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Who is it for?. This course is suitable for students with any good degree who want to specialise in the area of investigative journalism. Read more

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for students with any good degree who want to specialise in the area of investigative journalism. You will have a keen interest in digging deeper into topics beyond the daily headlines and a hunger to expose injustices and abuses of power using an evidence-based methodology.

Objectives

This course has an exceptional reputation and an outstanding graduate employment record with students going on to work at The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Financial Times, Panorama, Dispatches, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Buzzfeed, Spectator and Wired magazines, Sky News, and a number of other newspapers, magazines, production companies and NGOs.

Employers respect the quality of research and reporting skills graduates acquire on this course. You will learn advanced research skills, including data journalism to analyse data to find stories, and the effective use of disclosure laws, public records and databases. The course provides case studies of high-profile investigations and will help you develop the skills needed to investigate issues of public concern and miscarriages of justice involving companies, organisations and individuals within an ethical framework.

On this course you will complete an investigation and learn practical multi-media skills including television as well as print. It moves swiftly from basic journalism to fully-fledged investigative journalism provided by leading investigative journalists. Prof Heather Brooke, who was the catalyst for the 2009 MPs’ expenses scandal, is pathway leader and David Leigh, former Investigations Editor of The Guardian, teaches investigative reporting. A number of working investigative journalists also deliver guest lectures on their current work.

The course is practical and encourages you to develop and practice your real-world journalistic skills and techniques. Covering both print and broadcast investigative journalism, the course is ideal as a first step into a career as an in-depth researcher and journalist.

Taking advantage of our London location and extensive alumni and contact networks, students arrange work placements across a number of media, usually arranging them for the winter and/or spring break.

Placements

We actively encourage all our journalism student to gain journalism experience during their studies with us. Professional experience is an important step in developing a career in journalism and it helps students by put their learning into practice and make contacts in the industry.

Work experiences are not formally assessed or arranged as part of the MA Programme but your personal tutor may be able to advise you in suitable organisations to approach that may suit your chosen career path.

Academic facilities

You will gain practical skills in our state-of-the-art digital television studio, digital editing suites, radio studios and broadcast newsrooms.

In 2014 we completed a £12m development projects for our Journalism facilities. These facilities were developed in consultation with experts from the BBC and ITN, and were praised by the BJTC. Our facilities include:

  • A television studio: enabling simultaneous multi-media broadcast and a major expansion in the number of news and current affairs programmes produced
  • Four radio studios: enabling an increase in output and the potential to explore a permanent radio station
  • Two radio broadcast newsrooms: high-tech facilities that enable you to learn how to produce a radio programme
  • Two digital newsrooms: impressive modern facilities that enable you to learn the skills required to produce newspapers, magazines and websites
  • Two TV editing and production newsrooms: state-of-the-art facilities that enable you to learn about TV production.

Teaching and learning

Some modules are taught in lecture theatres, such as Journalism and Society 1 and Media Law, but most are small-group workshops that allow you to develop your journalistic skills and knowledge with the support of our expert academics.

You will receive tutoring from some of the industry’s most experienced journalists and editors.

Shorthand

Our students have the option of taking part in a Teeline shorthand course alongside their studies. This costs £100 (refundable if you reach 100 words per minute) and runs across two terms.

Assessment

All MA Journalism courses at City are practical, hands-on courses designed for aspiring journalists. As a result, much of your coursework will be journalistic assignments that you produce to deadline, as you would in a real news organisation.

Modules

Topics on the MA in Investigative Journalism range from business and financial journalism to investigations into individuals, organisations and corporations to miscarriages of justice. You will also be taught the basic essential skills required by the media industry such as producing news and feature material, interviewing, production, law, structure of government and ethics.

Core modules

  • Journalism Portfolio (30 credits) – Covers the essentials of reporting, from ideas and research to interviewing and writing, news and features, and using the Freedom of Information Act in journalism.
  • Editorial Production (30 credits) – Producing and editing content for print and online publication, including video as well as text and images.
  • Ethics, Rules and Standards (30 credits) – You put practical journalism in an ethical context with case studies and there are discussion groups in the second term.
  • Final Project (30 credits) – You explore a topic of your choice in depth to produce one or more pieces of longer-form journalism, ideally for publication online and/or in print.
  • Investigative Reporting (30 credits)
  • UK Media Law (15 credits) – You learn the basics of UK Media Law to enable you to work in a UK newsroom.
  • Political Headlines (15 credits) – You learn the structure of British Government and how it works; and you meet journalists who report and present it.

Career prospects

This course aims to prepare you for a first job in any form of journalism, including newspapers, magazines, online and the broadcast media. Investigative Journalism graduates will be especially valued in jobs which require rigorous, in-depth and advanced research and investigative skills.

Graduates of this MA are now working at organisations including:

  • Bloomberg TV
  • Bureau of Investigative Journalism
  • CNN
  • Health Service Journal
  • ITN
  • Mobile News
  • October Films
  • Property Week
  • The Art Newspaper
  • The Financial Times
  • The Guardian
  • The Spectator
  • The Telegraph
  • The Times (graduate trainee scheme)
  • Vice News.


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The MSc Investigative & Forensic Psychology is a one year, full-time postgraduate programme. It is accredited by the British Psychological Society and recognised as the first step towards status as a Chartered Forensic Psychologist in the UK for students who have Graduate Basis for Chartership. Read more
The MSc Investigative & Forensic Psychology is a one year, full-time postgraduate programme. It is accredited by the British Psychological Society and recognised as the first step towards status as a Chartered Forensic Psychologist in the UK for students who have Graduate Basis for Chartership. The course is also recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a Research Methods MSc and students taking this course are eligible for the ESRC 1 + 3 studentships.

The MSc provides students with a high quality, balanced postgraduate programme of research and academic knowledge including, awareness of professional, legal and ethical issues, and practical, communication and dissemination skills in Investigative and Forensic Psychology. The programme takes a three-tiered approach.

Students begin with structured sessions on conceptual and theoretical issues (including aggression, sexual violence and deviance, decision-making, leadership and stress, memory, communication and persuasion, and the psychology of crowd dynamics).

They then appreciate how these and related issues can be applied to forensic practice and its legal context (in terms of crime reduction and intervention studies; investigative procedures, forensic interviewing, court processes and proceedings, assessment, custody and rehabilitation).

Finally, they gain skills in communicating knowledge and conducting relevant research on case assessments of individuals and organisations

Why Choose Investigative and Forensic Psychology?

- This course is unique in that it is the only MSc accredited course of its type in a Russell Group University. It is viewed worldwide by many to be the home of Investigative Psychology
- The number and calibre of external practitioners whom deliver key understanding of real life applications, makes the MSc Investigative and Forensic Psychology distinct from any other.
- The University of Liverpool has the largest representation of psychologists in Europe, who are research active on Law Enforcement projects.
- High quality teaching and a strong focus on employability skills mean that our students have gone on to be some of the most successful individuals in the field.
- The MSc Investigative and Forensic Psychology is renowned worldwide and attracts a large number of International students and visiting speakers each year. In an increasingly global world it is important to raise awareness of the role cultural factors play in psychological functioning and how these may differ from the findings of mainstream Western research.
- This MSc Investigative and Forensic Psychology was the first course of its type to receive five commendations by the British Psychological Society.

Key Facts

Research Assessment Exercise 2008
Targeting our key areas of interest we've systematically enhanced our research base, culture and infrastructure, whilst building internationally influential groups.

Our work is theoretically robust and problem and policy focused, with a research agenda that's socially relevant and postgraduate teaching that's truly research-led.

Why School of Psychology?

Breadth and choice

Reflecting our main research strengths, we offer two one-year, full-time, taught Masters (MSc) programmes in:

Investigative and Forensic Psychology
Research Methods in Psychology.
For details of all MRes/MPhil/PhD and MD opportunities in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, see the Research course list at http://www.liv.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research/

Professionally recognised

The Investigative and Forensic Psychology course is recognised by the Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP, British Psychological Society) and counts towards Chartered Forensic Status.

Innovative research

As home to the Centre for Investigative Psychology, we continue to stretch the boundaries of psychological inquiry with innovative research activity.

We've highly active, internationally renowned research groups and, in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008), 80% of our research activity was rated as of international standard.

Our partners

Our partners include local hospitals and schools, the Regional Neurological and Neurosurgical NHS Trust, Prison Psychology departments, national and international Police Forces and associated Law Enforcement Agencies. There are also close links with other University departments in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences; in particular, Clinical Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Anatomy. Numerous collaborations exist between members of staff and their colleagues in other academic institutions both nationally and internationally.

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Investigative journalism is at a crossroads in theory and practice. Crises of ethics and funding have brought profound changes to the nature of long form journalism, the ways in which it is produced and the institutions that invest in it. Read more
Investigative journalism is at a crossroads in theory and practice. Crises of ethics and funding have brought profound changes to the nature of long form journalism, the ways in which it is produced and the institutions that invest in it. This innovative MA brings together leading practitioners and institutions to deliver advanced training in emergent investigative newsgathering and publishing skills applicable to a range of professional contexts, within and beyond journalism. At the same time, the degree introduces students to critical accounts of the the media's watchdog function and journalism's evolving social role.

In partnership with the Centre of Investigative Journalism (which provides bespoke training workshops for the degree's core courses) and Google (which has provided funding assistance for scholarships), this MA addresses new challenges whilst also reflecting the constants that underpin investigative journalism ethics and storytelling. Above all, it presents an opportunity to both study and do investigative journalism, under the guidance of award-winning journalists and experienced academics.

Guest lecture profiles

You will be taught by a mix of academics, writers, investigative journalists, editors and bloggers, including:

Ewen MacAskill

Ewen is The Guardian's defence and intelligence correspondent. In 2013 he was among the first journalists to meet NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and, as a result of his reporting on global surveillance, he was named co-recipient of the 2013 George Polk Award. The same reporting also contributed to the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, awarded jointly to The Guardian and the Washington Post in 2014. Ewen was featured prominently in Laura Poitras' Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour and he will be portrayed by British actor Tom Wilkinson in the upcoming biopic Snowden, directed by Oliver Stone.

Iain Overton

Iain is Director of Policy and Investigations for the London-based charity Action on Armed Violence. As well as a writer, Iain is also an investigative journalist and documentary maker who has won a number of awards, including 2 Amnesty Media Awards, a Peabody Award and a BAFTA Scotland. In 1998 he was appointed senior producer of BBC Current Affairs and in 2009 he became the founding editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism where he produced a number of high-profile documentaries, including Iraq War Logs based on the military intelligence files leaked by Chelsea Manning.

Siobhan Sinnerton

Siobhan is a Commissioning Editor for News and Current Affairs at Channel 4, before which she spent 4 years at the award-winning Quicksilver Productions. Two of those were as Series Editor on Unreported World, Channel 4’s flagship foreign affairs strand and as an executive producer on Dispatches and First Cut. Previously, Siobhan was a producer-director on both Unreported World and Dispatches and worked at ITV/Granada making a wide range of documentaries and current affairs.

Eliot Higgins (AKA 'Brown Moses')

Eliot is a renowned citizen journalist and blogger, known for using open sources and social media to investigate international conflicts. He first gained mainstream media attention by identifying weapons in uploaded videos from the Syrian conflict. At the time, Eliot was an unemployed finance and admin worker who spent his days taking care of his child at home. He has since won praise from human rights groups and journalists from around the world and has been profiled by The Guardian, The Independent, The Huffington Post and The New Yorker magazine, as well as the subject of television features run by Channel 4 and CNN International. In 2014 he started a new website, Bellingcat, which mobilises citizen journalists to investigate current events using open data.

Dr Justin Schlosberg

Justin is Lecturer in Journalism and Media at Birkbeck and programme director for the MA Investigative Reporting. His research takes a critical look at mainstream media coverage of a number of national security controversies, including alleged corruption in the British arms trade, the death of intelligence whistleblower David Kelly, and the release of diplomatic cables by Wikileaks. His forthcoming book Media Ownership and Agenda Control: The Hidden Limits of the Information Age will be published by Routledge in 2016.

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About the course. This course is the result of a unique collaboration between DMU and one of the country’s most respected broadcasters, Channel 4. Read more

About the course

This course is the result of a unique collaboration between DMU and one of the country’s most respected broadcasters, Channel 4. It is designed to find and educate the next generation of audio-visual investigative journalists. After a thorough grounding in media law, regulation and ethics, students will receive extended tuition in various investigative techniques, including using the Freedom of Information Act, data journalism, financial journalism, and instruction in how to handle complex information. Additionally, you will be taught to use specialist camera equipment, and how to plan, shoot and edit your own material, with a view to making industry-standard broadcast quality journalistic films.

Reasons to Study:

• Course developed in collaboration with Channel 4

professional endorsement from industry ensures high quality teaching by expert academics and professional journalists

• Designed with input from Industry leaders

this specialist course is designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and contacts you need to embark on a successful career in investigative journalism

• Work on live briefs

produce your own professional programme to pitch to major broadcasters or elsewhere

• First in the UK for media research

our Media Discourse group and The Centre for Cinema and Television History (CATH) informs teaching on the course allowing students to gain expertise into the subject area. DMU’s research in media was recognised as first in the UK for research output in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

• Work on live briefs

produce your own professional programme to pitch to major broadcasters or elsewhere

• More than 20 years’ experience of teaching journalism

our teaching staff have many years of industry experience which you can draw upon to develop skills and expertise that are relevant for a career in Journalism

• Excellent graduate prospects

this course will equip graduates for a successful career in Investigative Journalism, in national television as well as working for national and international news agencies and roles in PR and corporate communications

Course Structure

Modules

• Investigative Journalism Skills and Theory

• Introduction to Practical Investigative Journalism

• Investigative Journalism Global Perspectives

• Advanced Practical Investigative Journalism

• Final project

Teaching and assessment

You will experience a wide range of teaching styles and environments, from traditional lectures and seminars to intensive skills workshops, news days and studio work. As a postgraduate student, you will be increasingly responsible for developing your own professional practice and working with other course members to produce pieces of journalism.

You will be working collaboratively with undergraduate students and other postgraduate students from our portfolio of related journalism courses including on events.

This is an intensive programme and you should be aware that full-time engagement will be expected throughout.

There will be a diverse range of assessments, including traditional essays, presentations, case studies, phase tests and reports as well as continuous assessment of professional practice. These culminate in your final project or dissertation.

Contact and learning hours

You will normally attend at least 12 hours of timetabled taught sessions per week. As part of this, you will be expected to produce substantial amounts of journalism outside of class.

To find out more

To learn more about this course and DMU, visit our website:

Postgraduate open days: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/open-evenings/postgraduate-open-days.aspx

Applying for a postgraduate course:

http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/entry-criteria-and-how-to-apply/entry-criteria-and-how-to-apply.aspx

Funding for postgraduate students

http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-funding-2017-18/postgraduate-funding-2017-18.aspx



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The current reforms to investigative practice are the most radical in modern history. This Masters programme allows you to develop and enhance professional practice in leading and managing investigations. Read more
The current reforms to investigative practice are the most radical in modern history. This Masters programme allows you to develop and enhance professional practice in leading and managing investigations.

Course overview

This programme provides you with the opportunity to study leadership and management theories in the context of work-based investigative practice. The programme reflects upon current problems and future potential solutions within investigative practice and will equip you with the ability to contribute towards the future success of investigation.

This unique programme provides you with the opportunity to develop and expand your knowledge and understanding of investigations within a professional practice context whilst building your knowledge of management theory that can be practically applied to solving investigation related problems.

Our academic team and professional experts will work with you to develop knowledge, confidence and ability to deal with strategic considerations within your career and equip you to make sound and rational decisions within this complex area of investigation.
This programme will empower you to direct your own course of study, whilst working with academic tutors and professional leads. The programme is flexible enabling you to complete the course over two (minimum) years.

By the end of the course you will have a highly relevant Masters qualification. It will help you take a leading role in today’s evolving investigative processes and, through a process of critical reflection upon your current skills and advanced knowledge, empower your personal development and contribution to your organisation.

Course content

The content of the modules blend key areas of investigative management so that you gain a solid appreciation of the role and value of professional leadership and management in investigation.

Modules on this course include:
-Advanced Critical Thinking and Applied Research Skills (20 Credits)
-Professional Leadership and Decision-Making in Investigation (40 Credits)
-Advanced Investigative Management Project (60 Credits)
-Investigative Management Dissertation (60 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, workshops, and self-study. Assessment methods include coursework, research plan and the Masters dissertation.

Facilities & location

Sunderland has excellent facilities that have been boosted by multi-million pound developments.

Course location
This course is based on the banks of the River Wear at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s.

Software and technology
The University has invested in specialist software packages that facilitate rigorous social science. They include NVivo, which allows deep levels of analysis of large volumes of data, and SPSS for surveys and data mining. We also make full use of e-learning resources and our virtual learning environment.

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on social science topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. Our web-based ‘Discover’ search tool enables you remote access to online journals, articles and e-books – whenever and wherever you happen to be studying.

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Our MSc Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Research gives eye care professionals like you the academic knowledge and practical skills they need to contribute to groundbreaking medical advancements and effectively diagnose and treat a wide range of ocular conditions. Read more

Our MSc Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Research gives eye care professionals like you the academic knowledge and practical skills they need to contribute to groundbreaking medical advancements and effectively diagnose and treat a wide range of ocular conditions.

Whether you want to pursue further academic studies or take on new responsibilities as a primary caregiver – our programme gives you the clinical skills and research experience you need. Advance your career and have a meaningful influence on the future of the field.

A combination of core and elective modules and research opportunities – with a research project making up one-third of the programme – allows you to customise your studies based on your personal interests and professional requirements. This includes the option to select a specialisation leading to a named degree on completion of your dissertation:

  • MSc Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Research (General)
  • MSc Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Research (Diabetes)
  • MSc Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Research (Therapeutics)

What you will study

The programme is suited to applicants who have obtained a first degree in optometry or a related field outside of the UK. The generic stream of the programme gives a broader perspective than the diabetes and therapeutic routes

Modules

Advanced Binocular Vision; Advanced Clinical Investigation and Research Project; Chronic Complications of Diabetes; Clinical Ophthamology; Diabetes Care; Ocular Therapeutics; Practical and Theoretical Prescribing and Health Economics; Skills for Practice for Vision Science; Skills for Professional Practice Biosciences 2; and Public Health.

Students with an interest in diabetes can choose diabetes-related modules to enhance their understanding of how diabetes effects various structures of the human body. 

Core modules: Diabetes Care; Skills for Professional Practice for Vision Sciences; Skills for Professional Practice for Bioscience 2; Chronic Complications of Diabetes; Advanced Clinical Investigation and Research Project.

Optional modules: Clinical Ophthalmology; Health Economics and Public Health.

Graduate prospects

Whether you choose a path in academia or clinical practice, your MSc Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Research will unlock new opportunities to advance and expand your career. The programme is ideal preparation for subsequent studies towards a PhD or other higher academic qualification. It also allows optometrists and other practitioners to advance their careers in primary eye care.



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The course is designed to develop an applied psychological knowledge base relevant to the domain of Forensic and Investigative Psychology, underpinned by theory and empirical research (including research methodology relevant to the course). Read more

The course is designed to develop an applied psychological knowledge base relevant to the domain of Forensic and Investigative Psychology, underpinned by theory and empirical research (including research methodology relevant to the course).

What happens on the course?

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.

Career path

On completion of the MSc in Investigative and Forensic Psychology graduates will be able to offer a broad range of knowledge and associated skill sets, which will support them to work across a number of sectors, including (but not confined to):

  • Consultancy
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Home Office
  • Data collection and analysis domains
  • Police service
  • Border Agency
  • Security services/agencies
  • Recruitment
  • Psychological assessment developers
  • Academic fields
  • Prison service
  • Charities

What skills will you gain?

The learning objectives and activities of the course are designed to develop an applied psychological knowledge base relevant to the domain of Forensic and Investigative Psychology.



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Forensic and Investigative Psychology is a discipline that involves the application of scientific theory and principles to help in the understanding, investigation, assessment and treatment of offenders and criminality, and legal responses to criminality. Read more

Forensic and Investigative Psychology is a discipline that involves the application of scientific theory and principles to help in the understanding, investigation, assessment and treatment of offenders and criminality, and legal responses to criminality.

This programme provides specialised teaching from professionals and academics within the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU), including: Psychology; Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology and School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing. The programme also draws upon external forensic and investigative psychologists, practitioners and researchers to enhance your learning experience.

The programme adopts an applied approach to teaching and learning and has an evidence-based emphasis with a focus on the scientist-practitioner model. The course aims to develop your confidence, professionalism, critically evaluative, communication (written, oral and non-verbal), practical, reflective and synthesising skills.

We also provide you with opportunities to study and/or attend events alongside our MSc Forensic and Investigative Psychology programme students, thereby enhancing your exposure to a diverse range of professionals and students. Furthermore, students are able to access the Salomons library, which is one of the best bespoke clinical psychology libraries in the country, with a specific forensic section.  

By studying with us, you will develop core psychological knowledge and skills in forensic and investigative research and psychological enquiry and develop your awareness of ‘best practice’ approaches in accordance with professional practice frameworks (e.g. British Psychological Society (BPS) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)). Thus making you highly attractive to wide range of future potential employers (e.g. probation services, prison service, police, forensic secure units, National Health Service (NHS), third sector agencies).



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Forensic and Investigative Psychology is a discipline that involves the application of scientific theory and principles to help in the understanding, investigation, assessment and treatment of offenders and criminality, and legal responses to criminality. Read more

Forensic and Investigative Psychology is a discipline that involves the application of scientific theory and principles to help in the understanding, investigation, assessment and treatment of offenders and criminality, and legal responses to criminality.

This programme provides specialised teaching from professionals and academics within the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU), including: Psychology; Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology and School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing. The programme also draws upon external forensic and investigative psychologists, practitioners and researchers to enhance your learning experience.

The programme adopts an applied approach to teaching and learning and has an evidence-based emphasis with a focus on the scientist-practitioner model. The course aims to develop your confidence, professionalism, critically evaluative, communication (written, oral and non-verbal), practical, reflective and synthesising skills.

We also provide you with opportunities to study and/or attend events alongside other MSc programme students, thereby enhancing your exposure to a diverse range of professionals and students. Furthermore, students are able to access the Salomons library, which is one of the best bespoke clinical psychology libraries in the country, with a specific forensic section. 

By studying with us, you will develop core psychological knowledge and skills in forensic and investigative research and psychological enquiry and develop your awareness of ‘best practice’ approaches in accordance with professional practice frameworks (e.g. British Psychological Society (BPS) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)). Thus making you highly attractive to wide range of future potential employers (e.g. probation services, prison service, police, forensic secure units, National Health Service (NHS), third sector agencies).



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Unlike other courses which focus on offender assessment and rehabilitation, this new course will examine the theoretical and investigative aspects of forensic psychology, tracking the criminal justice process from the crime scene to the court room. Read more

Unlike other courses which focus on offender assessment and rehabilitation, this new course will examine the theoretical and investigative aspects of forensic psychology, tracking the criminal justice process from the crime scene to the court room. It is an exceptionally hands-on, practical course, using our unique on-campus Crime Scene Training Centre together with Psychology Testing Suites with the latest eye-tracking and face-processing equipment.

As well as the underlying theories regarding the psychology of investigations and considering areas such as how face processing can assist identification of individuals, you will explore different offence types - sexual offending, murder and violent crime, group offending (including terrorism, hooliganism and rioting), and different forms of cyber-crime (e.g. hacktivism and on-line sexual abuse).

You’ll be expected to investigate and scrutinise violent mocked-up crime scenes to provide written and verbal evidence, learning how to present expert witness testimony in a mock court.

You will evaluate victims, witnesses, suspects and offenders, environment, geography and time, working with practitioners who create fieldwork, case studies and exercises based on their real experiences.

Guest speakers sharing their knowledge will be an integral feature of the course, as will Terri Cole, the course leader's own experiences as a Behavioural Investigative Adviser and Serious Crime Analyst. Terri worked for a number of years with police forces providing offender profiling, crime scene assessment and offence linkage advice in relation to serious sexual offences and murder. She brings her expertise and experience together to focus on crime scene behaviour and how psychology can assist investigations on this new course.



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Our MSc/MRes Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences course brings together the research expertise in vision from The University of Manchester and the clinical expertise of . Read more

Our MSc/MRes Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences course brings together the research expertise in vision from The University of Manchester and the clinical expertise of Manchester Royal Eye Hospital .

The course is aimed at optometrists, ophthalmologists, orthoptists and nurses from the UK and overseas. It is suitable for:

  • individuals who are considering undertaking a research degree in the vision sciences;
  • those interested in professional development;
  • those interested in conducting research as part of their clinical training;
  • ophthalmologists wishing to expand and extend their training into specialist areas;
  • optometrists considering a career in the hospital eye service.

This course will provide you with a firm grounding in the knowledge needed to pursue a higher degree and to conduct high quality research in ophthalmology, optometry or vision sciences.

It also gives an opportunity for vision-related professionals to advance their knowledge of the scientific foundations of ophthalmology and vision sciences.

Aims

This course aims to provide those working within the ophthalmic professions (ophthalmologists, optometrists, vision scientists, orthoptists and ophthalmic nurses) with an opportunity for professional development.

It will give you a firm grounding in the knowledge, understanding and skills you will need to pursue a higher research degree or to participate in research programmes and meet a need for researchers who can form a bridge between basic research and applied clinical research.

Through the literature review and dissertation, you will develop skills of systematically analysing and interpreting a body of literature, designing and conducting a research project, and analysing and presenting research findings within a written dissertation.

Teaching and learning

In each unit, learning will be based on a series of formal lectures on topics relating to ocular disease and treatments, and a series of more informal tutorials on current research. You will receive copies of presentations and direction to relevant literature for personal study.

Many dissertation projects have led to peer-reviewed publications in ophthalmic literature. Recent titles include the following.

  • Optical coherence tomography measures of the retinal nerve fibre layer.
  • Development of a model cell assay to investigate the cellular processing of ARB mutant bestrophin-1.
  • Risk factors for late presentation of patients with primary open angle glaucoma.
  • Molecular analysis of autosomal recessive retinal dystrophies.
  • In vivo analysis of the wettability of silicon hydrogel contact lenses.
  • Can corneal densitometry be used to assess the treatment outcome after corneal transplantation.
  • A contact lens based technique delivering cultured stem cells onto the human corneal surface.
  • The use of corneal imaging to assessing treatment outcomes of LASIK and LASEK.
  • Addressing the physiological cues needed for trans-differentiation of dental pulp stem cells into limbal stem cells.

The course directors are Prof Tariq Aslam and Dr Chantal Hillarby .

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is via:

  • written examinations in January and May;
  • coursework set during the taught units;
  • a research project dissertation.

Course unit details

The course has two different pathways:

  • MSc: Six taught units (15 credits each) and a dissertation (90 credits).
  • MRes: Four taught units (15 credits each), a literature review (30 credits) and a dissertation (90) credits.

The six units are Macular Degeneration, Paediatric Ophthalmology, Cornea, Contact Lens, Vascular Disease and Glaucoma.

What our students say

IOVS is a great course overall; excellent content and very enjoyable. (Abid Ali, ophthalmology trainee [UK])

I've enjoyed the insight into new and modern treatments and diagnostic techniques. (Isaac Nunoo, optometrist [Ghana])

I love the way the lecturers teach and explain, and the ease with which you can access information.(Chimdi Emma-Duru, optometrist and PhD student [Nigeria])

Facilities

Ophthalmology is housed within the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, which is located on the CMFT site at the southern end of the University campus. Optometry is housed within the Carys Bannister Building. The two sites are few hundred yards apart.

Most dissertations are conducted within the confines of the University and the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. Students may, however, embark on work outside these confines (eg an optometric practice or other hospital). This is contingent on the acceptance of the research proposal and the approval of suitable external and internal supervisors by the course director.

You will also have access to a range of library and IT facilities across the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability and Advisory Support Service .

CPD opportunities

We offer a number of CPD courses in ophthalmology and optometry .

Career opportunities

This MSc is aimed at optometrists, ophthalmologists, orthoptists, biological scientists, nurses and those from related backgrounds, and can open up a number of career opportunities.

The course is suitable if you want to further your knowledge of the vision sciences or if you are an optometrist considering professional development or a career in the hospital eye service.

It is also ideal if you want to conduct research as part of your clinical training or pursue an academic career in ophthalmology, optometry and the vision sciences.



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Good leaders are sought and valued by all organisations. This programme is aimed at senior managers in the private and public sectors (with a minimum of three years of leadership and management experience) and officers in the military. Read more

Why take this course?

Good leaders are sought and valued by all organisations. This programme is aimed at senior managers in the private and public sectors (with a minimum of three years of leadership and management experience) and officers in the military.

You will be able to benefit from our flexible structure and delivery allowing you to tailor your studies to meet your professional development needs and succeed as influential managers.

There are direct entry routes for officers of the Armed Forces based on rank and experience, for more information visit the Accredited Prior Experience and Learning web pages. The University of Portsmouth is an ELC approved supplier.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Gain a thorough grounding in how to manage people alongside the skills to be a confident leader
Make an effective contribution to your workplace, as well as improve your career prospects
Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection

What opportunities might it lead to?

On successful completion you can apply to become a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) or the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Module Details

The induction dates for this course are 14, 15, 16 September 2016 or 11, 12, 13 January 2017.

Our teaching is structured around the National Occupational Management and Leadership Standards, which specify six standards: Managing Self and Personal Skills; Providing Direction; Facilitating Change; Working with People; Using Resources, and Achieving Results. Many organisations recognise these standards as a valuable framework for developing competencies and designing development programmes. Having previously studied six work-based learning units, this stage prepares and supports you in planning, implementing and reporting a substantial piece of investigative work that will develop your academic and research capabilities.

Here are the units you will study:

Research Methods: This unit prepares participants to carry out research by introducing them to investigative methods based on primary and secondary research.
Investigative Report: This is a substantial piece of investigative work based on primary and secondary research. The topic can be from any area of leadership and management which is of academic and practice-based interest.

Programme Assessment

Learning is self-directed, flexible and supported by University tutors and employers. You will not attend formal lectures, but you can attend the many seminars and presentations held at the University which are open to the public.

For the research aspect of the course there are two elements of assessment using the literature to develop your research capabilities. The Investigative Project is similar to a dissertation, requiring in-depth research into a specific topic within the field of leadership and management.

Student Destinations

Effective leadership and management make a major difference in today’s organisations by inspiring people to perform and by improving results. Management and leadership skills are highly valued in all sorts of organisations.

This course will develop your ability to provide strategic direction in order to achieve significant goals within your organisation. It can also enhance your career prospects and act as a springboard to other dynamic and rewarding managerial roles.

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Criminology at Kingston is embedded within a vibrant and multi-disciplinary department. Read more

Criminology at Kingston is embedded within a vibrant and multi-disciplinary department. The programmes will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the complex nature of crime, harm and victimisation, together with an appreciation of the role of the criminal justice system in relation to crime control, protection and the delivery of justice. Our courses develop your capacity for critical thinking whilst simultaneously providing you with the tools to undertake rigorous, high quality research. Through a theoretical and applied lens, you will gain a broad base of knowledge and develop a range of transferable skills sought after by employers in the field. Kingston University is well-located, offering opportunities to see, at first hand, the criminal justice system in operation in the extensive London network of courts, custodial institutions and community-based crime-reduction programmes.

What will you study?

You will engage critically with the theoretical ideas that govern the study of criminology and apply them to better understand a range of substantive issues in the study of crime, harm, victimisation and justice. You will study contemporary criminal justice policy, practice and politics in local, national and global contexts, developing a critical appreciation of the dynamics between criminological theory and criminal justice policymaking. Criminology is multi-disciplinary; by studying these courses you can also explore modules in the fields of Forensic Psychology, Politics, Sociology and Human Rights. Criminologists draw upon a range of social science theoretical frameworks and social research techniques in order to question and explore criminological phenomena. During the course of your study, you will develop methodological knowledge and skills in order to prepare for your own criminological enquiry.

By taking this course you will study the following module Forensic Psychology module plus modules from Criminology:

Investigative and Legal Processes in Forensic Psychology

This module covers a range of theoretical and applied topics regarding investigative and judicial processes. For example, psychological principles may be applied to investigative approaches to interviewing, detecting deception, bearing false witness, offender profiling, case linkage, eyewitness memory, jury behaviour and decision-making, examining the state of mind and assessment, and expert psychological testimony (ethics, code of practice, report writing and practice). By taking this approach the student develops a critical understanding of pertinent stages in the investigative process where psychology may be used to improve interviewing strategies, as in the employment of the cognitive interview to assist in the improvement of witnesses' memory recall. This course then develops upon the investigative knowledge base provided by encouraging students to identify areas within the courtroom process where psychological techniques could be utilised. Thus, students are taken on an analytical and evaluative journey of the key criminal justice processes of the investigation and presentation of evidence in cases.

For information on the Criminology side of the course, please view the Criminology page: http://www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate-course/criminology-ma/



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Study Policing and Criminal Investigation at LJMU and work with crime victims and witnesses to enhance your knowledge and key skills in this area. Read more
Study Policing and Criminal Investigation at LJMU and work with crime victims and witnesses to enhance your knowledge and key skills in this area.

-Commences January 2017
-Explore investigative issues to gain the knowledge and practical skills to operate as a crime investigator in serious and complex cases
-Consider the links between investigation, forensics and psychology
-Work with crime victims and witnesses
-Ideal for serving officers and those about to embark on their policing or academic career
-Excellent employment opportunities in policing/investigative work, private investigation and with bodies such as Trading Standards and the Inland Revenue
-A valuable foundation for progression to PhD

The MSc Policing and Criminal Investigation combines supervised independent research with specialist training in research methods and academic skills, while also helping students become aware of emerging approaches currently practiced in the discipline.
​Over the course of the programme you will be introduced to key developments in policing studies and given the skills necessary to produce a successful postgraduate research project. You will work individually with a supervisor throughout the year, as well as taking part in taught modules with fellow Policing Studies students and/or students from other disciplines/Faculties. In addition, you will be part of the wider research activities of the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies.

You will receive specialist supervision and study within a diverse community of fellow researchers. Staff are active in a wide range of fields including: Crime Prevention, GIS, People Trafficking, Public Order, Mental Health, Multi Agency and Partnership Working in the Public Sector, Computer Crime, Investigation, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism, Port Security, Risk Management and Education.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core modules:

Policing in Context

Gain insights into current policing, community safety and criminal justice priorities by exploring different perspectives that relate to policing, regulatory processes, professional values and ethics

Advanced Research Skills

In preparation for your dissertation, this module introduces key epistemological and methodological issues that impact upon research into crime, security, community safety and criminal justice

Advanced Investigation Skills

Examine the administrative difficulties posited during a criminal investigation and the importance of investigative ethics

Forensic and Medicolegal Death

Discover core foundational concepts of criminal investigations, enabling you to understand, explain, analyse and evaluate causes, sustainment and consequences of processing a death scene

Forensic Cognition

Critically explore why offenders commit acts of sexual and physical violence by examining influential theories that have been developed to aid in investigating sexual/violent offences

Investigative Interviewing

Examine current practices, techniques and applications of police interviewing by being exposed to comparative international techniques in interviewing, interpretation of verbal and physical behaviour, causes of denial, deception and defensiveness

Dissertation

Analyse and interpret an issue in your chosen field

​Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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Forensic psychology is an expanding field. It interfaces with other disciplines such as clinical, social and cognitive psychology, as well as criminology and law in order to address issues of major concern to the justice system, organisations, individuals and society. Read more

Why take this course?

Forensic psychology is an expanding field. It interfaces with other disciplines such as clinical, social and cognitive psychology, as well as criminology and law in order to address issues of major concern to the justice system, organisations, individuals and society.

This is a unique course informed by research at the forefront of the field, with many opportunities to get involved with ongoing projects within the Department.

Applications for this course close 15 January 2016 to be considered for interview on 23 or 25 February and close 15 February 2016 to be considered for interview on 22 and 24 March.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Be taught by the largest group of actively researching academics at the cutting edge of forensic psychology research in the UK
Put your investigative techniques to the test in our Forensic Interviewing Suite
Benefit from our connections with a variety of custodial establishments including adult male and women's prisons, young offenders' institutions and secure hospitals

What opportunities might it lead to?

Accredited by the BPS, our Master’s degree is recognised as providing an important step towards eventual chartered status as a forensic psychologist. It aims to provide you with a systematic knowledge and understanding of forensic psychology, in accordance with the academic requirements of the Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP), the British Psychological Society (BPS) for accredited courses and eventual progression to autonomous practice.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Working in prisons
Probation work
The police force
Social work
Health services
The courts
Academia
Private practice

Module Details

The course content is structured to reflect developments and priorities in the field of forensic psychology and is kept under constant review to keep it up-to-date.

Here are the units you will study:

Theory into Practice: Foundations of Professional Competence in Forensic Psychology: This unit provides a foundation for working as a scientist-practitioner. From an early introduction to concepts of reflective practice, personal development and core skills relevant to completing the course, it moves to encouraging an awareness of factors involved in criminal behaviour and their implications. The focus is on the application and development of skills in analysis and less on the learning of facts and theories. In the second part of the unit, the focus moves to tasks and challenges that forensic psychologists encounter in applied settings. Some, such as the design and evaluation of training for other personnel or consultancy skills, are of major relevance to Stage 2 of the system for progression to chartered status that usually follows the course. Others such as countering manipulation, stress and managing aggression can be crucial to survival as well as effectiveness as a practitioner.

Assessment and Interventions with Offenders: This unit is concerned with providing an understanding of the theoretical and empirical underpinnings, contents and methods of current and widely-used approaches to assessment (including risk assessment) and interventions with offenders. These approaches are linked and provide a framework for the organisation and evaluation of information, particularly in relation to efficient, useful and accurate formulation and what works in the delivery of interventions. It will build upon knowledge of factors related to criminal behaviour with a focus on effective approaches and context-related factors in the understanding and management of offenders in a variety of settings.

Empirical Research Project for Forensic Psychology: For this unit you will undertake a complete piece of empirical research in an area of forensic psychology that you find particularly interesting. It provides an opportunity to develop and integrate a range of skills and areas of knowledge including creative formulations, problem-solving, ethics, handling interpersonal demands, use of IT and analytical techniques, and writing to a publishable standard.

Investigative Psychology and the Legal Process: This focuses on the contribution made by psychology in the context of forensic investigations and the role of psychologists in criminal and civil law proceedings. It is concerned with the application of psychological research and theory in an effort to critique (and improve) practice in criminal and civil justice systems as an applied context for testing the validity and efficacy of psychological theories and innovative practice derived from these theories. Topics cover relevant procedural information to ensure you appreciate investigative, judicial and custodial processes, and the role of psychologists within these frameworks. Theory and research relevant to applied cognitive and social psychology are presented to inform an understanding of eyewitness recall and recognition memory (and memory errors), effective protocols for testing/probing witness memory, detecting deception and juror decision making.

Research Methods and Data Analysis: This unit is designed to provide a familiarity with psychological research methods and data analysis commensurate with understanding and conducting research at the postgraduate and professional level. Specific methodologies and issues of relevance to specific research areas are addressed within a perspective that emphasises creative problem-solving.

Programme Assessment

We give high priority to integrating our research activities with your teaching programme. This ensures that you learn about the most important and current issues in forensic psychology that effect real-life practice.

Teaching usually takes the form of lectures and small tutorial groups, together with practical sessions in our labs and studios.

We assess you in a variety of ways throughout the course. Here’s how:

Written examinations
Briefing reports and essays
Oral presentations
The giving of expert testimony
A research dissertation

Student Destinations

The work of forensic psychologists is varied. Depending on where practitioners work, it can range from criminal investigations to organisational change, from work with offenders to work with staff who work with offenders, and from matters of civil justice such as child access to operational emergencies such as hostage incidents.

Accredited by the BPS, our Master’s degree is recognised as providing the next important step towards eventual chartered status as a forensic psychologist. Following successful completion of this course, you will usually go on to do a minimum of two years full-time supervised practice in an employment setting.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Clinical psychologist
Forensic psychologist
Educational psychologist
Counsellor
Health planning analyst

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