This masters degree enables you to gain an advanced understanding of the fascinating area of forensic psychology, while enhancing your analytical and communication skills, and your research literacy. You'll learn about a broad range of topics relevant to forensic psychology and develop an understanding of the relationship this field of research has with UK law, legal practice, policy, public opinion and the media. You'll develop your critical analytical thinking and your understanding of the principles driving different research methods. By completing this qualification you'll be able to source, select and review forensic psychological research independently, evaluate its relevance for complex real life issue/cases, assess its validity and clearly communicate your findings to academic and non-academic audiences.
Key features of the course
• Provides professional development for all those working in careers where research literacy, analytic and communication skills are valued
• Experienced tutors and bespoke teaching materials provide an exploration of engaging topic areas and research, enabling you to engage with them in a sophisticated manner
• Relevant for existing professionals or those wishing to pursue a career in all areas of the UK criminal justice system and civil or social services.
Please note that this masters degree is not accredited by The British Psychological Society and be aware that when studying forensic psychology you will encounter sensitive topics and case details (e.g. relating to murder, rape, child sexual abuse).
The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
• Knowledge and understanding
• Cognitive skills
• Practical and professional skills
• Key skills
On successful completion of the required modules for the qualification you can be awarded an MSc in Forensic Psychological Studies. You will be entitled to use the letters MSc For Psych (Open) after your name. You will have the opportunity to attend a degree ceremony.
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