Taught course

Investigative and Forensic Psychology

University of Liverpool · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

The typical minimum entry requirement is a high 2:1 Bachelors degree (with Honours) in Psychology, or other relevant discipline, from a UK university. Due to the high demand for places, priority will be given to students who achieve 65% or above in the majority of their modules. Equivalent overseas degrees, together with an acceptable English language qualification (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) are accepted. In order to achieve Stage 1 of BPS chartership the Bachelors degree must be recognised by the British Psychological Society (known as a GBC degree). We do however, accept applications who are not GBC. Prior forensic experience is not essential; however, it is viewed as giving applicants an advantage at the application and interview stage.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Investigative & Forensic Psychology is a one year, full-time postgraduate programme. It is accredited by the British Psychological Society and recognised as the first step towards status as a Chartered Forensic Psychologist in the UK for students who have Graduate Basis for Chartership. The course is also recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a Research Methods MSc and students taking this course are eligible for the ESRC 1 + 3 studentships.

The MSc provides students with a high quality, balanced postgraduate programme of research and academic knowledge including, awareness of professional, legal and ethical issues, and practical, communication and dissemination skills in Investigative and Forensic Psychology. The programme takes a three-tiered approach.

Students begin with structured sessions on conceptual and theoretical issues (including aggression, sexual violence and deviance, decision-making, leadership and stress, memory, communication and persuasion, and the psychology of crowd dynamics).

They then appreciate how these and related issues can be applied to forensic practice and its legal context (in terms of crime reduction and intervention studies; investigative procedures, forensic interviewing, court processes and proceedings, assessment, custody and rehabilitation).

Finally, they gain skills in communicating knowledge and conducting relevant research on case assessments of individuals and organisations

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Louise Almond
+44 (0)151 794 5927