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Birmingham City University, Full Time MSc Degrees in Psychology

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The course has been designed with students at the heart of it. We understand that students wanting to pursue careers in chartered areas of psychology need to gain experience and therefore the online or majority online options we offer allow you to work around your own commitments. Read more
The course has been designed with students at the heart of it. We understand that students wanting to pursue careers in chartered areas of psychology need to gain experience and therefore the online or majority online options we offer allow you to work around your own commitments.

We value ourselves as an inclusive university and believe that the online nature of the course allows our students to build their study time around external commitments.

Why Choose Us?

-Staff contacts and online delivery provide ample opportunity for you to pursue related interests outside the programme in the areas of clinical, educational and forensic psychology etc. You are encouraged to bring these experience to the forefront of your learning experience ensuring you are developing into a well-rounded, lifelong learner.
-Our staff are research active and bring this to the forefront of their teaching and activities. You will be given the opportunity to learn and participant in a number of research projects throughout the year.
-A number of our recent conversion course students have been successful in gaining further training and employment in highly competitive areas of psychology including Clinical Doctorate programmes and research posts with national charitable organisations.
-The course will allow you to be mentored by chartered professional in your area(s) of choice.
-The Division of Psychology also offers MSc Forensic Psychology and MSc Health psychology, providing you with many networking opportunities.

Course Structure

We focus on ensuring the core elements of psychology are taught in an applied, real-world context. We expect you to be active in the online learning community bringing your experiences, ideas and questions to the forefront of the learning journey.

The coursework is designed in such a way that you can tailor it to your interests, whilst developing your softer, employability skills as well.

The course will allow you to interact and learn alongside students from all over the country and the world, expanding your networks and perceptions of psychology.

Employment Opportunities

To pursue a career as a professional psychologist further training at MSc and or doctorate level is required. This can lead to employment in the areas of:
-Clinical neuropsychology
-Educational psychology
-Forensic psychology
-Health psychology
-Occupational psychology
-Counselling psychology
-Teaching and research
-Sports and exercise science

GBC graduates who do not wish to pursue a career in Professional Psychology also enter into employment areas such as, recruitment consultancy, human resources, civil service, researcher and data analyst, Improving Access.

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With the shifting emphasis in governance and health-related policy papers, health psychology continues to grow in popularity. Communities are dynamic and always changing, so our understanding and support of health, wellbeing and behavioural changes needs to be considerate of all diverse groups. Read more
With the shifting emphasis in governance and health-related policy papers, health psychology continues to grow in popularity.

Communities are dynamic and always changing, so our understanding and support of health, wellbeing and behavioural changes needs to be considerate of all diverse groups. On our new MSc Health Psychology course, you will study a range of techniques and methods, ensuring you graduate with the skills you need to be a competent, knowledgeable health psychology practitioner.

What's covered in the course?

We will provide you with a detailed understanding of the key theoretical and applied issues in health psychology. These include the key psychological theories and applications which support behaviour change, addressing disease prevention and enhancing health and wellbeing, managing health, health promotion and health interventions, and self-reflection on your own learning and development.

Contemporary health issues will be put into context at local, national and international levels, exposing you to issues which cover the globe as well as local areas.

You’ll be taught how to submit a research ethics proposal, which will address a health issue with the use of psychology. You will also learn how to complete a mini systematic review, which will provide a rationale for your health psychology project, and how to evaluate and conduct analysis. You will also enhance your skills in communication, presentation and group work.

Why Choose Us?

-We have academics who are active in contemporary cutting-edge applied health psychology research, which will be showcased on this programme and will inspire your research interests.
-Our academics are experts in their chosen field, and have first-hand experience of working in practice, which will underpin the syllabus where the application of health psychology to practice will also be showcased.
-The option to study either full-time or part-time means you can fit your studies in alongside your personal and work commitments.
-This programme will provide you with assessment choices from selected options on each module, as well as a flexible blended learning approach which has been put into place to suit various preferences and learning patterns.

Employability

You will be taught the skills and theory you need to be successful in the health psychology industry.

We will provide workshops that’ll enable you to work as a researcher in health psychology or as an assistant psychologist working in the health sector.

We encourage you to gain voluntary work experience within the charity and health-related sectors.

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This MSc Forensic Psychology course offers you the chance to learn about some of the most dangerous offenders in society, their victims, approaches to assisting police with their enquires (investigative psychology), the criminal justice system from a psychological perspectives and to enhance your skills in communication, group work, professionalism and ICT. Read more
This MSc Forensic Psychology course offers you the chance to learn about some of the most dangerous offenders in society, their victims, approaches to assisting police with their enquires (investigative psychology), the criminal justice system from a psychological perspectives and to enhance your skills in communication, group work, professionalism and ICT.

We will also improve your research skills and knowledge, through teaching you how to design high-level research projects, conduct statistical analysis, and to evaluate and scientifically report research findings.

The core aim of the course is to prepare students to work with clients and professionals in a range of forensic and forensic-related settings. Equipped with a sound knowledge of key theoretical and applied issues in forensic psychology, you will gain not only a critical appreciation of theoretical and factual concepts, but an awareness of the strengths and limitations of research evidence. The course integrates psychological theory with the development of practical skills and an understanding of professional practice.

What's covered in the course?

The aims of the programme are to:
-Equip you with a detailed critical understanding of the key theoretical and applied issues in forensic psychology, including the development of offending behaviour, re-offending, the effects of offending on victims, and the assessment and treatment of offenders;
-Provide training in forensic methods primarily from a psychological standpoint, but also to familiarise you with the perspectives of a range of professions involved in the assessment and treatment of offenders;
-Enable you to acquire an advanced ability to design research, conduct statistical analysis, and evaluate and scientifically report research in forensic psychology;
-Enhance your skills in communication, group work, professionalism and ICT so that you can perform at a high level of competence in these respects;
-Satisfy the academic requirements for Master’s-level knowledge, set out by the Division for Forensic Psychology, British Psychological Society.

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to demonstrate an advanced knowledge and critical understanding of the applied issues in forensic psychology.

You’ll also be able to apply a range of academic, intellectual and professional skills to forensic psychology, as well as being able to display significant insight into the application of forensic skills in the assessment and treatment of both offenders and victims.

Graduates of this course are expected to have developed strong academic, intellectual and professional skills, with the ability to work autonomously and in groups

Why Choose Us?

-Completion of this MSc course enables you to gain specialist knowledge of dealing with people within the Criminal Justice System, including sex offenders, offenders with personality disorders, victims of crime, the police and probation services.
-You’ll be provided with training in forensic methods primarily from a psychological standpoint, but you'll also be familiarised with the perspectives of a range of professions involved in the criminal justice system
-We have expert practitioners, such as Professor Michael Brookes OBE, who will support you throughout your study.
-We have expert academics, such as Dr Chrisa Pornari, who can supervise your research project in a wide range of areas, including investigative psychology, jury decision making, interpersonal violence, rape myths and offender cognition.
-With full or part-time options on offer, you can choose whether to study over one year or two.

How you learn

We use a range of learning, teaching, and assessment techniques on this programme.

Learning takes place in the University, through the University’s virtual learning environment which is an online based tool, giving you the flexibility to study conveniently both in the university and at home. You will study in lectures and workshops, through electronic learning, reflective practice, court visits, prison visits, case studies and discussion groups.

In order to allow you to fully demonstrate the acquisition of learning and skills throughout the course, a range of assessment strategies are used, both formative and summative. These include essays, report writing and structured literature reviews; data analysis reports; preparing and delivering presentations; reflective practice reports and examinations

There are 24 staff directed hours per module which needs to be combined with a least 130 hours of independent study.

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