MSc Investigative Forensic Psychology

Study a course specialising in examining the theoretical and investigative aspects of forensic psychology to prepare you for the entire criminal justice process, from crime scene to courtroom. Benefit from our great facilities and expert academics.

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  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time

Why study MSc Investigative Forensic Psychology at BU?

  • Learn about the underlying theories regarding the psychology of investigations and consider areas such as how face-processing can assist identification of individuals 
  • Explore different offence types – sexual offending, murder and violent crime, group offending, and different forms of cyber-crime 
  • Investigate and scrutinise violent mocked-up crime scenes to provide investigative evidence and learn how to present expert witness testimony in a mock court 
  • Evaluate victims, witnesses, suspects and offenders as well as the environment, geography and time to create fieldwork and case studies based on real experiences 
  • Benefit from the expert knowledge of our academics and guest speakers, including the Course Leader Dr Terri Cole who shares her extensive experience as a behavioural investigative adviser and serious crime analyst  
  • Develop transferable skills like writing grant proposals and how to publish research as well as working closely with a member of staff for your research topic, perhaps linked to your future career aspirations.  

Find out more about the content of this course.

Superb facilities

You will have access to our superb facilities, including an on-campus crime scene training centre, mock courtrooms and psychology testing suites with the latest eye-tracking and face-processing equipment.  

Key information

Next start date:

January 2023, September 2023, January 2024


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


September start: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time, January start: 1 year full-time (no part-time start option for January)

Entry requirements:

For January 2023: A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:1 in any subject, or equivalent.

For September 2023 and January 2024: A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all components. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

Entry requirements

Your application


This course will give you a sound understanding knowledge of how and where you can responsibly and pragmatically apply knowledge and findings from research into real-world situations and within a number of potential work environments.

During the course, you will be made aware of your professional responsibilities working in the field  - for example when writing reports, being an expert witness or conducting research.  These can include consideration of ethics, managing personal development and building resilience.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

What our students say

Melissa Kendal

I couldn’t have done any of this without your help (programme leader) and all the useful information given and taught to us during both my forensic module in my undergrad and my master’s.

What our graduates think

Jamie Sayer

Thank you for the academic year, it was some of the best content I’ve had through my years at university.

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