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Full time September, January MSc

About the course

The Forensic Psychology MSc will provide you with a thorough grounding in the theory, themes, issues and practical skills central to psychological research into behaviour relevant to crime and forensic settings.

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Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

British Psychological Society (BPS) - Accredited Forensic Psychology

The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society 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 must achieve the necessary 50% pass mark for all modules

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a UK degree with a minimum 2:2 degree, or an equivalent, in Psychology.

Applicants with lower qualifications but substantial relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Consideration will be given to applicants with degrees in Science or Social Sciences, where at least a minimum of 50% of undergraduate study is in Psychology.

Where is Coventry University

Student Profile(s)

Madeleine van der Bruggen, 2011 - 2012 (MSc Forensic Psychology)

1972.jpg I completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology at Coventry University in 2011 and then went on to complete the MSc Forensic Psychology course. The course was appealing due to the lack of Forensic Psychology courses in Holland at the time and I looked forward to the challenge of completing a further postgraduate course in a language different to my native own. Having completed the course in September 2012, I feel that it was definitely worth the effort, and the course lived up to all of my expectations. The course consists of academically challenging modules and modules aimed at developing your practical skills that are applicable within a variety of forensic psychology settings. Learning how to write risk assessments was a particularly interesting and beneficial skill to accrue in relation to working within such settings. The research methods modules were also invaluable, as for the first time, I actually understand how to do quantitative research! In addition to this, the staff are very driven, enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgeable and possess a personal approach towards students, which I found very helpful when trying to learn a complex subject. Whilst I was in the process of writing my dissertation, I found a job as a researcher for the Terrence Higgins Trust working on a research project looking at sex work in Warwickshire. I also gained some experience of rehabilitation work with ex-offenders, and together with my dissertation supervisor I am in the process of working towards the publication of my dissertation. I have recently obtained a new job working as a research analyst/expert for the Dutch national police, whereby I will be working with the child pornography and exploitation team, and where I will be focusing on offender profiles, interrogation techniques and sexual crime in an international setting. I feel that the course has given me transferable skills that I can use in my new role and would therefore strongly recommend the course for future students who wish to pursue a career in the field of Forensic Psychology.
Madeleine van der Bruggen, 2011 - 2012 (MSc Forensic Psychology)

Laura Williamson, Part Time Student 2009 - 2011

I decided to do my Masters in Forensic Psychology at Coventry University whilst in full time employment as a Psychological Assistant at HMP Lowdham Grange. Although I was aware that this would be hard work, I knew it would help me to develop my ability to work with offenders with complex personalities and diverse offending behaviours. I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the course, particularly the law module which I found really interesting. My final empirical paper explored offender readiness and the effectiveness of engagement and motivation strategies within the ‘Thinking Skills Programme’; a prison offending behaviour programme. I was able to take the findings from my paper back into the prison and use these to improve design and implementation of the programme and develop innovative methods to motivate and engage offenders.

I chose to consider a speciality area for my final literature review surrounding a particular interest of mine; deaf offenders. My literature review examined the disproportionate prevalence of sexual offences amongst deaf offenders and this paper has recently been accepted for publication in the Journal of Sexual Aggression. I was able to use aspects of all modules studied in my day-to-day work at the prison and through the research methods and final dissertation modules I was able to develop my ability to design, evaluate and write reports to a high standard. The course also enabled me to develop my presentation skills which has had a huge impact on my career progression. My career has taken various unexpected, yet positive turns since completing my masters and I went on from HMP Lowdham Grange to work as a substance misuse therapist in a therapeutic community at HMP Wymott. I worked there for a year and then applied for a Researcher position for the fourth largest drug and alcohol provider in the UK. Now, as the lead researcher for Phoenix Futures, I combine my academic and practical knowledge of forensic psychology and research methods to develop treatment within prisons and communities to help people who are dependent on drugs and alcohol to transform their lives.

I believe that my experience on the MSc Forensic Psychology course has helped me to excel in a variety of different occupational environments and has provided me with a number of transferable skills which will benefit me throughout my career.

Laura Williamson, Part Time Student 2009 - 2011

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