Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), this online 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 MSc Forensic Psychology (campus-based).
Throughout the course you will investigate what makes offenders or their victims think, feel and act in certain ways, and how our criminal justice system can respond to such individuals.
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.
Coventry University has extensive experience of online learning, utilising simulation and virtual reality with the aim to enhance teaching and learning. In a recent (2020) article in The Guardian Coventry University was listed as one of just 6 UK universities with the capacity and will to develop high-quality online education. This recognition is supported by Coventry University being ranked top of Mooclab’s World University Rankings by MOOC Performance 2021.
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 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.
Why choose this course?
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, i.e. from investigation to punishment and through care, and risk assessment and the associated risk management of offenders. .
As the course is delivered solely online and assessment deadlines made available at the start of the course, you have more flexibility and control around your study timetable. Many of our online students work or have other commitments they need to juggle. Choosing to study part-time enables them to fit their studies around work or other requirements. For others, online delivery better suits their preferred ways of learning in terms of pace, ability to go back to learning resources, and flexibility.
This course also offers coverage of legal approaches that we consider to be relevant to psychology and the inclusion of the Global Professional Development CMI module in Consultancy, which aims to develop skills in leadership and consultancy. Please see Accreditation and Professional Recognition section. ‘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 online 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 role of family factors in offending 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 online course is delivered over two academic years and through our online learning system. Please note Online Learning Platform may be subject to change. Alternatively, this course can be studied on a full-time basis over the course of one academic year (see MSc Forensic Psychology (campus-based) course).
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.
Further, in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2018, 94% of our students reported that they found our MSc Forensic Psychology(campus-based) course intellectually stimulating.
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