Taught course

Applied Forensic Psychology

University of York · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

We normally look for a UK bachelor degree in psychology with first or upper second class honours (or the overseas equivalent). This is a BPS accredited programme therefore, to be eligible for entry on the MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology, you must have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). You need to submit a letter from your institution stating your eligibility for GBC, or this should be clearly stated by your referees in the reference they provide for you. Applicants without GBC may apply for the equivalent non-BPS accredited MSc in Forensic Psychology Studies (MSc FPS) but their first degree should demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological principles together with competency in research design and analysis.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology and MSc in Forensic Psychology Studies (for students without Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society) were developed in partnership with HM Prison Service Directorate of High Security Prisons.

They provide an equal balance of practice-based, methodological and theoretically driven modules designed to foster autonomy within the bounds of professional practice, independent learning and self-directed reflection. The programmes also have strong links with a variety of other forensic practice settings, including Yorkshire and Humberside National Offender Management Services (prisons and probation) and private and public forensic mental health services.

The highly specialist forensic modules, delivered by practising experts in the field, combined with generic practice-based modules, placement opportunities, tutorials and the support of a highly experienced core course team, will provide a sound basis for any trainee forensic psychologist or those interested in the application of psychological principles, including theories of child development and child & juvenile mental health, to the forensic setting.

Information for international students

York is a research-intensive university and a proud member of the elite Russell Group of universities, please see our website for further information.

Fees and funding

Department and University scholarships may be available, please check our website for details: Postgraduate fees and funding.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 324371