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Forensic psychology, as a sub-discipline of psychology, deals with the application of psychological theories, methods and findings to the legal system. It includes forensic (judicial) psychology and criminal psychology (explanation of crime, prognosis, prevention, etc.), but also subject areas that cannot be assigned to any function “serving” the law. These are, for example, the analysis of the legal use of psychological concepts such as “will” or “intent” or the psychology of judicial judgment.

At the University of Bonn, forensic psychology can be studied as part of the postgraduate master’s degree with different focuses. The advanced master's degree in "Legal Psychology with a focus on psychology in penal and penal institutions" qualifies graduated psychologists with relevant professional experience for work in the field of penal and penal enforcement (psychological service in prisons).

Entry Requirement

  • Examination regulations (legally binding
  • University degree (domestic or foreign) in psychology (at least 180 ECTS)
  • German language skills (language level GeR C2)
  • Minimum grade 2.5 or country-specific equivalent
  • At least one year of relevant professional experience

Career Prospects

Prison and penal enforcement (psychological service in prisons), science (teaching / research at universities, research institutions, etc.)

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