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Psychology of Forensic and Criminal Behaviour (non accredited version of Forensic Psychology)

Develop an in-depth understanding of psychological research and theory, as well as how to practically apply this within the legal and criminal justice system.

Key Facts



MSc (Hons) Psychology of Forensic and Criminal Behaviour (non accredited version of Forensic Psychology)


Degree Duration

1 year :Full Time


Start Dates

September 2023

Degree Overview

The programme will encourage you to scrutinise theoretical models of criminal behaviour. You’ll develop an understanding of why people offend, including the onset, development and maintenance of offending behaviours, while also considering the links between theoretical approaches and practical applications to forensic work.

You’ll learn about a range of therapeutic interventions while acknowledging the challenges that are inherent to working with a forensic population. You will explore the complex relationship between mental disorders and criminal behaviour and gain an understanding of the criminal justice system in England and Wales and its various agencies, including law enforcement, the courts, the penal system and crime prevention agencies. You’ll discuss the role of psychology within the criminal justice system, and be introduced to different aspects of investigative psychology, such as interviewing, eyewitness memory, jury decision-making and offender profiling.

You’ll examine the latest research, study real-life case studies, learn to carry out assessment interviews and evaluate available evidence. You’ll also develop transferrable professional skills including specialist report writing and communicating your findings and expertise to a wider audience. To further your professional development, you’ll learn about ethical considerations in research projects, data collection and data analysis.

Taught by leading experts in the field, you’ll be encouraged to critically evaluate research and apply your theoretical understandings to practical workshops, developing your assessment and consultancy skills.

You will also complete your own masters research project, using the knowledge and skills you’ve learned on the programme in your own small-scale research project.


You may incur additional costs during your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, Stationary and additional resources.

Why Study this Degree

On completion of the MSc Psychology of Forensic and Criminal Behaviour, graduates will be able to offer a broad range of knowledge and skills, which will support them to work across a number of sectors.

On this exciting programme you will be introduced to forensic psychology and criminal behaviour, and gain a detailed understanding of the application of clinical skills, such as forensic psychological assessment, consultancy provision, practical interventions and evaluation in forensic settings.