This course, part of a suite of courses in the field of forensic psychology at Coventry University, which also includes MSc Forensic Psychology, and MSc Forensic Psychology and Offender Rehabilitation, 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 and forensic mental health settings.
In 2017, the National Audit Office estimated that 10% of the prison population in England was receiving treatment for a mental health problem. Further, that 37% of people in prison had reported mental health problems to HM Inspector of Prisons. In this course, you will have the opportunity to study the types of mental health disorders commonly found in prisons, and be taught how to assess and work with individuals in forensic settings, including understanding appropriate treatment programmes and the psychological challenges that can be faced by staff working in the prison service.
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 assessment, as well as focusing on mental health issues in forensic settings. The aim of the course upon successful completion is for you to have gained an understanding of the influence mental health can have on how offenders and victims think, feel and act, as well as the opportunity to consider how our criminal justice system can respond to such individuals.
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.
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.
The MSc Forensic Psychology and Mental Health course is primarily for those who wish to continue in a career associated with forensic psychology and specifically work in forensic mental health settings, or with offenders with mental health issues.
Five core mandatory modules will be delivered alongside students on the three aligned MSc courses; MSc Forensic Psychology, MSc Forensic Psychology and Mental Health and MSc Forensic Psychology and Offender Rehabilitation. An additional three mandatory pathway modules will then be delivered solely to students on the MSc Forensic Psychology and Mental Health to specialise the content of each degree and differentiate them from each other. It is therefore important to read all course webpages related to the three pathways and compare the specific topic areas covered, to pick the most appropriate course to apply for.
Why choose this course?
This course focuses on mental health issues in forensic settings, and examines the role of forensic psychologists throughout the criminal justice system, not only in working with offenders in developing and implementing treatment programmes, but in areas such as provision of expert testimony or conducting research into the impact of mental health on aspects of the criminal justice system. The MSc Forensic Psychology and Mental Health course is one of three aligned MSc offerings in Forensic Psychology delivered by Coventry University. The course is designed to cover the British Psychological Society’s Division of Forensic Psychology’s (DFP) core curriculum, covering diverse topics such as the theoretical basis of forensic psychology across a range of settings, through all stages of the criminal justice process. However, there is a specific focus on mental health and offenders.
This course also offers coverage of legal approaches that we consider to be relevant to psychology and the inclusion of the Global Professional Development module in Consultancy, which aims to develop skills in leadership and consultancy. ‘The Legal Process’ module is delivered by law lecturers from Coventry Law School, which has taught Law for over 50 years. This provides an opportunity to learn about forensic psychology from a legislative perspective. You will be introduced to the role of experts in the English legal system, as well as the nature and functions of the criminal and civil justice systems and the distinctions between them.
Our teaching and learning is designed to encourage your participation and deepen your understanding of specific subjects. For example, by debating and discussing topics, such as the effectiveness of prison in reducing reoffending behaviour and the ethics associated with risk assessment. Alongside this curriculum, your course will also provide you with an opportunity to develop, what we consider to be, a range of globally relevant practice-based transferable skills including: effective communication and dissemination, criticality, reflection, synthesis, and evaluation of ethical issues.
This course aims to set you on the path to obtaining the relevant skills required to become a Chartered Psychologist. This course can be studied on a full-time basis over the course of one academic year or alternatively, it can be studied online on a part-time basis. If you were to opt to study this course online on a part-time basis, it would be delivered over two academic years and through our online learning system.
Developed with a focus on your future employability, the highly practical nature of the course is intended to help you develop many of the core skills we consider to be necessary for effective practice. Of our previous postgraduate MSc Forensic Psychology students, 89% were in work or continuing their studies within six months of graduation (DLHE 2016/17).
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