This is a highly applied degree which lets you obtain the knowledge and skills relevant to forensic psychology. An ideal course for anyone who wishes to work in an applied legal or criminological setting.
About this course
This course, through a combination of lectures, workshops, exercises and field trips, this course will give you the skills and knowledge relevant to forensic psychology as well as many other allied roles.
The course is informed by current developments within the field, as well as our practical experience. In addition to a comprehensive understanding of forensic psychology theory, we aim to give you practical skills. This is shown in our strong focus on applied assessment and intervention (within a variety of settings and with a range of different clients).
You can further develop your understanding of different client groups by choosing from a range of optional modules. These cover working with children, victims of sexual offences, individuals in secure settings and legal professionals. Alternatively you may wish to study alongside students from America on our International Perspectives on Forensic Psychology Module (delivered alternately in the States and the UK).
We discuss how psychological theory and research is relevant to a range of professional practice settings. This helps you to consider different career options following completion of your studies. A further strength of our course is the opportunity to study alongside other disciplines and areas of psychology. This gives you an understanding of the breadth and range of applied psychology, as well as some of the skills required to work in multidisciplinary teams.
The course is assessed through both coursework and open book examination. Assessment requirements vary according to each module and are designed to allow students to demonstrate their theoretical knowledge in applied ways. Therefore example assessments include professional reports, portfolios, oral presentations, case studies and reflective accounts.
All of the assessments have been designed to enhance students’ academic, professional and employability skills.
The course consists of six core modules, a substantial empirical research project (equivalent to three modules) and an option or designate module.
The main areas of study are:
Psychology and Criminal Behaviour
The Investigation and Prosecution of Criminal Offences
Introduction of Assessment and Intervention
Applied Assessment and Intervention
Professional Context and Practice of Forensic Psychology
Advanced Research Design and Analysis for Psychology
Forensic Psychology Project
You should also pick one of the following designate modules:
Applied Legal Psychology
Psychology and the Penal System
Psychology and Sexual Violence - In conjunction with the Child and Women Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU), London Metropolitan University. View more information about the work of this unit.
Psychology and the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Young People – Also in conjunction with the Child and Women Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU)
International Perspectives in Forensic Psychology - We are very pleased to be able to offer students the opportunity to meet and work alongside US forensic psychology students during the course of this module. This is a joint teaching programme offered in conjunction with Marymount University, Virginia. This module has proved extremely popular and is run alternatively in the UK and in Arlington, near Washington DC. The module consists of a series of site visits and workshops facilitated by UK and American practicing forensic professionals.
We strive to offer a full range of designates. However we cannot guarantee to run all designates every year.
Read more about the modules from our course specification.
After the course
Our graduates go on to work in a variety of settings and with a range of clients (eg offenders, victims, police, and probation). A such, our graduates have gone on to work as police officers, offender treatment providers, within victim services and in probation departments.
We have graduates that work in the Home Office, HM Prison Service, the NHS, Youth Offending Teams and relevant government departments. Other students have focused on working with forensic psychiatric residents in secure settings (eg Medium or Regional Secure Units).
We have also had a number of our students obtain work with charities (such as NACRO) and go on to do further research.
Why London Met?
At London Metropolitan University, we place students at the centre of everything we do. We are proud of our vibrant, multicultural and socially diverse community, and welcome applicants regardless of age or background. We offer most of our courses on both a full- and part-time basis, in order to best meet your needs.
The University also has a strong culture of research. Over two thirds of the research we submitted to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise was judged to be “internationally recognised”, “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. Many of these expert researchers will be leading your lectures, as will employers and professionals with extensive real-world experience. They will be supported by an excellent network of guest speakers and mentors from the industry, making sure you get the best possible guidance.
Support from London Met
If this course is for you, please make sure you also take a look at key resources for postgraduate students on our website:
Postgraduate open days: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/events/postgraduate-open-days/
Applying for a postgraduate course: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/
Funding support for postgraduate students: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/
Applicants should have at least: An upper second honours degree in psychology or a lower second with relevant work experience.Only graduates whose degree provides them with Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society are eligible for study on this course. Those applicants who do not have this are advised to consider applying for the MSc in Criminal Psychology. International students are obliged to meet the University’s English qualification requirements.
Fees vary by start point, please refer to the London Met website for accurate information.