Are you planning to pursue a career as a forensic psychologist? Would you like to learn from expert psychologists with specialist skills and experience working in prisons, including with young offenders and vulnerable prisoners? Examine the role of psychologists in legal settings and develop your understanding of crime, criminal behaviour and the assessment and rehabilitation of offenders. Our MSc Forensic Psychology course is specifically designed to meet the criteria of the British Psychological Society (BPS) as the first stage of becoming a forensic psychologist. This specialist programme is aimed at students who hold a BPS-accredited Psychology degree or professionals working within the Criminal Justice arena looking to secure a forensic psychologist trainee position. On this course, you’ll develop a robust understanding of the psychology research on which forensic psychology practice is based. The course is delivered by psychologists with experience across a broad range of forensic and forensic mental health settings and by specialist forensic or forensic mental health researchers. They will use this experience to enhance your learning through numerous practice-based clinical examples and research-led teaching. Following a critical and theoretical introduction to forensic psychology and the development and context of research in forensic psychology and its application, you’ll explore the practice of forensic psychology including the role of the forensic psychologist. We’ll help you develop your understanding of approaches and techniques used when working with forensic populations as well as research methods needed for psychological enquiry and how to apply these to research projects in forensic settings. You’ll also complete a thesis in an area relevant to Forensic Psychology. Due to its strong applied forensic focus, this postgraduate degree offers excellent preparation for psychology work in prisons and other related settings. You’ll benefit from our established links across the industry, including prisons throughout the UK, and from opportunities to volunteer in a relevant professional environment, so you’ll graduate equipped with the knowledge, practical skills and experience needed to be a forensic psychology trainee. If you already work in the field, the course will allow you to develop both your theoretical and practical understanding to become a qualified forensic psychologist and the confidence to take the next step in your career.
Forensic Psychology: Context, Theory and Application This module provides core curriculum content from the BPS, including a critical and theoretical introduction to forensic psychology and the development and context of research in forensic psychology and its application. Professional Development in Forensic Practice You’ll study forensic psychology practice, including the role of the forensic psychologist, and the critical thinking and reflective practice needed to work in this type of role as well as the importance of professional ethics and other related issues. Assessment, Formulation and Treatment in Forensic Settings We’ll help you to develop an in-depth understanding of approaches and techniques for assessment, management and treatment with forensic populations. Understanding Research: Design, Methods and Analysis You’ll be introduced to the techniques and research methods needed for psychological enquiry at an advanced level, including systematic reviewing skills and ethical considerations. This module will enable you to apply these research method skills to designing research projects in forensic settings, applying for research ethics approval and collecting and analysing research data. Dissertation in Forensic Psychology You’ll complete a supervised piece of research work in which you’ll develop your independent research skills and apply them to an area relevant to forensic psychology.
You will be assessed through a variety of projects and coursework such as: Case formulation reports Reflective accounts Research reports Presentations The type of assessment will vary from module to module, with the focus on helping you to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of the application of forensic psychology in practice.
Students on this course must be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (by completing a BPS-accredited degree or conversion course) and must have achieved a minimum of 2:1 on the BPS-accredited degree.
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