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The Forensic Psychology and Crime MSc provides part-time students with a unique opportunity to study forensic psychology at a distance, whilst also being able to continue in employment.

The course is underpinned throughout by reflection and critical evaluation of theoretical concepts, research evidence and best practice to ensure the development of a sound, effective and reasoned approach in professional forensic psychological practice. The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as fulfilling the Stage 1 requirements towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and obtaining Full Membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology with the British Psychological Society. Graduates of the programme who go on to successfully complete Stage 2 of the Qualification in Forensic Psychology will be eligible to apply for registration with the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Forensic Psychologist.


-A unique opportunity to study the BPS accredited Forensic Psychology and Crime MSc through blended learning
-Interactive and participative teaching supported through the use of Coventry University’s extensive online learning resources
-A range of assessment methods, including essays, practical reports, literature reviews, practice-based reports, oral presentations and examinations
-Development of important transferable skills for forensic practice, for example in considering ethical dilemmas, reflective practice and writing papers in formats suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals


You will complete the nine modules listed below. In your first year, you will complete sixty credits studying a range of topics such as theoretical explanations of criminal behaviour, violent crime, and responses to crime, as well as research methods.

The second year includes topics providing an overview of key aspects of forensic practice, risk assessment and risk management. Two modules explore the legal process and the use of psychology in forensic/legal decision making, one of which is taught by Coventry Law School. In the third year, you will complete your dissertation.


The course is delivered by blended learning methods – a mix of online and classroom-based learning – and as such you will only pay for the modules you take each year. Blended learning incorporates the use of a well-established online learning system, an interactive, informed and participative teaching approach and residential schools.

Indicative course content
-Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour (M71PY)
-Research Methods in Psychology (M72PY)
-Violent Crime (M73PY)
-Criminal and Civil Justice Responses to Crime (M74PY)
-Psychology in Forensic Decision Making (M75PY)
-Practice and Contemporary Developments in Forensic Psychology (M76PY)
-Risk Assessment and Offender Programmes (M77PY)
-Introduction to the English Legal System (M49CLS)
-Dissertation in Forensic Psychology (M114PY)

Visit the Forensic Psychology & Crime - MSc page on the Coventry University website for more details!




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