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Applied Criminology and Forensic Psychology MSc

Applied Criminology and Forensic Psychology MSc

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Forensic Psychology Applied Psychology Criminology Forensic Science (Non-Medical)

Course type


Course Summary

In this course you will 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. Studying applied criminology and forensic psychology at postgraduate level will allow you to develop a range of enquiring, analytical and practical skills benefitting you as a practitioner or researcher. Your tutors are all experts in this field and currently undertaking research. We also invite external practitioners who bring their practical skills and experience to the course throughout the year. Careers: 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.

Different course options

Full time | Edinburgh Napier University | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

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In this module, you will have the opportunity to explore children?s needs and rights, conflicting rights, as well as changing definitions and social constructions of childhood and child abuse. Also included in the module are a review of an ecological understanding of child development and attachment theory and both a theoretical and empirical understanding of the impact of abuse and neglect, which includes taking a critical approach to the concepts of resilience, adversity, and vulnerability. The importance of changing societies, international perspectives, and issues of equality and diversity will be highlighted. You will be introduced to how we can learn from public inquiries and serious and significant case reviews, contextualising their impact upon legislation, policy, and practice, including multi-agency working, professional roles and responsibilities, and information sharing. Working and making decisions with parents and families will be considered alongside exploring the factors which can promote and undermine positive parenting and the capacity for parenting, including in particular the role of environmental factors and the impact of poverty upon both parenting and child development. Both structural and individualist explanations of poverty are considered, as are some theories as to why abuse occurs. All of this sets the context for understanding primary, secondary and tertiary intervention and different paradigmatic approaches to child protection.

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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 they have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry.

University information

With three campuses located across the city, Edinburgh Napier University offers you the opportunity to join a diverse and friendly student community. The University boasts a wide range of postgraduate degrees in subject areas such as Biosciences, Building & Surveying, Music, Teaching, and Tourism, Hospitality and Events, which you can choose to study either full-time or part-time. For full flexibility, there is also a selection of online and...more

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