You will develop a robust understanding of the psychology research on which forensic psychology practice is based. This will be complemented by learning some of the real-life skills that forensic psychology practitioners use in their daily work. You will also have opportunities to engage in critical discussions with experienced forensic psychology practitioners, and with professionals from other criminal justice agencies.
All of this will be underpinned by developing your own research skills 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.
Evidence and Investigation (20 credits)
Assessments and Treatments (20 credits)
Advanced Research Skills (20 credits)
Advanced Forensic Psychology (20 credits)
Practical Forensic Psychology (20 credits)
Preparation for Psychology Project (20 credits)
Advice and Consultancy (20 credits)
Psychology Project (40 credits)
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.