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Applied Forensic Psychology

1 Year
September 2024
Campus Taught

Our MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology gives you the skills to assess, intervene and care for victims and offenders. It will foster your professional growth, develop your report writing and presentation skills, methodological rigour, research expertise, independent learning and critical thinking.

Why study with us

  • Through supportive seminars, lectures, coursework, examination and independent study you’ll gain key academic skills in Applied Forensic Psychology.
  • As part of your assessment you’ll research an area of Forensic Psychology that really interests you, and it’ll develop your organisational and communication skills.
  • You’ll study modules about advanced methods in psychology, applying psychology to the legal process, attributes of offenders and victims, forensic mental health and risk assessment, professional practice and intervention.
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What you'll do

  • We’ll actively support you with gaining the skills and experience you need to work towards a future career in the world of Forensic Psychology.
  • You’ll have access to extensive laboratory facilities in the Darwin Building, as well as a dedicated study space for postgraduate students.
  • You’ll be taught by forensic psychologists working within a range of secure settings who will support you to complete assignments that have a practical focus.

Module overview

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Year 1

Compulsory modules
  • PS4700: Advanced Methods in Psychology
  • PS4804: Forensic Risk Assessment
  • PS4805: Psychology, Investigation and the Courtroom
  • PS4821: Contemporary and complex issues in forensic psychology practice
  • PS4822: Advanced considerations when working with offenders
  • PS4980: Advanced Forensic Psychology Project

PS4700: Advanced Methods in Psychology

The aim of this module is to enable you to develop your knowledge and skills in research methods and statistics by exploring a range of statistical techniques, give you the ability to carry out analyses using digital software to interpret findings appropriately and examine Psychological research literature and research design and analysis.

Course delivery

Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus aside from a small amount of online teaching where we have learnt it works best.


Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by October 2023.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise

Dr Carol A. Ireland
Reader in Aggression
School of Psychology and Humanities

Dr. Carol A. Ireland is a Reader in Aggression. She is also a consultant chartered psychologist, a forensic psychologist and a chartered scientist. She is a Registered EuroPsy Psychologist. She works in clinical practice as well as at the university. Her clinical expertise matche...

Dr Jo Bryce
Senior Lecturer
School of Psychology and Humanities

Jo's research interests and teaching focuses on the psychological, social and forensic aspects of the Internet and related technologies, with a specific focus on their use by young people, associated risk exposure and internet safety. This aims to inform evidence-based approaches...


  • This course is accredited by the BPS, the learned and professional body, incorporated by the Royal Charter, for Psychology in the UK. We will provide you with the breadth and depth of knowledge that allows you to graduate with Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) provided you achieve at least a lower second class honours degree.
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My time at UCLan gave me the theoretical knowledge and confidence to have more in-depth and meaningful conversations, provide input into how to approach specific service users, and have the self-belief to tackle difficult scenarios.
Ethan Westmorland in graduation robe
Ethan Westmorland
MSc graduate and now Interventions Facilitator at HMP Frankland
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Future careers

A number of our MSc Applied Forensic Psychology graduates take up trainee Forensic Psychologist positions or go on to other careers in the legal and/or criminal justice system. 

Fees and funding

Full-time£10,000 per year
Part-time£1111 per 20 credits
Full-time£15,500 per year
Full-time£11,000 per year
Part-time£1,222 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,900 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Psychology and Humanities

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