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What will I learn?

Overview

Legal, investigative, corrective and policy agencies across Australia are looking for individuals with the psychological expertise to aid understanding and management of forensic issues. The Master of Psychology (Forensic) will prepare you to meet the increasing demand for professionals in this field.

This program - first offered in 1998 - focuses on the integration of clinical, research and legal skills. Your courses will cover psychological assessment, intervention in and applications of forensic psychology, law for psychologists and professional and ethical practice. In addition to coursework, you’ll complete a research thesis, in the form of a scholarly journal article, on a topic relevant to forensic psychology.

Forensic psychologists can be involved in all professional aspects of the interface between psychology and the law. Forensic psychologists work in a wide range of settings, including prisons, courts, police, probation and parole, juvenile justice, public policy, insurance, community services and child protection.

Future careers

Psychology is an ideal career path for people who enjoy working with and caring for others. At UNSW Science, our graduates demonstrate skills in assessment, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of problems at an individual and organisational level.

There’s increasing demand from legal, investigative, corrective and policy agencies across Australia to obtain psychological expertise to aid understanding and management of forensic issues. Forensic psychologists work in a wide range of settings, including:

  • prisons
  • courts
  • probation and parole
  • child protection
  • juvenile justice
  • insurance
  • mediation
  • private practice
  • public policy
  • legislative review.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

CRICOS

028068E

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$44,550.00 (US$ 31,261) per year
AUD $91,580 for the entire course

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

14 February 2022

Venue

UNSW Sydney - University of New South Wales

Kensington Campus,

High Street, Kensington,

UNSW SYDNEY,

New South Wales,

2052, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For stream A: Students must have Honours Bachelor degree or Graduate Diploma in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65%; Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65%, plus one year relevant professional experience. For stream B: Students must have Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65%; Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65%, plus one year relevant professional experience. Students from a non-211 university in China are now required to have a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW distinction average (75%).

For international students

The minimum entrance requirement is completion of a four-year APAC-accredited sequence in psychology, including a major research thesis, completed within the last ten years with Honours Class 1 (85%), Upper Second-Class Honours (75%) or their equivalents.

Psychology qualifications from overseas must include a major research thesis/project and must be assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) as equivalent to a four-year APAC-accredited sequence in psychology completed in Australia.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS: 7.0 overall (min 7.0 in each subtest); TOEFL IBT (Internet Based): 94 overall (min. 27 in
writing, 24 in reading and listening, 23 in speaking); Pearson (PTE - Academic): 65 overall (min. 65 in each subtest).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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