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Courses: MSc Forensic Psychology

Course duration: One year full-time, two years part-time

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The School of Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University

This British Psychological Society accredited MSc course is designed to prepare psychology graduates with the academic knowledge and practical skills necessary to conduct practical work and research within a forensic context. The focus on blending research and practical expertise is reflected in the Programme Team, which consists of forensic practitioners and academics who each have considerable experience working with offenders and victims in a range of forensic contexts in the UK.

During the course students will study selected modules which cover the key knowledge and research skills recommended by the Division of Forensic Psychology in the British Psychological Society. The course will also equip students with core practical skills that will facilitate their progression towards becoming a practitioner in the field of forensic psychology. The modules comprise:

  • explanations of crime and criminal behaviour;
  • the Police, the criminal justice system and psychology;
  • punishment, rehabilitation and aftercare;
  • assessment, formulation and treatment of offenders and victims;
  • professional forensic practice;
  • qualitative research methods quantitative research methods;
  • research based dissertation in forensic area.

Research-informed teaching
Research is central to the work of the Psychology Division. We have a focus on real life practical research and this is integrated into our teaching. Our research strengths cover the core academic areas of the discipline as well as applied areas. To find out more about the Division please visit our website.

Career opportunities
This MSc is ideal if you are seeking a career as a forensic psychologist, clinical psychologist, researcher or criminal justice / mental health worker. Graduates can go on to work with the police, prison or probation services, the NHS, the Ministry of Justice or in the private sector or in academia.

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