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What makes Forensic Psychology MSc at Worcester special?*

This postgraduate qualification will give you the opportunity to understand how psychology is applied within forensic settings and will place you in a great position to pursue a career within the legal/criminal justice systems. The course focuses on the key themes, theory and practical skills that are relevant to understanding criminal behaviour and working with forensic clients at different stages of the criminal justice process.

The course is delivered by a team of academics who have experience of working within forensic settings and/or conducting applied research from a forensic psychological perspective. Expert visiting lecturers, meanwhile, will ensure you are provided with an insight from those who are currently working as practitioners and enable you to make links between theory, research and practice. 

*This course is launching in September 2020.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Develop the knowledge and skills needed for a variety of forensic roles/career pathways

  • Learn about work carried out by Forensic Psychologists within applied settings and about different psychological approaches to current issues in forensic psychology

  • Undertake independent empirical investigations in the field of forensic psychology
  • There is a strong emphasis on the development of theory, research and practice links. Ensuring your practice is underpinned by effective theoretical and research foundations, whilst also being responsive to current and contemporary developments in the field of forensic psychology

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

A British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degree in Psychology, at a minimum of 2:2 level.

International students must hold a qualification that is equivalent to the requirement above (i.e. the degree must be approved by the BPS as conferring eligibility for GBC – as detailed in the graduate membership scheme) and must also achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 for entry to the programme.

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course.

Modules

  • Advanced Research Analysis 1
  • Professional Skills Development
  • Psychology and Criminal Behaviour
  • Legal and Criminal Justice Systems
  • Police and Investigative Psychology
  • Treatment of Offenders and Victims
  • Risk Assessment and Management of Offenders
  • Dissertation
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

All modules are delivered via a supportive learning environment with 2-day block sessions occurring twice per semester. 

You are taught through a combination of on-campus lectures and self-directed study tasks, including the use of our virtual learning environment. Lectures are typically held on a Friday and Saturday, and the dates will depend on the module being delivered. The block teaching days involve engaging with different learning activities, such as lectures, practical tasks (individual and/or group), discussion and reflection.

In addition, meetings with your allocated personal academic tutor and your research supervisor are scheduled when required and in line with the module handbook.

Teaching

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.  A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have approximately 10-12 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the module being delivered. Sessions will typically be delivered between 9am and 5pm with scheduled breaks throughout the day.

Typically, class contact time will be structured around:

  • Sessions on a Friday and Saturday. Each 15-credit module has 12 content sessions that will be delivered as a combination of didactic lectures and self-directed study tasks that link with the assignments for each module. A typical day will involve 3-4 lectures/activity driven sessions. The module specification for each module outlines the taught and self-directed elements of each and is available for students on Blackboard.

Independent self study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake personal self-study. Typically, this will involve further reading on each module and additional reading and research to complete each module’s assessments. Students are expected to be completing approximately 22 hours of directed online and independent study per week in addition to the 16 hours of taught content provided within the daily block teaching sessions.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.  There are also additional reading and resources on the module’s Blackboard site, which will be made available to you once you register for the module.

Duration

  • Part-time: 2-6 years
  • Full-time: 1 year

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings. Teaching is currently scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays (subject to confirmation).

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.  Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include essays, examinations, individual presentations, portfolios, literature reviews, reflective workbooks and research analysis exercises.

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal coursework assessments within 20 working days of the hand-in date.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and practitioners with professional experience within the field of forensic psychology.

Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and all substantive course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Teaching staff include Dr Amy Grubb, Dr Gillian Harrop and Dr Holly Taylor-Dunn.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

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Dr Amy Rose Grubb

Dr Amy Grubb is the Programme Director for the Forensic Psychology MSc. Her main research interests focus on sexual violence and the application of psychology within police and investigatory settings. She has experience of working with a number of police forces nationally on a consultancy basis and is motivated by a desire to improve medico-legal responses to victims of sexual violence.

Amy also has expertise in the area of hostage and crisis negotiation, a topic which formed the basis of her PhD thesis. Her doctoral research involved working with 21 UK police forces to assess the competencies and characteristics of police negotiators and to develop an Anglo-centric model of negotiation (i.e. the D.I.A.M.O.N.D. model of hostage and crisis negotiation).

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Matthew Jellis

Matthew is Programme Director MSc Occupational Psychology (BPS Accredited), MSc Business Psychology.

His research interests include the influence of psychopathic traits on career development; personnel selection assessment and training; and police use of firearms.

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Dr Helen Scott

Helen's research interests lie in the areas of empathy and emotional intelligence in healthcare roles. In particular she is interested in how these concepts are demonstrated and assessed, using social psychological theories and individual differences as frameworks for investigation.

Careers

Where could it take you?

The structure and content of the programme allows you to gain skills that are valued by employers. The course will provide you with various transferable skills that equip you for employment in a variety of forensic allied roles/criminal justice professions. Exemplar graduate roles include probation officer, assistant forensic/clinical psychologist, offender behaviour programme treatment facilitator, research assistant/fellow, police officer, prison officer, police crime/intelligence analyst, crime scene analyst, drug support worker, lecturer in psychology, etc.

Costs

How much will it cost?

Fees

The current fees can be found within the tuition fees document on our figure out finances page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Postgraduate loans

The Government will provide a loan of up to £10,609 per student for postgraduate Masters study. It will be at your own discretion whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.

For full details visit our postgraduate loans page.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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