Masters in Forensic Psychology

A Masters in Forensic Psychology is a postgraduate degree aimed at those students already possessing an undergraduate degree in psychology, and wishing to deepen their knowledge of psychology with relevance to the criminal justice system.

Studying Forensic Psychology

The degree takes twelve months of full time study to complete but can be taken part time over the course of around two years.

Topics Covered

Throughout the course of a Masters in Forensic Psychology, you will be required to study a range of core modules to deepen your understanding of the core concepts of forensic psychology. Some universities also allow students to choose their own elective modules so that they can specialise in their preferred field of study.

Core modules could include:

  • Psychology and criminal behaviour
  • Assessment and intervention
  • Investigation of criminal offences
  • Criminal justice system
  • Psychological research methods

Some examples of elective modules include:

  • Mental health psychology
  • Neurodevelopment disorders
  • Psychology and education
  • Addictive behaviours

Entry Requirements

Entrance to a Masters in Forensic Psychology degree will vary depending on the university you are applying to, so you are advised to speak with the institution you are applying to for a full list of specific entry requirements.

You will generally be expected to have gained an upper second class degree in a related field of study such as psychology. You will almost always need to be a member of the Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society, which is gained through a successful application after completing an undergraduate degree in psychology.

Some postgraduate degrees in Forensic Psychology may require students to attend an entrance interview. To help you understand postgraduate interviews we have put together an article for the top 10 questions that are likely to pop up and the best ways that you can answer them: Top 10 Postgraduate Interview Questions.

Career Prospects

Most graduates from a Masters in Forensic Psychology opt to work directly in the field as the course is the first step towards gaining Chartered Forensic Psychologist status with the British Psychological Society. Graduates from this degree will have lots of job opportunities in these industries:

  • The criminal justice system
  • Health services
  • Civil society