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Forensic Psychology MSc 2018/19 entry

Course code:

HLST045

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:
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Overview

The Forensic Psychology MSc will provide you with a thorough grounding in the theory, themes, issues and practical skills central to psychological research into behaviour relevant to crime and forensic settings.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

British Psychological Society (BPS)

The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society as fulfilling the Stage 1 requirements towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and obtaining Full Membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology with the British Psychological Society.

Graduates must achieve the necessary 50% pass mark for all modules contributing to the accredited MSc degree (BPS Standards for the Accreditation of the Masters Programme in Forensic Psychology and Crime, October 2017). Graduates who do not meet this requirement will exit with a non-accredited award. To achieve the necessary number of credits for all non-accredited awards, graduates must achieve the necessary 40% pass mark for all modules contributing to the award.

Course information

The course was designed to cover the BPS Division of Forensic Psychology's (DFP) core curriculum. Many experienced forensic psychology practitioners visit the course to contribute their knowledge. It will give you an opportunity to gain an understanding of how psychology works in a forensic setting.

You will complete the thirteen modules listed. The first five 10-credit modules cover the theoretical basis of forensic psychology across a range of settings, through all stages of the criminal justice process, i.e. from investigation to punishment and through care, and as applied to a broad range of crimes. 

A double (20-credit) module provides an overview of a key aspect of forensic practice, risk assessment and the associated risk management of offenders. This module is delivered in semester 2 and in a four day intensive teaching block in June that provides students with a variety of teaching delivery styles. 

Two further 10-credit modules are particular features of this course and explore the legal process (taught by the Coventry Law School), and practice and application in forensic psychology (involving a number of guest speakers who are practitioners in forensic settings). 

Two modules (30 credits) cover advanced research methods including both quantitative and qualitative methods, and a further 10 credit module focusing on project planning prepares students for the independent research dissertation/project module (40 credits). 

As part of this course you will also study Global Professional Development, a new 10-credit module developed in partnership with the CMI. 

Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Psychology and Criminal Behaviour

    • What is criminal behaviour?
    • measurement of crime,
    • who commits crime?
    • theories of crime
    • alternative theories of crime
  • Psychology in the Criminal Justice System

    • Eyewitness testimony
    • children and vulnerable witnesses/suspects
    • legal decision makin
    • confessions and identification,
    • recovered memory.
  • Treatment of Offenders and Victims

    • Theory of criminal and civil justice responses to crime,
    • what works when rehabilitating offenders?
    • prison, secure units and therapeutic communities,
    • restorative justice,
    • responses to juvenile and female offenders,
    • victim issues.
  • Applied Police Psychology

    • Psychology and policing
    • crime analysis,
    • offender profiling,
    • geographic profiling
    • psychological autopsy
    • hostage and crisis negotiation.
  • Violent and Sexual Crime

    • Theories of violent and sexual crime,
    • child sexual abuse and rape,
    • domestic violence,
    • homicide,
    • stalking,
    • terrorism.
  • Risk Assessment and Management of Offenders

    • Assessment of risk and protective factors,
    • forensic risk assessment approaches
    • risk assessment methods and tools
    • risk management strategies
    • linking of risk assessment and risk management.
  • The English Legal Process

    • Introduction to the criminal justice system,
    • introduction to civil justice systems,
    • expert testimony and legal issues.
  • Practice and Application in Forensic Psychology

    • Report writing and presentation skills,
    • other practitioner skills,
    • consultancy and project management,
    • ethical codes of conduct,
    • legal and social considerations,
    • other practice based issues.
  • Advanced Quantitative Research Methods

    • Review of basic research methods and SPSS,
    • experimental (and quasi) designs,
    • psychometric techniques, questionnaire designs and scaling,
    • ANOVA, MANOVA, multiple regression, SEM and path analysis
  • Advanced Qualitative Research Methods

    • The quantitative-qualitative debate,
    • thematic analysis,
    • interpretive phenomenological analysis,
    • discourse analysis.
  • Project Planning and Ethics

    • Academic essay writing,
    • Academic dishonesty and plagiarism,
    • Referencing,
    • Research design and ethics,
    • Reflective practice.
  • Dissertation

    • Empirical work on a forensic psychology topic,
    • production of literature review and empirical research papers in format suitable for journal article publication.

In more detail...

  • Staff with extensive professional psychological experience, either as Chartered Members themselves or as active researchers.
  • 91% of Psychology students felt staff are enthusiastic about what they teach in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.
  • Fulfills the BPS Stage One requirements, towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and obtaining Full Membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology.
  • Outstanding track record for graduate employability – 100% of our Psychology students were in work or continuing their studies within six months of graduation (DLHE 2014/15).
  • Well-equipped library with key Forensic Psychology texts and journals, access to specialist equipment and software, like Biopac and SuperLab, as well as a range of specialist laboratories, including sound-proofed cubicles, a closed-circuit TV observation suite, ‘mock’ prison cells, light and dark multisensory laboratories, all supported by dedicated psychology technicians.

The course is offered on a full-time basis and students attend university for one academic year.

The majority of the teaching is delivered on two days per week, however the CMI module may be scheduled on days other than these. The course begins at the end of September each year and is completed in mid-September, one year later.

Students who do not choose to complete the full MSc may obtain a postgraduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology if they successfully pass the equivalent of 6 single modules (60 credits), or a Diploma in Forensic Psychology if they successfully complete the equivalent of 11 single modules (130 credits) of the course (e.g. if they do not complete the dissertation).

Teaching and Assessment

The course employs an interactive and participative teaching approach, which incorporates the use of Coventry University’s extensive on-line learning resources. A range of assessment methods are used, including essays, practical reports, literature reviews, practice-based reports, presentations and examinations. Many of these assessments develop important transferable skills for forensic practice, for example in considering ethical dilemmas, a risk assessment case study and writing papers in formats suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals.


Research Dissertation (MSc level)

The dissertation module is the test of the Master’s degree standard. The purpose of the dissertation module is to contribute substantially to the research training aim that is appropriate to a taught Master’s programme. To achieve this aim the student is required to demonstrate an understanding of the philosophy and principles of research and show competence in the design, execution and reporting of an independent empirical research project in forensic psychology.  Rather than the more traditional dissertation thesis, the project will be written up as two articles, a literature review and an empirical research report, produced in a standard academic journal format.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a UK degree with a minimum 2:2 degree, or an equivalent, in Psychology.

Applicants with lower qualifications but substantial relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Consideration will be given to applicants with degrees in Science or Social Sciences, where at least a minimum of 50% of undergraduate study is in Psychology.

Applicants must have a UK degree with a minimum 2:2 degree, or an equivalent, in Psychology.

Applicants with lower qualifications but substantial relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Consideration will be given to applicants with degrees in Science or Social Sciences, where at least a minimum of 50% of undergraduate study is in Psychology.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Applicants must have a UK degree with a minimum 2:2 degree, or an equivalent, in Psychology.

Applicants with lower qualifications but substantial relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Consideration will be given to applicants with degrees in Science or Social Sciences, where at least a minimum of 50% of undergraduate study is in Psychology.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

TBC (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

TBC (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

TBC (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

The MSc Forensic Psychology provides career opportunities in a variety of forensic settings, such as the prison, probation and police services, local government and other agencies.

Expected jobs are varied but may include Assistant Forensic Psychologist, Crime Scene Analyst, Prison Psychologist, Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, Researcher, Police Analyst, Police Officer and Probation Officer. 

Where our graduates work

Course alumni have gone on to work in a wide range of settings and roles such as psychological assistants and trainees in a range of settings (including in prisons and mental health settings), probation officers and psychologists within probation, drug support workers, youth offending team staff, police analysts, university lecturers, PhD students, academic researchers and at least one alumnus has set up a new forensic related company.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.