M.Sc. On Campus

Forensic and Investigative Psychology

Canterbury Christ Church University

12 months
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Develop core psychological knowledge and skills in forensic and investigative research and psychological enquiry, and develop your awareness of ‘best practice’ approaches in accordance with professional practice frameworks with this course in Forensic and Investigative Psychology from Canterbury Christ Church University.


We adopt an applied approach to teaching and learning with an emphasis on evidence-based practice and a focus on the scientist-practitioner model. The course aims to develop the practical and academic skills you will need to become a confident, professional and reflective practitioner including, critical evaluation, communication (written, oral and non-verbal), reflection and the ability to synthesise knowledge.

Forensic and Investigative Psychology at Canterbury Christ Church University is a discipline that involves the application of scientific theory and principles to help in the understanding, investigation, assessment and treatment of offenders and criminality, and legal responses to criminality.

Who is this course for?

This programme is designed for psychology graduates, graduates from relevant disciplines (e.g. policing, criminology, law) and/or professionals (e.g. police, probation officers, prison officers, forensic mental health practitioners, criminologists) working in, or intending to work in forensic settings (e.g. probation services, victim support services, prisons, forensic psychologist in training) and wishing to pursue specialised training in forensic and/or investigative psychology. 

This programme has a strong focus on students gaining key skills for potential employability, including being a stepping stone towards a career in forensic and/or investigative psychology and/or further education. Therefore, upon successful completion of the programme students will have gained a range of valuable specific and transferable professional and academic skills to help them pursue a career within forensic and/or investigative psychology. 

Further education students may consider upon completion of this programme may include: MSc Research, PhD, Doctorate Clinical Psychology; Doctorate Clinical/Forensic Psychology, Stage 2 Qualification in Forensic Psychology* or other postgraduate degrees that may support their career progression.

All about the course

The programme provides a student centred and applied teaching and learning approach to develop your knowledge and skills in forensic and investigative psychology, both in relation to professional practice and research. The taught component of this programme is normally delivered over two full days, with students expected to engage self-directed and independent learning throughout the week. 

The programme is comprised of seven core modules including: four ‘content modules’ (20 credits each), two Research Methods and Statistic modules (20 credits each) and one Research Project module (60 credits). 

Your future career

Upon completion of this programme, students may explore opportunities to work within forensic environments, seek employment with forensic mental health services (e.g. NHS, private sector), pursue employment as a probation officer, prison officer, assistant psychologist or police officer roles or further education (e.g. PhD, Doctorate clinical and Forensic Psychology).

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Forensic Assessment, Treatment and Professional Practice
  • Investigative Psychology
  • Understanding Criminality and Offending Behaviour
  • Criminal Justice and the Investigative Process
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Advanced Research Methods and Statistics

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

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 in a BPS accredited Undergraduate Psychology degree OR BPS accredited MSc Psychology conversion course OR
  • A minimum of a 2:2 in a BPS accredited Undergraduate Psychology degree OR BPS accredited MSc Psychology Conversion course and relevant experience in forensic or investigative settings.
  • Any of the above applicants may be invited to interview at the discretion of the programme director.
  • International students will be considered on a ‘case by case’ basis and be required to attend an interview. However, it is expected they will have completed at least an undergraduate degree with a major in psychology or a postgraduate degree with a focus in psychology.
  • IELTS: If English is not your first language we will require you to obtain IELTS (or equivalent) 7.0 overall, with no less than 7.0 in writing and no less than 6.5 in all other bands.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Canterbury

660 - 1140 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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