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Forensic Psychology MSc

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Forensic Psychology

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

The MSc in Forensic Psychology at Kent is accredited by The British Psychological Society as providing the first (academic) year of professional training for those who wish to qualify as Chartered Forensic Psychologists. This MSc is the only programme that offers an entire module on offender cognition, which helps you to understand how offence-supportive thinking can increase the chances of sexual offenders, firesetters and other individuals committing offences. With the support of forensic psychology staff you will also gain real-world writing skills such as journal writing, risk assessment reports, court reports and government research reports.

This programme aims to: foster your intellectual development by providing you with specialised knowledge of a range of theoretical approaches to forensic psychology and statistical and methodological expertise in order that you should be well equipped to make your own original contribution to psychological knowledge; provide teaching that is informed by current research and scholarship and that requires you to engage with aspects of work at the frontiers of knowledge; help you to develop research skills and transferable skills in preparation for entering academic or other careers as psychologists; satisfy the academic requirements of the knowledge base specified by the British Psychological Society; enable you to manage your own learning and to carry out independent research; help you to develop general critical, analytic and problem-solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of settings. Our postgraduate students commonly go into the fields of health, teaching or further education. For instance, many of our graduates take up roles as assistant psychologists in the NHS with a view to becoming a professional clinical or forensic psychologist. Upon completing our Master’s courses, graduates have also pursued doctoral study and academic careers at higher education institutions. The programmes we offer help you to develop general critical, analytic and problem-solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of settings.

Different course options

Full time | Canterbury Campus | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP

Modules

This module examines the variety of perspectives and practical methods employed by practising Forensic Psychologists in the treatment and training of both normal and psychologically disturbed offenders. The module sessions examine the assessment and treatment of offenders including sex offenders, firesetters, violent offenders, and female offenders who have been sexually abused, and the treatment of addictions in special hospitals, regional secure units and prison settings.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£8,100

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£19,000

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Students must hold or have applied for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC, formerly GBR) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). Please note that Graduate Membership of the BPS is not accepted. They must also hold a Bachelor's or Master's degree with a classification (grade average) of a high 2.1 (i.e. average grade of 65 or over) or Merit in the UK system (the second highest classification after First/Distinction). Results from institutions in other countries will be assessed individually according to this standard. This programme includes a one-year statistics sequence which you must normally pass in order to receive your award. The teaching assumes that you are familiar with the following topics: Means and standard deviations; Distributions, hypothesis testing and statistical significance t-tests; Correlation coefficients; Variables and measurement. We favour applicants with voluntary (or in some cases paid) work/research experience in a forensic setting, for example victim support, the police, the prison service, the NHS, or forensic-relevant charities. A reference is required from the relevant organisation. All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.