Forensic Psychology MSc 2019/20 entry

Course code:

HLST190

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019
January 2020

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.

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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) - Accredited Forensic Psychology

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.

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We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.

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Life Sciences Research

Our facilities include a real ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, and a purpose-built Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre. This allows for improved training quality in patient care and patient safety.

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SuperLab

The Alison Gingell building contains a state-of-the-art SuperLab, capable of holding up to 270 people at once. The lab's facilities include equipment for microscopy, DNA analysis and forensic testing.

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. 

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Modules

Overview

This course includes the Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Professional Development module.

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 making
    • 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

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

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).

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include essays, practical reports, literature reviews, practice-based reports, presentations and examinations. 

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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.

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international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

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

12

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 2019

£8,350 (per year)


January 2020

£8,350 (per year)


UK 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 2019

£8,350 (per year)


January 2020

£8,350 (per year)


EU Scholarships

We're investing 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 2019

£14,000 (per year)


January 2020

£14,000 (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing 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!

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

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 and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

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