Masters | Postgraduate Course - Forensic Psychology (BPS accredited) MSc Course Details within Nottingham Trent University

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Forensic Psychology (BPS accredited) MSc

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MSc 1 year full time, 2 years part time

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.

Module details

Course modules

  • 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 and Reflective Practice Group
  • Qualitative Research Design and Analysis (One)
  • Mixed Methods
  • Advanced Experimentation and Statistics (One and Two)
  • Forensic Research Project

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.
  • Final selection is based on an interview process with members of the course team.

In order to engage in the interview process and receive enrolment materials in good time we advise that applications are submitted as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Student Destinations

In order to become eligible to obtain Chartered Forensic Psychologist status you will need to be a Graduate Member of the Society with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership and have successfully completed a Society accredited MSc in Forensic Psychology, which this course provides.