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Hello! I've been wanting to get into criminal psy fields to work for juvenile crime actively. I have a legal background and now am considering psy postgrad for this in UK. Should I go for MSc in Forensic Psy (BPS accredited) and then find my way into working for juvenile delinquents or would it be better to do MSc Criminology & Crim Justice and then doctorate in forensic psychology for licensing later?
Original post by Rajshi
Hello! I've been wanting to get into criminal psy fields to work for juvenile crime actively. I have a legal background and now am considering psy postgrad for this in UK. Should I go for MSc in Forensic Psy (BPS accredited) and then find my way into working for juvenile delinquents or would it be better to do MSc Criminology & Crim Justice and then doctorate in forensic psychology for licensing later?

Hi there,

If you want to work in psychology, many employers will require that your qualification is BPS accredited, the same goes for going on to a doctorate. It depends what side of things you want to get into, psychology would be more suitable if you want to support offenders directly, whereas criminology could be better if you want to work in the organisational or legislative side of things.

It might be a good idea to look at some current vacancies that you think you'd be interested in and see what kind of qualifications they're asking for.

Hope that helps, thanks, Mark
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Original post by National Careers Service
Hi there,

If you want to work in psychology, many employers will require that your qualification is BPS accredited, the same goes for going on to a doctorate. It depends what side of things you want to get into, psychology would be more suitable if you want to support offenders directly, whereas criminology could be better if you want to work in the organisational or legislative side of things.

It might be a good idea to look at some current vacancies that you think you'd be interested in and see what kind of qualifications they're asking for.

Hope that helps, thanks, Mark

Thanks! @National Careers Service

This helps a lot. I am interested in the psychology side of crime and want to support offenders directly. I have an undergraduate degree in law. Is it better if I look for accredited postgraduate degrees that combine Psychology and Criminology/Criminal Justice system? Any College recommendations?
Original post by Rajshi
Thanks! @National Careers Service

This helps a lot. I am interested in the psychology side of crime and want to support offenders directly. I have an undergraduate degree in law. Is it better if I look for accredited postgraduate degrees that combine Psychology and Criminology/Criminal Justice system? Any College recommendations?

Hi there thanks for coming back to us.

It is important that you look to see whether or not the postgraduate has accreditation and combining psychology and criminology could be a good way to combine both your interests. You could also look at Forensic Psychology postgraduate degrees as you may find these match your interests.

Unfortunately we cannot recommend any universities or colleges over another but you can use 'Which Uni' and 'What Uni' to find out which uni's are most recommended.

I hope that helps - Sophie.
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Original post by National Careers Service
Hi there thanks for coming back to us.

It is important that you look to see whether or not the postgraduate has accreditation and combining psychology and criminology could be a good way to combine both your interests. You could also look at Forensic Psychology postgraduate degrees as you may find these match your interests.

Unfortunately we cannot recommend any universities or colleges over another but you can use 'Which Uni' and 'What Uni' to find out which uni's are most recommended.

I hope that helps - Sophie.

Thanks Sophie! @National Careers Service

That's actually the issue I'm facing - Hardly any good accredited universities that combine both psychology and criminology at a postgraduate level. I've been told that careers with Forensic Psychology do not really include supporting offenders directly but mostly paperwork and will be too narrow.. Hence I'm confused. Also, slightly confused with whether to opt for MSc or MA since I don't have an undergrad in natural sciences
Original post by Rajshi
Thanks Sophie! @National Careers Service

That's actually the issue I'm facing - Hardly any good accredited universities that combine both psychology and criminology at a postgraduate level. I've been told that careers with Forensic Psychology do not really include supporting offenders directly but mostly paperwork and will be too narrow.. Hence I'm confused. Also, slightly confused with whether to opt for MSc or MA since I don't have an undergrad in natural sciences

Like I said on your other threads, you'd need to complete a conversion course and then just a straight masters in Forensic Psychology. There aren't any MA's in Forensic Psychology either, they're all MSc's.

Also I'm not sure who told you that it won't involve supporting offenders direcly but a Forensic Psychologist role is very offender-based considering the biggest employer of FP's is the prison and probation services. There will always be paperwork in a job like that but a considerable amount of time is spent working with offenders in interventions, treatment programmes and risk assessments too.
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Original post by Rajshi
Thanks Sophie! @National Careers Service

That's actually the issue I'm facing - Hardly any good accredited universities that combine both psychology and criminology at a postgraduate level. I've been told that careers with Forensic Psychology do not really include supporting offenders directly but mostly paperwork and will be too narrow.. Hence I'm confused. Also, slightly confused with whether to opt for MSc or MA since I don't have an undergrad in natural sciences

Hi there,

Forensic psychology careers are very varied, you can be in roles directly helping offenders through probation services, working in prisons, working with the police or working within NHS mental health services. I'd recommend checking out our job profile on this career to help you further your research - https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/forensic-psychologist

A lot of postgraduate psychology courses are MSc (Masters of social sciences) and is probably the most widely recognised, talk it through with some of the universities you have mind.

Let me know if you have any further questions, we are more than happy to help.

Sophie.
Hi! Sorry to jump on this thread, also I know it's been a year, but I was wondering if I could ask some questions and get some advice?



I am an English and International Journalism graduate, currently working in digital marketing, but thinking about changing my career. I've always been interested in True Crime/Psychology and would like to explore psychology/forensic psychology. I know I need ti study psychology, but already have two degrees (BA and MA), so can't get any funding. Would it be enough to do some short courses in psychology and/or do a conversion Masters course?
Original post by tessimoghaddam
Hi! Sorry to jump on this thread, also I know it's been a year, but I was wondering if I could ask some questions and get some advice?



I am an English and International Journalism graduate, currently working in digital marketing, but thinking about changing my career. I've always been interested in True Crime/Psychology and would like to explore psychology/forensic psychology. I know I need ti study psychology, but already have two degrees (BA and MA), so can't get any funding. Would it be enough to do some short courses in psychology and/or do a conversion Masters course?

If you want to work as a professional psychologist, the BPS website is your #1 source of information: https://careers.bps.org.uk/

As you will see, the starting point for all careers is GBC, usually with a BPS accredited UG degree. In your case, you would need a BPS accredited conversion course from the list of accredited providers: https://www.bps.org.uk/public/become-psychologist/accredited-courses?type=CONV

You would then need further study / training before becoming a professional. There is intense competition for these training courses, so no guarantee you will end up with the career you want.

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