Taught course

Forensic Psychology Studies

University of York · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

Applicants will require a UK bachelor degree in psychology with first or upper second class honours (or the overseas equivalent). To be eligible for entry on the MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology programme of study, you must have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS), as this is a BPS accredited programme. 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. When assessing your academic record, we take into account your grade average, position in class and references. It is therefore important to state what your GPA and/or grade was (i.e. above 65%) in addition to your degree class obtained. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Months of entry


Course content

The Masters in Forensic Psychology Studies will suit students who are keen to undertake a postgraduate qualification in Forensic Psychology but who do not possess an undergraduate degree which grants them the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

The Masters in Forensic Psychology Studies follows the same programme of study as the MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology and both are examined to the same high standard. Both programmes 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. Information about international fees can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

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

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 324371