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Course content

The course aims to provide you with the knowledge, skills, values and academic approach to work in areas relating to Forensic Psychology.

During the course, you have the opportunity to gain consultancy skills by communicating knowledge to professional audiences, giving you real-world experience of working in the field. There are guest speakers from the field of criminal justice, and you gain experience in research skills, as well as learn about ongoing personal and professional development. The course covers the application of psychology to the professional field of Forensic Psychology through the following modules

  • Theories of Criminal Behaviour
  • Investigative Psychology
  • Legal and Criminal Justice
  • Assessment and Formulation
  • Offender Treatment and Interventions
  • Applied Forensic Consultancy
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Dissertation and Continuing Professional Development

While completing the course, you develop a range of core skills that are essential within the field of Forensic Psychology, and are also transferable to other areas of employment. Examples of such skills include critical thinking and evaluation, effective communication, critical self-reflection, working within relevant ethical and professional frameworks, and drawing on a range of techniques and research methods applicable to Forensic Psychology.

By delivering the course through blended learning, the course aims to provide flexible delivery of modules to facilitate students who may have other time commitments, or who may live further away from Sheffield, but still want to study at the university.

The course is not yet accredited by the British Psychological Society, but has been designed with the accreditation criteria in mind. We will be applying for accreditation in the near future.

Course structure

The course is offered as a full-time (one year) or part-time (two years) blended learning course. You attend four block weeks of teaching on campus, with two weeks in trimester 1 and two weeks in trimester 2. You also complete a range of online activities before and after the block weeks of teaching.

Core modules

  • Theories of Criminal Behaviour
  • Investigative Psychology
  • Legal and Criminal Justice
  • Assessment and Formulation
  • Offender Treatment and Interventions
  • Applied Forensic Consultancy
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Dissertation and Continuing Professional Development

Assessment

  • essays
  • academic poster
  • reports
  • case formulation
  • presentations
  • examination
  • dissertation

Employability

It is expected that graduates of the course will enter careers in

• the police service (crime analysts, police officers, police community support officers) • the Home Office (researchers) • youth offending service (appropriate adults, youth justice officers) • victim support work • drug and alcohol services • Security services (analysts) • charities (mental health support workers, researchers) • academia (research associates) • further study (PhD)


Visit the Forensic Psychology MSc page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

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