The Forensic Psychology MSc will provide you with a thorough grounding in the theory, themes, issues and practical skills central to psychological research into behaviour relevant to crime and forensic settings.
The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society 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 & Care Professions Council (HCPC).
WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
The course was designed to cover the BPS Division of Forensic Psychology',s (DFP) core curriculum. Many experienced forensic psychology practitioners visit the course to contribute their knowledge. It will give you an opportunity to gain an understanding of how psychology works in a forensic setting.
The course has been 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. and a Forensic Psychologist registered with the UK Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). 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 & Care Professions Council (HCPC). The requirements for Stage 2 involve a period of supervised practice in a forensic setting. Please see the BPS and HCPCwebsites for more information.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
You will complete the twelve modules listed below. The first five 10-credit modules cover the theoretical basis of forensic psychology across a range of settings, through all stages of the criminal justice process, i.e. from investigation to punishment and through care, and as applied to a broad range of crimes. A double (20-credit) module provides an overview of a key aspect of forensic practice, risk assessment and the associated risk management of offenders. Two further 10-credit modules are particular features of this course and explore the legal process (taught by the Coventry Law School), and practice and application in forensic psychology (involving a number of guest speakers who are practitioners in forensic settings). The latter module is delivered in a four day intensive teaching block in June that provides students with a variety of teaching delivery styles. Two modules (30 credits) cover advanced research methods including both quantitative and qualitative methods, and a further 10 credit module focusing on study skills and project planning prepares students for the final module (50 credits), which is an independent research dissertation/project.
Psychology and Criminal Behaviour (M81PY)
What is criminal behaviour?
measurement of crime,
who commits crime?
theories of crime,
alternative theories of crime.
Psychology in the Criminal Justice System (M82PY)
children and vulnerable witnesses/suspects,
legal decision making,
confessions and identification,
Treatment of Offenders and Victims (M144PY)
Theory of criminal and civil justice responses to crime,
what works when rehabilitating offenders?
prison, secure units and therapeutic communities,
responses to juvenile and female offenders,
Applied Police Psychology (M141PY)
Psychology and policing
hostage and crisis negotiation.
Violent and Sexual Crime (M87PY)
Theories of violent and sexual crime,
child sexual abuse and rape,
Risk Assessment and Management of Offenders (M143PY)
Assessment of risk and protective factors,
forensic risk assessment approaches
risk assessment methods and tools
risk management strategies
linking of risk assessment and risk management.
The English Legal Process (M48CLS)
Introduction to the criminal justice system,
introduction to civil justice systems,
expert testimony and legal issues.
Practice and Application in Forensic Psychology (M86PY)
Report writing and presentation skills,
other practitioner skills,
consultancy and project management,
ethical codes of conduct,
legal and social considerations,
other practice based issues.
Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (M140PY)
Review of basic research methods and SPSS,
experimental (and quasi) designs,
psychometric techniques, questionnaire designs and scaling,
ANOVA, MANOVA, multiple regression, SEM and path analysis.
Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (M139PY)
The quantitative-qualitative debate,
interpretive phenomenological analysis,
Study Skills, Project Planning and Ethics (M142PY)
Academic essay writing,
Academic dishonesty and plagiarism,
Research design and ethics,
Empirical work on a forensic psychology topic,
production of literature review and empirical research papers in format suitable for journal article publication.