University of Derby

Forensic and Criminal Psychology

Our exciting new MSc Forensic and Criminal Psychology degree will equip you with the specialist knowledge and skills you need to advance your career as a forensic and criminal psychologist.

Take the next step in your academic and professional career: this course is ideal if you are a psychology graduate with Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society

Choose a programme which offers a compelling blend of academic studies, research and practical experience

Learn from a teaching team made up of forensic practitioners and academics with considerable experience of working with offenders and victims in a range of forensic contexts

Benefit from a supportive and dynamic research environment where you will have the chance to pursue your own professional interests

Gain vital practical insights, including potential opportunities for real life experience within a related field

Broaden your professional options: this qualification is valuable for careers in a range of settings including prisons, secure units, hospitals, mental health services, police, probation services, courts, community organisations, charities and social enterprises

Build an excellent platform if you want to progress to PhD research.

*This course is subject to approval

Entry requirements

You will need a British Psychological Society (BPS) recognised undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1) in Psychology (or equivalent) that confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the Society.

Those whose qualification does not confer GBC may also apply and an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1) is similarly required. However, to be eligible for Chartered Membership (CPsychol) of the Society and full membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP), the GBC is a requirement.

Applicants whose undergraduate degree is a 2.2 should contact the Programme Leader.

You are required to provide one academic and one vocational reference.

Final selection may be subject to an interview with members of the course team.

Course modules

Postgraduate Certificate

  • Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
  • The Psychology of Crime, Criminal Behaviour, and Victimology
  • Advanced Qualitative Research Methods

Postgraduate Diploma

  • The legal and criminal justice context of forensic psychology
  • Forensic Settings and Rehabilitative Interventions
  • Forensic Settings and Forensic Assessment


  • Independent Study

Assessment methods

Assessments will be diverse in format and may include:

  • essays
  • group and individual presentations
  • research project report(s)
  • a reflective practice portfolio.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 £ 690 per Credit module (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 £ 13,500 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 £ 690 per Credit module (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Kedleston Road Campus DE22 1GB East Midlands

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