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.