A British Psychological Society (BPS) recognised undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1) in Psychology or other equivalent qualification that confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the BPS. Applicants whose undergraduate degree is a 2.2 will also be considered but will be required to demonstrate relevant forensic experience and ability to study at the required academic level. All applicants must explain why they want to study the Forensic Psychology course in their personal statement. One academic and one vocational reference is required. Final selection is based on an interview process with members of the programme team. Restrictions for non-UK applications (I.e.: that they either need to obtain/confirm GBR/GBC eligibility with the BPS or be offered a different program). English language requirements for international students can be found at www.ntu.ac.uk/international
Months of entry
This British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited Forensic Psychology Masters is designed to prepare psychology graduates with the academic knowledge and practical skills necessary to conduct practical work and research within a forensic context.
It is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This means that by obtaining the MSc in Forensic Psychology you will also be completing the first stage in your professional training required by the BPS to become a qualified practitioner within the field of forensic psychology (Chartered Forensic Psychologist).
The focus on blending research and practical expertise is reflected in the Programme Team, which consists of forensic practitioners or academics who each have considerable experience working with offenders and victims in a range of forensic contexts in the UK. Attached to the MSc in Forensic Psychology is the Sexual Crimes and Misconduct Research Unit (SOCAMRU), which incorporates a group of active researchers currently engaged in collaborative work with:
- HM Prison Service
- the Police Service
- the National Health Service (NHS)
- High Secure Hospitals.
Becoming a Chartered Forensic Psychologist
In order to become eligible to obtain Chartered Forensic Psychologist status you will need to be a Graduate Member of the Society with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership and have successfully completed a Society accredited MSc in Forensic Psychology, which this course provides.
With this course completed, you will need to complete a Qualification in Forensic Psychology Stage 2 (QFP Stage 2) consisting of two years' full time supervised practice (or part time equivalent). Further information can be found on the BPS website.
What will I study?
During the course students will study selected modules which cover the key knowledge and research skills recommended by the Division of Forensic Psychology in the British Psychological Society. The course will also equip students with core practical skills that will facilitate their progression towards becoming a practitioner in the field of forensic psychology. The modules may include:
- Explanations of Crime, Criminal Behaviour and Victimology
- Police, Justice System and Psychology
- Prison, Rehabilitation and Aftercare
- Assessment, Formulation and Treatment of Offenders and Victims
- Professional Forensic Practice and Reflective Practice Group
- Qualitative Research Design and Analysis (One)
- Mixed Methods Research
- Advanced Experimentation and Statistics (One and Two)
- Forensic Research Project.
To find out more information about the modules you may study, please visit our website.
Study and support
NTU's Psychology Division is one of the largest in the UK, with a group of academics and practitioners who conduct and supervise research in a range of applied Forensic areas. The course is supported by a team of approachable staff, and delivered through taught modules; small group reflective practice sessions; and supervised individual research work.
Assessments will be diverse in format and will include:
- oral presentations
- practical reports
- a research project.
Students generally choose the MSc Forensic Psychology because they wish to qualify as a BPS Chartered and Health and Care Professions Council Registered forensic psychologist and to pursue a career in forensic psychology. Others may choose to use their qualification as a stepping stone toward doctoral training in clinical psychology, to work in criminal justice and mental health settings, e.g. police, prison, probation services, the NHS, and so on.
It is also possible to pursue an academic and/or research career in psychology following graduation (for example by working as a research assistant or associate, or by studying for a PhD). Indeed, your qualification in forensic psychology is likely to be popular with a whole range of potential employers because, in addition to possessing in-depth theoretical knowledge of forensic psychology, you will also have demonstrated an ability to write essays and reports and to present in front of other people (amongst other transferable skills).
Students on this MSc have the opportunity to gain real life experience within forensic settings. The team appreciate the difficulty of gaining experience in this field and the importance of doing so for your future career, and so offer a selection of different projects and opportunities which will open the door to the practical field of forensic psychology.
Information for international students
As an international school, we are committed to enhancing our cultural and intellectual diversity. We therefore like to encourage applications from students across the world who feel we can offer them the educational opportunities they are seeking at postgraduate level.
Fees and funding
The School of Social Sciences is delighted to announce the availability of a number of competitive Scholarships for our full-time and part-time Masters courses. To find out more visit www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- School of Social Sciences
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