On this course you will develop your understanding of the practitioner's role in the investigative and legal process, and in the assessment and treatment of offenders. At the same time you will also learn how to engage in the reflective practice that is essential to maintaining professional competence and integrity.
You will build up a portfolio of materials based on practical activities undertaken in seminars and on field visits, such as courts and prisons. The course also benefits from a programme of guest lecturers, who contribute specialist insight from their work in different forensic settings.
A particular focus is on issues surrounding the commission, detection and prosecution of sexual offences, and the management and treatment of sex offenders. You will examine the research evidence on topics such as multiple perpetrator sexual offending, sexually motivated murder, and male victims, considering how this underpins a sound approach to assessing risk and formulating treatment plans.
- Psychology, Investigation and the Legal Process
- Offenders: Causes, Assessment and Treatment
- Issues in Sexual Offending
- Professional Skills
- The Practitioner Forensic Psychologist
- Advanced Research Methods
Typically, full-time students study two days a week and part-time students study one day a week.
Assessment develops and tests skills essential to practice and consultancy roles. As such, they are designed to replicate typical tasks undertaken by professional forensic psychologists, such as undertaking an offence analysis, identifying treatment targets, and developing a case formulation for proposed interventions.
You will be expected to be able to communicate complex material for different audiences and course work will include a range of formats such as reflective practice reports, posters, case formulations and presentations.
As your final project, you will undertake research and present your findings in the format of an academic journal article.
- 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
- EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent
- An interview to assess suitability
|Fees - 2017/18 Academic Year
|Home and EU Students
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.
The course equips students with skills and practical competencies for a career in forensic settings, such as for the police, prison and probation services, secure units, special hospitals, or the Home Office. Other students advance to further academic study and research.