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Forensic Psychology MSc

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Forensic Psychology MSc

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.

Key features

This course will be accredited by the Forensic Psychology Division of the British Psychological Society (BPS) as an accredited Stage 1 masters programme.

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.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

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.

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

Student Profiles

Alumni discount - 20+ Awards

All undergraduate alumni qualify for 10% off postgraduate taught course fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Kingston Undergraduate alumni will receive 10% off postgraduate course fees.

Application Procedure

Automatically assessed on application, please ensure you state that your undergraduate degree was awarded by Kingston University.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

This course is open to those applicants who normally have achieved an upper second class degree in psychology with BPS accreditation.

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