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MSc in Forensic Psychological Studies

MSc in Forensic Psychological Studies

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Study mode

Distance without attendance

Duration

2 years

Start date

APR

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Forensic Psychology Forensic Science (Non-Medical)

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

This masters degree enables you to gain an advanced understanding of the fascinating area of forensic psychology, while enhancing your analytical and communication skills, and your research literacy. Taking a case-based approach where you examine real life criminal cases you'll learn about a broad range of topics relevant to forensic psychology. You'll develop an understanding of the relationship this field of research has with law enforcement, legal practice, policy, public opinion and the media. You'll also develop your critical analytical skills and your understanding of the principles driving different research methods. By completing this qualification you'll be able to source, select and review forensic psychological research independently, evaluate its relevance for complex real life issue/cases, assess its validity and clearly communicate your findings to a range of audiences.

Key features of the course

  • Provides professional development for careers where research literacy, analytic and communication skills are valued
  • Experienced tutors and bespoke teaching materials provide an exploration of engaging topic areas and research
  • Relevant for existing professionals or those with an interest in all areas of the UK criminal justice system and civil or social services.

Career relevance

By studying forensic psychological studies at postgraduate level, you will develop skills relevant to a broad range of careers, including all areas of the criminal justice system such as the police, crown prosecution and probation services, youth offending teams, various areas of social work, as well as the civil service or third sector. The skills developed will be recognised by employers in all fields who value people who can complete a complex project independently, communicate clearly and effectively to diverse audiences, analyse and evaluate complex information, and are capable of independently seeking out and selecting research evidence relevant to real-life issues.

Modules

This module follows several criminal cases to explore forensic psychology and its application to understanding, preventing, and detecting crime. Topics include investigative decision making, witness memory, profiling, lie detection, terrorism, violent crime, sexual offences and cybercrime. You'll explore how psychological research is conducted and applied, critically evaluate its contribution to practice, and learn to communicate this to lay audiences. This module suits students who work in related areas, want to extend their knowledge in forensic psychology, and are not pursuing BPS accreditation in forensic psychology. While advantageous, you do not have to have a psychology degree to study this module.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (overall cost)

6,630

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (overall cost)

10,225

Entry requirements

You must hold a UK honours degree (2:2 at least) or equivalent to be accepted for the MSc in Forensic Psychological Studies. Your first degree need not be in forensic psychology or psychology, but you must have the skills expected of a social sciences graduate.