|Location||United Kingdom, (Main Site)|
|Type||Master courses, part-time|
|Nominal duration||2 years|
Undergraduate diploma (or higher)
IELTS: 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each band)
At least 1 reference(s) should be provided.
One academic reference must be sent
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
The Forensic Psychology MSc will provide you with a thorough
grounding in the theory, themes, issues and practical skills central
to psychological research into behaviour relevant to crime and
The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society as
fulfilling the requirements of Stage 1 towards becoming a Chartered
Psychologist and Full Membership of the Division of Forensic
Psychology with the British Psychological Society and a Forensic
Psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council (UK).
You will complete the ten modules listed below. The first five
10-credit modules cover the theoretical basis of forensic psychology
across a range of settings, through all stages of the criminal justice
process, i.e. from investigation to punishment and throughcare, and as
applied to a broad range of crimes. A double (20-credit) module
provides an overview of a key aspect of forensic practice, risk
assessment and risk management which includes offender behaviour
programmes. Two further 10-credit modules are particular features of
this course and explore the legal process (taught by the Coventry Law
School), and practice and application in forensic psychology
(involving a number of guest speakers who are practitioners in
forensic settings). A triple (30-credit) module covers advanced
research methods including both qualitative and qualitative methods,
preparing students for the final module (60 credits), which is an
independent research dissertation/project.
The course offers a part-time and full-time route. Full-time
students attend university two days per week for one academic year.
Part-time students attend one day per week for two academic years.
The course begins at the end of September each year and is completed
in mid September, either one year later for full-time students, or two
years later for part-time students. Students who do not choose to
continue the full MSc may obtain a postgraduate Certificate in
Forensic Psychology if they successfully complete the equivalent of 5
single modules (60 credits), or a Diploma in Forensic Psychology if
they successfully complete the equivalent of 10 single modules (120
credits) of the course (e.g. if they do not complete the
**The MSc Forensic Psychology 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.