Our study options
The Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science offers postgraduate research and clinical qualifications as well as online graduate degrees and single unit enrolments in the fields of forensic behavioural science, forensic psychology and forensic mental health.
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 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
Course information and entry requirements
Our research team can supervise students undertaking the above research programs, as well as those undertaking the Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) offered in partnership with 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 PhD supervision with one of our researchers at the CFBS, there is a two-step selection process.
- Please directly contact potential supervisors via email to discuss your research interests. When contacting our team members, we encourage you to send through:
- 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.
- 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. A limited number of internal and external scholarships are available to PhD students on a competitive basis.
Note: We encourage you to formally apply no later than 30 September (to start in February in the following year, if successful).
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 in advance of the deadline.
If you have any further questions regarding the PhD application process for CFBS research projects, please contact Dr. Stephane Shepherd.
Entry into Research Degrees
Our research degrees give you access to specialist facilities, world-class researchers, training and support. Learn more about what we offer and how to apply.
We offer online graduate degrees to forensic practitioners around the world. Admission to the programs is available to students who possess a relevant tertiary qualification or significant relevant work experience.
Forensic Behavioural Science
This nested suite of courses aims to promote the use of evidence-based practice across a range of settings and disciplines. These three courses employ a flexible approach, allowing clinical and professional staff working with forensic clients to develop their skills according to their interests and needs. Students can commence their studies at the graduate certificate or diploma level and build towards to full masters qualification.
Forensic Mental Health Nursing
Nurses are essential workers in most services caring for forensic mental health patients. We’re a provider of education to both graduate and post graduate nursing professionals who wish to further their knowledge of best practice approaches to patient care. As effective nursing requires a range of skills, we provide the option of two forensic mental health nursing units, to ensure our graduates are best equipped to manage their complex roles. Our units are the preferred forensic specific training for staff at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare).
Forensic Psychiatric Practice
We are one of three accredited providers of academic training for psychiatrists wishing to specialise in forensic practice. The Graduate Certificate in Forensic Psychiatric Practice is the only psychiatry-specific course that satisfies the academic requirements of Advanced Trainees for admission to the College of RANZCFP.
For clinical consultants, the unit Psychiatry in Forensic Contexts can be undertaken by consultant psychiatrists as a single unit as part of their professional development activities, equipping them with the necessary skills to expand their practice for work in the forensic field.
Single unit enrolments
Do you want to expand your knowledge in a specific area of forensic practice without needing to complete a full degree?
We offer online single unit enrolments in the following areas:
- Core skills in forensic practice
- Fundamentals of criminal law process
- Principles of violence risk assessment and management
- Advanced violence risk assessment and management
- Mental disorder and offending
- Working with difficult personalities in the forensic context
- Substance misuse and offending
- Problem behaviours 1
- Trauma and offending
- Forensic mental health nursing
- Working in corrections and youth justice
- Development, developmental disability and offending
- Psychiatry in forensic contexts
These single units are offered in collaboration with the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare).
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There are many ways to study single units at Swinburne, choose the option that suits you.
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Contact the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science
There are many ways to engage with us. Whether you’re a student, from the media or an organisation interested in our professional development and training programs or consulting services, contact us on +61 3 9214 3887 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.