MSc Forensic Psychology

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    MSc 1 year full-time

Course Description

Are you fascinated by the psychology of crime and criminal investigation?  Do you want to learn about those who commit crime and how we might foster offence free living?  Would you like to understand more about professional practice as a forensic psychologist?   This master’s degree has been designed to provide a thorough grounding in Forensic Psychology as required for Stage 1 training as a forensic psychologist accredited by the British Psychological Society.

In this MSc you will develop and apply psychology knowledge to criminal investigation processes, working with those who offend and working with other professionals in the criminal justice system.  You will also undertake a large scale research project in which you will examine an area of forensic psychology theory and practice.

This course has excellent links with statutory and third sector services such as probation, prison, forensic mental health and third sector services.  Staff from these teams are actively involved in providing teaching and opportunities for research to students on this programme.


The programme combines expertise from academics and practitioners, ensuring that the programme content is relevant, up-to-date and evidence-based.  Expertise within the team in psychological assessment, formulation and treatment; investigative processes and staff supervision provides a unique and applied focus for this programme.

Our experience of translating our science from research into real-world impact for society directly benefits our students as it informs our course content. In the latest research assessment, 100% of our research was considered internationally excellent in terms of our impact (REF2021).

We are also ranked 25th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2024.

Our state-of-the-art research facilities include a high-density electroencephalography (EEG) suite, a fully fitted sleep laboratory, a social observation suite, eye-tracking, psychophysiological, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), and conditioning labs, a lifespan lab and baby room, plus more than 20 all-purpose research rooms.

Entry Requirements

To be considered for this Masters degree you will need:

  • An initial degree (a minimum of a 2.1) in Psychology (conferring Graduate Basis for Chartership – GBC)
  • A well written personal statement which answers the following questions:

    1. Why you want to study for an MSc in Forensic Psychology (max 200 words)

    2. Your understanding of what a Forensic Psychologist does in their role (max 200 words)

    3. Describe any employment or voluntary experience and how it might be relevant to this programme of study  (max 200 words)

    4. Finally, tell us a little about yourself, your interests and career aspirations (max 350 words)

  • A current academic reference.
  • If English is not your first language you will need to have a minimum of IELTS 7, with a minimum of 6.5 in all domains, or a University approved equivalent, prior to starting the programme.

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Student Destinations

Forensic psychologists work in prison, probation and forensic mental health settings, working closely with the police, the courts, and with victims of crime.  Individuals completing an MSc in Forensic Psychology might also choose to develop a career in other roles within the criminal justice system such as the probation, prison or police services.

This course has professional links with a number of local service providers including:

  • Local Health Boards and Social Services departments
  • HM Prison and Probation service
  • Independent sector and third sector providers
  • Local Police Forces

Module Details

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