• Cardiff University Featured Masters Courses
  • Coventry University Featured Masters Courses
  • New College of the Humanities Featured Masters Courses
  • Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Featured Masters Courses
  • University of Derby Online Learning Featured Masters Courses
  • University of Glasgow Featured Masters Courses
  • Goldsmiths, University of London Featured Masters Courses
  • St Mary’s University, Twickenham Featured Masters Courses
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Featured Masters Courses
Imperial College London Featured Masters Courses
Leeds Beckett University Featured Masters Courses
University of Worcester Featured Masters Courses
FindA University Ltd Featured Masters Courses

MSc Forensic Psychology

Course Description

This British Psychological Society accredited Forensic Psychology Masters is designed to prepare psychology graduates with the academic knowledge and practical skills necessary to conduct practical work and research within a forensic context.

Why choose this course?

It is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This means that by obtaining the MSc in Forensic Psychology you will also 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 Programme 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.

Modules may include

Explanations of Crime, Criminal Behaviour and Victimology
Police, Justice System and Psychology
Prisons, Rehabilitation and Aftercare
Assessment, Formulation and Treatment of Offenders and Victims
Professional Forensic Practice and Reflective Practice Group
Qualitative Research Design and Analysis (One)
Mixed Methods
Advanced Experimentation and Statistics (One and Two)
Forensic Research Project

For more information about the modules that you may study on this course visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/forensicpsychology


The University has made significant financial investment in the Psychology Division over recent years upgrading accommodation, facilities and equipment used exclusively for the provision of our psychology courses and for research. We have a first class undergraduate teaching laboratory suite and a second teaching laboratory specifically catering for postgraduate students.

In addition there are specialist suites dedicated to particular areas of interest in psychology, including:

social interaction, group work and interviewing
computer gaming and cyberpsychology
cognitive modelling and visual analysis

Alongside these are new flexible cubicles for student project work, a psychometric test bank library, and a technical workshop.

Delivery and assessment

NTU's Psychology Division is one of the largest in the UK, with a group of academics and practitioners who conduct and supervise research in a range of applied Forensic areas. The course is supported by a team of approachable staff, and delivered through taught modules; small group reflective practice sessions; and supervised individual research work.

Assessments will be diverse in format and will include:

oral presentations
practical reports
consultancy report
a research project.


Students generally choose the MSc Forensic Psychology because they wish to qualify as a BPS Chartered and Health and Care Professions Council Registered forensic psychologist and to pursue a career in forensic psychology. Others may choose to use their qualification as a stepping stone toward doctoral training in clinical psychology, to work in criminal justice and mental health settings, e.g. police, prison, probation services, the NHS, and so on.

It is also possible to pursue an academic and/or research career in psychology following graduation (for example by working as a research assistant or associate, or by studying for a PhD). Indeed, your qualification in forensic psychology is likely to be popular with a whole range of potential employers because, in addition to possessing in-depth theoretical knowledge of forensic psychology, you will also have demonstrated an ability to write essays and reports and to present in front of other people (amongst other transferable skills).


The School of Social Sciences offers a number of competitive scholarships for our full-time and part-time Masters courses. For more information please visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships

Why not come along to one of our postgraduate open events to find out more and see our facilities? For further details please visit: http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3events

Visit the MSc Forensic Psychology page on the Nottingham Trent University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

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."


Masters Scholarship - 8 Awards

For full details of the Scholarship Scheme please visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to half the tuition fee


The School of Social Sciences is delighted to announce the availability of a number of competitive Scholarships for our full-time and part-time Masters courses.

Application Procedure

For further information and to apply please download the application form from our website at http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A BPS recognised undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1) in Psychology or other equivalent qualification that confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the BPS.  Applicants whose undergraduate degree is a 2.2 will also be considered but will be required to demonstrate relevant forensic experience and ability to study at HE M level. Final selection is based on an interview process with members of the programme team.  English language requirements for international students can be found at View Website

Last Updated

13 October 2016

Email Enquiry

Recipient: Nottingham Trent University

Insert previous message below for editing? 
You haven’t included a message. Providing a specific message means universities will take your enquiry more seriously and helps them provide the information you need.
Why not add a message here
* required field
Send a copy to me for my own records.

Your enquiry has been emailed successfully

Cookie Policy    X