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Forensic Psychology MSc

Apply psychology to criminal investigation with our accredited MSc Forensic Psychology degree. Study full or part-time towards chartered status.

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Overview

If you want to apply what you learned through your undergraduate psychology studies to the field of offender behaviour, then this Master's in Forensic Psychology will give you the knowledge and skills to work in the criminal justice system, or train to become a qualified forensic psychologist.

The course brings together the disciplines of clinical, social and cognitive psychology, with criminology and law. You'll address the major issues concerning the justice system in relation to individuals, organisations and society, and when you successfully complete your studies, you'll be able to apply your knowledge in a range of contexts from criminal investigations, to welfare, wellbeing and rehabilitation.

Accredited by the British Psychological Society, the course represents the first of 2 stages of training required to become a Chartered and Registered Forensic Psychologist. 

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Eligibility

This course accepts UK, EU, and international students.

Application deadline

The application deadline for this course is 28 February of the year it begins. If the course isn't filled by the deadline, late applications will be considered. However, it's best to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Course highlights:

  • Learn from the largest group of actively researching forensic psychology academics in the UK
  • Work with professionally qualified practitioners and researchers in forensic psychology
  • Use our specialist facilities for interview observation including eye-tracking and digital analysis
  • 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
  • Fulfill stage 1 of 2 stages of training required to become a Chartered and Registered Forensic Psychologist

Discover MSc Forensic Psychology

Hear from our students, meet the course leader and discover our facilities as you explore our MSc Forensic Psychology degree.

Lydia

Forensic psychology has so many parts you can go down.

Amy

We have such an amazing staff of forensic experts here. So it just enables you to gain all the
expertise you need.

On the forensic psychology course, we look a lot at interviewing techniques, children with adults
and how that differs, false memories, the impact of that.

Dr Dominic Pearson

A distinctive feature on the course is its applied nature and practice based thinking and skills are a
unifying thread across our teaching and our assessment.

Beatriz

It feels more hands on, even though it's mostly theory. We’re talking about the day to day as a
forensic psychologist.

Dr Dominic Pearson

The topics are all of the information needed and all of the kind of training needed to be an applied
practitioner. There's an important module on the foundations of professional competence, which
we call theory into practice.

People start to think more about systemic influences and contextual influences on that.

Another module for our practitioner students is assessment interventions, and on there, students
will develop their own portfolio of a case study and also knowledge on offender typologies.

Overall, the course is there to provide training for people to become a practitioner forensic
psychologist.

Hannah

The facilities that the University of Portsmouth offer are great.

They're so broad. We have movement centres, we have VR centres, we have so many
opportunities in terms of the actual facilities, a library that's open 24/7.

Beatriz

We have tutoring groups and we have an amazing group of lecturers. They're always open to talk
to us.

Dr Dominic Pearson

I think this course really does allow people to re-envision themselves.

Lydia

My ultimate goal is to become a forensic psychologist.

It's the sort of stage one of two stages basically to become qualified.

Amy

So the Master's was a really excellent midpoint to connect where I wanted to get with the skill level
I was currently at.

Hannah

What I love most about studying here at the University of Portsmouth is the community, and just
being a student here is just fantastic.

Amy

Not only is the area absolutely lovely to live in, there’s so much to do, but you just have top experts
in forensic psychology at Portsmouth.

Beatriz

It's a really good course. You're going to be well supported. You will be, because that's literally how
I felt. So if you're scared, the best thing to do is come and face it.

British Psychological Society (BPS)

Accreditation

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), this Master’s degree is recognised as an important step towards gaining chartered status as a forensic psychologist. You'll develop a systematic knowledge and understanding of forensic psychology, in accordance with the academic requirements of the Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP) and the British Psychological Society (BPS), necessary for your eventual progression to autonomous practice.

Contact information

Admissions

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Entry requirements

Eligibility

This course accepts UK, EU, and international students.

Guidance for applicants

Having GBC (Graduate Basis for Chartered membership – formerly known as Graduate Basis for Registration or GBR) is the standard minimum requirement for entry to this MSc programme. To benefit from and keep up with the course it is essential that you have a sufficient grounding in psychology. In addition, you can't become Chartered or Registered as a Forensic Psychologist without GBC.

To demonstrate the required grounding in psychology and be eligible for Chartered membership of the BPS, you will need to have completed a programme that is BPS-accredited as granting eligibility for GBC.

Therefore:

  • with your application, please send a copy of a letter from the BPS confirming your GBC.

How do I prove I have GBC?

If your qualifications meet the requirements, the BPS will write to you telling you that you have GBC. You need to attach a copy of this email/letter to your application.

Contacting the BPS  

If you've already completed your degree, we advise you to contact the BPS (mail@bps.org.uk) without delay. You'll need to provide transcripts and getting a decision usually takes at least two months.

Please send your letter of confirmation of GBC with your application to the course. If you're ongoing with your degree, you can still complete your application now. But please contact the BPS as soon as you have your final degree classification and transcript. Then as soon as possible send us a copy of the letter informing you of their decision.

If you don't meet GBC requirements

If you are not eligible for GBC, perhaps because your degree was in a subject other than psychology (such as criminology or law), you could consider doing a conversion course that leads to GBC. These are usually one year if full-time and two years if part-time. A conversion course is available within the University of Portsmouth: see MSc Psychology (online, part-time). The BPS can give a full list of places and titles of conversion courses.

I have international qualifications - how do I get GBC?

If your qualifications are not from a UK or Irish university you must have them assessed by the BPS to see if they give you GBC. You can do this by applying for Graduate Membership of the BPS. They will automatically assess your qualifications for GBC as part of your Graduate Membership application.

BPS Graduate Membership/GBC applications can take 8 weeks or more to process so it's important to apply as soon as possible, preferably before making your application.

Please contact the BPS for information on how to apply for Graduate Membership and GBC.

 

If you're applying as an international student with a non-UK degree, you’ll need to show you meet the entry requirements listed above (see Required Qualifications).

To find out if your non-UK degree or other qualification is accepted, please visit our page for your country and view the UK equivalent of your qualification. 

Being selected depends largely on the quality of your academic attainment, relevant experience, and references but it is also worth taking care with the documentation.  Quality of writing does matter.

Also important is the ability to reflect on your experience and knowledge including what a career in forensic psychology would involve – and where appropriate to connect the two in, for example, demonstrating your understanding of how skills that you’ve begun to develop might be relevant to working as a scientist-practitioner.  Your reflections on what a career in this field involves will be enhanced by reading around this (a starting point could be relevant websites such as those of the BPS and His Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service). 

So, in your personal statement it’s helpful for you to make explicit aspects such as: why you want to do the programme; your understanding of forensic psychology; previous academic and practical experience; particular interests and aspirations; and, your ideas for a research project.  All should be written to an appropriate academic and professional standard.

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  • A 2:1 honours degree in Psychology or a Pass in an MSc Psychology conversion course. In either case, the course must be recognised by the British Psychology Society as conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).
  • Consideration will also be given to applicants with a 2:2 degree where the applicant can demonstrate, through their account of their relevant education and experience in their personal statement, commitment to and awareness of diversity and inclusion (eg. caring responsibilities, disability, exclusion/unconscious bias).

Please get in touch if you're not sure if your undergraduate subject is relevant to this degree.

Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered, such as previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn't complete. Learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you're applying as an international student with a non-UK degree, view the equivalent entry requirements we accept for your country

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component score below 6.0.

You do not need an IELTS or equivalent certification if:

  • you have a UK degree
  • you have a degree from a majority English speaking country (not taught by Distance Learning)
  • you are a national of a majority English speaking country

Degrees taught solely in English from non-majority English speaking countries will be considered on a case by case basis. Find out more about our English language requirements.

If you do not 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.

There are always considerably more applicants than places on this course – we usually take 24–30 new students a year but up to 100 applicants. So it pays to strengthen your position as much as possible. 

How well you do in your initial degree counts. So too does taking any opportunities to do modules or a research project relevant to forensic psychology. However, we recognise that sometimes a degree result can be affected by extraneous factors and that not all courses provide the opportunity to study directly relevant aspects. In such circumstances, it’s especially important you demonstrate your commitment and awareness of what the field involves and the best way is through relevant experience. This is important anyway, even if you are strong academically.

Types of experience

Applicants are expected to have some relevant experience at the time of application. This can be one or more of 3 kinds:

  1.  Paid employment directly within or related to the criminal justice system (e.g. Assistant Psychologist in the Prison Service/Forensic Mental Health Setting, a role in probation/the police, Youth Offending Team or similar).
  2. Paid work in a setting where you have used “transferable skills” (e.g. interpersonal skills/problem-solving) with relevant populations such as the homeless, individuals with learning disabilities, those with mental health/substance related problems.
  3.  voluntary work with relevant agencies that again work with populations relevant to the criminal justice system (e.g. Victim Support, NACRO, Circles, SOVA, Motiv8, ‘Appropriate Adult’ services).

Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (September 2024 start)

  • Full time: £10,400
  • Part time: £3,470 in year 1 and £6,930 in year 2

(including Transition Scholarship)

  • Full time: £10,400
  • Part time: £3,470 in year 1 and £6,930 in year 2

  • Full time: £19,200
  • Part time: £6,400 in year 1 and £12,800 in year 2

University of Portsmouth graduates may receive a 20% alumni tuition fee discount

Fees are subject to annual increase. Read our tuition fees terms and conditions.

You'll be able to pay your fees in instalments. Find out how to pay your tuition fees.

Funding your studies

Explore how to fund your studies, including available scholarships and bursaries.

If you're a UK student, you may be eligible for a Government Postgraduate Master's Loan, which you can use to help with course fees and living costs.

Loans, scholarships and bursaries

Browse funding such as the Government Postgraduate Loan, our scholarships for new and returning students, and subject specific loans.

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Additional 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. Additional costs could include:

  • Accommodation: Accommodation options and costs can be found on our accommodation pages.
  • Recommended reading: You can borrow key texts from the library and if you choose to purchase these texts they may cost up to £60 each.
  • General costs: Such as photocopying, memory sticks, printing charges, binding and specialist printing. We suggest budgeting £75 per year.
  • Final project transport or accommodation: where necessary, which related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Read more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Modules

Full-time

All modules on this MSc Forensic Psychology Master's are core.

Cultivate a scientist-practitioner perspective, including a problem-solving attitude towards research and analysis, by developing advanced knowledge of psychological research methods, data analysis and presentation techniques which can applied in practical settings. Gain insight into real-life scenarios where health and forensic psychologists encounter new research problems, and have the chance work with your peers to develop your own approach in answering specific research questions, enhancing your team working skills. As part of this module, you'll also obtain key skills to prepare you for the design and conduct of an empirical project relevant to health or forensic psychology.

Guided by case studies, you’ll evaluate research and recommend rehabilitation pathways, such as individualised interventions and group-based programmes, as per best practice. You'll examine contextual factors in tailoring assessment and intervention strategies for specific offender groups and environments, while also analysing the validity of methods and their conceptual foundations. Finish with better awareness of the principles of effective formulation and rehabilitation.

With supervisor support, you'll draw on existing literature to formulate comprehensive research questions, answering these using appropriate research methods and analytical techniques. Before starting your project work, your proposed research will undergo a formal ethical review process. Finally, you'll present your findings in the form of a research article that could be submitted for publication in a peer-review journal, helping you develop expertise in your chosen research topic.

Assume the role of an 'Expert Witness' tasked with writing a court report that summarises your expert opinion based on psychological theory and research findings. Learn how jurors make decisions, what factors affect eyewitness recall and recognition, and how to evaluate effective protocols for judging credibility and investigative interviewing. You’ll finish with a better understanding of criminal and civil law proceedings, and the contribution psychologists can make in these settings.

You'll build reflective, evaluative, integrative and analytical problem-solving skills whilst considering ethics, situational dynamics and the requirements of professional roles, with particular relevance to consultancy. You'll practice assessing theories and research from diverse perspectives as you build your understanding of behavioral issues faced by forensic psychologists and generate creative solutions for teams and patients. By the end of this module, you'll have developed the ability to effectively communicate coherent strategies and work within forensic settings, in both an organisational and clinical capacity.

Part-time

Optional

On this part-time MSc Forensic Psychology Master's course, you'll study three optional modules in your first year.

Cultivate a scientist-practitioner perspective, including a problem-solving attitude towards research and analysis, by developing advanced knowledge of psychological research methods, data analysis and presentation techniques which can applied in practical settings. Gain insight into real-life scenarios where health and forensic psychologists encounter new research problems, and have the chance work with your peers to develop your own approach in answering specific research questions, enhancing your team working skills. As part of this module, you'll also obtain key skills to prepare you for the design and conduct of an empirical project relevant to health or forensic psychology.

Guided by case studies, you’ll evaluate research and recommend rehabilitation pathways, such as individualised interventions and group-based programmes, as per best practice. You'll examine contextual factors in tailoring assessment and intervention strategies for specific offender groups and environments, while also analysing the validity of methods and their conceptual foundations. Finish with better awareness of the principles of effective formulation and rehabilitation.

Assume the role of an 'Expert Witness' tasked with writing a court report that summarises your expert opinion based on psychological theory and research findings. Learn how jurors make decisions, what factors affect eyewitness recall and recognition, and how to evaluate effective protocols for judging credibility and investigative interviewing. You’ll finish with a better understanding of criminal and civil law proceedings, and the contribution psychologists can make in these settings.

You'll build reflective, evaluative, integrative and analytical problem-solving skills whilst considering ethics, situational dynamics and the requirements of professional roles, with particular relevance to consultancy. You'll practice assessing theories and research from diverse perspectives as you build your understanding of behavioral issues faced by forensic psychologists and generate creative solutions for teams and patients. By the end of this module, you'll have developed the ability to effectively communicate coherent strategies and work within forensic settings, in both an organisational and clinical capacity.

Core

On this part-time MSc Forensic Psychology Master's course, you'll study one core module and one optional modules in your second year.

With supervisor support, you'll draw on existing literature to formulate comprehensive research questions, answering these using appropriate research methods and analytical techniques. Before starting your project work, your proposed research will undergo a formal ethical review process. Finally, you'll present your findings in the form of a research article that could be submitted for publication in a peer-review journal, helping you develop expertise in your chosen research topic.

Optional

On this part-time MSc Forensic Psychology Master's course, you'll study one core module and one optional module in your second year.

Cultivate a scientist-practitioner perspective, including a problem-solving attitude towards research and analysis, by developing advanced knowledge of psychological research methods, data analysis and presentation techniques which can applied in practical settings. Gain insight into real-life scenarios where health and forensic psychologists encounter new research problems, and have the chance work with your peers to develop your own approach in answering specific research questions, enhancing your team working skills. As part of this module, you'll also obtain key skills to prepare you for the design and conduct of an empirical project relevant to health or forensic psychology.

Guided by case studies, you’ll evaluate research and recommend rehabilitation pathways, such as individualised interventions and group-based programmes, as per best practice. You'll examine contextual factors in tailoring assessment and intervention strategies for specific offender groups and environments, while also analysing the validity of methods and their conceptual foundations. Finish with better awareness of the principles of effective formulation and rehabilitation.

Assume the role of an 'Expert Witness' tasked with writing a court report that summarises your expert opinion based on psychological theory and research findings. Learn how jurors make decisions, what factors affect eyewitness recall and recognition, and how to evaluate effective protocols for judging credibility and investigative interviewing. You’ll finish with a better understanding of criminal and civil law proceedings, and the contribution psychologists can make in these settings.

You'll build reflective, evaluative, integrative and analytical problem-solving skills whilst considering ethics, situational dynamics and the requirements of professional roles, with particular relevance to consultancy. You'll practice assessing theories and research from diverse perspectives as you build your understanding of behavioral issues faced by forensic psychologists and generate creative solutions for teams and patients. By the end of this module, you'll have developed the ability to effectively communicate coherent strategies and work within forensic settings, in both an organisational and clinical capacity.

Changes to course content

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. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Facilities and specialist equipment

These are just a few of the facilities you'll use during your forensic psychology degree, plus you'll get priority booking during term time.

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Eye tracking and VR technology

Discover how eye-tracking and virtual reality (VR) equipment can be used to improve our understanding of interviewing techniques and detecting deception, and used to study areas such as offender behaviours, emotions and cognitions.

Person performing a test using an EEG

Psychophysiology laboratory

Record and analyse physical responses, such as electrical activity in the brain, neural processes, blood pressure and heart rate, to explore how the body reacts to different psychological states.

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Thermal cameras

Learn how thermal camera technology can be used to read physiological activity in the face and reveal signs of deception.

How you'll spend your time

We recognise that you'll probably be juggling more demands when you do your Master's degree, as you may be working or you may have family responsibilities.

We'll give you as much indication here as we can of how much time you'll need to be on campus and how many hours you can expect to spend in self-directed study, but please note that these indications are always subject to change. You should receive your full timetable several weeks before you start with us.

Teaching

Master's study is deeper and more specialised than an undergraduate degree. This means you'll focus on something that really matters to you and your career as you work closely with academics committed to the subject.

You'll spend more time in independent study and research than you did for your undergraduate degree, but the majority of your teaching time will be in-person and face-to-face.

Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • practical sessions in labs and studios

Assessment

Assessments have a practical focus and will require you to position yourself as a professional to produce outcomes, including:

  • a court report from the perspective of an expert witness
  • an organisational briefing report from the perspective of an external consultant
  • a case study from the perspective of a practitioner psychologist

You'll also be assessed through:

  • essays
  • oral presentations
  • research dissertation

Course structure

Face-to-face teaching takes place from September to May. Full-time students – and part-time students in your final year of study – will submit your research project in September.

Full-time

  • Full-time students will attend the University on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • We recommend that you allocate 37 hours per week to your postgraduate degree (including independent study), equivalent to a full-time job 

Part-time

  • Part-time students will attend on either a Tuesday or a Thursday, which will then be fixed for the 2 years
  • We recommend that you allocate 18 hours per week to your postgraduate degree (including independent study), equivalent to a part-time job

Teaching staff

These are some of the expert staff who'll teach you on this course:

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Dr Dominic Pearson

Associate Professor in Clinical Research and Practice in Forensic Psychology

Dominic.Pearson@port.ac.uk

Department of Psychology

Faculty of Science and Health

PhD Supervisor

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Dr Salvatore Molino

Teaching Fellow

daniele.molino@port.ac.uk

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Term dates

September start

The Master's academic year runs from September to the following September. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter. Over the summer you'll be writing your project/dissertation.

See key dates

Graduation Class of 2021

Joining us as an international student

You'll feel at home in our international community and our diverse city. You'll be joining over 5,000 international students from more than 150 countries who are studying with us.

Learn more about international student life and how we can help you with visas, applications, arrival and settling in. 

Information for international students

Career development

Careers this Master’s prepares you for

Forensic psychologists usually start by doing 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. 

Graduates of this course have gone onto roles such as:

  • Trainee Forensic Psychologist
  • Research Officer
  • Assistant Psychologist
  • Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
  • Probation Practitioner
  • Wellbeing and Recovery Practioner
  • Interventions Facilitator 
  • Resettlement Facilitator
  • Police Staff
  • Mental Health Consultant
  • Support Worker

Graduates of this course have gone on to work for companies such as:

  • Ministry of Justice
  • NHS
  • Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service
  • Seetec
  • STR Group
  • Youth Justice Services
  • Motive 8

Career planning

During your course, you'll have expert career support from your tutors and from our Careers and Employability Centre, which you can access for 5 years after you graduate.

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You'll benefit from:

  • Networking events
  • Applied projects with companies such as IBM, Boeing and Hampshire County Council
  • 1-to-1 appointments  
  • CV and cover letter advice
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • Workshops to enhance your employability skills
  • Recruitment events including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair
  • Support starting your own business

Learn more about your career support

Placements and industry connections

There's no formal work placement component of this course, but we encourage and support our students to undertake a research placement with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, to support completion of an empirical research project in forensic psychology.

Visiting speakers and guest experts include representatives from the NHS, the Prison Service, Police, Youth Justice, and the Office for Police and Crime Commissioner.

Supporting you

Master's study is more focused on independent learning than undergraduate study, but you'll get lots of support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

As well as support from faculty 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:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone, or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

The Maths Café offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

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 In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

How to apply

Unlike undergraduate applications, which go through UCAS, applications for this Master's course are made directly to us.

If you're applying as an international student, remember that you'll need to leave plenty of time to get your visa organised.

You can find more advice about applying in our Master's application checklist. International students and current students and recent graduates of the University of Portsmouth also have some different application options, which are detailed below.

Application deadline

The application deadline for this course is 28 February of the year it begins. If the course isn't filled by the deadline, late applications will be considered. However, it's best to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Extra information for international students

If you're an international student, you can apply directly to us using the same application form as UK students.

You could also 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.

Ready to apply?

I'm a current Portsmouth student, or a recent Portsmouth graduate

If you're currently in your final year of study at Portsmouth, or you graduated since July 2023, you're eligible to make a fast track application. You'll have:

  • a shorter application form to complete
  • access to the 20% Alumni fee discount
  • a guaranteed conditional offer, for most Master's courses 

Learn more about fast track

After you apply

Once we receive your application, we may ask you for further information. We will then either make you an offer or suggest alternatives if your application is unsuccessful.

You'll usually get a decision within 10 working days, so you shouldn't have to wait too long. Some courses have an interview stage – we'll let you know if you need to prepare for one.

Learn more about how we assess your application.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.