This course has been designed to meet the significant growth in the job market for forensic psychologists. It draws on the University's established expertise in criminology and psychology, and includes the opportunity to undertake a work placement, enabling you to put what you have learnt into practice and gain valuable skills and experience. On successful completion, you will be able to develop your career as a forensic psychologist in, for example, prison settings, probation, crime analysis units and academia.
This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
This course is accredited by the Forensic Psychology Division of the British Psychological Society (BPS) as an accredited Stage 1 masters programme.
A minimum of 15 weeks will be spent on an organised placement at a number of settings including high and medium security hospitals and in-reach prison teams.
The course content is underpinned by research, and modules will be informed by the latest research in the subject area, keeping it up to date with the latest developments.
You will benefit from the close links our staff have with forensic settings located in the southwest of London and the surrounding area.
What will you study?
Forensic psychology is concerned with the psychological issues associated with criminal behaviour and the treatment of those who have committed offences. It refers to the investigation of deception fraud, crime and the psychological aspects of legal and judicial process. You will learn how psychology is applied in various forensic settings and will be introduced to the role of the forensic psychologist in practice. You will also gain knowledge of the legal aspects of forensic psychology, such as considerations for courts and sentencing, and will examine the aetiology of criminal behaviour in depth.
A variety of assessment methods is employed on this course, including essays, reports, presentations, evaluation of placement activities, laboratory reports and a dissertation.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
Antisocial behaviours across the lifespan; Treatment and intervention Applications of Forensic Psychology Investigative and Legal Processes in Forensic Psychology Psychology Dissertation Research Design and Analysis
Optional modules to be confirmed.
What this course offers you
Organised placement opportunity. Research-led teaching. Student-led learning. One-on-one supervision. Key guest speakers. It will apply psychological and criminological theories and consider the investigative techniques and judicial processes used to address criminal offending. Individual assignments will develop your transferable skills such as critical evaluation and report-writing. Specialist knowledge will be attained which may increase your access to job opportunities.
English language requirements
All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.
Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.
Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.