You'll learn to understand the different aspects of the legal system, and bring together the disciplines of clinical, social and cognitive psychology, as well as criminology and law. You'll address the major issues concerning the justice system, organisations, individuals and society.
If you're ready to take the next step towards chartered status as a forensic psychologist, this course will introduce you to research at the forefront of the field, and give you the opportunity to get involved with ongoing projects in the department.
Careers and opportunities
When you graduate, you'll usually do a minimum of 2 years full-time supervised practice in an employment setting. The work of forensic psychologists is varied, ranging from criminal investigations to organisational change, and from matters of civil justice such as child access to operational emergencies such as hostage incidents.
Here are some routes our previous graduates have pursued:
- working in prisons
- probation work
- the police force
- social work
- health services
- the courts
- private practice
Accredited by the BPS, our Master’s degree is recognised as an important step towards gaining chartered status as a forensic psychologist.
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- Theory into Practice: Foundations of Professional Competence in Forensic Psychology
- Assessment and Interventions with Offenders
- Empirical Research Project for Forensic Psychology
- Investigative Psychology and the Legal Process
- Research Methods and Data Analysis
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- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApplication deadline not specified.
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DisciplinesPsychology Forensic Science View 771 other Masters in Psychology in United Kingdom
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- A good honours degree in Psychology that is recognised by the British Psychology Society as conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).
- Applicants are expected to have some relevant experience at the time of application. This can be one or more of three kinds. First is paid employment directly within or related to the criminal justice system (e.g. Assistant Psychologist in the Prison Service/Forensic Mental Health Setting, a role in probation/the police, Youth Offending Team or similar). Second is paid work in a setting where you have used “transferable skills” (e.g. interpersonal skills/problem-solving) with relevant populations such as the homeless, individuals with learning disabilities, those with mental health/substance related problems. The third is voluntary work with relevant agencies that again work with populations relevant to the criminal justice system (e.g. Victim Support, NACRO, Circles, SOVA, Motiv8, ‘Appropriate Adult’ services).
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Living costs for Portsmouth
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.