Taught course

Forensic Psychology

Coventry University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally possess an honours degree in psychology at first class or 2:1 level and must be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC, previously the Graduate Basis for Registration, or GBR) with the British Psychological Society (normally achieved by the completion of an appropriately accredited UK undergraduate degree in Psychology, please see the BPS website for more information - including a list of accredited courses and opportunities for achieving GBC if undergraduate study was completed outside the UK or via a non-accredited UK course). Furthermore, it is expected that applicants will demonstrate either relevant work experience (e.g., voluntary or paid) and/or, relevant academic research (e.g., a dissertation in the area of forensic psychology) or equivalent. This understanding and experience of forensic psychology should be clearly demonstrated within a strong personal statement (please see additional guidance for the personal statement in the additional application information section below). Applicants with an honours degree in psychology at a 2:2 level (and GBC) will be considered if they are able to demonstrate significant work experience (e.g., a recent full time or part time post as a Forensic Psychology Assistant or trainee or similar) or a good (50% marks and above) relevant postgraduate study (e.g., PG Dip/MSc in Research Methods). As above, this understanding and experience of forensic psychology should be clearly demonstrated within a strong personal statement. Applicants for whom English is not their first language must also be able to demonstrate IETLS 6.5. You will be asked to complete an application form and provide evidence of your degree classification and your eligibility for GBC. You will also be required to provide two references, at least one of which should include comments on your academic ability.

Months of entry


Course content

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 forensic settings.

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 & Care Professions Council (HCPC) (UK).

The course was designed to cover the BPS Division of Forensic Psychology's (DFP) core curriculum. Many experienced forensic psychology practitioners visit the course to contribute their knowledge. It will give you an opportunity to gain an understanding of how psychology works in a forensic setting.

Information for international students

Please contact our International/EU Office:
Telephone: +44(0)24 7615 2152

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
20 months
full time
12 months


part time
8 months
full time
8 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations23
Written coursework / continuous assessment46
Professional practice15
two journal format papers on dissertation research16

Course contact details

UK - Recruitment and Admissions Office
+44(0)24 7765 4321
+ 44 (0)24 7688 8609