Forensic and Criminal Psychology (MSc)

the United Kingdom

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The award
MSc

How long you will study
years

Domestic course fees
GBP 710 per module

How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 14250 per total

All study options

About Forensic and Criminal Psychology at University of Derby

  • This programme is accredited with the British Psychological Society (BPS), thereby accounting for Stage 1 of the qualification for those who already hold Graduate Basis of Chartership (GBC) with the BPS
  • Choose a programme which offers a compelling blend of academic studies, research and practical experience
  • Learn from a teaching team made up of forensic practitioners and academics with considerable experience of working with offenders and victims in a range of forensic contexts
  • Benefit from a supportive and dynamic research environment where you will have the chance to pursue your own professional interests
  • Gain vital practical insights, including potential opportunities for real life experience within a related field
  • Broaden your professional options: this qualification is valuable for careers in a range of settings including prisons, secure units, hospitals, mental health services, police, probation services, courts, community organisations, charities and social enterprises
  • Build an excellent platform if you want to progress to PhD research

This postgraduate degree will equip psychology graduates with the academic knowledge and skills they need to conduct practical work and research within a forensic context.

During the course, you will be encouraged to undertake a minimum of 30 hours volunteering to gain real life experience in a related field, as well as to obtain practical insights into forensic and criminal psychology.

The culmination of the MSc Forensic and Criminal Psychology is the research project which will enable you to tailor your learning to reflect your own specific area of professional interest and your career aspirations. To support your work on your research project, you will develop skills in collecting and analysing data relevant to forensic and criminal psychology. You will also use a range of techniques and research methods applicable to advanced scholarship in the discipline.

On successful completion of the course, you may continue your training to become a Forensic Psychologist, or pursue a career in sectors such as the prison and probation services, crime analysis or education.

Accreditation

The MSc Forensic and Criminal Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), thereby accounting for Stage 1 of the qualification for those who already hold Graduate Basis of Chartership (GBC) with the BPS.

Qualifying as a Forensic Psychologist

Gaining a BPS accredited MSc is the first step (stage 1) towards becoming a Forensic Psychologist. The next step (stage 2) is to complete approved applied training; one route is the Qualification in Forensic Psychology provided by the BPS. The Qualification in Forensic Psychology is the independent route to training as a forensic psychologiost. To find out more about the stage 2 qualification, please visit the British Psychological Society website.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study find out
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 710 per moduleInternational course feesGBP 14250 per total

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You will need a British Psychological Society (BPS) recognised undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1) in Psychology (or equivalent) that confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the Society.

Those whose qualification does not confer GBC may also apply and an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1) is similarly required. However, to be eligible for Chartered Membership (CPsychol) of the Society and full membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP), the GBC is a requirement.

Applicants whose undergraduate degree is a 2.2 should contact the Programme Leader.

You are required to provide one academic and one vocational reference.

Final selection may be subject to an interview with members of the course team.

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