Master of Psychology (Forensic)

UNSW Sydney

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00098G

This program provides graduate training for psychologists who intend to pursue employment within a setting associated with the legal system - police, courts, prisons, probation and parole, guardianship, child protection, statutory review tribunals (e.g. mental health), worker compensation, licensing of special programs and community services, public policy and legislative review. Graduates are trained in the assessment of people with a range of psychological disorders, disabilities and/or special needs, are equipped with advanced interviewing and counselling skills for dealing with such clients, and become familiar with statutory and common law provisions and procedures and government policies and programs relevant to different forensic settings.

Designed for

Psychologists who intend to pursue employment within a setting associated with the legal system


  • 96 units of credit (48 in each stage) made up of 3 compulsory components: coursework (weekly lectures and seminars with associated written forms of assessment)
  • professional practice (completion of a minimum of 1000 hours of supervised practice in forensic settings, weekly Forensic Psychology meetings, and Skills Training Workshops)
  • and a research thesis.


  • Forensic psychology

Standard entry requirements

An accredited four-year Bachelor degree with Honours Class 1 or high Class 2 in psychology from UNSW or from a university recognised by the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC). Psychology qualifications from overseas must be assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) as equivalent to an Australian four-year undergraduate degree. The degree must include a major research thesis.


This program is recognised as the fifth and sixth years of study leading to full membership of the Australian Psychological Society.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Kensington No
  • Full-time : 2 years

Further information

This program leads to the College of Forensic Psychologists, and for registration as a psychologist in New South Wales. As the number of places is limited, entry into the program is competitive. Referees reports will be sought for those applicants short listed and an interview may be required.

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