If you have an interest in the law, criminal justice and what makes criminals or their victims think, feel and act in certain ways, studying forensic psychology with crime may appeal to you.
Our course is one of the few accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) which can be studied part-time. Teaching is delivered through a combination of short bursts of residential study and our well-established online learning system.
The work of forensic psychologists is vast and varied, often touching on both criminal and civil matters – from conducting evaluations of mental competency and providing an assessment of juvenile and adult offenders to offering psychotherapy services to victims of crime and investigating reports of child abuse. Depending on where you to choose to focus your career, you may find yourself piloting and implementing treatment programmes for offenders or giving evidence to advise courtrooms, prisoner parole boards and mental health tribunals.
Developed with a focus on your future employability, the highly practical nature of the course is intended to help successful studenys develop many of the core skills necessary for effective practice. For example, you’ll conduct a risk assessment in relation to violent offending and learn about how to write reports in a publishable format.
‘The Legal Process’ module is delivered by criminal law lecturers from Coventry Law School, which has taught Law for over 50 years. This provides an opportunity to learn about forensic psychology from a legislative perspective. You will be introduced to the role of experts in the English legal system, as well as the nature and functions of the criminal and civil justice systems and the distinctions between them.
Our teaching and learning incorporates numerous active learning methods to encourage your participation and deepen your understanding of specific subjects. For example, we will often debate and discuss topics, such as the role of mental health in offending behavior and the ethics associated with risk assessment. We also examine a number of real-life case studies, such as the Rotherham child sexual exploitation case.
We receive regular praise from students; 94% found our Psychology courses intellectually stimulating in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.
A key feature of the residential programmes is the exciting programme of guest speakers, who will keep you abreast of the latest issues and trend. These have previously included the founder of the SOS Gangs Project from the St Giles Trust, who spoke about his work in supporting young people caught up in the negative vortex of gangs and weapons crime. Additional topics covered recently by guest speakers include working with female and personality disordered offenders.