The course is delivered by blended learning methods – a mix of online and classroom-based learning – and as such you will only pay for the modules you take each year. Blended learning incorporates the use of a well-established online learning system, an interactive, informed and participative teaching approach and residential schools.
Indicative course content
Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour (M71PY)
- What is criminal behaviour?
- measurement of crime;
- who commits crime?
- theories of crime;
- alternative theories of crime.
Research Methods in Psychology (M72PY)
- Review of basic research methods and SPSS;
- experimental (and quasi) designs;
- psychometric techniques, questionnaire design and scaling;
- ANOVA, MANOVA, multiple regression, SEM and path analysis;
- the quantitative–qualitative debate;
- discourse analysis and grounded theory.
Violent Crime (M73PY)
- theories of violent crime;
- domestic violence;
- juvenile offenders.
Criminal and Civil Justice Responses to Crime (M74PY)
- Theory of criminal and civil justice responses to crime;
- what works?
- prison, secure units and therapeutic communities;
- restorative justice;
- responses to juveniles and female offenders;
- victim issues.
Psychology in Forensic Decision Making (M75PY)
- Eyewitness testimony;
- children and vulnerable witnesses/suspects;
- legal decision-making;
- expert testimony;
- confessions and identification;
- offender profiling and case linkage.
Practice and Contemporary Developments in Forensic Psychology (M76PY)
- Crime reduction strategies;
- drugs, alcohol and crime;
- report writing, presentation and other practitioner skills;
- ethical codes of conduct;
- professional issues (eg managing stress, using supervision).
Risk Assessment and Offender Programmes (M77PY)
- Assessment and risk factors;
- assessment of psychopathy and personality disorders;
- treatment theory and approaches;
- programmes for violent and sexual offenders;
- working with offenders with mental health disorders;
- effectiveness of treatment programmes.
Introduction to the English Legal System (M49CLS)
- Introduction to the criminal justice system;
- introduction to civil justice systems;
- expert testimony.
Dissertation in Forensic Psychology (M114PY)
Literature Review and Empirical investigation of a forensic psychology topic.
The course has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as fulfilling the Stage 1 requirements towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and Full Membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology with the British Psychological Society and a Forensic Psychologist registered with the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The requirements for Stage 2 training or for HCPC registration can be found on the BPS and the HCPC websites.