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What will I learn?

Course Overview

The Masters degree in Forensic Psychology is the only BPS accredited programme in Wales, offering a unique opportunity for students to study Forensic Psychology in the Principality. Working collaboratively with Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Services (HMMPS) and secure forensic mental health facility providers in Wales helps keep the programme up to date with strategy development and policy decisions. Regular contributions from Practitioner Forensic Psychologists working in Wales enables students to understand more about regional services and their impact on society locally. In addition, the programme benefits from the input of several national and international contributors who share their extensive specialist knowledge and experience within the field of Forensic Psychology.

Assessment

The MSc is assessed by a range of different coursework assignments – e.g. presentations, reports, essays, reflective reports, academic posters, research proposal. There are no examinations. From September 2021, all students will need to achieve a minimum of a 50% pass mark for each module.

Employability & Careers

A British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited MSc in Forensic Psychology is the first step (stage one) in gaining Chartered Psychologist status with the BPS and Registered Practitioner status with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). The MSc in Forensic Psychology will provide the knowledge base and applied research skills that will provide the foundation for engagement with the next stage of training (i.e. BPS Stage 2 or HCPC route) towards registration as a Forensic Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. From September 2021, students who do not achieve a pass mark of at least 50% in each module will not be awarded an accredited degree but an alternative award.

Which department am I in?

Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£15,500.00 (US$ 16,796) per year
This is a fixed fee

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

Start date

16 January 2023

Venue

Llandaff Campus

Western Avenue,

Cardiff,

CF5 2YB, Wales

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students with a Bachelor degree from a recognised institution in USA with minimum GPA 2.8 or above or students with a good GPA and relevant work experience over 1 year or students with a Bachelor degree from a recognised institution in the UK or Masters degree. Students need to have an 6.0 overall with no sub score lower than 5.5. Some courses may require a higher IELTS level.

For international students

Applicants need to have a good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) in Psychology, from a BPS (British Psychological Society) accredited undergraduate course. In addition, applicants will be expected to demonstrate experience in a relevant area, for example, experience with victims, offenders or service providers in a forensic domain. Roles and responsibilities will need to be evidenced within the application, as well as detailing duration and hours per week undertaken. In exceptional cases, applicants who have achieved a lower second class award in an accredited Psychology undergraduate degree but have extensive relevant work experience may be considered for admission to the Programme. Applicants whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 7.0 standard or equivalent.

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

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About Cardiff Metropolitan University

Located in the Welsh capital city, Cardiff Metropolitan University offers a range of courses which focus on practical and professional learning.

  • Welsh University of the Year 2021
  • Awarded silver by the Teaching Excellence Framework
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