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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Forensic Psychology Forensic Science (Non-Medical)

Course type


Course Summary


This programme offers an exciting opportunity to study forensic psychology within a department with an established expertise in a range of therapeutic skills and therapies. It is especially designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of practical skills and the latest research in preparation for a career in the forensic field.

Our MSc Forensic Psychology degree will introduce you to the key theoretical concepts and practical approaches relevant to the legal and criminal justice system. The core philosophy of the course is to promote an understanding of the role of forensic psychologists in various forensic settings, whilst preparing you for a rewarding career or doctoral study in the field of forensic psychology.

You will be taught by leading experts in the field who are chartered psychologists and HCPC registered Forensic Psychologists to learn about the latest developments in the field of Forensic Psychology. You will develop knowledge of contemporary psychological theories of understanding crime. You will be encouraged to develop the ability to critically evaluate research, start thinking reflectively and communicate the knowledge you acquired to a wider, multidisciplinary, audience.

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Full time | University of Roehampton | 1 year | SEP-20

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Full time


1 year

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Acknowledging empirical understandings of the predictors of criminal behaviour, this module provides students with the current approaches to assessment that are routinely carried out in the forensic settings. Appropriate assessment is central to the effective management and treatment of offenders. Psychological assessment in forensic settings may be used at any stage of correctional involvement. By examining specific factors known to be associated with recidivism, assessment is used to provide insight into criminal behaviour and predict the risk of future offending. However, forensic assessments also aid practitioners in other contexts such as case formulation, treatment planning or treatment evaluation. The module introduces general clinical skills, addresses challenges of forensic assessments, explains various types of the assessment tools (e.g. those examining static and dynamic risk factors or structured professional judgement tools) whilst encouraging students to evaluate various approaches. Each theoretical session is followed by a practical workshop designed to consolidate theoretical understandings with practical skills and consultancy elements.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold a second class honours degree (or recognised equivalent qualification). Applicants should have a degree in psychology or from a similar subject area (e.g. Criminology). Applicants whose degree is not accredited by the British Psychological Society (some psychology degrees and degrees from other disciplines) will be required to complete an MSc Conversion programme after completing this programme if they wish to commence further training as a Forensic Psychologist. You should usually hold a second-class honours degree (certain programmes may require a 2:1) from a recognised British or overseas university.

University information

Located in south-west London, the University of Roehampton has a 54-acre parkland campus with state-of-the-art facilities, located within 30 minutes of central London. The University has a history dating back over 175 years. Through its oldest College, Whitelands, it has provided higher education to women for longer than any university in the country. Today, it has a thriving range of postgraduate programmes and an excellent research...more

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