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Course summary

Our MSc Forensic Psychology and Mental Health course is aimed at graduates who want to pursue a career as a Chartered Psychologist and/or register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Forensic Psychologist. You will complete units examining professional practice in forensic psychology, psychology applied to legal and investigative processes, forensic risk assessment, offending behaviour interventions, research methods, and assessment and treatment of personality disorders. Teaching will comprise a blend of face-to-face and online delivery and will be based on case examples from forensic and clinical practice. This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). The BPS outlined five commendations following the January 2018 BPS accreditation visit:

  • The Programme Director, programme team and administrative team have worked extremely hard to develop a high quality programme that meets all of the Society's standards.
  • The programme has been designed to have a fully embedded mental health flavour which makes the programme distinctive.
  • The programme team is approachable and supportive to the students and this is greatly valued.
  • The pilot of the reflective log for understanding the professional skills that the programme embeds is innovative and well thought-out.
  • The senior management team has shown commitment in supporting the programme and its team in their development for the future.


Entry requirements

We require you to have: a BSc Psychology degree (minimum Upper Second) or overseas equivalent , which confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) status with the British Psychological Society (BPS). If you are unsure whether your degree will give you eligibility for the GBC, you can check whether your degree was accredited for your intake year on the BPS website; evidence of attaining a minimum of an Upper Second across all BSc research methods taught units and the dissertation; an understanding of the role of the forensic psychologist, the applied nature of forensic psychology and why you wish to undertake further study of this field via your personal statement. Ideally, you should have some relevant voluntary or paid experience involving forensic settings/forensic clients, e.g., working with offenders/people at risk of offending, victims, or observation of criminal courtroom proceedings. This should be demonstrated via your CV.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Fees for entry in 2024 have not yet been set.
Forensic Psychology and Mental Health at University of Manchester - UCAS