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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Psychology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    14 August 2018

Course content

Unlike other courses which focus on offender assessment and rehabilitation, this new course will examine the theoretical and investigative aspects of forensic psychology, tracking the criminal justice process from the crime scene to the court room.

It is an exceptionally hands-on, practical course, using our unique on-campus Crime Scene Training Centre together with Psychology Testing Suites with the latest eye-tracking and face-processing equipment.

As well as the underlying theories regarding the psychology of investigations and considering areas such as how face processing can assist identification of individuals, you will explore different offence types - sexual offending, murder and violent crime, group offending (including terrorism, hooliganism and rioting), and different forms of cyber-crime (e.g. hacktivism and online sexual abuse).

You’ll be expected to investigate and scrutinise violent mocked-up crime scenes to provide written and verbal evidence, learning how to present expert witness testimony in a mock court.

You will evaluate victims, witnesses, suspects and offenders, environment, geography and time, working with practitioners who create fieldwork, case studies and exercises based on their real experiences.

Guest speakers sharing their knowledge will be an integral feature of the course, as will Terri Cole, the course leader's own experiences as a Behavioural Investigative Adviser and Serious Crime Analyst. Terri worked for a number of years with police forces providing offender profiling, crime scene assessment and offence linkage advice in relation to serious sexual offences and murder. She brings her expertise and experience together to focus on crime scene behaviour and how psychology can assist investigations on this new course.

You can also find out more information about Psychology at Bournemouth University via the Department of Psychology and take a look at our student’s journey.

Careers

This course will give you a sound understanding knowledge of how and where you can responsibly and pragmatically apply knowledge and findings from research into real-world situations and within a number of potential work environments.

During the course, you will be made aware of your professional responsibilities working in the field - for example when writing reports, being an expert witness or conducting research. These can include consideration of ethics, managing personal development and building resilience.

Level of experience

The applied nature of this course will appeal to both new graduates and experienced professionals looking to expand their opportunities in fields such as crime analysis, policing (locally or with agencies such as the National Crime Agency), court work, victim services, insurance agencies, secret services, social work, emergency services, academia, research and policy implementation (College of Policing, Ministry of Justice). 

Potential job roles

After finsihing the degree graduates from this course have gone on to a rich variety of job roles, including:

  • Social Researcher/Analyst for the Office of National Statistics
  • Police Constable
  • Civilian Investigator
  • Serious Crime Analyst at the National Crime Agency
  • Assistant Serious Crime Analyst at the National Crime Agency

Visit the Investigative Forensic Psychology MSc page on the Bournemouth University website for more details!

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