Investigative and Forensic Psychology MSc/PGDip/PGCert

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months  
  • Programme start: September 2022
  • Entry requirements: A high 2:1 Bachelors degree (with Honours) in Psychology. The majority of your module marks must be in this range, especially for research methods and statistics. International students must have an IELTS score of 7.5 (no band lower than 7.0)
Investigative and Forensic Psychology msc

Career prospects

"This MSc teaches psychology which is relevant, contemporary and practically applied. It provides a unique opportunity to discuss psychological theory with those who it directly affects and influences." Neil Shortland - Defence and Science Technology Laboratory, UK.

"I appreciated the course for its pragmatic focus on the application of psychological knowledge to 'real issues' experienced by investigative and forensic practitioners." Jeffrey Chin - Home Team Behavioural Sciences Centre, Singapore."

Our programmes aim to provide students with a high level of academic and analytical skill, making them suitable for careers or further postgraduate study in a number of areas. Graduates have had a choice of possibilities, including: Joining research teams as research associates in many areas, such as Applied Psychology and Criminology Working in the substance misuse field Clinical training Becoming members of police forces as “civilians” involved in intelligence work or as police officers Working in prisons or with clinical forensic populations working in commercial or industrial research and development units.

Examples of careers

The MSc Investigative and Forensic Psychology programme at the University of Liverpool has an excellent record of graduate employment. Our graduates go on to work in all areas of the criminal justice system and our course is looked upon favourably when assessing applications for doctorate study and clinical psychology courses. Listed below are examples of our past students current occupations and/or employers:

  • Crime analysts and principal crime analysts working for police forces
  • National and International Police forces
  • Behavioural investigative advisors
  • Medium/high security prisons, psychiatric units or hospitals.
  • Home Office
  • Probation services
  • Youth offending teams
  • National Policing Improvements Agency
  • Office for National Statistics
  • PhD’s
  • Research associates
  • Lectureships
  • PsychD Clinical Psychology
  • Fraud investigators
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Security Services (MI5, MI6)
  • Defence and Science Technology Laboratory
  • Expert witness
  • Professional consultancy
  • Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)
  • Mobile phone cellsite analyst

BPS accreditation

Accredited by the British Psychological Society annually, the MSc Investigative and Forensic Psychology degree is recognised as providing an important step towards becoming a chartered forensic psychologist for students who have Graduate Basis for Chartership. In order to achieve chartered status you must complete the following components:

  • GBC: An Undergraduate degree which is accredited by the BPS as having Graduate basis for Chartered membership (GBC)
  • Stage 1: A Masters degree which is accredited by the BPS
  • Stage 2: A minimum of two years full time supervised practice in employment following the MSc. For more details see the BPS website.