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MSc Forensic Psychology
This MSc provides the academic training required for a career as a forensic psychologist.
The course will coverthe assessment and treatment of offenders,risk assessment methods, andtreatment of offenders with mental health and personality disorders.
There will be a focus on criminal investigations by examining psychological issues in eyewitness identification, investigative interviewing of witnesses and suspects, psychological profiling and detecting deception.
You'll also explore legal and criminological concepts relevant to contemporary social issues and organisations. Issues relating to ethics, human rights, professional practice and research will be emphasised to provide a firm grounding for further professional training and practice.
By completing this program you will:
- Develop your knowledge and understanding of the application of psychology to processes in the criminal and civil justice system (eg investigation, trial, the work of the expert witness)
- Develop a thorough knowledge of psychological theories and interventions in relation to a range of specific client groups, such as sexual and violent offenders, people with personality disorder and mental health difficulties, juveniles and victims of crime
- Be introduced toa range of psychometric instruments used widely within forensic psychology, and develop your skills in interpreting and communicating the outcome of these assessments
- Develop the knowledge and skills required to undertake forensic psychological research, including the design, implementation and interpretation of service evaluations, clinical audit, and outcome research within forensic settings
You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in psychology or a similar relevant subject.
You could, for example, be a Psychology graduate with the BPS Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) interested in working towards a BPS qualification in forensic psychology. Or you could be a practitioner working in the criminal justice and forensic mental health systems who doesn't plan to go on to qualify as a forensic psychologist but who wishes to gain further academic knowledge of the theories and practice of the discipline.
Subject to having GBC accreditation, completion of this Masters course will fulfil the requirements of Stage 1 training to become a Chartered Psychologist. For non GBC candidates the qualification will not be recognised as fulfilling Stage 1 DFP training, but will apply retrospectively if GBC is obtained at a later date.
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.
If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this program. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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- Assessment and Intervention in Forensic Psychology
- Psychology, Crime and Law
- Professional Issues in Psychological Practice
- Research Design and Analysis
- Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Crime
- Statistical Methods
- Research Project
- Addictive Behaviours
- Developmental Cognitive Neuropsychology
- Social Psychology of Social Problems: Intergroup perspective
- Social-Moral Development
- Advanced Quantitative Methods
- Statistical Data Analysis Project
- Investigative Forensic Psychology
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
- Local students - full-time: £9700
- Local students - part-time: £4850
- International Students- full-time: £16120
Graduates of the program will be well-qualified a wide range careers in:
- the criminal justice system
- health services
- civil society
Relevant career opportunities are available in the:
- prison and probation service
- police and voluntary sector organisations
Many of these posts will be training positions to allow the completion of the Stage Two qualification in Forensic Psychology described above.
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