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Our Postgraduate Professional Development course is designed for individuals who work in the area of mental health and wish to improve their clinical knowledge of psychological treatments that have been shown to be effective.
The Master of Science in Forensic Psychology is a 36-credit online program that provides students with insight into the intersection of psychology and legal issues. Students gain an understanding of what forensic psychologists do and will learn how to apply this training in a variety of professional contexts.
This degree program will provide students with the professional training necessary to function at an optimal level in a variety of forensic settings where psychology is used including: courts, law enforcement, criminal justice, national security offices, prisons, social services agencies, child welfare agencies, and treatment facilities.
Many students in our program have specialized in law, mental health or other health services and want to work in the forensic area. Others are interested in furthering their careers and assuming more senior level positions. Some of our students use this degree to make them more competitive when applying for a doctoral program.
The online format and non-clinical curriculum make the program an excellent option for working professionals needing to integrate graduate study with job responsibilities. The program also targets those living in rural or frontier areas in and outside the United States, those with limited or no access to this type of graduate level educational program, and individuals working non-traditional shift schedules, such as those in law enforcement, corrections, national security, and the military.
There is no licensure or certification in Florida or most states for Forensic Psychology at this time. It is considered a subspecialty of other clinical mental health or legal programs
The Master of Science in Forensic Psychology degree program requires a total of 36 semester hours of graduate course work. The program consists of a core of 24 credits and students are required to complete one of two possible 9-credit specialization tracks, and a 3-credit capstone course. Students can choose to complete either a thesis or a field experience for their capstone's content, although if students are looking to continue their studies it is recommended they chose the research option.
Core Courses (3 credits each)
Students will choose one of the following two specialisation tracks:
TRACK 1: FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY IN THE LEGAL SYSTEM (9 Credits - Choose 3 courses from below)
TRACK 2: FORSENSIC PSYCHOLOGY FOR MENTAL HEALTH WORKERS, FIRST RESPONDERS AND DISASTER TEAMS (9 Credits - choose 3 courses from below)
The MSc Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice) is designed for UK based Nurses and Allied Health Professionals who are working at or towards an Advanced Practice level/title irrespective of specialist field or setting. This pathway places a strong emphasis on advanced clinical outcomes; autonomous practice, critical thinking, high levels of decision-making and problem solving, values-based care and improving practice.
Students are required to undertake and apply the core modules in advanced clinical assessment and examination (20 credits), non-medical prescribing and advanced practice (40 credits) to their own area of practice. In addition students are required to choose option modules to achieve the required credits for their exit award. Modules include: diagnosis & decision making in primary care (20 credits); living with long-term conditions: Care and management (20 credits); multi morbidity in the older person (20 credits); towards a psychological trauma informed future (20 credits) and methodologies for project work in practice (20 credits). The full list of modules can be accessed beneath.
Students who complete 180 credits will gain a master’s degree.
This pathway uses a flexible approach, with modules delivered online and face to face. Face to face attendance is required for the clinically focused modules as these are delivered by experts working in partnership with University staff to maximise different learning opportunities for students.
Who can apply for this pathway?
Any Nurse or Allied Health Professional who is working at or towards an Advanced Practice level/title. Please note there are additional supervisory requirements to undertake non-medical prescribing and further information will be requested when you are ready to do this module.