Register your interest in our new MSc Applied Forensic Psychology course for 2019/20

We're planning to launch a new MSc Applied Forensic Psychology (subject to approval). Find out what you'll study and how to you can be kept informed of updates.

MSc Applied Forensic Psychology

Take a step towards becoming a forensic psychologist on our new two year MSc Applied Forensic Psychology (subject to final University approval) course for 2019/20 entry. It includes a compulsory placement and development of counselling skills.


The new MSc provides all the background psychological knowledge, professional skills and relevant experience you need to move confidently into forensic psychology work within the legal, criminal and civil justice systems.

This course is for graduates in psychology, who are interested in progressing to careers in the forensic services as practitioners, researchers or managers. It is also for those currently working in the criminal justice or forensic mental health systems, wishing to learn more about the theory and practice behind forensic psychology.

Further your knowledge of forensic psychology

You will gain up-to-date knowledge of psychological theory and practices and develop the insights and skills to carry out research and development projects in forensic services, looking at governance, ethical, organisational issues.

You will also be introduced to the foundation skills of forensic psychology practice and spend time developing basic skills in counselling that can be applied in a variety of forensic settings.

The counselling element of the course, and a year-long placement, will help you acquire skills and experience which, compared with other forensic psychology courses, can greatly enhance your employability prospects.

Compulsory placement

This degree features a compulsory placement integral to the course. The placement can last up to 12 months.

You will work closely alongside a forensic psychologist or other forensic professional throughout your placement, applying knowledge of forensic psychology theories, models and approaches. You can undertake your placement in the UK or overseas.

Professional accreditation

The MSc is in the process of being put forward for accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS). If successful, it will meet the requirement for Stage 1 of the Qualification in Forensic Psychology.

Once accredited, as a graduate of this course, you can then enrol in the BPS Qualification in Forensic Psychology (Stage 2), and achieve the Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP) Qualification in Forensic Psychology. At that stage, you will be qualified to register as a chartered psychologist with the DFP and a practitioner forensic psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.

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