Taught course

Forensic Psychology

Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Law

Entry requirements

UK Upper Second Class (2:1) (Honours) or equivalent in Psychology or any Psychology joint degree accredited by the British Psychological Society.

  • A 2:1 degree which entitles you to Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (see www.bps.org.uk for details of which courses in the UK qualify for this).
  • Selected applicants will be interviewed to establish their suitability for the course. For applicants who are unable to attend, such as overseas students, the interview will be conducted by telephone or Skype. Applicant interview days are likely to be held in February, March, April and May.
  • Applicants should have relevant practical experience and/or a relevant dissertation, project or other relevant research experience.
  • Applicants should have at least a basic appreciation of forensic psychology, as well as good references.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Forensic Psychology Masters degree is jointly delivered by the School of Law and the Department of Psychology. By choosing this course at Royal Holloway you will be trained in the research-practitioner model for careers either in forensic psychology or applied psychology, and gain transferable skills that provide a valuable basis for careers in a wide range for fields. This course is accredited by the British Psycological Society.

A solid foundation in scientific research methods is developed so that you can design, conduct and analyse empirical psychological research. Teaching will be provided by academics from Psychology, Criminology and Law which will enable you develop skills in integrating concepts and communicating on multidisciplinary levels. You will be trained in qualitative and quantitative methods and in ethical issues relating to research and practice.

Our balanced approach to research and teaching guarantees high quality teaching from both research and practice-led internal and external professionals, cutting edge materials and intellectually challenging debates. You will receive individual attention to enhance your personal and professional development.

On graduating you will have the foundation level knowledge to work towards becoming a qualified Forensic Psychologist and the understanding of the necessary interrelationship between scientific research and forensic psychological practice.

  • Established international reputation for quality research and teaching, and for our engagement in policy and practice, through active involvement with government bodies and voluntary and statutory agencies. The Department of Psychology is ranked 6 in the UK for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2015).
  • Distinctive emphasis on detention and prisons, the assessment and treatment of the mentally disordered offender and young people in the Criminal Justice System provided by strong links with external practitioners.
  • Engage with a broad range of practitioners and Criminal Justice agencies, and have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-60 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Vicky Titchmarsh