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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Psychology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Please see website

  • Last Updated

    04 October 2018

Course content

Sign up to the King's Postgraduate Health & Life Sciences Open Evening - Wednesday 21 November 2018. 

The 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 course constitutes an ideal first step towards clinical psychology training, a PhD or MD degree.

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

Key benefits

  • 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.

Description

Our 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 two pathways. 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 60-day (minimum) 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 voluntary clinical observation.

Course format and assessment

Format

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)

Prosocial and antisocial behaviours across the lifespan 

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (3 hours) | Self-study time (267 hours)

Research Dissertation Forensic Mental Health

Seminars / Tutorials (8 hours) | Self-study time (592 hours)

Specialist forensic services: assessment, treatment and development 

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (3 hours) | Self-study time (267 hours)

Research Methodology and Statistics A 

Lectures (44 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours) | Self-study time (96 hours)

Research Methodology and Statistics B 

Lectures (41 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (2 hours) | Self-study time (107 hours)

Forensic mental health practice in the criminal justice system: legal and investigative processes 

Lectures (35 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (3 hours) | Self-study time (262 hours)

Forensic psychology practice in context (Psychology pathway only) 

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (15 hours) | Placement Hours ( 420) Self-study time (135 hours)

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks. On average students are expected to allow somewhere in the region of 100 to 150 hours personal study time per module.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations.

Year 1

Examination (20%) | Coursework (60%)| Practical (20%)

Career prospects

  • PhD programmes
  • Forensic or clinical psychology training
  • Research assistants or assistant psychologists

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