Forensic Psychology MSc
MSc Forensic Psychology
If you want to apply your psychology studies to the exciting field of criminal investigation, then this MSc Forensic Psychology degree course will give you the tools, skills and knowledge to reach your ambition.
You'll learn to understand the different aspects of the legal system, and bring together the disciplines of clinical, social and cognitive psychology, as well as criminology and law. You'll address the major issues concerning the justice system, organisations, individuals and society.
If you're ready to take the next step towards chartered status as a forensic psychologist, this course will introduce you to research at the forefront of the field, and give you the opportunity to get involved with ongoing projects in the department.
MSc Forensic Psychology Master's degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- A good honours degree in Psychology that is recognised by The British Psychological Society as conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC).
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
- All applicants subject to interview.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Learn from the largest group of actively researching forensic psychology academics in the UK
- Put your investigative techniques to the test in our Forensic Interviewing Suite
- Benefit from our connections with custodial establishments, including adult male and women's prisons, young offenders' institutions and secure hospitals
- Be taught in accordance with the academic requirements of the Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP) and the British Psychological Society (BPS)
- Use our laboratories to carry out investigations, with specialist facilities including eye-tracking equipment, observation suite, and digital analysis and video editing suite
- Study themes including professional competence, assessment and interventions with offenders, and investigative psychology and the legal process
- Complete a research project on a topic of your choice, applying your research and data analysis skills to produce a piece of work to a publishable standard
Careers and opportunities
When you graduate, you'll usually do a minimum of 2 years full-time supervised practice in an employment setting. The work of forensic psychologists is varied, ranging from criminal investigations to organisational change, and from matters of civil justice such as child access to operational emergencies such as hostage incidents.
What can you do with a Forensic Psychology degree?
Here are some routes our previous graduates have pursued:
- working in prisons
- probation work
- the police force
- social work
- health services
- the courts
- private practice
What you'll study on this MSc Forensic Psychology degree course
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
You need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.
Core modules include:
- Theory into Practice: Foundations of Professional Competence in Forensic Psychology
- Assessment and Interventions with Offenders
- Empirical Research Project for Forensic Psychology
- Investigative Psychology and the Legal Process
- Research Methods and Data Analysis
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry.
Work experience and career planning
We'll help you to identify voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you complete this course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the heritage, teaching, or other related industries.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
academicwriting notetaking timemanagement criticalthinking presentationskills referencing workingin groups revision, memory and exam techniques
Support with English
If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free English for Academic Purposes programme to improve your English further.
Teaching on this course includes:
- practical sessions in labs and studios
The academic year runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- May to June – assessment period 2
Full-time students will attend the University on Tuesday and Thursday, and part-time students will attend on either a Tuesday or a Thursday, which will then be fixed for the 2 years.
Taught elements of the course will finish at the end of teaching block 2, however, students in their final year of study will submit their final research project in September.
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- briefing reports and essays
- oral presentations
- expert testimony
- research dissertation
Tuition fees (2020 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,000
- International students: £16,400
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £3,000 in year 1 and £6,000 in year 2
- International students: £5,470 in year 1 and £10,930 in year 2
(Fees may be subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
- If you're interested in studying this course in 2021, please contact us.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.