MSc Applied Forensic Psychology


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Program Description

Are you interested in becoming a chartered forensic psychologist? If so, you will need a Forensic Psychology Masters.

Our specially-developed blended learning master offers the added convenience of being able to complete your studies alongside your current employment.

With a strong applied forensic focus, you will be highly sought after for psychology work in prisons, and related settings, when you graduate.

Forensic psychology training

As a forensic psychologist, you will work directly with offenders on treatment and rehabilitation programmes, and be involved in psychological interventions designed to modify criminal behaviour. You may also be called upon to give evidence to expert audiences, including courts, and parole and mental health boards.

This course covers all the main areas of knowledge, and practical skills you will need to move into this area of work, and, if you are not already in such a position, it will provide guidance on securing a trainee position.

Blended learning

One of the only courses of its kind to be offered as a blended learning master’s, the programme allows you to work through materials online, while also attending three, one-week blocks on campus. You can choose to complete the course full time over a year, or part-time over two, fitting in the training more easily alongside your current work.

Focused on prisons

Crucially, in the attendance weeks, you will be based in a forensic setting for two days each week. Bucks New University has strong links with a number of different institutions (based on category and population) such as HMP Bullingdon, HMP Wormwood Scrubs, HMP Woodhill, HMP Grendon and HMYOI Aylesbury. In the course, you will hear from qualified forensic psychologists, prison officers and senior managers, as well as interacting directly with prisoners.

This level of industry insight and contact will be invaluable in securing work and developing your confidence as a practitioner.

Who is it for?

This course is for anyone who has studied psychology at the undergraduate level and wishes to specialise in prison work. You might be working as an intervention facilitator in prisons already and want to move your career on. You may also have studied a degree such as criminology or sociology and have the hands-on experience you can draw on working in the criminal justice system.


Course details

The course covers all the core areas of forensic psychology, with a particular focus on applying theory, content and knowledge to prison settings. You will study research methods and develop practical skills in psychological interventions and working with different client groups.

As well as transferable skills such as teamwork, numeracy and presentation skills, you will be introduced to the requirements and benefits of interventions, evaluating their results, communicating psychological knowledge and conducting research.

Specialist equipment

We have invested in state-of-the-art technology to ensure you get the experience of using the latest systems and software employed in forensic environments, including our virtual reality suite and eye-tracking technology. You will use these regularly while role-playing forensic scenarios and assessing different interventions.

Tailored assessments

We use a mix of assessments to mirror the modes of communication expected of graduates in this field. For example, you will complete risk assessments, professional case reports and a presentation to an expert audience.

You will also learn to measure intervention effectiveness and facilitate interventions, using mock scenarios and role-plays, as well as working directly with prisoners.

What are the course entry requirements?

Students on this course typically have achieved a 2:1 degree in any undergraduate psychology degree programme or have the equivalent professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience.

Course modules

  • Police Psychology & the Investigative Process
  • The Legal & Criminal Justice Context
  • Professional Practice Skills & Ethics
  • Assessment & Management
  • Vulnerable Groups in Forensic Settings
  • Professional Practice Issues in Forensic Psychology
  • The Journey of Change - Forensic Focus
  • Applied Forensic Research Skills
  • Postgraduate Forensic Dissertation


What are my career prospects?

By the end of the course, you will be well equipped to work in a variety of forensic psychology environments, in prisons, probation or victim work. You could also specialise in interventions work in prisons or other settings.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

Bucks New University is a new breed of university, focusing on degrees that are professional and practical, as well as academic. Young in outlook, but well established in the fields we specialise in, ... Read More

Bucks New University is a new breed of university, focusing on degrees that are professional and practical, as well as academic. Young in outlook, but well established in the fields we specialise in, we offer high quality, professionally-driven university courses, in everything from nursing, health and social care, to cyber fraud detection, textiles and aviation. Read less
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