Taught course

Forensic Psychology

Nottingham Trent University · Division of Psychology

Entry requirements

  • You will need a British Psychological Society (BPS) recognised undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1) in Psychology or an equivalent qualification that confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the BPS.
  • All applicants must explain why they want to study the Forensic Psychology course in their personal statement.
  • Applicants whose undergraduate degree is a 2.2 or equivalent will also be considered, but will be required to demonstrate relevant forensic experience and ability to study at the required academic level.
  • One academic and one vocational reference is required. Applicants who have not been in academic study for several years and cannot provide an academic reference will be required to provide a second vocational reference.
  • Take part in a face-to-face interview with a lecturer/practitioner, and complete a written exercise and a group task.

Deadline for applications - 2020 entry

The deadline for applications for MSc Forensic Psychology starting in September 2020 is 12pm on Friday 12th June 2020.

Applicants are advised to upload their reference documents as soon as possible, and preferably before submitting their application. Applicants for the course who do not upload references may be offered a place on the course (subject to a successful interview) on the condition that suitable and satisfactory references are provided before the start date. However, places cannot be confirmed until these references are received

In order to engage in the interview process and receive enrolment materials in good time we advise that applications are submitted as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Interview dates for entry in September 2020

Interview dates for 2020 entry are TBC.

Please note that interview dates may be subject to change and will be confirmed to successful applicants when they are invited to interview, additional dates may be organised in August or September.

To avoid delays, we advise that you submit your completed application, including one academic and one vocational reference, as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Months of entry


Course content

This British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited Forensic Psychology Masters degree is designed to prepare psychology graduates with the academic knowledge and skills necessary to conduct practical work and research within a forensic context. The BPS accreditation means that by obtaining the MSc in Forensic Psychology you'll 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 course 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 Offences, Crime 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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Social Sciences
+44 (0)115 848 2999