Forensic Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University - UCAS

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Course summary

Accredited by the British Psychological Society and designed for graduates with a psychology degree, the MSc Forensic Psychology degree from GCU is your next step towards chartered status and membership in the Division of Forensic Psychology. This degree draws on expertise within academia and GCU’s strong link with active practitioners to support you through the stage one process – including gaining an understanding in psychological, forensic, criminal and legal issues that will inform and influence your future career. You’ll learn to adopt an independent, analytical and evaluative approach to forensic psychology – and become a part of our thriving and diverse academic community. Here, you’ll be encouraged to build a future that truly serves the common good, whether you’re helping assess and treat offenders or advising on staff and services development across a wide range of fields. Graduate prospects: GCU is known for world-class education, with a global reputation and top 5% ranking that will help you compete for a variety of positions in the field of forensic psychology. You might choose a role in the public sector working in the courts, law enforcement and prisons, hospitals or mental health and social work, or continue your academic career.


Module list Psychology of Criminal Behaviour; Psychology and the Legal Process; Analytical Methods; Working in Forensic Settings; Psychological Assessment; Psychological Intervention; Vulnerable Groups in Forensic Settings; Principles of Forensic Practice; Advanced Research in Applied Psychology.

Assessment method

Students on this course are assessed through assessment only.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • British Psychological Society

Entry requirements

UK honours degree 2:1 (or equivalent) in psychology that meets British Psychological Society (BPS) standards for the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC). A minimum of six months relevant work experience in a forensic setting is preferable. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview. Initial deadline for applications is 30 May 2023. Applications received after this date may still be considered but will be classed as late. Please provide an outline of a study to explore either: 1) Knife crime amongst young people and risk factors for getting involved in this; or: 2) Whether men and women perpetrate similar rates of domestic abuse. Your outline should be no longer than one page of A4 identifying the research question, hypotheses (if appropriate), the participants, sampling strategy, questionnaires, interview questions or data collection tools, the proposed analysis and noting any key ethical issues or limitations to the proposed methodology. You will not be expected to reference more than four papers. Please note that you will be asked to describe and discuss your proposed study during the interview. You will also be asked to look at some data and interpret it as part of the interview process. IELTS score of 7.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.5.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8500 Year 1
Scotland £8500 Year 1
Wales £8500 Year 1
EU £17950 Year 1
International £17950 Year 1

Additional fee information

Annual full-time tuition fees Home (Scottish) and RUK: £8,500 International: £17,950 Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Sponsorship information

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year. For up to date fee information for this programme, please visit

Forensic Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University - UCAS