Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Forensic Psychology

The 1st aim of the programme is to provide students with a thorough and critical academic grounding in the evidence relating to environmental; cultural; cognitive and biological factors that may contribute to a wide variety of forms of offending; the programme encourages students to consider the role and limitations of causal explanations for offending in the development of offender treatments, services and policy; the 2nd aim of the programme is to introduce students to the basic professional competencies for working in the many settings where forensic psychology is practiced, including skills related to inter-disciplinary working; risk assessment; ethics; continuing professional development; report writing and differences in practice when working with offenders; victims; the courts; and the police; lastly the programme aims to produce Masters degree graduates with the ability to understand the limitations of the conceptual underpinnings of interventions and assessments used in forensic psychology and who are able therefore to engage in critical evaluation of the evidence base upon which their own practice is eventually be based on.

Entry requirements

An Honours degree (normally upper 2nd Class or above) in psychology, from a BPS (British Psychological Society) accredited undergraduate course; interview. In addition, applicants will be expected to demonstrate experience in a relevant area, for example, experience with victims, offenders or service providers in a forensic domain. In exceptional cases, applicants who have achieved a lower 2nd Class award in an accredited psychology undergraduate degree but have extensive relevant work experience may be considered for admission to the programme.

Course modules

Modules include: research methods and design; forensic mental health; professional practice and offender management; psychological assessments and interventions; theories of criminal behaviour; legal psychology; addiction and psychological vulnerabilities.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on a coursework assignments: Presentations; reports; essays; reflective reports; academic posters; research proposal.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,500 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 11,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 525 per Credit module (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Llandaff Campus Cardiff CF5 2YB Wales

Key information

Student Recruitment Team
Telephone number: 
029 2041 6044