This flexible Forensic Mental Health course is designed for students with a clinical or academic interest in the complex relationship between mental disorders and criminal behaviour. You will be taught by a multi-disciplinary team of clinical academics. The programme constitutes an ideal first step towards clinical psychology training or a PhD.
- Focus on the neuroscientific understanding of the development of prosocial and antisocial behaviours across the lifespan. - Excellent links with clinical services. - Strong emphasis on evidence-based practice and developing the critical skills to evaluate new research.
This course aims to equip you with the knowledge and advanced skills necessary for a career that will involve clinical work and/or research with mentally disordered offenders. There is an emphasis on the clinical relevance of research findings. You will develop the necessary skills to assess and manage risk of antisocial and criminal behaviour as well as establish, manage and evaluate programmes for reducing such behaviour.
You will be required to choose one of twopathways. This means that the combination of modules chosen will lead to a qualification which reflects your chosen focus of study. There are specific entry criteria for each pathway.
The two pathways are:
- Clinical Forensic Psychology (full-time only) - Forensic Mental Health Research
Students on the Clinical Forensic Psychology pathway will undertake a 75-day clinical forensic placement working at the level of an assistant clinical psychologist and complete a module on Forensic Psychology Practice.
Students on the Forensic Mental Health Research pathway will complete additional research methods and statistics training and may benefit from a voluntary clinical placement.
- Course purpose -
This programme is designed to develop academic and clinical skills specific to the assessment and treatment of persons with mental disorders who engage in criminal behaviour. You will study alongside students from a wide range of professional and academic disciplines from all over the world.
- Course format and assessment -
You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials. In order to get the most out of the course students, should expect to devote at least one day per week to their studies (part-time students) or 2-3days a week (full-time students)
- PhD programmes - Forensic or clinical psychology training - Research assistants or assistant psychologists.
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