M.Sc. On Campus

Forensic Psychology

Newcastle University

12 months
24000 GBP/year
9600 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Forensic Psychology programme of Newcastle University will provide you with an advanced understanding of the theoretical and applied issues in forensic psychology. Our scientist-practitioner approach equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in forensic psychology practice.


About the course

The Forensic Psychology programme of Newcastle University offers comprehensive professional training in forensic psychology. You will gain an in-depth experience of offending and victim pathways, as well as the investigative process. Through the use of a structured framework, you will also study theory and conduct research relating to forensic psychology practice. The course has two different routes:

  • Forensic Psychology, MSc (Accredited)
  • Forensic Psychology, MSc (Non-accredited)
Northumbria Police are proud to support this course and to be working in collaboration with the School of Psychology at Newcastle University.

You will develop your understanding of forensic psychology in a multi-disciplinary and professional context. We promote collaborative teaching and research through our strong links with UK forensic psychology practitioners, including Her Majesty's Prison Service, the National Health Service (NHS) and Police.

You will gain demonstrable, advanced knowledge and critical understanding in:
  • theories and professional issues of forensic psychology
  • the breadth and depth of forensic psychology
  • the role of psychology within the legal system (civil and criminal)
  • the National Offender Management system
  • legislation under which forensic psychologists work
  • investigative psychology and forensic interviewing
  • investigative process from pre-trial/conviction to through/after-care and restorative justice
  • legal, ethical and contextual issues in the evaluation of research and practice
  • debating and using evidence from appropriate literature
  • legal processes
You will also gain professional skills in:
  • writing parole board and analytical reports
  • developing forensic case formulations
  • independent learning
  • project planning
  • problem solving
  • time management
  • teamwork
  • reflection
Your specialist skills and knowledge will be developed through a combination of:
  • written reports
  • reflective journals
  • interview guides
  • oral presentations

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Legal Psychology and The Criminal Justice System
  • Forensic Mental Health and Criminal Behaviour
  • Investigative Psychology and Forensic Interviewing
  • Forensic Assessment and Case Formulation
  • Professional Practice in Forensic Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology Project

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
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

Forensic Psychology, MSc (Accredited)

  • A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in psychology, which provides Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Forensic Psychology, MSc (Non-accredited)
  • A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in psychology (joint or combined honours which includes psychology, or an international psychology degree) that does not confer GBC with the BPS.
  • Other qualifications/experience may be acceptable and will be considered by the Degree Programme Director (eg mental health specialists, police officers, prison officers).
  • If shortlisted for interview, students on this route must be able to satisfy the interview panel that they have the ability to successfully complete a module in advanced research methods and statistics.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24000 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9600 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

560 - 991 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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