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CL61 - Graduate Certificate in Applied Forensic Psychology


Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

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.

Career Information

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.

Course Details
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 8 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 8, 16, 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

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2020


Term 1 - 2020


Term 1 - 2019

Please note that this course is only available for study in part time mode.
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International Availability

Term 2 - 2020


Term 1 - 2020


Term 1 - 2019

Please note that this course is only available for study in part time mode.
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Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information
Entry Requirements

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.

English Requirements:
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:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 or 12, or equivalent), or
  • Tertiary diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years full-time with a minimum overall GPA 4.0 completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or The United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

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.

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least
    6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall & minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based
    Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

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.

Security Requirements
Health Requirements
Assumed Knowledge

No recommended study

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School The final unit (Investigative Interviewing: Suspects) has a three-day residential school.
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Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2019 14
Inherent Requirements
There are currently no inherent requirements associated with this course.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Integrate and apply an advanced body of knowledge in the field of forensic psychology in a range of contexts for professional practice and scholarship
  • 2. Investigate and evaluate complex information, data, concepts, theories and evolving evidence in the field of forensic psychology
  • 3. Apply creative and strategic thinking skills to identify and solve complex problems in an appropriate forensic context
  • 4. Critically reflect on ethical and culturally appropriate practices, and professional development.
  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
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

One Unit (NUP42820 Investigative Interviewing: Suspects) will include a compulsory three-day residential school.

Available units
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
More Details
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