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MSc Forensic Psychology - FAQs


How much does the MSc cost and is there any financial support?

Up to date fees and information regarding bursaries and loans is available on our Fees & Finance webpage.

When does the programme start and finish?

The MSc starts in September each year and runs for 12 months for full time students and 24 months for part time students.

How many days will I be on campus?

Full time students will be on campus two days per week and part time students will be on campus one day per week throughout term time and also for some additional workshops (outside of term time) which students are notified about during the Induction Week.

What counts as relevant experience in an applied forensic setting?

Relevant experience can range from paid or voluntary work with Youth Offending teams, or Victim Support, to charity work supporting offenders, through to people who are working as Assistant Psychologists within secure settings, or working with Prison/Probation services. You may gain experience in settings that are not directly supporting a forensic population, for example volunteering in a homeless charity organisation. In such cases your personal statement should reflect your understanding of the shared vulnerability factors and co-occuring behaviours between homelessness and offending.

Whilst no minimum time period is specified, it is important that the applicant is able to reflect on their experience and be able to write a strong personal statement in their application. This should include what contact the applicant has had with clients, what their role was in the organisation, how it might be useful in their studies and how it has helped them develop knowledge and skills in the area of Forensic Psychology.

I obtained a 2:2 in my undergraduate degree. Can I still apply for the MSc Forensic Psychology?

The minimum entry criteria to apply for the MSc is a 2:1 BSc degree (accredited by the British Psychological Society) and relevant forensic experience (see above). In exceptional circumstances, we will consider applicants with a 2:2 BPS undergraduate degree where there is evidence of extensive applied experience in a forensic setting and where the applicant can demonstrate that they can meet the academic demands of the programme.

My undergraduate degree is not accredited by the British Psychological Society. Would you still consider an application?

As the MSc is accredited by the British Psychological Society and represents Stage 1 of the training to becoming eligible for applying for registration as a Practitioner Psychologist (Forensic) with the Health and Care Profession, we require all applicants to have a BPS accredited undergraduate degree.

To be considered, the applicant must have completed a conversion qualification prior to application. Full details of available conversion courses can be found on the British Psychological Society's website.

What should be included in my personal statement?

When completing your personal statement, be mindful that what you submit is intended to enhance your application. If constructed poorly it may have a negative impact on your application as a whole. This is your opportunity to expand on qualifications and experience listed in your application form, as well as detailing why you would like to undertake a certain programme.

Information you may wish include

  • Why you would like to undertake the programme
  • Elements of the programme you are keen to study
  • Academic achievements
  • Extra-curricular achievements
  • Relevant work / volunteer experience
  • Relevant skills
  • Future plans if your application is successful
  • Interests

Word limit

There is no specific word limit however, as a guide, approximately 500 words should suffice.

Curriculum Vitae

Some programmes require a CV alongside a personal statement and this will be highlighted in the Supporting Documents upload section of the online application, for example, all postgraduate sport courses.

Even if not a requirement, a CV or other information can be uploaded to enhance an application, for example, to provide further information on employment history.