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Forensic Psychology and Mental Health (MSc)

Our BPS-accredited course will help you to train as a forensic psychologist or work in the forensic services.

Forensic Psychology and Mental Health Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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This skills-based MSc in Forensic Psychology and Mental Health is ideal if you want to become a forensic psychologist or work in forensic services.

You will cover topics such as psychology applied to legal and investigative processes, forensic risk assessment, offending behaviour interventions, mental health and offending, and personality disorders.

You can take one of two routes within our master's course, which can be taken full-time or part-time.

The focus on mental health within this MSc may give you a distinct advantage over an MSc in forensic psychology at another university if you intend to apply to clinical doctoral programmes.

The programme team also run Manchester's Forensic Academy, which provides regular short skills-based courses for staff working in health, criminal justice and social services.

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More information on this course is below, including details of how to apply. If you would like to sign up for advice on the application process or ask a specific question, please fill in our online contact form.


Degree awarded
Master of Science
MSc 24 months PT, 12 months FT
Entry requirements

The MSc Forensic Psychology and Mental Health is a programme of study for individuals wishing to pursue a career as a forensic psychologist.

Students must possess Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) Status with the British Psychological Society (BPS)*. Individuals must normally have a psychology degree with a minimum classification of a 2:1. It is desirable that applicants have relevant clinical/forensic experience (e.g. working with offenders/people at risk of offending, victims, observation of criminal courtroom proceedings).

* If you are unsure whether your degree will give you eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), you need to check whether your degree was accredited for your intake year. You can do this by checking at and using the search function.

Please note that in order to gain eligibility for the GBC, you need to achieve an accredited award, follow any specified pathway detailed on the results page of the search, and gain a 2:2 or above if you started after September 2006. You must also pass the psychology project in order to be eligible for the GBC.

International students must have an equivalent classification and should refer to entry requirements for your country for further information. You must also apply to the BPS as specified in the above paragraph.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
26 places available (20 Home F/T, 3 Home P/T, 3 overseas)
Contact email
Contact telephone
+44 (0) 161 306 7604
How to apply

We recommend that you apply as early as possible; the formal deadline is the end of July. We reserve the right to close applications earlier if the course is full.

Please apply via our online application form


Your application must include the following documents:

  • evidence of attaining minimum of 2:1 in all BSc research modules and dissertation;
  • two academic references on letter headed paper or sent from work emails. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than 3 years. We do not contact referees directly so please inform them yourself;
  • copies of official degree certificates (with translations if not in English);
  • copies of official University transcripts (with translations if not in English);
  • a personal statement. This should be a page in length and must demonstrate your understanding of the role of the forensic psychologist, ideally also ideally also outlining your research interests and experience;
  • full curriculum vitae including voluntary experience;
  • a scanned copy of your passport;
  • proof of English language proficiency (if required).

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form, or emailed to . We are unable to consider your application if you have not provided all of the necessary documents listed above.

Please make sure you include your University ID number on any correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

The MSc Forensic Psychology and Mental Health is one programme of study, with a single entry route. This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society .

This MSc is for graduates wishing to pursue a career as a Chartered Psychologist and/or want to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a practitioner forensic psychologist.

The course is offered on both a full and a part time basis. For the part time option you will be offered 60 credits per year over two years, one day per week. The second year will also include the dissertation.

For the full time option, you will be offered 60 credits per semester over two days per week. The dissertation will commence as soon as possible within the academic year (April at the latest) with a submission deadline of September.

Teaching will be a blend of face to face and online and will be based on case examples from forensic and clinical practice.

Open days

The programme will be promoted at the annual PGT open day.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £21,500
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750
    International students (per annum): £10,750
The University of Manchester has a number of bursaries aimed at removing barriers to masters study for students. Find out if you are eligible.

Additional expenses

The University permits applicants with comparable previous experience to submit an application for consideration of AP(E)L Accreditation Prior (Experiential) Learning. The maximum AP(E)L is 15 credits to a Certificate, 45 credits to a Diploma and 60 credits to a Masters.

If an AP(E)L application is successful, the University charges £30 for every 15 credits of AP(E)L. The overall tuition fee is adjusted and then the administrative charge is applied.