||Investigative Interviewing: Witnesses|
|PSYC20052||Offender Profiling and Crime Analysis|
|PSYC20053||Investigative Interviewing: Suspects|