MSc MSC APPLIED FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY F/T

Postgraduate, Full-time

MSC APPLIED FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY F/T MSc



You will develop real-world professional skills, along with robust theoretical understanding, which will stand you apart as a job candidate.

Overview

Your learning will be based on what the UK’s two largest employers of forensic psychologists told us that they need in a trainee forensic psychologist.

When you graduate from the Master’s Programme in Applied Forensic Psychology, you will have vigorous analytical skills alongside practical skills, which will set you apart from others competing for the same jobs. You will enter employment with your eyes open to the challenges that you will face as a forensic psychology practitioner, in terms of the populations with whom you will be working, and in terms of the challenges that are faced by criminal justice sector organisations. You will be skilled in understanding and conducting research, which you will learn to do to submission standard. Your robust research skills will enable you to apply independent critical analysis to existing and new theories and practices, throughout your career.

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Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

1 year

Start date:

Sep


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Course details

Lead Academics

Marc Kozlowski has been Head of (forensic) Psychology at four UK prisons – two in England and two in Scotland. In those roles he recruited, managed and clinically supervised many Forensic Psychologists in Training, so he has first-hand experience of the challenges and opportunities that will be faced by our MSc graduates once they step into the workplace. The organisational knowledge and the clinical experience that Marc brings, will keep the programme honest in terms of its real-world relevance and currency.

Dr Faye Skelton’s expertise covers all things facial-recognition and eyewitness reliability. Faye has taken some of her ideas public in the formidable arena of the Edinburgh Fringe, and survived to tell the tale. The Practical Forensic Psychology MSc module that Faye co-delivered in 2018-19, received a 100% student satisfaction rating.

Dr Alex McIntyre’s publications cover many aspects of eyewitness accounts in the context of criminal investigations. She has active working links with a number of organisations who work within and alongside the criminal justice system, and has successfully placed Napier students to gain experience in those organisations. Alex also co-delivered the Practical Forensic Psychology module that achieved a 100% student satisfaction in 2018-19.

Dr Rory MacLean is the go-to person in the programme team for all things research and statistics. His publication areas include jury decision-making, creativity, and decision science.
  • calendar How you’ll be taught This full-time course will take a year to complete and is structured to support you through your journey. Knowledge, critical understanding, and skills are acquired through lectures, practical sessions with formative feedback, online group work, face-to-face group work, and guided independent learning.
  • note and pen Assessments You will receive formative assessment through participation in activities, a written portfolio, a written essay, a written ethics form, and a written learning agreement. 

    You will receive summative assessment through written essays, written reports including a written risk formulation, oral presentations, written portfolios, a written dissertation proposal, a written ethics submission, an oral assessment, and a written research project.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You must have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (by completing a BPS-accredited degree or conversion course), and you must have achieved a minimum of 2:1 on the BPS-accredited degree.


English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.


International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students From 2019/20 2020/21
Home/EU £6,085 £6,330
Overseas £13,520 £14,062

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships


The University offers a 10% discount on MSc Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes.


Careers

  • The largest UK employers of forensic psychologists are Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (in England and Wales) and the Scottish Prison Service.
  • Forensic psychologists also work across other settings including hospitals, secure children’s homes, police forces, courts, and universities. 
  • In practice this means forensic psychologists assess, formulate, and intervene in those engaging in harmful behaviours to lead to safer societies. They communicate psychological knowledge and advice to other professionals. They develop and facilitate training for other professionals in forensic settings. They contribute to the international evidence base for forensic psychology.
  • UK-trained forensic psychologists have also been recruited to jobs in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Barbados, mainland Europe, and the USA (note: USA jobs are in academia, because forensic psychology practitioners are not used in the same way there).
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