We require you to have:
- a BSc Psychology degree (minimum Upper Second) or overseas equivalent , with evidence of attaining a minimum of an Upper Second across all research methods taught units and the dissertation;
- Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) status with the British Psychological Society (BPS). If you are unsure whether your degree will give you eligibility for the GBC, you can check whether your degree was accredited for your intake year on the BPS website ;
- an understanding of forensic psychology via your personal statement. Ideally, you should have some relevant voluntary or paid experience involving forensic settings/forensic clients, eg working with offenders/people at risk of offending, victims, or observation of criminal courtroom proceedings.
GBC status is achieved by completion of a psychology degree that is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
GBC status is necessary to become eligible for full membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP) within the BPS and subsequent status as a Chartered member of the Society. GBC status is also required as part of the application to register as a forensic psychologist with the HCPC. To graduate from this route, it is therefore important that you provide evidence of your GBC status. You may gain evidence of GBC status by applying to the BPS. Further information can be found on the BPS website
Months of entry
Our MSc Forensic Psychology and Mental Health course is aimed at graduates who want to pursue a career as a Chartered Psychologist and/or register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Forensic Psychologist.
You will cover topics such as psychology applied to legal and investigative processes, forensic risk assessment, offending behaviour interventions, research methods, and personality disorders.
Teaching will comprise a blend of face-to-face and online delivery, and will be based on case examples from forensic and clinical practice.
On completion of the course, you will demonstrate a number of competencies and have enhanced knowledge and skills including:
- a systematic and critical awareness of current knowledge, theory and evidence base relevant to the discipline of forensic psychology;
- a comprehensive understanding of relevant ethical, legal and professional practice frameworks;
- a critical awareness of current psychological approaches to the understanding of the development and treatment of offending behaviour and mental health conditions;
- appreciation of approaches to working with different client groups in forensic practice (eg victims of crime, offenders, professional groups, organisations);
- advanced research skills to develop and implement a forensic-related research project.
Each unit enables you to develop a range of core and transferable skills central to the role of a forensic/practitioner psychologist. The course promotes the development of critical thinking and student engagement.
Information for international students
Most international students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. We ask for English language proof from applicants from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).
Specifically, we require a minimum of:
- IELTS - minimum 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing
- TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 22 in each component)
We may also accept evidence of a confirmed place on a University Pre-sessional English language course , if your current IELTS scores are:
- Minimum 6.0 overall with 6.0 in writing plus enrolment and attendance on the 5-week pre-sessional course (PS5)
- Minimum 5.5 overall with 5.5 in writing plus enrolment and attendance on the 10-week pre-sessional course (PS10)
Please note, we must approve this before you apply for the English course.
Fees and funding
We are dedicated to supporting you to develop your career and professional networks. As a student on this course you will be able to apply to our conference award scheme. The student with the best abstract will be awarded funding to attend a national conference.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
- +44 (0)161 306 7604