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Forensic Psychology MSc

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Forensic Psychology Forensic Science (Non-Medical)

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

This course will provide you with an advanced understanding of the theoretical and applied issues in forensic psychology. Our scientist-practitioner approach equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in forensic psychology practice. The course offers comprehensive professional training in forensic psychology. You will gain an in-depth experience of offending and victim pathways, as well as the investigative process. Through the use of a structured framework, you will also study theory and conduct research relating to forensic psychology practice. The course has two different routes: Forensic Psychology MSc (Accredited) and Forensic Psychology MSc (Non-Accredited).

The accredited route is fully accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), thereby accounting for Stage 1 of the Qualification in Forensic Psychology. Students enrolling on this route must have a first degree in psychology providing Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the BPS. We will attempt to provide you with a placement within local forensic units (ie HM Prison Service, NHS, Police, or the Forensic Interview Laboratory within the School of Psychology), however, this is not always guaranteed for all students.

The Non-accredited is not accredited by the BPS and therefore does not fulfil Stage 1 of the BPS qualification in Forensic Psychology. If a student on this non-accredited route wanted to progress onto Stage 2 of the Qualification in Forensic Psychology in the future, they would need to go back and complete the necessary conversion programme to give them the requisite GBC with the BPS. This route is aimed primarily at those students who do not possess a first degree in psychology providing GBC with the BPS, but whose degree covers research methods and statistics relevant to psychology (eg a joint or combined honours degree which includes psychology, or an international psychology degree that does not confer GBC with the BPS). Other qualifications/experience may be acceptable and will be considered by the Programme Director (eg mental health specialists, police officers, prison officers). No placements will be provided on this route (with the exception of the Forensic Interview Laboratory within the School of Psychology - space permitting). You are, however, free to gain access to your own placement.

You will gain demonstrable, advanced knowledge and critical understanding in: theories and professional issues of forensic psychology; the breadth and depth of forensic psychology; the role of psychology within the legal system (civil and criminal); the National Offender Management system; legislation under which forensic psychologists work; investigative psychology and forensic interviewing; investigative process from pre-trial/conviction to through/after-care and restorative justice; legal, ethical and contextual issues in the evaluation of research and practice; debating and using evidence from appropriate literature and legal processes.

Different course options

Full time | Newcastle University | 12 months | OCT-19

Study mode

Full time

Duration

12 months

Start date

OCT-19

Modules

This module aims to provide students with an appreciation of the ways in which psychological theory can be applied to the process of criminal investigations and the advancement of methods designed to facilitate the detection of offenders and truth finding in forensic interviews. This includes offender profiling, eyewitness identification and the interviewing of victims, witnesses and suspected offenders, including children and vulnerable persons. The module will highlight a range of theoretical paradigms that are relevant to the investigative process (including decision making processes), and will provide students with a detailed understanding of the ways in which the collection of evidence, through appropriate and psychologically robust interviewing techniques, has been enhanced and improved upon over the past two decades.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£7,410

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£22,110

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

For Accredited route, students should have a minimum of a 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in psychology, which provides Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). Fro Non-accredited route, you should have a minimum of a 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in psychology (joint or combined honours which includes psychology, or an international psychology degree) that does not confer GBC with the BPS. Other qualifications/experience may be acceptable and will be considered by the Degree Programme Director (eg mental health specialists, police officers, prison officers). If shortlisted for interview, students on this route must be able to satisfy the interview panel that they have the ability to successfully complete a module in advanced research methods and statistics.

University information

Newcastle University is a world-leading university, advancing knowledge, providing creative solutions and solving global problems. The university is a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group, one of 24 leading research-intensive UK universities. In recent years, Newcastle University has developed a presence in three similarly vibrant and globally-connected locations – London, Singapore and Malaysia. These provide both a global...more

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