This course has been designed to meet the significant growth in the job market for forensic psychologists. It draws on the University's established expertise in criminology and psychology, and includes the opportunity to undertake a work placement, enabling you to put what you have learnt into practice and gain valuable skills and experience. On successful completion, you will be able to develop your career as a forensic psychologist in, for example, prison settings, probation, crime analysis units and academia.
This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
You can also study the joint degree of Criminology with Forensic Psychology MA.
Key features -This course is accredited by the Forensic Psychology Division of the British Psychological Society (BPS) as an accredited Stage 1 masters programme. -A minimum of 15 weeks will be spent on an organised placement at a number of settings including high and medium security hospitals and in-reach prison teams. -The course content is underpinned by research, and modules will be informed by the latest research in the subject area, keeping it up to date with the latest developments. -You will benefit from the close links our staff have with forensic settings located in the southwest of London and the surrounding area.
What will you study?
Forensic psychology is concerned with the psychological issues associated with criminal behaviour and the treatment of those who have committed offences. It refers to the investigation of deception fraud, crime and the psychological aspects of legal and judicial process. You will learn how psychology is applied in various forensic settings and will be introduced to the role of the forensic psychologist in practice. You will also gain knowledge of the legal aspects of forensic psychology, such as considerations for courts and sentencing, and will examine the aetiology of criminal behaviour in depth.
A variety of assessment methods is employed on this course, including essays, reports, presentations, evaluation of placement activities, laboratory reports and a dissertation.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
Core modules -Antisocial behaviours across the lifespan; Treatment and intervention -Applications of Forensic Psychology -Investigative and Legal Processes in Forensic Psychology -Psychology Dissertation -Research Design and Analysis