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University of Gloucestershire
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Forensic Psychology


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Full Time
Course length
1 Years
Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Course overview

Accredited by the British Psychological Society, on this course you’ll develop the expertise for a successful career in forensic psychology.

You’ll underpin your practice with both a sound appreciation of academic research evidence, and an understanding of the Forensic Psychologist’s role in investigative and legal processes, as well as the assessment and treatment of offenders.

The Forensic Team have a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the subject area. You’ll have access to the current and timely research that staff members are involved in, and which makes a difference in those applied forensic contexts.

The course is block-taught two days a week (currently Tuesdays and Thursdays). You’ll learn through a mixture of lectures and seminars, personal and professional reflection, and the opportunity of field visits. Your studies will be assessed by a range of coursework – practice reports, case formulations, presentations and portfolios.

As you develop your understanding, you’ll learn how to engage in the reflective practice that will be essential to maintaining professional competence and integrity. You’ll explore the ethical, legal, professional and personal dilemmas that can arise in professional practice within forensic settings.

It’s planned that this course will be taught at UoG’s new campus in Gloucester city centre from September 2025.

The vibrant campus will be at the heart of the regeneration of Gloucester city centre. It will bring an iconic building back to life as a modern centre for teaching, learning and community partnerships, through placements, research and outreach activity, and provide cutting-edge facilities for your course.

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Entry requirements

    • At least a 2.2 honours degree in Psychology with Graduate Basis Chartered membership of BPS

    • Eligible for Graduate Basis Chartered membership of BPS. If you do not yet have eligibility, it can be obtained by completing the conversion course MSc Psychology.


    • Applicants for this course may be required to undertake an interview.

    • You must possess a strong academic reference

    • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in writing and in any other band) or equivalent.

    • You will be expected to undertake some relevant experience before starting the course – for instance in a volunteer capacity or shadowing a professional in a forensic-related position. Advice on suitable options is available on request.

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Students usually support themselves through a postgraduate loan, private savings, family support or sponsorship from an employer. For advice and guidance on your funding options, contact the Money Advice team at or call 01242 714535.

UoG graduates receive 15% off postgraduate tuition fees. Terms apply.

Start date Location Course code Fee (UK)
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Fee (international)
Total fee
Sep 2024 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham £9,675 £17,100
Sep 2025 City Campus, Gloucester TBC TBC
Sep 2026 City Campus, Gloucester TBC TBC

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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

96% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply.

*Graduate Outcomes Survey published 2024 and based on 2021/22 leavers

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Gather specialist information

You’ll develop specialist knowledge of the investigative processes and procedures which are used to enhance the gathering of information, intelligence and evidence.

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Study sexual offence and offenders issues

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

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Access specialist facilities and tech

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. There’s also the opportunity to explore scenarios in our Crime Scene House.

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Push your possible with a master's degree

Increase your pay potential, specialise in a subject you love, or pursue your passion and switch careers.

UoG alumni can benefit from a postgraduate scholarship discount of 15% off tuition fees.

Discover the benefits of studying a master’s degree.

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Trips and experiences

You’ll be able to gain real-world insights through field visits. The course also has strong links with local services who offer opportunities to engage in additional volunteer opportunities.

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