Masters | Postgraduate Course - Forensic Psychology and Crime MSc Course Details within Coventry University

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Forensic Psychology and Crime MSc

Study Details

MSc 3 years part time Blended - mix of online and classroom base

The Forensic Psychology and Crime MSc provides part-time students with a unique opportunity to study forensic psychology at a distance, whilst also being able to continue in employment.

The course is underpinned throughout by reflection and critical evaluation of theoretical concepts, research evidence and best practice to ensure the development of a sound, effective and reasoned approach in professional forensic psychological practice. The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as fulfilling the Stage 1 requirements towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and obtaining Full Membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology with the British Psychological Society. Graduates of the programme who go on to successfully complete Stage 2 of the Qualification in Forensic Psychology will be eligible to apply for registration with the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Forensic Psychologist.


  • A unique opportunity to study the BPS accredited Forensic Psychology and Crime MSc through blended learning;
  • interactive and participative teaching supported through the use of Coventry University’s extensive online learning resources;
  • a range of assessment methods, including essays, practical reports, literature reviews, practice-based reports, oral presentations and examinations;
  • development of important transferable skills for forensic practice, for example in considering ethical dilemmas, reflective practice and writing papers in formats suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals.


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Module details

Indicative course content

  • Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour (M71PY)
  • Research Methods in Psychology (M72PY)
  • Violent Crime (M73PY)
  • Criminal and Civil Justice Responses to Crime (M74PY)
  • Psychology in Forensic Decision Making (M75PY)
  • Practice and Contemporary Developments in Forensic Psychology (M76PY)
  • Risk Assessment and Offender Programmes (M77PY)
  • Introduction to the English Legal System (M49CLS)
  • Dissertation in Forensic Psychology (M114PY)

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in Psychology. Consideration will be given to degress in relevant subjects such as science or social sciences provided relevant psychology modules have been studied.

Student Destinations

The Forensic Psychology and Crime MSc provides career opportunities in a variety of forensic settings, such as the prison, probation and police services, local government and other agencies. Expected jobs are varied but may include Assistant Forensic Psychologist, Crime Scene Analyst, Prison Psychologist, Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, Researcher, Police Analyst, Police Officer and Probation Officer. Course alumni have gone on to work in a wide range of settings and roles such as psychological assistants and trainees in a range of settings (including in prisons and mental health settings), probation officers and psychologists within probation, drug support workers, youth offending team staff, police analysts, university lecturers, PhD students, academic researchers and at least one alumnus has set up a new forensic-related company.