Diploma in Popular Forensic Psychology

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps


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The term “forensic” is generally used to refer to psychologists who work with offenders, and/or victims of crime. Forensic psychology is concerned with the application of psychological principles within the judicial system, as it examines the interface between criminal justice and psychology. The focus of this course aims to train students to apply psychological insights, concepts and skills to the understanding and functioning of the legal and criminal justice system.

Programme Aims and Objectives

Due to its diverse nature, this course aims to present ten lectures designed for the student to gain a knowledge and understanding of the practical application of psychological principles in a forensic environment. The many facets of the work of a forensic psychologist will be outlined and students will obtain knowledge on crime and criminal behaviour. The clinical and forensic assessment of psychopathy and the many types of criminal offenders, including homicidal offenders will be presented.


To be awarded the Diploma in Forensic Psychology, a student will be required to complete a written assignment and a case study assignment (100%).

​Course Content

Introduction to Forensic Psychology

An overview of the many areas of criminal and forensic psychology, its history, the settings in which forensic psychologists might work, careers in the field and requirements for employment is provided.

Psychology of Criminal Behaviour

The background to criminal behaviour is examined. Theories of crime are proposed and the effectiveness of biological/sociological/psychological approaches in explaining criminal behaviour is questioned.

Psychology of the Victim

The area of victimology is examined, with a particular focus on children as victims.

Clinical and Forensic Assessment of Psychopathy

The clinical and forensic assessment of “psychopaths” is studied. The varying definitions of psychopaths, antisocial personality disorder and sociopaths are explored.

Sexual Offenders

Pedophilia and sexual offenders are researched. Societal responses to child sexual abuse and children as witnesses are explored.

Psychological Profiles of Homicidal Offenders

The area of investigative psychology is pursued. The nature of murder and the history, classification and motivation of homicidal offenders is explored. 

Risk  Assessment for Criminal Offenders

Current trends in the assessment of risk and dangerousness are outlined. The evaluation and treatment of offenders is presented and the management of psychopaths in prison is discussed. 


The programme will be delivered on a lecture/ workshop basis, with practical exercises, which illuminate the area and provide the basis for an interactive session. Emphasis will be placed on interaction and participation throughout the course, and multimedia methods will be used to reference case studies and contemporary issues in forensic psychology.

Further Study Options

As this Diploma programme provides students with a foundation in the area of psychology students may wish to proceed to study one of the DBS diploma or degrees in Psychology (minimum entry requirements will apply).


The fee for this Diploma is €1,325.This is inclusive of tuition, registration, exam fees and DBS library membership. This fee must be paid in full before the course begins.  View all DBS Evening Diploma Fees here.

DBS Diploma students can also avail of a wide range of facilities to assist them in every aspect of their studies, please see below for more details.

DBS Student Facilities

• Online Notes System (DBS Moodle)- is an eLearning system designed to provide you with a range of course material which will enhance and support your learning experience within DBS.
• DBS Library Aungier Street- the Library provides a programme of classes in the areas of Library resources, essay writing skills, avoiding plagiarism and referencing to assist you in your studies. 
• DBS Careers and Appointment Service- which provides a range of services for Diploma students such as career advice and workshops in CV writing and interview skills.
• Subsidised Parking- DBS provides subsidised parking arrangements for students, which provides easy access to all main public transport routes in and out of the city centre.
• Subsidised Student Canteen- Diploma students can avail of the Student Canteen which is open in the evenings and offers a wide variety of choices on its menu.

Next Steps

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Awarding Body: 
Dublin Business School
Schedule: 1 evening per week, 6.15-​9.30pm
Intake: October & February
Duration: 1​0 weeks ​Part-time

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We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2018. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: admissions@dbs.ie
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