MSc Forensic Psychology

The only of its kind in Scotland, this programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society and designed for graduates with a psychology degree. It is your first step towards chartered status and membership in the Division of Forensic Psychology.

The parallel MSc Psychology in Forensic Settings offers professionals from different, related backgrounds the opportunity to undertake training across the same subject areas, but it does not lead to an externally accredited psychology qualification.

Your programme draws on expertise within academia and GCU’s strong link with active practitioners to give you thorough and relevant training in the field – including instruction in the psychological, forensic, criminal and legal issues that will inform and influence your future career.

You’ll learn to adopt an independent, analytical and evaluative approach to forensic psychology – and become a part of our thriving and diverse academic community. Here, you’ll be encouraged to build a future that truly serves the common good, whether you’re helping detect and treat offenders or advising on staff and services development across a wide range of fields.

Graduate prospects

GCU is known for world-class education, with a global reputation and top 5% ranking that will help you compete for a variety of positions in the field of forensic psychology. 

You might choose a role in the public sector working in the courts, law enforcement and prisons, hospitals or mental health and social work; pursue a speciality in a commercial setting or continue your academic career.

Module list 

Psychology of Criminal Behaviour, Psychology and the Legal Process, Analytical Methods, Working in Forensic Settings, Psychological Assessment, Psychological Intervention, Vulnerable Groups in Forensic Settings, Principals of Forensic Practice, Advanced Research in Applied Psychology.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2021/22

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Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

MSc
Full Time
1 Year
28 Sep 2021
GCU Glasgow
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Typical entry requirements

UK honours degree 2:1 (or equivalent) in psychology that meets British Psychological Society (BPS) standards for the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) plus a minimum six months relevant work experience in a forensic setting.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview. 

English language

IELTS score of 7.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.5.

Additional requirements

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions we are suspending our entrance requirement for experience for this coming academic year. We will still require a good honours degree in psychology, minimum 2:1 (with Graduate Basis for Chartered membership with the British Psychological Society), but consider it unreasonable to expect direct experience from our applicants at this time.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

Students on this course are assessed through assessment only.
This course has been designed with industry input.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Annual full-time tuition fees 2020/21

Home: £6,000
RUK: £6,000
EU: £6,000
International: £13,500

Annual full-time tuition fees 2021/22

Home and RUK: £6,000
EU and International: £13,500

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of £2 million per year.

View our postgraduate scholarships.

The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society.

The course is accredited by the BPS as the Stage 1 GBC pathway within the programme or the route towards Chartered Status and membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology.
This course features guest lecturers.