Universiteit Maastricht

Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience

Forensic Psychology


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.

Top rated programme

The Master in Forensic Psychology received the Quality Mark “Top Rated Programme” in the Education Selection Guide (Keuzegids Onderwijs) of 2013, as well as the distinction “Small Scale and Intensive Education”. These distinctions mean that this Master is among the few master's programmes that received recognition of excellence.

The programme is unique because of:

  • The selected, motivated, hardworking students
  • The learning in small groups
  • The close contact with professors and experts in the field
  • The practical skills labs throughout the first year
  • The clinical and research internship in the second year
  • The internship possibilities in various countries .


Go to programme information to learn more about this programme.