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Criminology with Forensic Psychology MA

Course Description

Designed for those with a background in social science, sociolegal studies or policy studies, this course will develop the knowledge and practical skills necessary to enhance your employability in the field of criminal justice practice, policy formation and advocacy. There are opportunities to undertake placements, internships and prison visits. You will be taught by staff with hands-on professional experience, and will have a personal tutor with whom you will work to develop your academic potential and plan your future career strategies.

Investigative and Legal Processes in Forensic Psychology

This module covers a range of theoretical and applied topics regarding investigative and judicial processes. For example, psychological principles may be applied to investigative approaches to interviewing, detecting deception, bearing false witness, offender profiling, case linkage, eyewitness memory, jury behaviour and decision-making, examining the state of mind and assessment, and expert psychological testimony (ethics, code of practice, report writing and practice). By taking this approach the student develops a critical understanding of pertinent stages in the investigative process where psychology may be used to improve interviewing strategies, as in the employment of the cognitive interview to assist in the improvement of witnesses' memory recall. This course then develops upon the investigative knowledge base provided by encouraging students to identify areas within the courtroom process where psychological techniques could be utilised. Thus, students are taken on an analytical and evaluative journey of the key criminal justice processes of the investigation and presentation of evidence in cases.

Key features

This course provides in-depth knowledge of contemporary criminal justice policy, practice and politics in local, national and global contexts.
The course will enable you to develop a critical appreciation of the dynamics between criminological theory and criminal justice policymaking. On completion you will be conversant with the current global trends in the exploration of criminological issues.
Due to its location, Kingston University is well placed to allow numerous opportunities to see, at first hand, the criminal justice system in operation in the extensive London network of courts, custodial institutions and community-based crime-reduction programmes.

[[What will you study?]

As well as the topics outlined in the Investigative and Legal Processes in Forensic Psychology module above, you will explore wide-ranging crime control policies in local, national and globalised contexts. You will engage critically with the concepts of 'crime', 'offender' and, 'victim' and develop a critical awareness of their theoretical underpinnings, and the role of power in defining and enforcing crime. You will study research design and methods to help you prepare for your own criminological enquiry. In addition, you can elect to study a range of modules, including Investigative and Legal Processes in Forensic Psychology, Terrorism Political Violence and Human Rights or Global Terrorism and Transnational Crime, and The Politics of Crime in the Black Atlantic.


Essays, case study and research reports, short exercise portfolios, examinations, poster presentations, briefing papers and media releases, policy papers, extended projects and a dissertation.

Extended field work

The extensive network of courts, custodial institutions and community-based crime-reduction programmes in London means that we are well placed to provide numerous opportunities to see the criminal justice system in operation. Find out more...

Learn a language

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Visit the Criminology with Forensic Psychology MA page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in criminology or a related subject.

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