Supporting the requirements of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Forensic Psychology, this course focuses of developing the expertise and qualities you will need to gain employment at a senior level.
Covering all the main topics and involving advanced study in research methods and professional skills, you will receive stage one training towards becoming a chartered psychologist.
This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society.
• Study the links between scientific theory and practice, and learn to show how a critical understanding of theory may guide the collection and interpretation of empirical data • Explore your ability to communicate forensic-related material using appropriate methods of delivery to other psychology and non-psychology professionals • Develop a systematic understanding and critical awareness of current problems, and gain new insights into the theory and practice of forensic psychology • Gain a high level of knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods which will allow you to perform complex data analysis, interpretation, evaluation and synthesis • Benefit from an increased sense of personal responsibility and professionalism that will enable you to practice or conduct research within ethical guidelines while being aware of the requirements of equal opportunities and disabilities legislation.
• Advanced Research Methods For Forensic Psychology (PSY026-6) Compulsory • Criminal Psychology (PSY023-6) Compulsory • Dissertation (PSY031-6) Compulsory • Forensic Psychology In Practice 1 (PSY028-6) Compulsory • Forensic Psychology In Practice 2 (PSY029-6) Compulsory • Investigative Psychology (PSY024-6) Compulsory • Legal Psychology (PSY025-6) Compulsory • Professional Skills For Forensic Psychologists (PSY030-6) Compulsory • Rehabilitation & Recidivism (PSY027-6) Compulsory
The assessment strategy reflects the academic rigor expected of a BPS accredited MSc. degree.
The assessments are designed to test your academic knowledge, oral and written skills, use of literature using primary and secondary sources, critical analysis of ideas, connections made between theory, practice, real life situations and the understanding and application of professional values including ethical issues as detailed by the BPS.
The ability to engage in research at a high level and to analyse data using advanced statistical techniques are assessed as these are important skills for forensic psychologists as well as important in many employment settings. Communication skills are assessed through videotaped role play as these are very important in any career. The ability to analyse and understand issues and apply theory to practice are assessed through a consultancy brief.
Finally the important career skill of project management is assessed mainly through the research dissertation involving self-directed problem-based enquiry, managing time, reviewing evidence, generating and analysing data and communicating results in an extended piece of writing.
Forensic psychology can be evidenced in a range of settings such as the prison and probation service, the NHS, during criminal investigations and in community settings. However, the advanced route to registration in forensic psychology is only one possibility and, having completed your degree you will find that many career opportunities are open to you both inside and outside the forensic sector and psychology related fields. Whatever your thoughts, forensic psychology is compelling as both a discipline and a profession. Studying for the MSc in Forensic Psychology will give you a good grounding in:
• Applying what you learn to simulated real life contexts (e.g., in a courtroom setting) • The unit on professional skills in particular develops the skills expected from a forensic psychologist and other professions dealing with challenging behaviours. These skills include motivational interviewing, report writing, training skills, working in multidisciplinary environments, building relationships with other professionals. • Assessment of risks and needs. • Working in multidisciplinary teams. • Communication skills such as summarizing complex information to communicate to others. • Complex problem solving.