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Forensic Psychology

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Forensic Psychology is a master program in English at Maastricht University.

The master’s programme in Forensic Psychology prepares you for working as a scientist-practitioner in the forensic mental health field. Work in forensic settings is challenging.
First of all, the patient group admitted to forensic settings is diverse and demanding, among which are persons with severe antisocial behaviour and co-morbid mental disorders (such as schizophrenia combined with substance use disorders).
Secondly, assessment and research questions in forensic settings are complex (for example, questions concerning criminal responsibility, future violence risk and parenting capacity).
Last but not least, to be able to work effectively in the forensic field, specialised skills and knowledge in the field of material law and legal procedure are required, for example, to be effective as an expert witness in court.


Location: Maastricht, the Netherlands

Duration: 2 years

Awards:Quality Mark “Top Rated Programme” in the Education Selection Guide (Keuzegids Onderwijs) of 2013, distinction “Small Scale and Intensive Education”, which means that this master is among the few master's programmes that received recognition of excellence

Main Subjects: Perpetrators and Defendants, Eyewitnesses and Victims, Criminal Law

Possible careers:in prisons (both adult and juvenile), forensic psychiatric (inpatient and outpatient) facilities, police services, probation services, and in areas such as child protection and domestic violence

Admission requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a relevant academic field (high quality of performance in previous education)
  • Legalized translation of the bachelor diploma (if not in English)
  • CV
  • Motivation Letter
  • Two academic references
  • IELTS with minimum 6.5, or TOEFL with minimum 90 or CAE or CPE

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