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what’s like, the pathway to become a forensic psychologist or pursue a career in that field ?? my psych teacher said I would have to do psychology as a bachelors and forensic psych as a masters but i don’t really like the idea of studying psychology alone 🙁 could I do forensic psych as a bachelors or something ? idk bye
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what’s like, the pathway to become a forensic psychologist or pursue a career in that field ?? my psych teacher said I would have to do psychology as a bachelors and forensic psych as a masters but i don’t really like the idea of studying psychology alone 🙁 could I do forensic psych as a bachelors or something ? idk bye
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There are undergraduate options in Forensic Psychology, for example this one at MMU: https://www.mmu.ac.uk/study/undergra...sic-psychology. The main thing to look for in an undergraduate degree, if you are interested in a career in Psychology, is that it is accredited by the BPS. You will need this accreditation to progress in the field.

To go into Forensic Psychology, once you have your BSc, you will need to complete a Masters course and a doctorate level course. There is more information about the pathway here: https://careers.bps.org.uk/area/forensic.
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Hi!

There are undergraduate options in Forensic Psychology, for example this one at MMU: https://www.mmu.ac.uk/study/undergra...sic-psychology. The main thing to look for in an undergraduate degree, if you are interested in a career in Psychology, is that it is accredited by the BPS. You will need this accreditation to progress in the field.

To go into Forensic Psychology, once you have your BSc, you will need to complete a Masters course and a doctorate level course. There is more information about the pathway here: https://careers.bps.org.uk/area/forensic.
omg this is so helpful thank you !! so i don’t need a bachelors in psychology ? i can get a bachelors in forensic psych as long as it’s BPS accredited ?
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what’s like, the pathway to become a forensic psychologist or pursue a career in that field ?? my psych teacher said I would have to do psychology as a bachelors and forensic psych as a masters but i don’t really like the idea of studying psychology alone 🙁 could I do forensic psych as a bachelors or something ? idk bye
Hello,

It's worth checking on the BPS website and even having a look at entry requirements for a few different Forensic Psych Masters programmes but my understanding is that as long as your course is BPS accredited that should be a suitable basis for you to continue your studies.

I think it would be worth you considering some alternatives too, courses like Psychology with Criminology or Psychology courses that offer Forensic Psychology units within the course (we offer both at Huddersfield). This is purely because a lot can change in three years! Studying a joint honours or a general psychology based degree will give you the ability to explore more aspects of psychology, if you end up disliking the forensic Psychology aspect you won't be in a position where you have to completely change your whole course and it will probably give you more options after graduation - just a few things to consider!

All the best
- Rebecca, 3rd Year Psychology Student
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omg this is so helpful thank you !! so i don’t need a bachelors in psychology ? i can get a bachelors in forensic psych as long as it’s BPS accredited ?
That is correct! I did my BSc in Psychology & Counselling - also accredited by the BPS. There are a few different options that are accredited if you don't want to to do the purely Psychology BSc.
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Hello,

It's worth checking on the BPS website and even having a look at entry requirements for a few different Forensic Psych Masters programmes but my understanding is that as long as your course is BPS accredited that should be a suitable basis for you to continue your studies.

I think it would be worth you considering some alternatives too, courses like Psychology with Criminology or Psychology courses that offer Forensic Psychology units within the course (we offer both at Huddersfield). This is purely because a lot can change in three years! Studying a joint honours or a general psychology based degree will give you the ability to explore more aspects of psychology, if you end up disliking the forensic Psychology aspect you won't be in a position where you have to completely change your whole course and it will probably give you more options after graduation - just a few things to consider!

All the best
- Rebecca, 3rd Year Psychology Student
that actually sounds like a good idea ((: thank you so much !!
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It's also worth bearing in mind that you'd need to complete a doctoral level qualifcation after the MSc, which is a minimum of three years, plus have a significant amount of experience and be working in a forensic environment in order to apply
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what’s like, the pathway to become a forensic psychologist or pursue a career in that field ?? my psych teacher said I would have to do psychology as a bachelors and forensic psych as a masters but i don’t really like the idea of studying psychology alone 🙁 could I do forensic psych as a bachelors or something ? idk bye
Hi Lucy <3

If you are looking to become a Forensic Psychologist you need to pass all 3 training stages, all need to be completed and cannot by bypassed:

  • Stage 1: BPS accredited Undergraduate degree in Psychology or Forensic Psychology, then apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership and complete a BPS accredited MSc in Forensic Psychology.


You can find further information on different pathways of how to qualify as a Forensic Psychologist here: https://careers.bps.org.uk/area/fore...o-i-become-one and here: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/exp...c-psychologist

We offer BSc(Hons) Foreensic Psychology here at Manchester Met: https://www.mmu.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/course/bsc-forensic-psychology

Our course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

The entry requirements are 128 UCAS points, in addition we require GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or 4.

Alternatively, you can find other accredited courses here: https://www.bps.org.uk/public/become...edited-courses

I hope this helps. Good luck with everything!

Carly
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Hi Lucy <3

If you are looking to become a Forensic Psychologist you need to pass all 3 training stages, all need to be completed and cannot by bypassed:

  • Stage 1: BPS accredited Undergraduate degree in Psychology or Forensic Psychology, then apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership and complete a BPS accredited MSc in Forensic Psychology.

You can find further information on how to qualify as a Forensic Psychologist here: https://careers.bps.org.uk/area/fore...o-i-become-one and here: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/exp...c-psychologist

We offer BSc(Hons) Foreensic Psychology here at Manchester Met: https://www.mmu.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/course/bsc-forensic-psychology

Our course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

The entry requirements are 128 UCAS points, in addition we require GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or 4.

Alternatively, you can find other accredited courses here: https://www.bps.org.uk/public/become...edited-courses

I hope this helps. Good luck with everything!

Carly
Juts an FYI - there's two different routes to become a qualified FP.
You can either complete a professional doctorate which is three years and combines both stages or complete the MSc (Stage 1) and then a Qualification in Forensic Psychology (Stage 2). The doctorate is run via a university and the other by the BPS.
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