Forensic and Criminological Psychology MSc (by research)


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MSc (by Research) Forensic and Criminological Psychology
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
Minimum of 2:1 honours degree in Psychology (BA/BSc single or joint or international equivalent) recognised by the BPS as conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. Minimum grade of 60% overall for batchelors degree & 60% in final year project
Other requirements
THE FOLLOWING ARE ESSENTIAL: 2 academic references from your most recent academic experiences respectively; academic transcript(s); personal statement; abstract of your most recent research project.
Incomplete applications will not be considered for shortlisting. If you are due to graduate the same year as applying for this course please supply a current transcript from your University.
6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all elements). If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available.

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
Jubilee Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This accredited course provides comprehensive knowledge in theory and evidence-based practice with victims and offenders.
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The MSc (by research) Forensic and Criminological Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). At successful completion, it fulfils Stage I of the BPS professional training in forensic psychology and therefore gives eligibility to enter Stage II of the BPS Diploma or at a later date, apply for the Top up Doctorate in Forensic Psychology at the University of Nottingham*.

*It is expected that those who apply for the MSc programme only will graduate with the MSc qualification at the end of the year.

Applications are now accepted all year.


Course details


The course provides comprehensive knowledge in theory and evidence based practice with victims and offenders. It consists of six theoretical modules and a research project/dissertation incorporating research methods training equivalent to two 10-credit taught modules.

The course can be completed over one year full-time or two years part time. The teaching is delivered through workshops led by experts and practicing clinicians Tuesday to Thursday each week during term time (36 weeks).

The programme is assessed by means of continuous assessment related to each module.


Applicants must hold a BPS accredited 1st or 2nd class honours degree in a psychology programme (single or joint honours) or equivalent conferring eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBCM) of the BPS. Experience in a forensic setting is beneficial but not essential for MSc applications.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need a driving license?

This is not a requirement but is an advantage. If you are completing a placement within the MSc, your placement may be difficult to get to on public transport and students find that driving is an advantage.

Are there any expenses other than fees?

There will be living expenses, and also expenses involved with travelling to placement (if you are completing a placement, printing costs and so on. There are no bursaries for this type of expense.

Do you hold Open Days? 
Please email for further information. 
Do I need to write a personal statement?
Yes, this is mandatory.
What are the fees?
Please check the fees section (under Postgraduate research courses under the School of Medicine) of the website before you accept your place.





The course consists of six theoretical modules and a research project/dissertation incorporating research methods training equivalent to two 10-credit taught modules.


The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



Financial support and highly competitive scholarships are available, and we encourage potential applicants to explore all funding possibilities.

Please check the Graduate School for opportunities you may be eligible for in addition to those outlined here.

The University's Careers and Employability Service also provides a useful information service about further studies and sources of funding for graduates.

NB: Please note that scholarship applications cannot be considered until an offer has been made.

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.

UK students

Find out more about postgraduate loans.

Additional Funding Opportunities

Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) funding: applicants who will be employed by the NHS in the East Midlands while they are undertaking their studies may be eligible to apply for Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) funding through the East Midlands Healthcare Workforce Deanery. Funding may be available for both full programmes and individual modules.






The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 93% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Medicine & Health Services who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,925 with the highest being £70,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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