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Forensic Psychology MSc

UCAS code
Year of entry 2017
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Course Length
1 year full time
2-5 years part time
Department Law »
Psychology »


Our Forensic Psychology Masters degree is jointly delivered by the School of Law and the Department of Psychology.  By choosing this course at Royal Holloway you will be trained in the research-practitioner model for careers either in forensic psychology or applied psychology, and gain transferable skills that provide a valuable basis for careers in a wide range for fields.  

A solid foundation in scientific research methods is developed so that you can design, conduct and analyse empirical psychological research. Teaching will be provided by academics from Psychology, Criminology and Law which will enable you develop skills in integrating concepts and communicating on multidisciplinary levels. You will be trained in qualitative and quantitative methods and in ethical issues relating to research and practice.  

Our balanced approach to research and teaching guarantees high quality teaching from both research and practice-led internal and external professionals, cutting edge materials and intellectually challenging debates. You will receive individual attention to enhance your personal and professional development.

On graduating you will have the foundation level knowledge to work towards becoming a qualified Forensic Psychologist and the understanding of the necessary interrelationship between scientific research and forensic psychological practice.

  • Established international reputation for quality research and teaching, and for our engagement in policy and practice, through active involvement with government bodies and voluntary and statutory agencies. The Department of Psychology is ranked 6 in the UK for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2015).
  • Distinctive emphasis on detention and prisons, the assessment and treatment of the mentally disordered offender and young people in the Criminal Justice System provided by strong links with external practitioners.
  • Engage with a broad range of practitioners and Criminal Justice agencies, and have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience.

Core modules

Advanced and Applied Research Techniques

Statistics for Research 

The Legal and Criminal Justice Context for Forensic Psychology

Research-Based Practice in Forensic Psychology

Cognitive, Social and Neuroscience Approaches for Forensic Investigations

Young People in the Criminal Justice System 

Dissertation 

Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff.

Knowledge and understanding is assessed by a broad range of both informal (i.e. class exercises and feedback) and by formal means (i.e. examination, presentations and oral reports, coursework and dissertation).  

Entry criteria:

UK Upper Second Class (2:1) (Honours) or equivalent in Psychology or any Psychology joint degree accredited by the British Psychological Society.

  • A 2:1 degree  which entitles you to Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (see www.bps.org.uk for details of which courses in the UK qualify for this).
  • Selected applicants will be interviewed to establish their suitability for the course. For applicants who are unable to attend, such as overseas students, the interview will be conducted by telephone or Skype. Applicant interview days are likely to be held  in February, March, April and May. 
  • Applicants should have relevant practical experience and/or a relevant dissertation, project or other relevant research experience.
  • Applicants should have at least a basic appreciation of forensic psychology, as well as good references.

A successful applicant will usually have the following qualities:

  • strong academic skills of writing, research and critical evaluation
  • evidence of a capacity for self-reflection and learning from experiences
  • professionalism

English language requirements:

IELTS 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores.


If you require Royal Holloway to sponsor your study in the UK, your IELTS must be a UK
government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).

International and EU entry requirements

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Students from overseas should visit the International pages for information on the entry requirements from their country and further information on English language requirements. Royal Holloway offers a Pre-Master’s Diploma for International Students and English language pre-sessional courses, allowing students the opportunity to develop their study skills and English language before starting their postgraduate degree.

 

A Forensic Psychology masters degree at Royal Holloway, University of London can lead into a variety of career paths.  Your career aspirations might change as you are exposed to the breadth of the subject through your course.  You will be in a strong position to embark on a  career in applied forensic psychological research and undertake a PhD or to pursue a career as a Practitioner Forensic Psychologist. You will also have developed an enviable amount of transferable skills that will be an advantage to you in a wide variety of fields.

  • Graduates will have completed the requirements of Stage 1 of the Qualification in Forensic Psychology, then you will be able to apply for Stage 2.
  • The knowledge gained and skills developed will make you highly employable in a variety of fields,  such as: the NHS and private sector, prisons, probation, the police, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Justice, Home Office, Youth Support and Justice Services or research units (in Universities, charitable organisations and private companies). 

Home and EU students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £7,000

Overseas students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £15,800

Other essential costs**: There are no single associated costs greater than £50 per item on this course

How do I pay for it? Find out more about funding options, including loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries.

* These tuition fees apply to students enrolled on a full-time basis. Students studying part-time are charged a pro-rata tuition fee, usually equivalent to approximately half the full-time fee. Please email student-fees@royalholloway.ac.uk for further information on part-time fees. All postgraduate fees are subject to inflationary increases. Royal Holloway's policy is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5 per cent for continuing students. For further information see tuition fees and our terms and conditions.

** These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing, have not been included.

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