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    I am currently in my last year doing a bsc in psychology with criminology. I am struggling to decide whether to do an MSC in health psychology or forensic psychology.

    It seems that health is more broad and opens more doors and I may still be able to work in forensic settings if i took the health route. From researching online I have realised there is hardly any jobs in forensic and it is hard to find a psychologist to supervise you on the stage 2 programme.

    i am more interested in forensic however job prospects seem to be more applicable in health.

    any advice will be appreciated
    thanks
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    Hi
    I am currently in my last year doing a bsc in psychology with criminology. I am struggling to decide whether to do an MSC in health psychology or forensic psychology.

    It seems that health is more broad and opens more doors and I may still be able to work in forensic settings if i took the health route. From researching online I have realised there is hardly any jobs in forensic and it is hard to find a psychologist to supervise you on the stage 2 programme.

    i am more interested in forensic however job prospects seem to be more applicable in health.

    any advice will be appreciated
    thanks
    Hello,

    Forensic psychology is such an interesting area, but highly specialised.

    In terms of stage 2 pathways, health psychology has various funded pathways (PhD in health psychology and NHS health psychologist in training posts in Scotland).
    But, for both health and forensic psychology, with a few exceptions, stage 2 pathways are typically self funded. There's ways of obtaining supervision from relevant health psychologists or forensic psychologists either by contacting supervisors directly or enrolling on stage 2 doctorates or training courses which provide the supervison element.

    I know a few MSc forensic psychology graduates who have gone onto complete PhDs in forensic psychology, but most seem to go into a mental health specialism rather than go onto stage 2 forensic psychology training.

    I think regardless of the specialism, completing a BPS accredited MSc with at least a merit, may improve prospects for various jobs.

    I find forensic psych, very interesting, but opted for careers in health psychology due to seemingly more career options with health psy,

    Hope this helps
 
 
 
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