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About the course

This British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited Forensic Psychology Masters degree is designed to prepare psychology graduates with the academic knowledge and skills necessary to conduct practical work and research within a forensic context. The BPS accreditation means that by obtaining the MSc in Forensic Psychology you'll be completing the first stage in your professional training required by the BPS to become a qualified practitioner within the field of forensic psychology (Chartered Forensic Psychologist).

The focus on blending research and practical expertise is reflected in the course team, which consists of forensic practitioners or academics who each have considerable experience working with offenders and victims in a range of forensic contexts in the UK. Attached to the

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Entry Requirements

You will need a British Psychological Society (BPS) recognised undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1) in Psychology or an equivalent qualification that confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the BPS.

All applicants must explain why they want to study the Forensic Psychology course in their personal statement.

Applicants whose undergraduate degree is a 2.2 or equivalent will also be considered, but will be required to demonstrate relevant forensic experience and ability to study at the required academic level.

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Student Profile(s)

Rosanna Murphy

“Since graduating, I have been able to begin working towards chartership as a Forensic Psychologist (stage 2) – an MSc was required as stage 1. I was fortunate enough to already be in the role as a Trainee Forensic Psychologist, but needed an MSc in Forensic Psychology in order to progress any further. I previously completed a BSc in Psychology and Social Sciences at NTU, which is accredited by the BPS. This enabled me to get my job as a Psychological Assistant and then as a Trainee Forensic Psychologist.

“My studies have enabled me to take and progress on my career path towards becoming a chartered forensic psychologist as they have helped to get me ready for chartership (stage two) by introducing me to skills and knowledge that I would need, such as research methods, formulation, understanding or risk assessments and profession practice.

“The biggest challenge I’ve faced since graduating has been effectively ‘stepping up’ to the role of a stage two trainee. As a trainee, as well as experience and practice I need to keep my thinking and decision making grounded in research and theory to ensure that my actions are defensible. The MSc has given me this academic basis. I regularly see how important this is in my role, particularly when writing practice diaries which is part of the diploma chartership process.

"Reflecting on the progress that I have made and how far I have come, I can also really notice how much my confidence has increased since completing the MSc."


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