Forensic Psychology is a challenging subject. From anti-social behaviour and sexual violence to acts of terrorism, we’ll ask you to consider material relating to a range of different kinds of offenders and their offences.
For example, you’ve been provided with a case study of a violent offender. What assessment tools would you use to evaluate the case in light of the concept of psychopathy? Identify the interventions you’d recommend to treat this offender, and explain your recommendation.
You’ll need to have the maturity and sensitivity to tackle these kinds of topics during your degree. You’ll also consider the impact on victims and the kinds of support they may need to help them contribute as witnesses in the criminal justice system. While sometimes distressing, you’ll need to approach these topics with a thoughtful and professional mindset.
You’ll consider the real-world application of psychological knowledge in different contexts. You’ll find out what contributions a Forensic Psychologist can make as a member of a team working alongside the police, victim support organisations and others in the criminal justice setting. You’ll develop skills of collaboration and team-working – including exercises that model the ways evidence is collected, analysed and presented in the journey from crime scene to court. You’ll also learn how Forensic Psychologists collect, evaluate and present evidence, as well as assessing the needs of vulnerable individuals involved in the justice process.
Some of your assessments will simulate the tasks that Forensic Psychologists encounter, such as evaluating a case study, preparing a research report, building a portfolio, and making oral, audio or video presentations. You’ll communicate your findings in ways that are appropriate for the different audiences encountered by Forensic Psychologists at work – for instance in providing advice to uniformed or security services, or presenting an expert witness statement to a jury.