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Forensic Psychology degrees abroad

Forensic psychology is a fascinating area of study that uses psychological principles and processes to understand criminal behavior.

As a forensic psychology student, you’ll analyze a range of psychological theories, research methods and techniques, and apply them to criminal justice scenarios. As well as explaining the psychological motives and consequences of crime, you’ll explore how psychological interventions could help to reduce reoffending.

At its core, forensic psychology is concerned with how human thoughts and actions are shaped by our environments. Studying abroad will give you an invaluable glimpse into how different cultural and societal norms influence the behaviors of individuals around the world. These experiences will help you to become a more competent and adaptable psychologist.

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Forensic Psychology program structure

You can study a BSc in forensic psychology over a minimum of three years. These programs will provide you with a robust understanding of psychological models and their relevance to the legal system. Most bachelor’s degrees will also include an additional 12-month industry placement in a criminal justice setting, so undergraduate degrees lasting four years are common.

Undergraduate degrees work a little differently in the US because most universities follow the American liberal arts model. Students complete four-year programs, spending the first two years working on their general education, before majoring in forensic psychology for the final half of their course.

Once you’ve completed your bachelor’s, you can choose to pursue a master’s degree in forensic psychology. These programs are designed to extend your specialist knowledge and can be studied over one or two years.

After finishing your master’s, you can enroll in either a PhD or a doctor of psychology (PsyD) program. Both courses normally take between five and six years of study, with a PhD being more research-based, while a PsyD focuses on preparing you for the clinical treatment of patients.

Your schedule will mainly consist of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and practical laboratories. Assessment methods vary from module to module, but you can expect to encounter exams, essays, research projects, presentations, and debates.

Every forensic psychology program will cover slightly different content, depending on the specialties of lecturers and the elective modules available. However, most courses will address these key topics:

  • Introduction to forensic psychology
  • Forensic psychology in context
  • Biological and cognitive psychology
  • Psychology of criminals
  • Sociology of crime and deviance
  • Criminal assessment
  • Clinical research methods
  • Mental health policy

Forensic Psychology study abroad programs

Forensic psychology undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in forensic psychology

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    Applied Forensic Psychology - BA/BSc St. Francis Xavier University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,622 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,646 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Forensic Psychology - BSc (Hons) Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,354 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,150 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Forensic Psychology - BSc (Hons) Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,596 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,905 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Forensic Psychology - BSc (Hons) Teesside University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,163 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Forensic Psychology - BSc (Hons) Ontario Tech University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,429 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,195 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Forensic psychology graduate programs

Master's in forensic psychology

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    Forensic Psychology - MSc Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,155 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,571 NZD

    Start date
    July
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    Forensic Psychology - MSc Teesside University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,163 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Forensic Psychology - MSc University of Portsmouth, UK
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    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,242 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,800 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Forensic Psychology - MSc Ontario Tech University, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,770 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,124 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Forensic Psychology - MSc Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,484 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,600 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in forensic psychology

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    Forensic Psychology, Crime Scene Evidence and Policing - PhD Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,566 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,750 GBP

    Start date
    October, February, June
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Future forensic psychology careers

As a forensic psychology graduate, you’ll be able to apply your knowledge and skills across a variety of fields, including the police force, probation service, social welfare, education, and private practice.

Here are some of the interesting careers secured by previous forensic psychology graduates:

  • Experimental forensic psychologist
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Educational psychologist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Counselor
  • Attorney
  • Lawyer
  • Police detective/inspector

To stand the best chance of securing employment or a place on a postgraduate program, it’s important to gather as much relevant work experience as possible. Being able to demonstrate your passion and commitment to the field will make you a stand-out candidate.