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MSc Forensic Psychology

Course Description

Course Summary

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.

Choose Forensic Psychology MSc at Bedfordshire and:

- 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.

Why choose this course?

The BPS accredited MSc Forensic Psychology course is taught by both specialised academic staff and Practitioner Psychologists in the forensic field who offer a wide breadth of research and clinically based knowledge and experience. Specialist interests of both academic and clinical staff are reflected in the course content so that students from this course benefit from insight and direct experience within these specialist areas of forensic psychology. This course provides stage 1 of the two-part training required to become a Registered Forensic Psychologist. This course provides the theoretical base for psychology in forensic settings (e.g., criminal and civil courts, community and prisons, secure hospitals) and those involved in these settings (e.g., police, offenders, patients, victims, juries, witnesses). This course also focuses on developing the employability skills of students, whether they decide to pursue their training to stage 2 as a Trainee Forensic Psychologist, further research or progress into a career in a related field of practise. Course staff are specialised to support students access to all of these employment avenues.

Career Management Skills

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.

Career/Further study opportunities

The course is accredited by the BPS and provides Stage 1 training towards becoming a Registered Forensic Psychologist. The course therefore can lead to employment and training in the Prison service, Police and Social Services. Typically, those progressing onto stage 2 of the training gain employment as a Trainee Forensic Psychologist in many possible employment environments such as the Prison Service, Probation Service, Youth Offending Service, Secure Forensic Hospitals, Community Forensic Mental Health Teams etc. Others progress in different professions within these types of forensic work environments where an MSc in Forensic Psychology is invaluable. Others progress their studies further and work within the academic world of Forensic Psychology.

Visit the MSc Forensic Psychology page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To be admitted to the course you are normally required- to have attained at least a second class honours degree in psychology- to provide evidence of eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).Students from the European Union and International students:As a general guide, to apply for a place on the course you need to have met the above requirements and the Universitys English language requirements.

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