12 months
14700 GBP/year
7850 GBP/year
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The exciting MSc in Forensic and Criminal Psychology from University of Derby will equip you with the specialist knowledge and skills you need to advance your career as a forensic psychologist.

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This MSc in Forensic and Criminal Psychology from University of Derby  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.


Students generally choose the MSc Forensic and Criminal Psychology because they wish to pursue a career in Forensic Psychology. 

Forensic Psychologists work across many agencies within the criminal justice system, primarily in prison and probation services, secure hospitals, the police, and the courts in roles such as:

  • Offender Manager
  • Probation Officer
  • Psychological Assistant
  • Offender Behaviour Programme Facilitator
  • Trainee Forensic Psychologist (stage 2 Qualification in Forensic Psychology)
  • Behavioural Support Mentor in a school
  • Mental Health Recovery Worker
  • Forensic Support Worker
  • Assistant Forensic Psychologist
  • Therapy Coordinator
  • Mental Health Adviser at a university
  • Academic or career in research
  • PhD study


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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
  • The Psychology of Crime, Criminal Behaviour, and Victimology
  • Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
  • The legal and criminal justice context of forensic psychology
  • Forensic Settings and Rehabilitative Interventions
  • Forensic Assessment

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class
Upper Second Class (recommended)

Other requirements

General 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. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14700 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    7850 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7850 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

UK fees: £875 per 20 credits  (Full-time/Part-time)

Living costs for Derby

540 - 852 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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