UNSW Master of Psychology (Forensic) provides graduate training for psychologists intending to pursue a career within the legal system. 

Forensic psychologists may work in prisons, courts, public policy, community services or child protection.  

This two-year full-time degree focuses on the integration of clinical, research and legal skills. You'll be trained in the assessment of people with a range of psychological disorders, disabilities and/or special needs. 

Graduates have a strong knowledge of statutory and common law provisions, procedures and government policies, and programs relevant to forensic settings.

Gain Professional Accreditation 

Graduates from the UNSW Master of Psychology (Forensic) program are eligible to apply for full membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA). Graduates are also eligible for Associate Membership of the APS College of Forensic Psychologists.

After completing a further two years of full-time equivalent supervised practice, graduates of the program are eligible to apply for full membership and endorsement as a Forensic Psychologist. 

Learn With the Best 

UNSW Master of Psychology (Forensic) program has been established for over 20 years. It is unique among similar programs in Australia in that it is taught from both the School of Psychology and the School of Law. 

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. 

UNSW Law is ranked 14th law school in the world and is a leading Australian centre of rigorous legal education and research.  

Valuable Practical Experience 

You’ll undertake training in the assessment of people with a range of psychological disorders, disabilities and special needs.

You’ll be equipped with knowledge and skills in a multitude of areas, including interviewing and intervention skills, civil and criminal law, expert testimony and investigative approaches. 

The Master of Psychology (Forensic) program also offers you practical clinical experience through the Wentworth Forensic Clinic.

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. 

Find Out More

You can find out more information about this degree including entry requirements on the UNSW Degree Finder.