Forensic Psychology - MSc



About the course

Supporting the requirements of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Forensic Psychology, this course focuses of developing the expertise and qualities you will need to gain employment at a senior level.

Covering all the main topics and involving advanced study in research methods and professional skills, you will receive stage one training towards becoming a chartered psychologist.





Accreditations
  • British Psychological Society

Forensic Psychology - MSc - University Square Campus, Luton

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  • Course level - Postgraduate
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  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 1 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
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Why choose this course?

BPS accredited

  • Study the links between scientific theory and practice, and learn to show how a critical understanding of theory may guide the collection and interpretation of empirical data
  • Explore your ability to communicate forensic-related material using appropriate methods of delivery to other psychology and non-psychology professionals
  • Develop a systematic understanding and critical awareness of current problems, and gain new insights into the theory and practice of forensic psychology
  • Gain a high level of knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods which will allow you to perform complex data analysis, interpretation, evaluation and synthesis
  • Benefit from an increased sense of personal responsibility and professionalism that will enable you to practice or conduct research within ethical guidelines while being aware of the requirements of equal opportunities and disabilities legislation.

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Units

  • Advanced Research Methods For Forensic Psychology (PSY026-6) Compulsory
  • Criminal Psychology (PSY023-6) Compulsory
  • Dissertation (PSY031-6) Compulsory
  • Forensic Psychology In Practice 1 (PSY028-6) Compulsory
  • Forensic Psychology In Practice 2 (PSY029-6) Compulsory
  • Investigative Psychology (PSY024-6) Compulsory
  • Legal Psychology (PSY025-6) Compulsory
  • Professional Skills For Forensic Psychologists (PSY030-6) Compulsory
  • Victimology (PSY065-6) Compulsory



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How will I be assessed?

The MSc Forensic Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Forensic Psychology in partnership with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). As such, the course is only available to those able to demonstrate Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS. Successful completion of the MSc Forensic Psychology confers to Stage 1 of the training required towards becoming a full member of the Division of Forensic Psychology (BPS) and a Registered Forensic Psychologist with the HCPC. The primary focus of the therefore, is to ensure build upon the core skills developed through successful achievement of the completed Graduate Basis for Chartered Status (via an approved undergraduate degree or conversion postgraduate course) and to move towards the competences required of a Forensic Psychologist as outlined in the Subject Benchmark statement for Psychology (QAA, 2016) and aims and objectives of a Stage 1 Qualification in Forensic Psychology as set out by the British Psychological Society (2016). The assessment strategy therefore reflects the academic rigour required for a BPS accredited MSc degree.


The assessments are designed to test academic knowledge, oral and written skills, use of literature using primary and secondary sources, critical analysis of ideas, connections made between theory, practice, real life situations and the understanding and application of professional values, to include ethical issues as detailed by the BPS. The criteria for passing a unit are set out in the University Regulations.


Examples of the range of assessment include: written essays, short answer questions exams, literature/systemic reviews, statistics workbooks, reflective portfolio, case studies, treatment formulation, presentation, review of an ethics submission, designing a training programme, and dissertation.


There is an initial assessment within the first six weeks. The purpose of this is:

  • to build confidence about undertaking assessment tasks
  • to provide developmental feedback at an early stage
  • to enable the identification of any specialist or additional support that may be required
  • to support monitoring processes, StAR boards etc.

Entry requirements

To be admitted to the course you are normally required

  • to have attained at least a second class honours degree in psychology
  • to provide evidence of eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS)

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Forensic psychology can be evidenced in a range of settings such as the prison and probation service, the NHS, during criminal investigations and in community settings. However, the advanced route to registration as a Forensic Psychologist is just one direction graduates may wish to embark upon and, having completed your degree you will find that many career opportunities are open to you both inside and outside the forensic sector and psychology related fields. Whatever your thoughts, forensic psychology is compelling as both a discipline and a profession. Studying for the MSc in Forensic Psychology will give you a good grounding in:


  • Applying what you learn to simulated as well as real life contexts (e.g., observing court cases, application via hypothetical scenarios and historical real life cases)
  • The unit on professional skills in particular begins to explore the skills required of a forensic psychologist and other professions dealing with challenging behaviours and those who have been the victim of offending behaviour. These skills include motivational interviewing, report writing, training skills, working in multidisciplinary environments and teams, building relationships with other professionals, adhering to ethical principles, supervision and reflective practice skills, amongst others
  • You will be provided with knowledge regarding the assessment of the risks and treatment needs of offenders as will a provided opportunities to practice the relevant skills with hypothetical scenarios
  • Upon completion of the course you will have developed in the area of communication skills and will show evidence of your ability to summarise and convey complex information to others
  • Complex problem solving skills will also be developed throughout the course

The MSc Forensic Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Forensic Psychology. It is only available to those able to demonstrate the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the BPS. The programme therefore covers the core syllabus areas of Forensic Psychology. The final part of the programme includes the dissertation unit which allows you to engage in detail within a research topic relevant to forensic psychology
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Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and funding

  • The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £6,990 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

  • The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £12,000 per year

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

UK/EU

See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

International

A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.

Facilities

Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

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