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MSc Forensic Psychology

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Study Mode Part-time
Year of Entry 2023/24

Forensic Psychology

Part-time Psychology

Study the theories of criminal behaviour and the application of psychological theory to practice.

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What is the fee? Home: £3,305 - £6,610 per year
International/EU: £16,385 for the course
How long will I study? 2 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
When do I start? September 2023

Course summary

  • Study a British Psychology Society accredited course.
  • Work towards completing Stage One of the two-stage BPS chartership process.
  • Learn new research methods and conduct your own empirical project.
  • Gain consultancy skills, communicating with professional audiences.
  • Develop the knowledge, skills, values and academic approach to work in areas relating to forensic psychology.

On this course, you'll study both psychological theory and practice. You'll focus on investigative psychology, the role of psychology within criminal justice processes, and how offenders are assessed and treated. Upon graduation, you'll be prepared for a range of worthwhile career paths.

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MSc Forensic Psychology graduate Emma Finch

‘The teaching staff were both knowledgeable and passionate about their subject field. Their passion was infectious, and one of the reasons I became interested in furthering my studies. This course was the stepping stone I needed to progress to PHD level.’

Emma Finch, MSc Forensic Psychology, 2018 graduate

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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

The course has a blended learning approach. You will attend for four 'block weeks' in October, November, February and March. The rest of your learning will be undertaken online, with screencasts, online activities and discussion threads. During block weeks, you will participate in workshop-based activities on topics in forensic psychology.

You learn through

  • workshop-based activities on campus
  • independent study
  • online activities
  • guest lecturers
  • screencasts

Course leaders and tutors

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Jane Adlard
Programme Director MSc Forensic Psychology

Applied learning

Networking opportunities

There are guest speakers from the field of criminal justice and you gain experience in research skills, learn about ongoing personal and professional development.

Future careers

This course prepares you to go on to Stage 2 of the chartership process, or further postgraduate study such as a PhD.

The course also prepares you for a career as a

  • crime analyst
  • police officer
  • researcher
  • interventions facilitator
  • assistant psychologist
  • trainee probation officer
  • appropriate adult
  • youth justice worker


This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society.

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Entry requirements

All students

You should have successfully completed an undergraduate honours degree in psychology (2:1 or above). Undergraduate honours degrees in criminology or other relevant disciplines may also be considered. It would be helpful if your previous studies included research methods.

If you have successfully completed an undergraduate honours degree in psychology (or other relevant discipline) with a 2:2, you may be considered if you can satisfy the course team that you have the ability to complete the course (eg through evidence significant work experience in criminal justice, or successful completion of other relevant postgraduate study). For example, your work experience could be in the voluntary sector in youth justice, support work, drug rehabilitation, or programme facilitation.

If your undergraduate degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), you will be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) of the BPS. This means that by completing the MSc Forensic Psychology, you will fulfil Stage 1 of the requirements towards chartered membership of the BPS and full membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology.

If your undergraduate degree is not accredited by the BPS, you can gain eligibility for the GBC of the BPS through alternative routes. Such routes include BPS acceptance of an overseas psychology degree, or undertaking a conversion course such as a BPS accredited MSc in Psychology.

If English is not your first language or your undergraduate degree was not conducted in English, then you will be required to have an English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS (or equivalent) band 6.5, with a minimum score of 6.0 in writing.

Please note that closing date is the 25th April 2022, and all applications will be considered on Monday 2nd May 2022.

When completing your application form, please keep in mind that the selection panel will be considering the following:

• your grades

• your relevant work experience (paid or voluntary), or planned

• your personal statement, which should reflect your understanding of forensic psychology, and careers in this field, explain why you wish to undertake the course, and how the course fits in with your career aspirations. Try to include reference to the course-specific modules, and give some evidence as to how these fit with your particular interests. You should also discuss any relevant research you have undertaken during other studies, and what research interests you would like to pursue during the course.

As there are very limited places available on the MSc Forensic Psychology, it is important that your application form is completed fully and you cover the points indicated above in clear and concise detail. We reserve the right not to consider incomplete applications.

The selection panel may also invite applicants to attend a brief interview as part of the application process, which can be either face-to-face or via Skype.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. For further information on the structure of the MSc please contact the course leader.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Assessment And Formulation Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Offender Treatment And Interventions Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Quantitative Research Methods Credits: 15 Assessment: Exam
Module: Theories Of Criminal Behaviour Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Forensic Consultancy Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Dissertation And Continuing Professional Development Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Investigative Psychology Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Legal And Criminal Justice Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Qualitative Research Methods Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting part-time study in 2023/24 are: Year 1: £3,305, Year 2: £6,610

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

This course is not eligible for full-time Student visa sponsorship. International/EU students may apply for part-time Student visa sponsorship on an individual basis. Please contact Admissions for further advice.

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This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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