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.