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MSc Forensic Psychology & Crime

Course Description


This course runs in January 2015.

The Forensic Psychology and Crime MSc provides part-time students with a unique opportunity to study forensic psychology at a distance, whilst also being able to continue in employment.

The course is underpinned throughout by reflection and critical evaluation of theoretical concepts, research evidence and best practice to ensure the development of a sound, effective and reasoned approach in professional forensic psychological practice. The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as fulfilling the Stage 1 requirements towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and obtaining Full Membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology with the British Psychological Society. Graduates of the programme who go on to successfully complete Stage 2 of the Qualification in Forensic Psychology will be eligible to apply for registration with the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Forensic Psychologist.


A unique opportunity to study the BPS accredited Forensic Psychology and Crime MSc through blended learning;
interactive and participative teaching supported through the use of Coventry University’s extensive online learning resources;
a range of assessment methods, including essays, practical reports, literature reviews, practice-based reports, oral presentations and examinations;
development of important transferable skills for forensic practice, for example in considering ethical dilemmas, reflective practice and writing papers in formats suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals.


You will complete the nine modules listed below. In your first year, you will complete sixty credits studying a range of topics such as theoretical explanations of criminal behaviour, violent crime, and responses to crime, as well as research methods. The second year includes topics providing an overview of key aspects of forensic practice, risk assessment and risk management, which includes offender behaviour programmes. Two modules explore the legal process (taught by the Coventry Law School), and the use of psychology in forensic decision making. In the third year, you will complete your dissertation.

Visit the MSc Forensic Psychology & Crime page on the Coventry University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Registration with the British Psychological Society - normally achieved by the completion of an appropriately accredited UK-based undergraduate degree in Psychology - and will possess an honours degree in psychology at first class or upper second class level. Relevant work experience will also be taken into consideration. Applicants for whom English is not their first language must also be able to demonstrate IETLS 6.5.

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