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Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP-21

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Forensic Psychology Forensic Science (Non-Medical)

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Overview

If you want to apply your psychology studies to the exciting field of criminal investigation, then this MSc Forensic Psychology degree course will give you the tools, skills and knowledge to reach your ambition.

You'll learn to understand the different aspects of the legal system, and bring together the disciplines of clinical, social and cognitive psychology, as well as criminology and law. You'll address the major issues concerning the justice system, organisations, individuals and society.

If you're ready to take the next step towards chartered status as a forensic psychologist, this course will introduce you to research at the forefront of the field, and give you the opportunity to get involved with ongoing projects in the department.

Accredited by:

Accredited by the BPS, our Master’s degree is recognised as an important step towards gaining chartered status as a forensic psychologist. You'll develop a systematic knowledge and understanding of forensic psychology, in accordance with the academic requirements of the Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP) and the British Psychological Society (BPS), for your eventual progression to autonomous practice.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Learn from the largest group of actively researching forensic psychology academics in the UK
  • Put your investigative techniques to the test in our Forensic Interviewing Suite
  • Benefit from our connections with custodial establishments, including adult male and women's prisons, young offenders' institutions and secure hospitals
  • Be taught in accordance with the academic requirements of the Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP) and the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Use our laboratories to carry out investigations, with specialist facilities including eye-tracking equipment, observation suite, and digital analysis and video editing suite
  • Study themes including professional competence, assessment and interventions with offenders, and investigative psychology and the legal process
  • Complete a research project on a topic of your choice, applying your research and data analysis skills to produce a piece of work to a publishable standard

Careers and opportunities

When you graduate, you'll usually do a minimum of 2 years full-time supervised practice in an employment setting. The work of forensic psychologists is varied, ranging from criminal investigations to organisational change, and from matters of civil justice such as child access to operational emergencies such as hostage incidents.

What can you do with a Forensic Psychology degree?

Here are some routes our previous graduates have pursued:

  • working in prisons
  • probation work
  • the police force
  • social work
  • health services
  • the courts
  • academia
  • private practice

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you complete this course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the heritage, teaching, or other related industries.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Modules

Research Methods and Data Analysis - Core
Investigative Psychology and the Legal Process - Core
Empirical Research Project for Forensic Psychology - Core
Assessment and Interventions with Offenders - Core
Theory into Practice: Foundations of Professional Competence in Forensic Psychology - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£9,000

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£16,400

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in Psychology that is recognised by the British Psychology Society as conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). Applicants are expected to have some relevant experience at the time of application. This can be one or more of three kinds. First is paid employment directly within or related to the criminal justice system (e.g. Assistant Psychologist in the Prison Service/Forensic Mental Health Setting, a role in probation/the police, Youth Offending Team or similar). Second is paid work in a setting where you have used “transferable skills” (e.g. interpersonal skills/problem-solving) with relevant populations such as the homeless, individuals with learning disabilities, those with mental health/substance related problems. The third is voluntary work with relevant agencies that again work with populations relevant to the criminal justice system (e.g. Victim Support, NACRO, Circles, SOVA, Motiv8, ‘Appropriate Adult’ services).

University information

Over 4,000 postgraduate students call the University of Portsmouth campus home. An ideal choice for postgraduate students, the university has great research credentials, excelling in areas such as astrophysics, forensics and sports science. 89% of its research in physics, and 90% of its research in allied health professions was rated as either ‘World Leading’ or ‘Internationally Excellent’ by the Research Excellence Framework in 2014. The...more