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MSc Forensic Psychology (BPS accredited)

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  • Objectives
    About the BPS accredited MSc Forensic Psychology course

    This Forensic Psychology course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, which means that by obtaining the MSc in Forensic Psychology you also complete the first stage in your professional training towards becoming a qualified Registered Forensic Psychologist. The focus on blending research and practical expertise is reflected in the Programme Team, which consists of forensic practitioners/academics who each have considerable experience working with offenders and victims in a range of forensic contexts in the UK. Attached to the MSc in Forensic Psychology is the Sexual Crimes and Misconduct Research Unit (SOCAMRU), which incorporates a group of active researchers currently engaged in collaborative work with:

    HM Prison Service

    the Police Service

    the NHS

    High Secure Hospitals

    the FBI.
  • Entry requirements
    A BPS recognised undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1) in Psychology or other equivalent qualification that confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the BPS.

    Applicants whose undergraduate degree is a 2.2 or equivalent will also be considered, but will be required to demonstrate relevant forensic experience and ability to study at the required academic level.

    Final selection is based on an interview process with members of the programme team.

    English language requirements - IELTS 6.5 (min writing score 6.0)/TOEFL 560 (min writing score 5)/TOEFL iBT 83 (min writing score 24).
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  • Course description

    MSc Forensic Psychology course content

    During the course students will study selected modules which cover the key knowledge and research skills recommended by the Division of Forensic Psychology in the British Psychological Society. The course will also equip students with core practical skills that will facilitate their progression towards becoming a practitioner in the field of forensic psychology. The modules comprise:

    • explanations of crime and criminal behaviour
    • the Police, the criminal justice system and psychology
    • punishment, rehabilitation and aftercare
    • assessment, formulation and treatment of offenders and victims
    • professional forensic practice
    • qualitative research methods/quantitative research methods
    • research based dissertation in forensic area.

    Study and support
    NTU's Psychology Division is one of the largest in the UK, with a group of academics and practitioners who conduct and supervise research in a range of applied Forensic areas. The course is supported by a team of approachable staff, and delivered through taught modules; small group reflective practice sessions; and supervised individual research work.

    Assessments will be diverse in format and will include examinations; essays; oral presentations; practical reports; and a research project.

    Psychology resources and facilities

    The University has made significant financial investment in the Psychology Division over recent years upgrading accommodation, facilities and equipment used exclusively for the provision of our psychology courses and for research.

    We have a state-of-the-art undergraduate teaching laboratory suite opened in 2006, and a further phase of development, opened in 2007, includes a second teaching laboratory specifically catering for postgraduate students.

    In addition there are specialist suites dedicated to particular areas of interest in psychology, including:

    • social interaction, group work and interviewing
    • computer gaming and cyberpsychology
    • eye-tracking
    • cognitive modelling and visual analysis 
    • psychophysiology. 

    Alongside these are new flexible cubicles for student project work, a psychometric test bank library, and a technical workshop.

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