Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), this course is designed to provide you with a thorough grounding in the theory, themes, issues and practical skills we consider to be central to forensic psychology. The course has been designed to cover the British Psychological Society’s Division of Forensic Psychology's (DFP) core curriculum, which includes foundational topics such as the theoretical basis of forensic psychology across a range of settings and risk assessments associated with forensic psychology.
- This course is designed for people who are embarking on, or who wish to continue in, a career associated with forensic psychology in a range of forensic settings without specialising at this point, or for those who wish to undertake a postgraduate programme before determining their future career trajectory in forensic psychology.
- You will have an opportunity to study a range of topics associated with forensic psychology, including offending behaviour and the Criminal Justice System. You will also explore the theories, research and practice related to intervention with diverse client groups, with a specific focus on violence and sexual offending.
- Throughout the course you will investigate what makes people think, feel and act in ways that lead to crime, and how our Criminal Justice System can respond to this. This course also offers coverage of legal approaches that we consider to be relevant to psychology.
The content and assessment strategy are the same on the full-time campus-based and part-time online versions of the course. However, on this full-time version, all eight Modules are studied in one year, rather than four per year on the part-time online version. Five Core Modules are shared with the MSc Forensic Psychology and Mental Health. However, there are three pathway modules which differentiate the courses. It is important to read all four course webpages and compare the specific topic areas covered, and the number of modules studied at one time, and the number of modules studied at one time, to pick the most appropriate course to apply for. Modules Pathway mandatory modules Core mandatory modules
During the course you will study a range of mandatory modules that carry between 10 and 40 credits each, and then complete a 40-credit dissertation. You will be assessed using approaches such as case studies, risk assessment report, video log, reflective practice, literature review and empirical reports. Some of the assessments have elements linked to real world tasks. We aim to provide guidance on how to tackle each assessment during the course. For an MSc award, you are required to complete 180 credits, including the 40-credit dissertation, i.e. you must pass all modules on the Forensic Psychology MSc to achieve this qualification. As the course is accredited graduates must achieve a minimum of 50% pass mark on first attempt for all modules contributing to the accredited MSc degree (BPS Standards for the Accreditation of Masters and Doctoral Programmes in Forensic Psychology). Graduates who do not meet this requirement will exit with a non-accredited award. To achieve the necessary number of credits for all non-accredited awards, graduates must achieve a minimum of 40% pass mark for all modules contributing to the award. Please see Accreditation and Professional Recognition section. The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
- British Psychological Society
You should hold the equivalent of a minimum 2:2 undergraduate degree in Psychology. Consideration will be given to applicants who hold the equivalent of a minimum of 2:2 undergraduate degrees in Science or Social Sciences, where a minimum of 50% of undergraduate study is in Psychology with evidence of studying curriculum including research methods. Such non-standard applications will be subject to approval by the Course Director.
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