What will I learn?

This MSc Forensic Psychology course offers you the chance to learn about some of the most dangerous offenders in society and, their victims. It will explore, approaches to assisting police with their enquires (investigative psychology), the criminal justice system from a psychological perspective and how to enhance your skills in communication, group work, professionalism and application of IT. The core aim of the course is to prepare students to work with clients and professionals in a range of forensic and forensic-related settings. Equipped with a sound knowledge of key theoretical and applied issues in forensic psychology, you will gain not only a critical appreciation of theoretical and factual concepts, but an awareness of the strengths and limitations of research evidence. The course integrates psychological theory with the development of practical skills and an understanding of professional practice.

The aims of the programme are to: Equip you with a detailed critical understanding of the key theoretical and applied issues in forensic psychology, including investigative psychology procedures, the court system, the development of offending behaviour, the assessment and treatment of offenders, and the effects of offending on victims, and Provide an understanding of forensic psychology techniques and the roles of other criminal justice professionals in the detection, prosecution, assessment and treatment of offenders; Enable you to acquire an advanced ability to design research, conduct statistical analysis, and evaluate and scientifically report research in forensic psychology; Enhance your skills in communication, group work, professionalism and application of IT so that you can perform at a high level of competence in these areas; Satisfy the academic requirements for Master’s-level knowledge as set out by the Division for Forensic Psychology of the British Psychological Society.

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to demonstrate an advanced knowledge and critical understanding of the key issues in forensic psychology of relevance to both academics and practitioners. Graduates of this course are expected to have developed advanced academic, intellectual and professional skills, with the ability to work autonomously and in teams.

Many graduates go on to gain employment within the health, charity and policing industries, such as working as a trainee forensic psychologist in a prison or mental health facility or as an assistant in one of these settings. You can also develop your academic career and choose to undertake further research within a higher education setting. The research methods you will have practiced will provide you with the skills to embark on postgraduate research opportunities alongside your professional development if you wish to combine the professional and academic routes together.

Opportunity: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market. It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Which department am I in?

School of Health Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£12,800.00 (US$ 15,978) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

21 September 2020

Venue

City Centre Campuses

1 Curzon Street,

Birmingham,

B4 7XG, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to hold a Bachelor Degree with minimum GPA 2.7. Some postgraduate courses may require a subject specific undergraduate degree to qualify for entry. Some postgraduate courses also require a portfolio, others require a proposal of studies while some courses require both a portfolio and a proposal of studies. Students need to have an IELTS of 6.0 overall (with no band below 5.5).

For international students

Applicants need to have a minimum of an 2:1 or higher or Upper Second Class Honours degree in Psychology or an MSc or Graduate Diploma in Psychology, with evidence of strong research methods skills. The degree must provide eligibility to apply for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and provide the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS. Applicants need to have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands and TOEFL: 80 overall with no less than 18 in Reading, 17 Listening, 20 Speaking and 17 in Writing.

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About this uni

Birmingham City University is a student-centred, dynamic learning environment, offering courses approved by professional bodies.

  • Students gain adequate hands-on learning and develop skills
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  • 97.4% of graduates in work or studying within six months
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