forensic psychology

Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time

Campus

Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Accredited by the British Psychological Society, this course will develop the expertise required for a successful career in a forensic psychology setting

On this course students gain the academic knowledge and skills required as the initial training for a career in forensic psychology. As a student you will benefit from experienced teaching staff who individually support you towards your own professional aims as you study a range of forensic psychology topics.

Visiting speakers and partners contribute specialist insights from working in a range of forensic settings, on issues surrounding the commission, detection and prosecution of sexual offences as well as the management and treatment of sex offenders. Assignments are designed around typical tasks faced by forensic psychologists in professional settings, such as preparing expert witness statements and case formulations. At dissertation stage, students explore their professional or academic interests and can make use of technologies such as EEG and virtual reality equipment, Oculus Rift. Past and current students have presented research at international conferences, making an impact in the world of professional forensic psychology before graduation.

Study style

A range of coursework, including reflective practice reports, posters, case formulations, presentations, and a dissertation.

Entry requirements

  • You will need at least a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent in Psychology
  • You should be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) of the BPS
  • A strong academic reference
  • International students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent.

Fees

Fees - 2017/18 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Masters £6000
Postgraduate Diploma £4000
Postgraduate Certificate £2000
Non-EU Students
Masters £13500
Postgraduate Diploma £9000
Postgraduate Certificate £4500

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full or part-time study. Fees can be paid in instalments over the duration of study with further details available in our tuition fee policy.

Careers

The course equips students with skills and practical competencies for a career in forensic settings such as the police, prison and probation services, secure units, special hospitals, or the Home Office, or to advance to further academic study and research.

Associated professional accreditations

British Psychological Society

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Accredited by the British Psychological Society, you will cover the core areas demanded of Stage 1 registration

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Opportunity to specialise in the psychology of sexual offending

The course has a particular focus on issues surrounding the commission, detection and prosecution of sexual offences, and the management and treatment of sex offenders. As well as developing a professional specialism, this emphasis provides you with a grounding for pursuing an academic career as you will be equipped with advanced research skills in designing, conducting and executing research projects.

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Develop assessment and tests skills essential to practice and consultancy roles

The programme emphasises the importance of practitioner skills, providing training in project management and business skills needed for professional practice, including consultancy. The assessment strategy was designed with input from HM Prison Service to replicate tasks faced in professional settings, such as preparing expert witness statements and case formulations, and engaging in reflective practice.

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Students have access to cutting edge technology for research including EEG and virtual reality equipment, Oculus Rift

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Ideal for forensic careers in settings such as the police, prison and probation services, secure units, special hospitals, or the Home Office

Contact us

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