Taught course

Applied Forensic Psychology with Counselling

University of Bath · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

You should have a bachelor's honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in psychology.
Your degree must be recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as providing Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC).
If you do not have an undergraduate degree in psychology, we will consider applicants who have successfully completed a BPS accredited Masters conversion degree.
We may make an offer on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Take a step towards becoming a forensic psychologist on this specially-developed master’s, with a compulsory placement and development of counselling skills.

This degree provides all the background psychological knowledge, professional skills and relevant experience you need to move confidently into forensic psychology work within the legal, criminal and civil justice systems.
You will gain up-to-date knowledge of psychological theory and practices, and develop the insights and skills to carry out research and development projects in forensic services, looking at governance, ethical, organisational issues.
You will also be introduced to the foundation skills of forensic psychology practice and spend time developing basic skills in counselling that can be applied in a variety of forensic settings.
The counselling element of the course, and a year-long placement, will help you acquire skills and experience which, compared with other forensic psychology courses, can greatly enhance your employability prospects.
The MSc is in the process of being put forward for accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS). If successful, it will meet the requirement for Stage 1 of the Qualification in Forensic Psychology.
If accredited, as a graduate of this course, you can then enrol in the BPS Qualification in Forensic Psychology (Stage 2), and achieve the Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP) Qualification in Forensic Psychology. At that stage, you will be qualified to register as a chartered psychologist with the DFP and a practitioner forensic psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.
This course is for graduates in psychology, who are interested in progressing to careers in the forensic services as practitioners, researchers or managers. It is also for those currently working in the criminal justice or forensic mental health systems, wishing to learn more about the theory and practice behind forensic psychology.
Graduate prospects
Studying this course is the first step towards becoming a professional forensic psychologist.
Thanks to the skills and relevant experience you gain, you will be well placed to secure work in the prison service, probation service, NHS, police or voluntary sector organisations. These posts could be training positions where you can complete your Stage 2 qualification.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

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