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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Forensic Psychology Forensic Science (Non-Medical)

Course type


Course Summary

In this course you will be trained in the research-practitioner model for careers either in forensic psychology or applied psychology, and gain transferable skills that provide a valuable basis for careers in a wide range for fields. A solid foundation in scientific research methods is developed so that you can design, conduct and analyse empirical psychological research. Teaching will be provided by academics from Psychology, Criminology and Law which will enable you develop skills in integrating concepts and communicating on multidisciplinary levels. You will be trained in qualitative and quantitative methods and in ethical issues relating to research and practice.

Our balanced approach to research and teaching guarantees high quality teaching from research and practice-led internal and external professionals, cutting edge materials and intellectually challenging debates. You will receive individual attention to enhance your personal and professional development. On graduating you will have the foundation level knowledge to work towards becoming a qualified Forensic Psychologist and the understanding of the necessary interrelationship between scientific research and forensic psychological practice.

Forensic Psychology masters degree at Royal Holloway, University of London can lead into a variety of career paths. Your career aspirations might change as you are exposed to the breadth of the subject through your course. You will be in a strong position to embark on a career in applied forensic psychological research and undertake a PhD or to pursue a career as a Practitioner Forensic Psychologist. You will also have developed an enviable amount of transferable skills that will be an advantage to you in a wide variety of fields.

Different course options

Full time | Royal Holloway, University of London | 1 year | SEP-19

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Full time


1 year

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In this module you will develop an understanding of the criminological, sociological and psychological theories that are applied when working with young people in conflict with the law or involved in the criminal justice system. You will look at key debates and issues in the legal and criminal justice context for young people, such as the youth court processes, criminalisation of young people, and systemic approaches to intervention and rehabilitation from offending. You will the role of the psychologist in the youth justice system, young people and sexual exploitation, and girls and young women in the crimimal justice system. You will also examine substance abuse by young people, developmental risk factors and trajectories for crime, and young people in prison.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have 2:1 UK Honours or equivalent in Psychology or any Psychology joint degree accredited by the British Psychological Society. A 2:1 degree which entitles you to Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. Normally we require a UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent in relevant subjects but we will consider high 2:2 or relevant work experience. Candidates with professional qualifications in an associated area may be considered. Where a ‘good 2:2’ is considered, we would normally define this as reflecting a profile of 57% or above. Applicants are expected to have 60% or equivalent in the dissertation modules from their undergraduate studies. If applicants have not yet completed their degree, they should have achieved mostly 60% in their modules with the occasional grade in the high 50’s. If there are extenuating circumstances which have affected performance but the applicant has shown ability to work at a 2:1 standard then this can still be considered by the department; Applicants should have relevant practical experience and/or a relevant dissertation, project or other relevant research experience; Applicants should have at least a basic appreciation of forensic psychology, as well as good references.