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.
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.
Psychology of Criminal Behaviour; Psychology and the Legal Process; Analytical Methods; Applying Forensic Psychology; Psychological Assessment; Interventions with Offenders; Children, Young Persons and the Law; Professional Skills in a Forensic Setting; and supervised research study.
Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.
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 relevant work experience - minimum six months in a forensic setting. If successful, you will be shortlisted and invited for interview. Mathematics and English at Scottish National 5, GCSE or equivalent.
English languageIELTS score of 7.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.5
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.
Additional requirementsAll applicants must provide evidence demonstrating six months of direct experience working with an appropriate client group (e.g. offenders, victims, or young people at risk of offending) in a forensic setting.
Application deadlineApplications must be received by 6 May 2019.
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Tuition fees 2019/20
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For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.
The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society as the Stage 1 GBC pathway within the programme or the route towards Chartered Status and membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology.