Taught course

Forensic Psychology

Kingston University · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

This course is open to those applicants who normally have achieved an upper second class degree in psychology with BPS accreditation.

Months of entry


Course content

This course has been designed to meet the significant growth in the job market for forensic psychologists. It draws on the University’s established expertise in criminology and psychology, and includes the opportunity to undertake a work placement, enabling you to put what you have learnt into practice and gain valuable skills and experience. On successful completion, you will be able to develop your career as a forensic psychologist in, for example, prison settings, probation, crime analysis units and academia.

Key features

  • This course is accredited by the Forensic Psychology Division of the British Psychological Society (BPS) as an accredited Stage 1 masters programme.
  • A minimum of 15 weeks will be spent on an organised placement at a number of settings including high and medium security hospitals and in-reach prison teams.
  • The course content is underpinned by research, and modules will be informed by the latest research in the subject area, keeping it up to date with the latest developments.
  • You will benefit from the close links our staff have with forensic settings located in the southwest of London and the surrounding area.

What will you study

Forensic psychology is concerned with the psychological issues associated with criminal behaviour and the treatment of those who have committed offences. It refers to the investigation of deception fraud, crime and the psychological aspects of legal and judicial process. You will learn how psychology is applied in various forensic settings and will be introduced to the role of the forensic psychologist in practice. You will also gain knowledge of the legal aspects of forensic psychology, such as considerations for courts and sentencing, and will examine the aetiology of criminal behaviour in depth.

Information for international students

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5.

The International Office offers awards totalling £200,000 every year, with each international scholarship worth £4,000. These are open to prospective full-time postgraduates in any subject area on a one-year taught masters degree based at Kingston University.http://www.kingston.ac.uk/international/scholarships-and-fees/scholarships/international-scholarships/

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

08448 544972/+44 (0)20 3308 9929