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  • Objectives
    This MSc provides you with an advanced and up-to-date understanding of theoretical and applied issues in Forensic Psychology and training in professional competencies. The course integrates psychological theory and research with the development of practical skills and understanding of the scope of professional practice.This MSc has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. The course provides a professional qualification that meets Part One of the BPS requirements for Chartered Forensic Psychologist status.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a good (at least a lower second) degree in psychology or equivalent subject that confers Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) with the BPS.
  • Academic Title
    MSc Forensic Psychology
  • Course description
    Course structure
    The course consists of six core modules, an option or designate module and a substantial empirical research project (equivalent to three modules). The main areas of study are:

    Professional Context and Practice of Forensic Psychology
    Psychology and Criminal Behaviour

    The Investigation and Prosecution of Criminal Offences

    -Research Issues and Advanced Data Analysis
    -Assessment and Intervention Theory
    -Applied Assessment and Intervention

    You then choose one of the following optional modules:

    -Psychology and Policing
    -Psychoology and the Courts
    -Psychology and the Penal System
    -International Perspectives on Forensic Psychology*

    You are also offered the opportunity to participate in Level A and Level B (intermediate) Occupational Testing Certification. A separate information sheet about these BPS recognised qualifications is available on request.

    The empirical project (10,000 words) is a substantial independent and in-depth study in the field of forensic psychology, where you are encouraged to pursue your own area of interest with guidance. You may also conduct your research in applied settings subject to approval. Opportunities exist for motivated students to undertake work within a forensic setting by participating in placement-based project work. For example, previous students have worked within offender rehabilitation charities and organisations such as NIACRO, Victim Support, Child Protection Services, and Youth Offending Teams.

    Assessment
    The course is assessed through both coursework and examination. Assessment requirements vary according to each module and include essays, professional reports, portfolios, oral presentations, case studies and research exercises.

    Career opportunities
    Most graduates are expected to continue on to careers in one of the main settings in which forensic psychologists work: the police services, the Home Office, the Prison Service, in special hospitals, regional secure units, the probation services, as consultants and in academia. Prospects in many of these areas are good. On graduation you can also apply for an MPhil/PhD course.

    Attendance & duration

    Full-time: one year
    Part-time (day): two years, commencing October

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