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Postgraduate courses 2024/25

Forensic Psychology, MSc

This MSc Forensic Psychology will teach you how to understand serious crime from a number of perspectives.

Our Forensic Psychology Master’s degree is designed to prepare you with knowledge and skills required for a career in a forensic setting. While we will do some myth busting around the glamorisation of this field, expect to be as fascinated by this topic as you will have imagined. The team responsible for your learning and development throughout this course all have extensive experience working with the police, prison service and the NHS.

Everything we teach has applied significance – we will share research and practice with you which has been developed ‘in the field’, providing an experience which will feel as though you are on the cutting edge of developments in this area. The BPS accreditation means that by obtaining this MSc, you will be completing the first stage in your professional training required to become a qualified practitioner and an accredited Chartered Forensic Psychologist.

This course is now accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

This course is now closed to new applications for September 2023. For September 2023 entry, please consider applying for alternative programmes MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology or MSc Psychology, alternatively please consider September 2024

Location

Greenwich Campus

Duration

  • 1 years full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Start month

September

Home/international fees 2024/25

£11,000 /£17,450

What you should know about this course

  • Number one in London for graduate prospects (2022 Complete University Guide Annual League Table - Psychology).
  • The programme uses a blended delivery approach with online lectures to deliver core content and face-to-face seminars to build experiences of applying understanding.
  • You will investigate the experiences of those who commit crimes as well as those who become victims of crime.
  • You will have the opportunity to construct and carry out applied research projects in the field.
  • Located at the University's iconic Greenwich Campus.

MSc Forensic Psychology


Dr Christian Perrin talks us through the new MSc in Forensic Psychology at the University of Greenwich.

What you will study

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Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

About the course team

The teaching team consists of lecturers who gold chartership with the British Psychological Society, consultants working within the criminal justice system, and other professionals working as HCPC registered forensic psychologists in a variety of settings. This contributes to the status of this programme as one of applied, real world significance.

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Entry requirements

If you are

An undergraduate (honours) degree at 2:2, or above, in Psychology accredited by the BPS
or
An undergraduate (honours) degree at 2:2, or above, in a relevant subject and successful completion of a research methods assessment.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses. If you cannot find your country on this list, please contact international@gre.ac.uk.

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Further information about entry

To start “Stage 2” towards becoming a Chartered Forensic Psychologist in the UK, in addition to an accredited MSc in Forensic Psychology (like this course) you must have Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) membership. This is typically obtained through a British Psychological Society (BPS)-accredited undergraduate or conversion degree (we offer the MSc Psychology Conversion degree here at Greenwich). If you studied Psychology overseas, it may also be possible to obtain GBC, if your undergraduate degree contained sufficient psychology content, as reviewed by the BPS (you must apply to the BPS directly).

If your intention is to become a Chartered Forensic Psychologist, you can complete this MSc in Forensic Psychology before or after your BPS-accredited undergraduate degree, conversion course or GBC application. The background in psychology and research methods conferred by meeting GBC requirements are helpful but not essential for this MSc course. See here for more info.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use Prior Learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

Teaching

In a typical week, learning takes place through a combination of lectures and seminars. You will be able to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller group sessions.

Contact hours normally take place three days a week and fall between 9am and 5pm, depending on your tutorials.

Class sizes

Information coming soon.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you will need to dedicate time to self-study to prepare for coursework, presentations and exams. Our library and online resources will support your further reading and research.

You can also join a range of student societies, including the Psychology Society.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of contact hours (lectures, seminars, etc), independent learning, and assessments. For full-time students, the workload should be roughly equivalent to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of modules you are studying.

Assessment

Assessments are varied and may include essays, critical reflections, library reports, presentations, research posters, seen and unseen exams, and practical reports. The final assessment is a dissertation project.

Feedback summary

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Dates and timetables

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Full time Part time Distance learning
Home £11,000 £1,850 per 30 credits N/A
International £17,450 £2,908 per 30 credits N/A

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Further costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • Resources: you may need to purchase books for your studies, as well as specific computer software (estimate, £150 per year).

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Graduates of this course can pursue a career in:

  • Prison service
  • Secure forensic hospitals
  • Youth offending services and institutions
  • Police service
  • Security services/agencies
  • Data collection and analysis in the Government sector e.g. Ministry of Justice or Home Office
  • Academia

Do you provide employability services?

Our services are designed to help you achieve your potential and support your transition towards a rewarding graduate career.

The Employability and Careers Service provides support when you are preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles. It includes CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer, who works closely with the industry and will provide specific opportunities relevant to your own course.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

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If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study part-time then you can apply directly via our online application form.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply via UCAS, directly via our online application form or via one of our in-country representatives. If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.