Royal Holloway, University of London

Forensic Psychology

Our Forensic Psychology Masters degree is jointly delivered by the School of Law and the Department of Psychology. By choosing this course at Royal Holloway you will be trained in the research-practitioner model for careers either in forensic psychology or applied psychology, and gain transferable skills that provide a valuable basis for careers in a wide range for fields.

A solid foundation in scientific research methods is developed so that you can design, conduct and analyse empirical psychological research. Teaching will be provided by academics from Psychology, Criminology and Law which will enable you develop skills in integrating concepts and communicating on multidisciplinary levels. You will be trained in qualitative and quantitative methods and in ethical issues relating to research and practice.

Our balanced approach to research and teaching guarantees high quality teaching from both research and practice-led internal and external professionals, cutting edge materials and intellectually challenging debates. You will receive individual attention to enhance your personal and professional development.

On graduating you will have the foundation level knowledge to work towards becoming a qualified Forensic Psychologist and the understanding of the necessary interrelationship between scientific research and forensic psychological practice.

+ Established international reputation for quality research and teaching, and for our engagement in policy and practice, through active involvement with government bodies and voluntary and statutory agencies. The Department of Psychology is ranked 6 in the UK for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2015).

+ Distinctive emphasis on detention and prisons, the assessment and treatment of the mentally disordered offender and young people in the Criminal Justice System provided by strong links with external practitioners.

+ Engage with a broad range of practitioners and Criminal Justice agencies, and have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience.

Entry requirements

UK Upper Second Class (2:1) (Honours) or equivalent in Psychology or any Psychology joint degree accredited by the British Psychological Society.

- A 2:1 degree or higher from a university course which entitles you to Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (see the BPS website for details of which courses in the UK qualify for this). For applicants taking a degree overseas, they would need to apply to the British Psychological Society to gain the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. The BPS reviews the course content and makes a decision as to whether there is a comparable level of psychological theory. If the applicant has evidence from BPS of the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, that satisfies the accreditation requirement.
- Selected applicants will be interviewed to establish their suitability for the course. For applicants who are unable to attend, such as overseas students, the interview will be conducted by telephone or Skype. Applicant interview days are likely to be held in February, March, April and May.
- Applicants should have relevant practical experience, and/or a relevant dissertation, project or other relevant research experience
Additionally, applicants should have at least a basic appreciation of forensic psychology and good references.

A successful applicant will usually have the following qualities:

- strong academic skills of writing, research and critical evaluation,
- evidence of a capacity for self-reflection and learning from experiences
- professionalism.

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores. If you require Royal Holloway to sponsor your study in the UK, your IELTS must be a UK government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).

Course modules

Mandatory modules: Advanced and Applied Research Techniques; Statistics for Research; The Legal and Criminal Justice Context for Forensic Psychology; Research-Based Practice in Forensic Psychology; Cognitive, Social and Neuroscience Approaches for Forensic Investigations; Young People in the Criminal Justice System; Dissertation.

Assessment methods

Knowledge and understanding is assessed by a broad range of both informal (i.e. class exercises and feedback) and by formal means (i.e. examination, presentations and oral reports, coursework and dissertation).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 7,000 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
MSc Full-time £ 15,800 (Whole course) International 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 16,300 (Year 1) International 2 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 10,400 (Year 1) Home/EU 2 2 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 16,300 (Year 1) International 1 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 10,400 (Year 1) Home/EU 1 1 Years

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