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Applied Criminology and Forensic Psychology (MSc)

Course Description

Develop a deep insight into crime and criminal behaviour by studying this uniquely practical and applied course in criminology and forensic psychology.

Studying applied criminology and forensic psychology at postgraduate level will allow you to develop a range of analytical and practical skills benefitting you as a practitioner or researcher.

You’ll have the opportunity of a work placement alongside specialised modules covering mediation, international criminology, assessment of offenders, child protection and advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods. These modules will give you a valuable set of skills for both employment and further research.

Your tutors will be research-active staff who are experts in their field. You’ll also benefit from external practitioners who bring their practical skills and experience to the course.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Applied-Criminology-and-Forensic-Psychology-Postgraduate-FullTime

What you'll learn

You’ll develop a critical awareness of topics at the forefront of criminology and forensic psychology, and the contexts and theories that influence practice in these areas.

The applied focus of this course provides an excellent foundation in risk assessment of offenders, methods of rehabilitation, use of forensic interviewing strategies, mediation skills and facial composite construction.

Alongside these skills you’ll also learn directly from leading experts about current research and debates in criminology and forensic psychology which directly affect people at all points in the legal system.

Additionally you'll acquire excellent transferable research skills in both quantitative and qualitative methods which will enable you to carry out high quality research in a variety of contexts and with ethical integrity.

This is a one year full-time course delivered over three trimesters. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and independent study.

Subjects include:
- Practical Forensic Psychology (assessing offenders and working with witnesses)
- Advanced Forensic Psychology (therapeutic jurisprudence and neuroethics)
- Criminal Justice in Practice
- Current Topics in Crime
- Comparative and International Criminology
- Advanced Research Skills
- Community Safety and Mediation
- Investigative Journalism
- Child Protection
- Work Placement
- Dissertation

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.


With a mix of subject specific knowledge, practical skills and technical abilities graduates will have the opportunity to develop a career in a range of occupations including:

- HM Prisons and secure units
- Probation service
- Police services
- Social work
- Court services
- Legal services
- Voluntary sector
- Community development
- Adult guidance
- Local and central government
- Academia and research
- Health services
- Forensic services
- Private practice

Visit the Applied Criminology and Forensic Psychology (MSc) page on the Edinburgh Napier University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at 2:1 (or equivalent) in a related subject (e.g. social sciences, criminology, psychology, sociology, law, humanities, forensic nursing, policing). Those wishing to apply with a 2:2 should contact the programme leader. We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry. If English is not your first language, it is usually required that you sit an English language test in order to gain entry onto our postgraduate programmes.

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