Forensic Psychology (MSc)

This degree underpins your practice with a sound appreciation of academic research evidence and understanding of the forensic psychologist’s role in investigative and legal processes, as well as the assessment and treatment of offenders.

The programme has a distinctive and strong applied focus and centres around core areas of expertise. One particular focus is on issues surrounding the commission, detection and prosecution of sexual offences, and the management of offenders.

Another focus is on how the forensic practitioner obtains best information and evidence via investigative interviewing, the detection of deception, and special procedures to assist vulnerable witnesses. As you develop your understanding, you’ll learn how to engage in the reflective practice that’s 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.

In line with our applied focus, assignments are designed to model aspects of a professional forensic psychologist’s workload. The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), covering the core areas demanded of Stage 1 registration.

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Study style

Learning and teaching strategies are supported by a mixture of lectures and seminars, personal and professional reflection, with the opportunity of field visits. Assessment is by a range of coursework, such as practice reports, case formulations, presentations and portfolios.

Course modules

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

  • At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in psychology
  • Eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered membership of the BPS
  • Applicants for this course will be invited to attend an interview to assess suitability
  • A strong academic reference
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) 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 setting. Advice on suitable options can be available on request should you be invited for interview.


Fees - 2020/21 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £9000
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £14700

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study; see also the details of potential extra costs. Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.


The course equips students with the knowledge and skills for a developing career in forensic settings such as: assistant psychologist posts, national and international police services, crime analysts and fraud investigators, prison and probation services, youth teams, secure units and special hospitals, and the wider security and investigative services (e.g., Dstl, MoD, IPCC, Home Office). In addition there is potential to advance to further academic study and research (e.g., PhD / Research Assistant).

Associated professional accreditations

The MSc Forensic Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) (Stage 1).

Video below courtesy of the British Psychological Society.

Court room

Gathering information

Develop specialist knowledge of investigative processes and procedures which are used to enhance the gathering of information, intelligence and evidence.

psychologist talking to client

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 formulating interventions.

evidence room

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

School of Natural and Social Sciences

Our School of Natural and Social Sciences provides the best possible student experience with cutting-edge technology and strong practical elements to each course. You will work closely with lecturers and other students in the seminar room, the laboratory and the field.

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