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Forensic Psychology 


Accredited by the British Psychological Society, this course is designed to develop the skills, knowledge and attributes required for a career in forensic settings such as the police, prison and probation services, secure units, special hospitals, or the Home Office.

The programme emphasises the importance of practitioner skills, providing training in project management and business skills needed for professional practice, including consultancy. The assessment strategy was designed with input from HM Prison Service to replicate tasks faced in professional settings, such as preparing expert witness statements and case formulations, and engaging in reflective practice.

The course has a particular focus on issues surrounding the commission, detection and prosecution of sexual offences, and the management and treatment of sex offenders. As well as developing a professional specialism, this emphasis provides the grounding for students interested in pursuing an academic career. Students are equipped with advanced research skills in designing, conducting and executing research projects.

Typical Modules

  • Psychology, Investigation and the Legal Process
  • Offenders: Causes, Assessment and Treatment
  • Issues in Sexual Offending
  • Professional Skills
  • The Practitioner Consultant
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Dissertation


  • focus on development of effective and critically reflective practitioners
  • specialism in sex offending
  • assessment develops and tests skills essential to practice and consultancy roles
  • accredited by British Psychological Society, covering all the core areas demanded of Stage One registration

Career Paths

  • Prison Service
  • special hospitals, secure units/settings
  • academic/research

How will the course be assessed?

A range of coursework (no exams), including reflective practice reports, case formulations, and expert witness reports.

Entry requirements

  • you will need at least a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent in Psychology
  • you will need Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC)
  • a strong academic reference
  • international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent

Study Options

Full-time / Part-time


Francis Close Hall

Associated Professional Accreditations

The British Psychological Society

Enquiries and Applications

Student Recruitment Office
Waterworth Building
The Park, Cheltenham
Gloucestershire GL50 4BS
Tel: 01242 714500
Fax: 01242 714827

Programme Specifications

Open Day Dates...

Postgraduate and Professional:

  • 12 February 2015
    Postgraduate Open Day
  • 11 June 2015
    Postgraduate Open Day
  • 26 September 2015
    Open Day for Teacher Training ONLY at our Francis Close Hall Campus.
Fees - 2014/15 Academic Year
Home and EU Students  
MSc Full Course Fee£4860
Non-EU Students  
MSc Full Course Fee£10750
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Course Leader
Claire Cooke
Tel: 01242 715361

Course Administrator
Tel: 01242 714823



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