The UNSW combined PhD/Masters of Psychology (Forensic) is a four-year, full-time degree designed to train a select group of postgraduate students to undertake high-calibre research in areas relevant to the professional practice of Psychology. 

Forensic Psychology Program

The program has a research component as well as coursework and professional placement. Its emphasis on training in forensic fields includes advanced research skills particularly relevant to the area. The program is unique among Australian universities as it combines teaching from the School of Psychology and the Law Faculty.

As part of their studies, students are required to lead a significant contribution to the knowledge of the nature of psychological processes in the field of Forensic Psychology.

Program Requirements

You must have completed an APAC accredited 4-year Bachelor degree in Psychology, with First Class Honours. Qualifications obtained outside of Australia must contain a significant research thesis component and be assessed by the APS, the peak body for psychologists in Australia.

Students must also hold a full scholarship in order to be eligible for the combined degree – self-funding is not permitted. 

Gain Professional Accreditation

The UNSW Psychology (Forensic) PhD/Masters program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Completion of the program leads to full membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA).  

Graduates of the program are eligible for Associate Membership of the APS College of Forensic Psychologists. After completing a further 1.5 years of full-time equivalent supervised practice, graduates are also eligible to apply for full membership and endorsement as a Forensic Psychologist.  

Learn with the Best

The UNSW School of Psychology is considered the best in Australia. We’re ranked 21st in the QS World Rankings, attracting award-winning staff and offering excellence and innovation in our teaching.  

The School has excellent research and professional training facilities that include extensive computing facilities, a psychological test library, a psychology clinic, a career research and assessment service, a technical workshop and laboratories in all areas of experimental psychology. The School also has strong links with professional practitioners in the areas of Clinical, Neuropsychological and Forensic Psychology. 

Your Career 

There is an increasing demand from legal, investigative, corrective, and policy agencies across Australia to obtain psychological expertise to aid understanding and management of forensic issues.

Forensic psychologists work in a wide range of settings, including:  

  • prisons  
  • courts  
  • probation and parole  
  • child protection  
  • juvenile justice  
  • insurance  
  • mediation  
  • private practice  
  • public policy  
  • legislative review.