Psychology of Forensic and Criminal Behaviour


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  • Gain an in-depth understanding of psychological research and theory and their practical application in various settings within the legal and criminal justice system.
  • Develop your research skills and investigate the context, causes and consequences of offending behaviour.
  • Learn from leading experts, researchers and practitioners, including Charted Psychologists and registered Forensic Psychologists.  
  • Benefit from our network of connections with a variety of organisations within the field of criminal justice systems such as Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service HQ and the Ministry of Justice.


On this exciting programme you will be introduced to forensic psychology and criminal behaviour, and gain a detailed understanding of the application of clinical skills, such as forensic psychological assessment, consultancy provision, practical interventions and evaluation in forensic settings.

The programme will encourage you to scrutinise theoretical models of criminal behaviour. You’ll develop an understanding of why people offend, including the onset, development and maintenance of offending behaviours, while also considering the links between theoretical approaches and practical applications to forensic work.

You’ll learn about a range of therapeutic interventions while acknowledging the challenges that are inherent to working with a forensic population. You will explore the complex relationship between mental disorders and criminal behaviour and gain an understanding of the criminal justice system in England and Wales and its various agencies, including law enforcement, the courts, the penal system and crime prevention agencies. You’ll discuss the role of psychology within the criminal justice system, and be introduced to different aspects of investigative psychology, such as interviewing, eyewitness memory, jury decision-making and offender profiling.

Taught by leading experts in the field, you’ll be encouraged to critically evaluate research and apply your theoretical understandings to practical workshops, developing your assessment and consultancy skills.

You will also complete your own masters research project, using the knowledge and skills you’ve learned on the programme in your own small-scale research project.

You will gain a strong foundation in understanding the psychology of forensic and criminal behaviour, whilst developing practical experience and transferrable skills to aid you in your career.

You’ll examine the latest research, study real-life case studies, learn to carry out assessment interviews and evaluate available evidence. You’ll also develop transferrable professional skills including specialist report writing and communicating your findings and expertise to a wider audience. To further your professional development, you’ll learn about ethical considerations in research projects, data collection and data analysis.

Understanding Criminal Behaviour
Assessment and Consultancy Provision
Forensic Psychological Interventions
Criminal Justice System Framework
Forensic Mental Health
Research Methods Skills
Masters Research Project


Year 1
Understanding Criminal Behaviour
Criminal Justice System Framework
Forensic Mental Health
Research Methods Skills

Year 2
Assessment and Consultancy Provision
Forensic Psychological Interventions
Forensic Mental Health
Masters Research Project

On completion of the MSc Psychology of Forensic and Criminal Behaviour, graduates will be able to offer a broad range of knowledge and skills, which will support them to work across a number of sectors, including:   

  • Prison service
  • Charities
  • Psychological assessment developers
  • Youth offending services and institutions
  • Recruitment
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Home Office
  • Police service
  • Border Agency
  • Security services/agencies
  • Data collection and analysis in the Government or police research sector
  • NHS
  • Academia
  • The Probation Service
  • Rehabilitation units
  • Secure Hospitals
  • Victim Support

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Life at Roehampton

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