Forensic Psychology (Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / MSc)

forensic psychology

Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Build the skills to transform from psychology to forensic psychology professional

On this course you will develop your understanding of the practitioner's role in the investigative and legal process, and in the assessment and treatment of offenders. At the same time you will also learn how to engage in the reflective practice that is essential to maintaining professional competence and integrity.

You will build up a portfolio of materials based on practical activities undertaken in seminars and on field visits, such as courts and prisons. The course also benefits from a programme of guest lecturers, who contribute specialist insight from their work in different forensic settings.

A particular focus is on issues surrounding the commission, detection and prosecution of sexual offences, and the management and treatment of sex offenders. You will examine the research evidence on topics such as multiple perpetrator sexual offending, sexually motivated murder, and male victims, considering how this underpins a sound approach to assessing risk and formulating treatment plans.


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

Study style

Typically, full-time students study two days a week and part-time students study one day a week.

Assessment develops and tests skills essential to practice and consultancy roles. As such, they are designed to replicate typical tasks undertaken by professional forensic psychologists, such as undertaking an offence analysis, identifying treatment targets, and developing a case formulation for proposed interventions.

You will be expected to be able to communicate complex material for different audiences and course work will include a range of formats such as reflective practice reports, posters, case formulations and presentations.

As your final project, you will undertake research and present your findings in the format of an academic journal article.

Entry requirements

  • You will need at least a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent in psychology
  • You should be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) of the BPS
  • A strong academic reference
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent
  • An interview to assess suitability


Fees - 2017/18 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Masters £6000
Postgraduate Diploma £4000
Postgraduate Certificate £2000
Non-EU Students
Masters £13500
Postgraduate Diploma £9000
Postgraduate Certificate £4500

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full or part-time study. Fees can be paid in instalments over the duration of study with further details available in our tuition fee policy.


The course equips students with skills and practical competencies for a career in forensic settings, such as for the police, prison and probation services, secure units, special hospitals, or the Home Office. Other students advance to further academic study and research.

Associated professional accreditations

British Psychological Society (BPS)


British Psychological Society (BPS Accredited

Accredited by the British Psychological Society, you will cove the core areas demanded of Stage 1 registration.

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Specialism in issues surrounding sexual offences and sexual offenders

Develop specialist knowledge around the perpetration, investigation and prosecution of sexual offences, as well as the task of the forensic psychologist in assessing and treating offenders.

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Access specialist facilities and technology

Make use of our forensic interviewing suite, kit for recording stress biomarkers, as well as cutting edge technology that includes EEG and virtual reality equipment.

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