This British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited Forensic Psychology Masters degree is designed to prepare psychology graduates with the academic knowledge and skills necessary to conduct practical work and research within a forensic context. The BPS accreditation means that by obtaining the MSc in Forensic Psychology you’ll be completing the first stage in your professional training required by the BPS to become a qualified practitioner within the field of forensic psychology (Chartered Forensic Psychologist).

The focus on blending research and practical expertise is reflected in the course team, which consists of forensic practitioners or academics who each have considerable experience working with offenders and victims in a range of forensic contexts in the UK. Attached to the MSc in Forensic Psychology is the Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit (SOCAMRU), which incorporates a group of active researchers currently engaged in collaborative work with:

  • HM Prison Service
  • the Police Service
  • the National Health Service (NHS)
  • High Secure Hospitals.

Study Details:

MSc 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Module Details:

  • Explanations of Crime, Criminal Behaviour and Victimology
  • Police, Justice System and Psychology
  • Prison, Rehabilitation and Aftercare
  • Assessment, Formulation and Treatment of Offenders and Victims
  • Professional Forensic Practice
  • Qualitative Research Design and Analysis One
  • Mixed Methods
  • Advanced Experimentation and Statistics One and Two
  • Forensic Research Project

Student Destinations

What are graduates of the MSc Forensic Psychology doing now?

The job titles below give you an indication of the careers our recent MSc Forensic Psychology graduates are following.

  • Mental health support worker
  • Force intelligence research officer
  • Assistant psychologist
  • Research assistant
  • Interventions facilitator in a prison
  • Programme facilitator in a prison
  • Healthcare support worker
  • Analyst at a police force
  • Review officer at a police force
  • Psychology graduate intern

*Data extracted from the Nottingham Trent University Graduate Destinations Database 2015/16 – 2016/17.

You may also be interested in pursuing a place on a clinical psychology doctoral route or research roles or PhD study on a forensic area.


2020 entry fees: Home/EU: full-time £7,200 part-time £3,600 (for Year One*) International: full-time £15,100 part-time £7,550 (for Year One*)

Entry Requirements

  • You will need a British Psychological Society (BPS) recognised undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1) in Psychology or an equivalent qualification that confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the BPS.
  • All applicants must explain why they want to study the Forensic Psychology course in their personal statement.
  • Applicants whose undergraduate degree is a 2.2 or equivalent will also be considered, but will be required to demonstrate relevant forensic experience and ability to study at the required academic level.
  • One academic and one vocational reference is required. Applicants who have not been in academic study for several years and cannot provide an academic reference will be required to provide a second vocational reference.
  • Take part in a face-to-face interview with a lecturer/practitioner, and complete a written exercise and a group task.

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