MSc Forensic Psychology

Accredited by the British Psychological Society and designed for graduates with a psychology degree, the MSc Forensic Psychology degree from GCU is your next 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.

This degree 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; Principles 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

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date


Full Time
1 Year
Sep 2022
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc Full Time 1 Year Sep 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Minimum academic requirement

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 of six months relevant work experience in a forensic setting. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview.

Initial deadline for applications is 30 May 2022.

Applications received after this date may still be considered but will be classed as late.

Please provide an outline of a study to explore either:

1) Knife crime amongst young people and risk factors for getting involved in this; or:

2) Whether men and women perpetrate similar rates of domestic abuse.

Your outline should be no longer than one page of A4 identifying the research question, hypotheses (if appropriate), the participants, sampling strategy, questionnaires, interview questions or data collection tools, the proposed analysis and noting any key ethical issues or limitations to the proposed methodology.

You will not be expected to reference more than four papers. Please note that you will be asked to describe and discuss your proposed study during the interview. You will also be asked to look at some data and interpret it as part of the interview process.

English language

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

International pathways

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

Home (Scottish) and RUK: £7,000
International: £14,500

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

Additional costs

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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.

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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.