Diploma in Forensic & Criminal Psychology


Level 5


06/12 Months


About the Course

Diploma in Criminal & Forensic Psychology is a program designed to provide individuals with basic knowledge and skills required to better understand behaviors and thinking patterns of individuals who commit crimes and display deviant tendencies.

During the program students will be introduced to biological, cognitive, social, developmental determinant of behavior and their contribution to criminal behavior. Program will also discuss how psychological frameworks could be used in forensic psychology in terms of offender profiling, forensic interviews, eye witness testimonies and jury decision making.

Upon successful completion students are expected to :

  • Understand the genetic, biological, social and developmental factors that contribute to criminal and anti-social behaviors.

  • Demonstrate core knowledge of psychological theories applicable to criminology and forensic science

  • Apply psychological insights to crime prevention, crime fighting, rehabilitation of criminals and improving forensic investigations

  • Using psychological assessments in profiling, predicting and identifying criminals

  • Apply psychological theories in policy making, protecting vulnerable groups and managing prisoners

Program Structure

Duration 01 Year

Delivery On Campus / On Line

Modules 08

Compulsory 08

Electives N/A

Credit Value 120 UK Credits

Level 05 (RQF Standard)

Classes Sundays

Module Structure

# Module Title

1 Introduction to Psychology

2 Biopsychology

3 Developmental Psychology

4 Social Psychology

5 Introduction to Criminal & Forensic Psych

6 Psychology of Courtroom

7 Criminal Behavior & Offender Profiling

8 Sexual Offenders

Entry Criteria

Standard Entry : Two (02) A/L Passes or O/L + Foundation / Diploma Level Qualification

If you are not eligible under the standard entry, you may be eligible under the work related entry

Work related Entry : Individuals currently working in legal system may enter the programs if they meet any of the following criteria

Possess a Qualification in a relevant field

One Year Experience in Police / Military / Justice System / Child Protection

Language Proficiency :Students should possess a high level of proficiency in Reading, Writing and Speaking English to make use of the programs.

All students must face an interview after registration before paying the course fee. Registration fee of the rejected applicants will be refunded

Academic Progression in Sri Lanka

Upon successful completion of this Diploma, students are eligible to apply for exemptions for the similar modules in the following programs

Diploma of Higher Education in Psychology

Diploma of Higher Education in Psychology & Criminology

BSc (Hons) Psychology

If you already have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline, upon successful completion of this Diploma, you are eligible to apply for the following Postgraduate programs

MSc Applied Psychology – Child & Adolescent Practice

MSc Applied Psychology – Counseling Psychology

MSc Applied Psychology – Forensic Psychology

International Credit Transfer

Upon successful completion of this Diploma, students are eligible to apply for exemptions for the similar modules in related programs through credit transferring.

We could recommend you the universities that we already have a partnership with or if you have a preferred country and/or a University we could support you to transfer the credits by working with the university.

Employability – Local & Foreign

CIRP Qualifications are registered with the Tertiary and Vocational Qualification Authority of Sri Lanka, therefore your qualification is recognized by the Government of Sri Lanka as a vocational qualification. If you plan to apply for foreign employment, You are eligible to get your certificate endorsed by the Government of Sri Lanka as a recognized qualification.

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Further Study & Transfer Options