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Course summary

Study MSc Forensic and Investigative Psychology with us and gain the essential foundations for a research career. A research-focused programme, emphasising the application of research methods, our on-campus programme includes: a comprehensive learning experience with an expert team state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, and technology opportunities to work with applied researchers and expert practitioners. Forensic and Investigative Psychology Our Forensic and Investigative Psychology programme brings theories and practices of research to the fields of forensics, crime, and offending. Investigative psychology is the systematic approach to researching human behaviour in relation to offender behaviour. Psychologists working in this field aim to develop scientific understanding of the complexities involved in offending behaviour, by engaging in research that explains and unravels the mysteries of crime. This programme provides the opportunity to explore this specialised field of research, from the application of principles through to the analysis, investigation, and legal aspects of criminal behaviour. Teaching on this course is informed by leading-edge research, and offers opportunities toward joining the field as a critical thinking leader. Our programme is designed for both psychology graduates and graduates of related disciplines, such as those seeking a career change from criminology or police work. The programme will help you pursue an academic career in investigative psychology, contributing expertise to organisations involved in the management of offenders and victims, or as an academic researcher in the field. Foundations The programme provides the foundations for a career in investigative psychology and allied professions by enabling you to build a solid framework upon which to launch your career. You will develop knowledge of the key models, principles, and research practices used in the study of crime; and explore the many ethical, cultural, and legal issues emerging in society. Learning You will learn from experienced applied psychologists, with innovative and inspiring learning methods to enable you to enhance your skills and grow as a researcher. Teaching is delivered in a supportive and friendly environment, where staff help you direct your learning toward your areas of interest. Staff are active researchers, with expertise in technology, cyber bullying, and a variety of forensic psychology specialisms. Learn about the full range of contributions that professional psychologists can make including the legal and investigative process; evaluating the validity of suspect or witness accounts; assessing the decision-making processes of detectives or jurors; to developing profiling inferences about the likely characteristics of an offender and predicting their likely home location. Intensive examinations of the variations in criminal behavioural style are a central feature of this course. We provide intensive training on advanced statistical methods and research skills. Our team Our team are especially proud to be members of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP), contributing to the ongoing development of this exciting field. Our School staff are a diverse group of people welcoming those of any ethnicity, culture, religion or sexual orientation to join our community and contribute to the profession of psychology. Our team is made up of members of professional bodies – including Advance HE, the British Psychological Society (BPS) as chartered psychologists, and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You will have the opportunity to learn from experienced practitioners in psychology, including cyber, occupational, counselling, and clinical psychology. Find out more about our staff here. Join us at the next Postgraduate Open Evening and meet some of our team.

Entry requirements

The course combines contemporary and traditional approaches to psychology, law and criminal behaviours, and includes topics of particular relevance to the 21st century and beyond such as cybercrime and deviance, human trafficking and modern day slavery, decision-making, and the use and collection of ‘big data’ and surveillance information. You will be introduced to a range of contemporary psychological theories and empirical research relevant to Forensic and Investigative Psychology, including ethics, applied memory and cognition, decision-making, investigative practice, cybercrime, theories of crime, and deception. In addition, students may have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications in psychological testing as part of the ‘Conducting and Interpreting psychological Research’ module.

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Forensic and Investigative Psychology at University of Wolverhampton - UCAS