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What will I learn?

MSc Forensic Psychology degree course will give you the tools, skills and knowledge to reach your ambition. 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. This course is Accredited by the BPS, our Master’s degree is recognised as providing an important step towards eventual chartered status as a forensic psychologist. It aims to provide you with a systematic knowledge and understanding of forensic psychology, in accordance with the academic requirements of the Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP), the British Psychological Society (BPS) for accredited courses and eventual progression to autonomous practice. 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. Accredited by the BPS, our Master’s degree is recognised as providing the next important step towards eventual chartered status as a forensic psychologist. Following successful completion of this course, you will usually go on to do a minimum of two years full-time supervised practice in an employment setting.

Which department am I in?

Department of Psychology

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£16,400.00 (US$ 21,200) per year
Tuition fees are subject to annual increase. Additional cost may apply.

This is a fixed fee

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

Start date

Expected September 2021

Venue

University of Portsmouth

University House,

Winston Churchill Avenue,

Portsmouth,

PO1 2UP, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For entry to our postgraduate Master's programmes, you'll usually need to have a Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.6 /4 or above from a recognised Higher Education institution. Students need a minimum of IELTS band 6.5–7.0, with no component below 6.0.

For international students

A good honours degree in Psychology that is recognised by The British Psychological Society as conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC). Applicants are expected to have paid or voluntary relevant work experience in settings within the criminal justice system, or that involves the use of transferable skills and attributes in related fields. All applicants subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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

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About this uni

The University of Portsmouth is one of the top 40 UK universities (Guardian University Guide).

  • 1 of top 100 young universities in the world (THE)
  • 88% student satisfaction with the University (NSS 2017)
  • ‘Gold’ award in Teaching Excellence Framework
  • Invested GBP150m in last 10 years to upgrade amenities