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Forensic Psychology MSc

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October 2020
1 year full-time
£9,200 (UK/EU) *
£14,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Joanna Paschedag

Working in various criminal justice and allied settings, psychology graduates can expect a highly stimulating and varied career. Practitioners come into regular contact with social services, academic institutions, prison services, the NHS, probation services and police services. A positive and coherent communicator, you will enjoy working with a diverse mix of offenders, victims, and criminal and civil justice staff.

Why study MSc Forensic Psychology at Middlesex University?

This course provides you with an in-depth understanding of forensic psychology's key principles. Through special visits and interactive workshops, you will develop your awareness of forensic psychological practice and the work of leading criminal justice professionals.

You will have access to some of the UKs leading computer, laboratory and library study facilities as well as specialised psychology facilities such as a psychophysiology laboratory, social observation laboratories, an auditory cognition laboratory, and testing cubicles.

You will gain a critical understanding of a variety of research techniques and statistical methods. Your individual work will contribute to research in forensic psychology and develop your own analytical and reporting skills. Scholarly work is organised around psychological, legal and criminological concepts relevant to contemporary social issues and organisations. With a strong grounding in ethics, human rights, professional practice and research, this course will aid your subsequent professional practice.

Course highlights

  • This course has been accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Once graduated, you will have all the skills and knowledge you will need to become a chartered member of the BPS and a full member of the Division of Forensic Psychology
  • You will benefit and learn from our dedicated and enthusiastic staff who are internationally recognised and widely published researchers
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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What will you study on the MSc Forensic Psychology?

You will study the forensic psychological practice and the work of other criminal justice professionals through visits and workshops. You will develop core professional, ethical and research skills in line with the BPS and Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP) National Occupational Standards. You will also learn how to make an appropriate contribution to research in forensic psychology.

What will you gain?

You will gain knowledge and understanding in key areas of forensic psychology such as aetiology of offending behaviour, judicial decision making, offender treatment programmes, victimisation and investigative psychology. You will be able to critically apply a variety of research techniques and statistical methods, and you will develop your skills in research, analysis and reporting, and working as a team or individually.

  • Modules

    • Advanced Research Methods in Psychology

      This module conforms with the statistics and methodology requirements of the British Psychological Society Divisions of Forensic and Health Psychology, and National Occupational Standards for Applied Psychologists Key roles 2 and 3. Successful completion of this module provides partial fulfilment of the requirements for Stage 1 exemption for practitioner psychologists Health/Forensic. The module extends psychology students' undergraduate knowledge of research methods, design and statistics with particular reference to advanced forensic and health psychology. It prepares you for conducting your independent research project, forthcoming supervised practice and enables you to choose appropriate methodologies and analyses for research.

    • Victims, Offenders and Communities

      This module aims to introduce students to the core theoretical understandings and debates in forensic psychology that relate to victims, offenders and communities. It encourages students to think of how crime affects all these groups, rather than considering them as isolated entities. It also provides the foundations for students' evidence-based practice throughout the programme and beyond.

    • Psychology of Investigation and Criminal Justice

      This module aims to develop students' knowledge of investigative and legal psychology, and how theory and research can be applied to improve practice throughout the criminal justice system. It also aims to enhance students' understanding of the contexts in which forensic psychologists work, and the requirements of professional practice.

    • Assessment, Intervention and Professional Practice

      The aim of the module is to introduce students to the key practice and treatment concerns for forensic psychologists, such as risk assessment, working with clients and evaluation. It also aims to give students the opportunity to learn about, and try out, some therapeutic approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

    • Research: Practice and Reporting

      In this module, you will undertake an independent research project, supported by a supervisor from within the Department of Psychology. It provides students with an opportunity to carry out an in-depth advanced study in an area of forensic psychology. Students apply appropriate principles of empirical research, and present their study in the form of a written journal article.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are not offered on every course. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How will the MSc Forensic Psychology be taught?

You will attend workshops, lectures and seminars and go on field trips, as well as working on research projects and group and individual assignments, including your independent research project. The course aims to improve your research and statistics skills as well as your knowledge of psychology, and you will have an extensive reading list. Full time students can expect to spend up to 40 hours a week with study preparation, independent study and contact/supervisory time, and part time students can expect to spend 20 hours a week.


As well as your research report, you will be assessed through project reports, essays, reflective logbooks, other written assignments, and presentations. We will be looking, among other things, at your ability to look critically at research methods, ethics and practice, and material from different sources. You will receive regular feedback on your work.

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How can the MSc Forensic Psychology support your career?

There are strong employment prospects for psychology graduates and salaries in this field are excellent. The range of professional skills that psychology graduates develop ensures that they are highly valued across the economy.

This programme is ideally suited to those who intend to apply their knowledge of psychology to the Criminal Justice System and associated areas (such as third sector and policy). Graduates can extend their research to doctoral level or can work in local and central government agencies or law enforcement services.

For information on work for forensic psychologists visit the careers section of the BPS.

Graduates from this programme will have the opportunity to develop the skills of data research, critical analysis, oral, written and visual communication, reasoned debate, understanding theoretical concepts, and policy analysis. These are highly transferrable and are valued by employers across all sectors.

  • Middlesex staff profile

    Zara Ayub

    MSc Forensic Psychology

    I decided to continue on to postgraduate study at Middlesex because I knew which tutors would be teaching me and how passionate they are, as well as being renowned in their field. The other additional bonus was that I got 20% off as alumni which made the financial burden slightly easier. I am also familiar with the facilities and opportunities available at Middlesex and I knew there was a chance I wouldn't get these else where and I didn't want to risk that.

    Middlesex is really good for Psychology postgraduates; the courses are interesting and the networking that goes on is really beneficial. The facilities here are really modern and the University accommodates our needs as much as they can. I think undergraduates should consider postgraduate study because it's an investment in to your future and it's a whole different experience to the undergraduate study.

  • Middlesex staff profile

    Lucia Cajada

    MSc Forensic Psychology

    Having finished an undergraduate degree in Psychology back in my home country, I decided that I wanted to specialise in Forensic Psychology. I did some research and discovered that within a European context, the UK was the most advanced country in this area. I found out about Middlesex's MSc Forensic Psychology course via the BPS (British Psychological Society) and was immediately interested by the course content.

    I'm really glad I applied and studied at Middlesex. The facilities are great and the staff is really nice and dedicated to helping me be successful. I am confident that this qualification will help me pursue my studies at a doctorate level and to find a job in the future. I would encourage students to consider postgraduate study to allow them to distinguish themselves from the crowd when applying for jobs and I would have no hesitations in advising people to study at Middlesex.

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