Forensic Psychology

Postgraduate degree

Forensic Psychology

Prepare for your career in Forensic Psychology and learn the theory and critical skills needed to investigate the causes and the consequences of crime.

Start Date:

September 2022

Duration:

1 year (full-time)
2 years (part-time)

Degree Type:

MSc

Number of credits:

180 credits

School:

Psychology

Specific 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.

Postgraduate and Doctoral open evening

Wednesday 3 November 2021, 5–7.30pm

Course and Module Details

Overview

This programme offers an exciting opportunity to study forensic psychology within a School 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.  

  Accredited by the British Psychological Society

This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society. 

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.  

During this one year course, you will gain a strong foundation in understanding the field of forensic psychology, study real-life case studies and apply theory to practical work with an emphasis on career preparation. You will develop the necessary clinical and practical skills to carry out assessments for treatment of criminal behaviour. To support your professional development, the programme will introduce you to the ethical principles and the codes of conduct in forensic psychology and the concept of evidence-based practice. 

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. 

From an investigative standpoint, you will develop a strong scientific understanding of the current theories of aetiology of criminal behaviour and the assessment of risk. You will gain an understanding of evidence for legal aspects in consideration for court cases, and sentencing and parole boards. You will be encouraged to think critically about methodological challenges and limitations arising from these topics. You will also learn how to appropriately conduct and disseminate your own research in preparation for the doctoral level, if you decide to pursue your studies further.  

Modules

 

Indicative Timetable

Students on this course are normally in Monday and Tuesday all day.

Contact us for further information.

Tuition fees and funding

September 2022 entry tuition fees

Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.

UK EU and International
£10,000 £16,000

Career Options

Once you’ve successfully graduated from the programme, you can continue your training to becoming a Chartered Forensic Psychologist. You could then go onto work in prison and probation services, rehabilitation units, secure hospitals, and social services. 

The skills and knowledge you develop can also lead you to a successful career in: 

  • The NHS or private sector healthcare 
  • Civil Service, including the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, the police or the courts and justice system 
  • Education and research within universities. 

How to apply

Postgraduate programmes

You can apply now for any programme starting in Autumn 2021, January or February 2022 or September 2022.

All postgraduate taught applications can be made via our online application form.

If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

International students
Please note that most international applicants have to pay a deposit before securing their place.

  • See our Finance pages for more details

Postgraduate application process FAQs

 

To apply, you need to complete our online application form.

No, you can save and revisit your application form and can contact us directly at any time if you need advice or assistance.

We have general entry requirements for postgraduate courses. Many of our courses also have specific entry requirements. You can find details of these, and the fees for individual courses, on our postgraduate course pages.

If you are a prospective postgraduate student who has home fee status, then you can apply close to the start of the course of study. However, if you have international fee status and require a Tier 4 Visa, then you will normally need to apply much earlier. Please see our application deadlines for postgraduate study.

We encourage all students to apply as early as possible, as some programmes have limited numbers.

Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.

You can find more information on our postgraduate home and postgraduate international financial support pages. There are also other sources of external funding for international students available.

Yes, we have a wide range of high quality and competitively priced on-campus student residences. We are able to offer quiet rooms and can adjust for those with specific access needs.

Find out more on our accommodation pages

Need help before you apply?

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Course Facilities

Image -   Specialist psychological research facilities      
  Which includes four dedicated EEG suites, static and head-mounted gaze-tracking equipment, access to an MRI, a repetitive trans cranial magnetic stimulator and advanced computer software for data collection and analysis.   

Specialist psychological research facilities  

Which includes four dedicated EEG suites, static and head-mounted gaze-tracking equipment, access to an MRI, a repetitive trans cranial magnetic stimulator and advanced computer software for data collection and analysis. 

Image -  Manresa Hall in Whitelands College    
  On top of a 24 hour computer room, the College also has two dedicated quiet study areas.

Manresa Hall in Whitelands College 

On top of a 24 hour computer room, the College also has two dedicated quiet study areas.

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Our Students

“My supervisor on the course is such a caring and supportive person. The teaching staff at Roehampton are very much interested in not only my academic achievement, but also my overall wellbeing.” 

Hortense Young, MSc Forensic Psychology 

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Our Research

For an overview of the research carried out by psychology academics within the School of Psychology, please visit the departmental research pages.

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Doing all we can to support our student's lives at Roehampton 

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options. 

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.