University of Gloucestershire

University of Gloucestershire

Forensic Psychology

Accredited by the British Psychological Society, this course is designed to develop the skills, knowledge and attributes required for a career in forensic settings such as the police, prison and probation services, secure units, special hospitals, or the Home Office. On this course students gain the academic knowledge and skills required as the initial training for a career in forensic psychology. As a student you will benefit from experienced teaching staff who individually support you towards your own professional aims as you study a range of forensic psychology topics. Visiting speakers and partners contribute specialist insights from working in a range of forensic settings, on issues surrounding the commission, detection and prosecution of sexual offences as well as the management and treatment of sex offenders. Assignments are designed around typical tasks faced by forensic psychologists in professional settings, such as preparing expert witness statements and case formulations. At dissertation stage, students explore their professional or academic interests and can make use of technologies such as EEG and virtual reality equipment. Past and current students have presented research at international conferences, making an impact in the world of professional forensic psychology before graduation.

Entry requirements

A 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent in psychology; Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC); a strong academic reference. International students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent.

Assessment methods

Your assessments will include a range of coursework (no examinations), including reflective practice reports, case formulations, and expert witness reports.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 2 years
PgCert Full-time September 2016 - 4 months
PgCert Part-time September 2016 - 9 months
PgDip Full-time September 2016 - 9 months
PgDip Part-time September 2016 - 18 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Francis Close Hall Cheltenham GL50 4AZ South West

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