Forensic behavioural science concerns the study of the relationship between human behaviour and offending, including:
- understanding how criminal behaviour is produced and what might be done to prevent such behaviour
- informing practice in the field of forensic mental health
- assisting professionals responsible for the assessment and treatment of the mentally disordered whose behaviour has led, or could lead, to offending
- influencing the way that law enforcement, courts and criminal justice systems identify and manage offenders.
Postgraduate research and clinical qualifications
We provide postgraduate training opportunities to students leading to the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Psychology, Doctor of Psychology (Clinical and Forensic Psychology), and PhD.
Our research team can supervise students undertaking the above research programs, as well as those undertaking the Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) offered by the Department of Psychological Sciences. If you’d like to be considered for supervision, check whether your interests align with our research themes or projects. We encourage students keen to approach novel areas to also apply, but please discuss this first with your potential supervisor.
Applying for PhD supervision
To apply for supervision by one of our researchers, there is a two-step selection process:
- You must submit a Statement of Intent via email no later than 30 September (in order to start in February the following year, if successful). This statement must include:
- Your personal details — title, name, citizenship, country of residence, email and intent to apply for a scholarship.
- Research details — the program you will be applying for, research area(s) of interest, brief summary of potential research idea [300–400 words] and previous research experiences and publications.
- Three potential supervisors, ranked in order of preference — the primary supervisor must be one of our team members.
- Qualifications — qualification, year granted, results achieved, awarding institution and language of study.
- After considering your research interests and the supervisor’s availability, we’ll encourage successful candidates to formally apply for further consideration for enrolment in a PhD.
Note: The above submission date may change depending on the scholarship submission process. We also strongly encourage you to contact potential supervisors and discuss your research interests before the Statement of Intent deadline.