MSc Applied Forensic Psychology

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Course details

Online application

September (Carlisle)

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If you enjoyed forensic psychology at undergraduate level and want to take your learning further, then our postgraduate course will help take your skills to the next level. We are ideal for those with a professional interest working within forensic and legal contexts, including with victims of crime or offenders. You can choose to study on a full or part-time basis to suit your needs.

You'll develop specialised knowledge and a critical awareness of issues at the forefront of Applied Forensic Psychology. We are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and study theoretical and practical issues pertinent to those working in forensic settings. You'll have everything you need to get started as a professional forensic psychologist, so improve your job prospects by studying on our fully engaging course.

We incorporate a variety of blended learning and campus-based activities explicitly designed to meet the needs of learners working in a wide range of practice situations.

Year One

Compulsory Modules

  • Research Skills and Methods
  • Professional Values and Ethics
  • Dissertation
  • Forensic Psychology, Offending Behaviour and the Criminal Justice System
  • Settings in Forensic Psychology
  • Working with Specialist Populations in Forensic Psychology Settings
  • Advanced Statistics

Programme Specification

For a detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.

Download the programme specification (PDF)

1st or 2nd class honours degree that confers eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) from the British Psychological Society.

Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course via Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) procedures.

More information about levels and credits.

Making your application

Applications should be made online directly to the university - visit our website or contact enquirycentre@cumbria.ac.uk for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.

What makes a good application?

We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential - evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.

Make sure you include:

  • Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
  • A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
  • A good personal statement.

Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.

What next?

When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either - an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or - an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.

And if I accept?

The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.

Deferred entry

We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.

International students

Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.

From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa.

UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.

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The largest employer of fully qualified forensic psychologists is HM Prison Service. You may also work for the NHS within rehabilitation units and secure hospitals, or seek employment in the social services, university departments or consultancy work. The skills you learn will be considered highly valuable in a wide range of jobs outside this area as well.

Our specialist staff are active researchers and expert academics in their field, with six of the seven lecturers qualified as chartered psychologists. We work closely with a number of external organisations, including HMP Haverigg, Circles of Support and Carlisle Key.