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Investigative Psychology MSc

Course Description

This exciting course currently offers: Intensive training on advanced statistical methods, which may open doors into many jobs beyond crime and investigations. A range of visiting speakers including experts from around the world and police officers talking about real life cases. Access to a unique and extensive Investigative Psychology archive developed by Professor David Canter, containing original case files and material on murders, serial killers, profiles and publications. Specialist software for statistical and crime analysis. Opportunities to engage with Centres within the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences (IRCAHS). An international network of law enforcement contacts.

The course is currently accredited by the British Psychological Society and recognised as the first step towards status as a Chartered Forensic Psychologist in the UK for students who have Graduate Basis for Chartership.

Investigative psychology is the systematic science that developed out of early ‘offender profiling' contributions by psychologists and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to police investigations and court cases. In recent years this sub-discipline has become an increasingly dominant area of forensic psychology.

The course covers the full range of contributions that professional psychologists can make including the legal and investigative process; evaluating the validity of suspect or witness accounts; assessing the decision-making processes of detectives or jurors; to developing profiling inferences about the likely characteristics of an offender and predicting their likely home location.

Much of this expertise is predicated upon the detailed understanding of criminal action patterns, so intensive examinations of the variations in criminal behavioural style are a central feature of this course.

This course aim to provide in-depth expertise in all aspects of Investigative Psychology as developed by the originator of the discipline Professor David Canter. It has a strong research emphasis, helping to equip you with the expertise to conduct your own crime research projects in diverse professional contexts.

Visit the Investigative Psychology MSc page on the University of Huddersfield website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

2:1 Bachelors degree or equivalent in Psychology recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), Criminology or other relevant disciplines. Applicants whose degree is not recognised by the BPS or in another discipline or are able to complete a Master's course at a higher level demonstrated through professional, vocational or other documented experience can also apply. Understanding of research methods, statistics and experience of working with offenders, the police, the courts or other relevant institution is beneficial. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required, see our website for full details.

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