Open University

Open University

Forensic Psychological Studies (F73)

This course explores a wide range of topics in the fast-growing area of forensic psychology, while enhancing students' analytical and communication skills, and research literacy. Students develop their ability to source, select and review forensic psychological research, evaluate its relevance for complex real-life issues, assess its validity, and clearly communicate their findings in a sophisticated, reasoned manner to academic and non-academic audiences. Students complete their studies with a substantial piece of independent enquiry on a subject of their choice.

Entry requirements

To study our MSc in Forensic Psychological Studies you must hold a UK Honours degree or equivalent. Although your 1st degree need not be in forensic psychology or psychology, you must have the basic skills expected of a graduate in an equivalent area, such as social sciences. The foundation module will help equip you with the skills needed for postgraduate-level study, but it does not offer remedial undergraduate training if your knowledge and/or experience are inadequate. This is a rigorous Master's degree requiring an aptitude for critical analytical thinking and for understanding the principles driving different research methods. Before you start your MSc you must be able to: write accurately, clearly and concisely; read large quantities of text quickly, accurately and critically; classify evidence precisely and assess its value and reliability; understand basic statistics e.g. measures of central tendency, variance, significance and effect size argue logically and consistently
marshal evidence to support a logical argument. Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your 1st language, we recommend that you will need a minimum score of 7 under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see the IELTS website for details.

Course modules

Assessment methods


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Distance learning - 3 years

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