The MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology and MSc in Forensic Psychology Studies (for students without Graduate Basis for Membership with the British Psychological Society) were developed in partnership with HM Prison Service Directorate of High Security Prisons. They provide an equal balance of practice-based, methodological and theoretically driven modules designed to foster autonomy within the bounds of professional practice, independent learning and self-directed reflection. The programmes also have strong links with a variety of other forensic practice settings, including Yorkshire and Humberside National Offender Management Services (prisons and probation) and private and public forensic mental health services.
The highly specialist forensic modules, delivered by practicing experts in the field, combined with generic practice-based modules, placement opportunities, tutorials and the support of a highly experienced core course team, will provide a sound basis for any trainee forensic psychologist or those interested in the application of psychological principles to the forensic setting.
Quality and accreditation
The course team comprises academics from the University of York
and Chartered Psychologists , all of whom have substantial experience working in forensic settings. The Department of Psychology has consistently achieved the highest possible rating for research (rated as 5A* in the recent Research Assessment Exercise) and teaching (24/24). It is ranked among the leading UK universities for national and international levels of excellence for its teaching and research achievement.
The MSc Applied Forensic Psychology course has been formally accredited by the BPS/Division of Forensic Psychology and is eligible for ESRC 1+3 studentships. More information on the process of accreditation can be found on the British Psychological Society website.
Aims and objectives
Both MSc programmes aim to help you make the transition from either undergraduate study or the workplace to the demands of graduate work and, above all, to train you in methods of research and raise your level of critical reflection and intellectual ability. Successful completion of either programme will provide you with the requisite practitioner-based skills, understanding, and knowledge to work effectively and increase your employability in a forensic setting. The MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology will also facilitate chartership within the British Psychological Society Division of Forensic Psychology for students who go on to undertake a further two years of forensic practice as outlined in the conditions for membership.
The three main elements of both courses embody these objectives:
• The practitioner skills modules will facilitate confidence in your ability to work as a practitioner in a forensic setting and will also provide you with leading edge information technology, presentation and communication skills required for a wide variety of administrative roles
• The research evidence and theory modules will provide a grounding in theory, research methods and statistics that will provide the key skills for employment in a variety of settings (eg, prisons, secure units, the police, prison and probation services) and the key skills for those who wish to pursue a research degree in a forensic or a related field
• The empirical research project will provide the academic grounding for those wishing to pursue an academic career or gain more specialist knowledge in a particular topic area
Teaching and assessment
The modules incorporate a range of teaching, supervision and learning strategies including activity-based workshops supported by academic and practitioner lectures, tutorials, seminars, and practical sessions. You will also benefit from visits to various forensic settings. Students will be allocated a personal supervisor to monitor supervision of progress, in addition to both Academic and Practitioner supervisors to oversee completion of the empirical research project.
Students are encouraged to write concisely to a high academic standard for a range of different audiences. Hence, assessment methods are varied and include short answer papers, briefing papers, case studies, essays, open assignments, multiple choice papers and the empirical research project.
A UK bachelor degree in psychology with first or upper second class honours (or the overseas equivalent). To be eligible for entry on the MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology programme of study, you must have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS), as this is a BPS accredited programme.