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Forensic Psychology - MSc

Why study this course?

This is a highly applied degree which lets you obtain the knowledge and skills relevant to forensic psychology. An ideal course for anyone who wishes to work in an applied legal or criminological setting.

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Through a combination of lectures, workshops, exercises and field trips, this course will give you the skills and knowledge relevant to forensic psychology as well as many other allied areas.

The course is informed by current developments within the field, as well as practical experience. In addition to a comprehensive understanding of forensic psychology theory, we aim to give you practical skills. This is shown in our strong focus on applied assessment and intervention (within a variety of settings and with a range of different clients).

You can further develop your understanding of different client groups by choosing from a range of optional modules. These cover working with children, victims of sexual offences, individuals in secure settings and legal professionals. Alternatively you may wish to study alongside students from America on our International Perspectives on Forensic Psychology Module (delivered alternately in the States and the UK).

We discuss how psychological theory and research is relevant to a range of professional practice settings. This helps you to consider different career options following completion of your studies. A further strength of our course is the opportunity to study alongside other disciplines and areas of psychology. This gives you an understanding of the breadth and range of applied psychology, as well as some of the skills required to work in multidisciplinary teams.


The course is assessed through both coursework and open book examination. Assessment requirements vary according to each module and are designed to allow students to demonstrate their theoretical knowledge in applied ways. Therefore example assessments include professional reports, portfolios, oral presentations, case studies and reflective accounts.

All of the assessments have been designed to enhance students’ academic, professional and employability skills.

You will be required to have:

  • an upper second honours degree in psychology (however we may also consider a lower second if you have relevant work experience)
  • Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). However if you do not have this status please contact us for further information.
  • an understanding of the role of a forensic psychologist
  • the skills and ability to benefit from the course

These requirements will be assessed via the application form (which should include a copy of your transcript), an interview and references.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

The course consists of six core modules, a substantial empirical research project (equivalent to three modules) and an option or designate module.

The main areas of study are:

  • Psychology and Criminal Behaviour
  • The Investigation and Prosecution of Criminal Offences
  • Introduction of Assessment and Intervention
  • Applied Assessment and Intervention
  • Professional Context and Practice of Forensic Psychology
  • Advanced Research Design and Analysis for Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology Project

You should also pick one of the following designate modules:

  • Applied Legal Psychology
  • Psychology and the Penal System
  • Psychology and Sexual Violence - In conjunction with the Child and Women Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU), London Metropolitan University. View more information about the work of this unit.
  • Psychology and the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Young People – Also in conjunction with the Child and Women Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU)
  • International Perspectives in Forensic Psychology - We are very pleased to be able to offer students the opportunity to meet and work alongside US forensic psychology students during the course of this module. This is a joint teaching programme offered in conjunction with Marymount University, Virginia. This module has proved extremely popular and is run alternatively in the UK and in Arlington, near Washington DC. The module consists of a series of site visits and workshops facilitated by UK and American practicing forensic professionals.

We strive to offer a full range of designates. However we cannot guarantee to run all designates every year.

Read more about the modules from our course specification.

Our students tell us that they really value the applied nature of the course.

The International Perspectives Module also comes highly recommended. It is often described as once in a lifetime experience.

Our graduates go on to work in a variety of settings and with a range of clients (eg offenders, victims, police, and probation).  A such, our graduates have gone on to work as police officers, offender treatment providers, within victim services and in probation departments.

We have graduates that work in the Home Office, HM Prison Service, the NHS, Youth Offending Teams and relevant government departments. Other students have focused on working with forensic psychiatric residents in secure settings (eg Medium or Regional Secure Units).

We have also had a number of our students obtain work with charities (such as NACRO) and go on to do further research.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

Use the apply button to begin your application.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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