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45 weeks

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Forensic Psychology Forensic Science (Non-Medical)

Course type


Course Summary

What is Forensic Psychology MSc?

Accredited by the British Psychological Society, on this course you’ll develop the expertise for a successful career in forensic psychology.

You’ll underpin your practice with both a sound appreciation of academic research evidence, and an understanding of the Forensic Psychologist’s role in investigative and legal processes, as well as the assessment and treatment of offenders.

Study style

You’ll learn through a mixture of lectures and seminars, personal and professional reflection, and the opportunity of field visits. Your studies will be assessed by a range of coursework - practice reports, case formulations, presentations and portfolios.

As you develop your understanding, you’ll learn how to engage in the reflective practice that’s essential to maintaining professional competence and integrity. You’ll explore the ethical, legal, professional and personal dilemmas that can arise in professional practice within forensic settings.

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in:

  • Assistant Psychologist posts
  • national and international police services
  • crime analysis
  • fraud investigation
  • prison and probation services
  • youth teams
  • secure units and special hospitals
  • the wider security and investigative services - eg Dstl, MoD, IPCC, the Home Office.

Or you could move into further academic study and research - potentially a PhD and/or working as a Research Assistant.

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Entry requirements

At least a 2.2 honours degree in Psychology. Eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered membership of BPS. Applicants for this course will be invited to attend an interview. You must possess a strong academic reference. You will be expected to undertake some relevant experience before starting the course - for instance in a volunteer capacity or shadowing a professional in a forensic-related position.

University information

The University of Gloucestershire is a progressive and research-driven institution with three campuses in the west of England, offering a wide range of options for postgraduate study. The university has built a reputation for teaching excellence and high levels of student satisfaction. It is home to a community of around 1,000 postgraduate students who form a creative and supportive community of learners. Gloucestershire is an outward looking...more

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