Accredited by the British Psychological Society, this course is designed to provide you with a thorough grounding in the theory, themes, issues and practical skills we consider to be central to forensic psychology.
It is part of a suite of courses in the field of forensic psychology at Coventry University, which also includes MSc Forensic Psychology and Mental Health (campus based and online versions) and an online MSc in Forensic Psychology.
The course has been designed to cover the British Psychological Society’s Division of Forensic Psychology’s (DFP) core curriculum, which includes foundational topics such as the theoretical basis of forensic psychology across a range of settings and risk assessments associated with forensic psychology.
Our current staff for this course have over 100 years’ worth of combined, varied professional psychological experience, either as British Psychological Society Chartered/Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Members themselves, and/or as active researchers. Please note staff may be subject to change.
The MSc Forensic Psychology course is designed for people who are embarking on, or who wish to continue in, a career associated with forensic psychology in a range of settings (e.g. with victims, offenders or criminal justice professionals), without specialising at this point, or for those who wish to undertake a postgraduate programme before determining their future career trajectory in forensic psychology. Specifically, this course will provide you with an opportunity to obtain a broad overview of the discipline and relevant settings, so that you can develop a future career trajectory based on your experience of the course curriculum and skills development.
You will have an opportunity to study a range of topics associated with forensic psychology, including offending behaviour and the criminal justice system. You will also explore the theories, research and practice related to intervention with diverse client groups, with a specific focus on violence and sexual offending.
Five core mandatory modules will be delivered alongside students on the four aligned MSc courses: MSc Forensic Psychology (campus-based and online) and MSc Forensic Psychology and Mental Health (campus-based and online). An additional three mandatory pathway modules will then be delivered solely to students on the MSc Forensic Psychology to specialise the content of each degree and differentiate them from the Msc Forensic Psychology and Mental Health course. It is therefore important to read all course webpages related to the two pathways and compare the specific topic areas covered, to ensure you apply for the most appropriate course for you.
How you’ll be taught
For the one-year full-time cohort, teaching and learning follows the traditional campus-based model of delivery, including face to face lectures and the expectation of full attendance during term-time.
Regardless of teaching mode, online content and library access is provided, and there is the opportunity to be part of a learning community in order to discuss topics online with course tutors, as well as access resources, including online journals and ebooks through the library. Students are encouraged to engage with each other in online forums and share formative learning opportunities together to enhance the experience.
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.
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