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Forensic Psychology, MSc/PgDip/PgCert

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months


You will learn about what it means to engage in reflective practice and develop an understanding of what is required to maintain professional integrity.  Through practical exercises, such as role-played scenarios, you will begin to examine your own assumptions and biases that could affect your work as a professional.  You will also explore the ethical, legal, professional and personal dilemmas that may arise in the settings where forensic psychologists work.  The course also benefits from  guest lecturers who contribute specialist insight from their work in different forensic settings.

One focus of this programme is in investigation, particularly how the practitioner obtains accurate and best information.  We will explore topics including investigative interviews, the detection of deception, optimising protocols and questioning techniques, and the use of technological advances in research.  The effect of these factors in optimising the gathering of information, intelligence and evidence is of importance to both researchers and practitioners as evidence-based science-practitioners.

Another focus is on issues surrounding the commission, detection and prosecution of sexual offences, and the management and treatment of sex offenders. Topics include the prevalence of rape myths, juvenile offenders, multiple perpetrator sexual offending including leadership, victim resistance, and sexually-motivated murder.  Understanding of these issues then shapes the forensic psychologist’s approach to assessing risk and formulating treatment plans.

Assignments are designed to model aspects of a professional forensic psychologist’s caseload. For instance, you may use assessment evidence to undertake an offence analysis and, from that, identify treatment targets and develop a case formulation for proposed interventions.  You will collate portfolios of material based on practical activities undertaken in seminars, or on field visits to courts or prisons.  We also emphasise the importance of acquiring skills to communicate across different registers, including how to convey challenging material to a non-expert audience. 

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Professional Skills
  • Advanced Research Methods
  •  Psychology, Investigation and the Legal Process
  •  Offenders: Causes, Assessment and Treatment
  •  Issues in Sexual Offending 
  •  The Practitioner Forensic Psychologist

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in psychology
  • Eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered membership of the BPS
  • Applicants for this course will be invited to attend an interview to assess suitability
  • A strong academic reference

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13840 GBP/year
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  • EU/EEA

    8400 GBP/year
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Living costs for Cheltenham

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
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