You’ll develop a critical awareness of topics at the forefront of criminology and forensic psychology, as well as the contexts and theories that influence practice in these areas.
The applied focus of this course provides an excellent foundation in risk assessment of offenders, use of forensic interviewing strategies, mediation skills and facial composite construction.
Alongside these skills you’ll also learn directly from leading experts about current research and debates in criminology and forensic psychology which directly affect people at all points in the legal system.
Additionally, you'll acquire excellent transferable research skills in both quantitative and qualitative methods which will enable you to carry out high-quality research in a variety of contexts and with ethical integrity.
What you study
Compulsory modules include:
- Practical Forensic Psychology (assessing offenders and working with witnesses)
- Current Topics in Crime
- Criminal Justice in Practice
- Advanced Research Skills
Optional modules include:
- Community Safety and Mediation
- Child Protection in Context
- Advanced Forensic Psychology (therapeutic jurisprudence and neuroethics)
- International and Comparative Criminology
- Specialist and Investigative Journalism
- Work Placement
Students enrolling in the optional Work Placement module are expected to pay for travel costs.
Lead academics and short bio
- Completed PhD at Lancaster University
- Worked for over ten years at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) before moving to Edinburgh Napier University in December 2014.
- Research interests focused on face recognition. Collaborates with Dr Charlie Frowd (UCLan) on improving Police facial composites using both feature-based (PROfit) and evolutionary (EvoFIT) software systems. Faye has also worked with Dr John Marsh (UCLan) on the effects of auditory distraction on face processing.
- Faye is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has extensive teaching experience in applied cognition: eyewitness memory and identification procedures, facial composites, false and recovered memories, false confessions and police interviewing.