Taught course

Forensic and Criminological Psychology (by research)

University of Nottingham · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

1st or 2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a psychology programme (single or joint honours). Applicants must achieve a minimum grade of 60% in their final year research project. Although a 2:1 or equivalent is normally required, a high 2:2 will be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc (by research) Forensic and Criminological Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). At successful completion, it fulfils Stage I of the BPS professional training in forensic psychology and therefore gives eligibility to enter Stage II of the BPS Diploma or at a later date, apply for the Top up Doctorate in Forensic Psychology at the University of Nottingham*.

*It is expected that those who apply for the MSc programme only will graduate with the MSc qualification at the end of the year.

The course provides comprehensive knowledge in theory and evidence based practice with victims and offenders. It consists of six theoretical modules and a research project/dissertation incorporating research methods training equivalent to two 10-credit taught modules:

  • Theories of Criminal Behaviour;
  • Forensic Child Psychology;
  • Forensic Mental Health;
  • Law and Criminal Justice;
  • Forensic Organisational Pyschology;
  • Forensic Practice Interventions.

The course can be completed over one year full-time or two years part time. The teaching is delivered through workshops led by experts and practicing clinicians Tuesday to Thursday each week during term time (36 weeks).

The programme is assessed by means of continuous assessment related to each module.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any element).

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
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