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Diploma in Forensic& Criminal Psychology


Level 5


1 Year

Criminal & Forensic Psychology

Criminal & Forensic Psychology is a specialty in psychology that has become very popular as it offers many exciting, interesting and challenging career options. Using psychological concepts in law enforcement, judicial and correctional processes professionals in criminal and forensic psychology serve community fighting and preventing crimes to make society a safer place.

As the sophisticated nature of the crimes increase day by day, governments and corporate organizations around the world are making crime preventions and crime fighting also equally sophisticated. While government organizations are trying to reduce crime rates in the society corporate organizations are working to reduce fraud and cybercrimes.

From evaluating and assessing criminals, understanding and fighting radicalizations and terrorism to profiling and catching sex offenders, Criminal and forensic psychologists are using their understanding of human behavior and thinking to uncover the dark side of human mind.

Diploma in Criminal & Forensic Psychology

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.

Aims & Objectives

Upon successful completion students are expected  to :

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

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

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

  4. Using psychological assessments in profiling, predicting and identifying criminals 

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


Program Delivery

Program is delivered using modern teaching methods and training techniques that inspires the minds of the students creating enthusiasm, interest and motivation to explore further in to the field. A variety of methods from face to face lectures to case studies, journal discussions, workshops and seminars, small group discussions and group activities are used to create and maintain passion of the students.

Program Structure


Duration                              Standard : 01 Year            Fast-track : 06 months

Delivery                               On Campus / Online

Modules                              08

Compulsory                        05

Electives                              03

Credit Value                       120 UK Credits

Level                                    05 (RQF Standard)

Classes                                Sundays

Awarding Body                 Colombo Institute of Research & Psychology

Accreditation                     Tertiary & Vocational Education Commission  Sri Lanka

Credit Transfer                  Available

Transfer abroad                   Available

Progression                        Higher Diploma / Bachelor’s Degree


Module Structure


Core Modules (Each module is worth 15 UK RQF Credits)


1              Introduction to Psychology                                         

2              Biopsychology                                                                                                  

3              Cognitive Psychology                                                                                    

4              Developmental Psychology                                                                        

5              Social Psychology                                                            


Specialization Modules (Each module is worth 15 UK RQF Credits)


1. Introduction to Criminology & Forensic Science                            

2. Theories of Criminal Behavior & Offender Profiling                     

3. Psychology in Courtroom                                                                        

4. Sexual Offenders                                                                                       

5. Criminal & Forensic Psychology Assessments                                                


A student may select three (03) of the above modules.

Placement & Supervised Training

Students who wish to improve their practitioner skills by obtaining a supervised training and/or placement may benefit from the supervised training programs provided by CIRP life center, CIRP’s own psychotherapy and counseling center.


Assessments are designed to ensure that the students have achieved the required learning outcomes. Students are provided opportunity to take a range of assessments that will empower students to face the various different challenges and demands of their work life upon graduation including written examinations, essays and assignments submitted online, individual and group presentations, social media projects, mini research projects.

Entry Criteria

Educational Qualifications - Standard Entry 

Completed A/L  (SL / Edexcel / Cambrdige / Recognized examinations body) with a minimum of Two (02)  Passes in any Stream 

Or have completed a Foundation Programme  awarded by a recognized College /University 

Educational Qualifications - Special considerations for mature students 

Applicable for candidates who are above 21 and do not meet the above entry criteria. These applications will be handled on an individual basis and the academic board will decide based on the evidence provided by the candidate.

A professional qualification with two (02) years work experience in a relevant field.Or follow the Access Diploma to Higher Education at CIRP.

Language Requirement

A high level of English Proficiency  is required to successfully complete this program.

English Proficiency of the students will be assessed in the beginning of the programs and students who do not meet the expected standard will be asked to follow the English Language Proficiency Program (ELPP) offered by CIRP and obtain the required level of mastery before commencing their studies.

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 Transfers  

Upon successful completion of the 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. 

Award & Certificate

Diploma level qualifications awarded by CIRP and is recognized by TVEC Sri Lanka. Certificate is issued by CIRP and you are able to get the certificate attested by TVEC Sri Lanka as a registered qualification when you apply for foreign universities.

Student Life

CIRP offers and excellent campus life that provides students ample opportunities to enjoy their university life combining academic work with a range of other activities. Most are aimed at providing students the much required recreational time and sufficient time away from classrooms essential for psychological well-being. Working together with the students council, CIRP organizes many activities and events to bring our hidden talents in students, provide confidence, enhance social and interpersonal skills, embrace cultural diversity and have fun in a responsible  way in a safe environment. 

We invite all students to check out student life at CIRP.


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