University of York

University of York

Applied Forensic Psychology

The MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology and MSc in Forensic Psychology Studies (for students without Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society) were developed in partnership with HM Prison Service Directorate of High Security Prisons. The programme offers an equal balance of practice based, methodological and theoretically driven modules designed to foster autonomy within the bounds of professional practice, independent learning and self-directed reflection. The programmes also have strong links with a variety of other forensic practice settings, including Yorkshire and Humberside National Offender Management Services (prisons and probation) and private and public forensic mental health services. The highly specialist forensic modules, combined with generic practice-based modules, placement opportunities, tutorials and the support of a highly experienced core course team, will provide a sound basis for any trainee forensic psychologist or those interested in the application of psychological principles, including theories of child development and child and juvenile mental health, to the forensic setting.

Entry requirements

We normally look for a UK bachelor degree in psychology with 1st or upper 2nd Class Honours (or the overseas equivalent). To be eligible for entry on the MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology programme of study, you must have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS), as this is a BPS accredited programme. You need to submit a letter from your institution stating your eligibility for GBC, or this should be clearly stated by your referees in the reference they provide for you. Applicants without GBC may apply for the equivalent non-BPS accredited MSc in Forensic Psychology Studies (MSc FPS) but their first degree should demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological principles together with competency in research design and analysis.

Course modules

Modules include: Forensic psychology in practice; research design and statistics; legal and contextual issues; forensic and generic skills; forensic psychology in practice; issues and methods in applied research; forensic mental health; empirical research project; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods are varied and include: short answer papers; briefing papers; case formulations; open essays; multiple choice papers; an empirical research project.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 7,980 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 21,170 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions
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