Loader
Course Image

Course Description

This course provides the academic component needed to gain chartered status as a forensic psychologist. Forensic psychology is an expanding field. Opportunities to work in this area are increasing in line with the development of the scientific base of this subject. Practitioners work in the areas of policing, probation, social work, health services, the courts, academic settings and private practice. However, a special aspect of the Forensic Masters course at Portsmouth is the preparation for work in a prison setting. Indeed, we are often commended for our ability to prepare students for forensic practice. Work roles can encompass the provision of assessments, analysis, advice and recommendations, the carrying out or oversight of interventions, conducting training, management of services, the development of new procedures, research and evaluation. Depending on the setting and the experienceexpertise of the practitioner, areas of application can range from criminal investigations to organisational change, from work with offenders to work with staff who work with offenders, from matters of civil justice such as child access to operational emergencies such as hostage incidents. As a branch of applied psychology, forensic psychology draws upon many facets of its parent discipline such as clinical, occupational, social and cognitive psychology (and interfaces with other disciplines such as criminology and law) in order to address issues of often major concern to the justice system, organisations, individuals and society. The proven versatility of forensic psychologists is one of the reasons for the steady growth in their employment ? employers within, or linked to, the criminal justice system enjoy the fact that forensic psychologists can be useful in many different ways. Thus the MSc Forensic Psychology here at Portsmouth has a varied and interesting curriculum. Course Content: The course is offered on a full time or part-time basis. Full time students complete their studies in one year (usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays), part-time students in two years (either Tuesday or Thursday ? same day for both years). Applicants should have a good honours degree in psychology although individuals from other professional or academic backgrounds will be eligible to study and gain credits for individual units. The aims of the course are: ? To provide students with a systematic knowledge and understanding of forensic psychology in accordance with the academic requirements of the Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP) of the British Psychological Society (BPS) for accredited courses and eventual progression to autonomous practice. ? To encourage an appreciation of the relevance to forensic psychology of theories, techniques and findings from a range of other areas of psychology in order to provide a basis for creative synthesis in the development of the discipline. ? To provide a conceptual and practical understanding of processes, methods and analytical techniques employed in research in order to enable research relevant to forensic psychology to be evaluated and conducted. ? To provide a conceptual and practical understanding of the scientist-practitioner (empirical, analytical and rational) approach to the often complex and challenging problems encountered in forensic psychology. ? To emphasise aspects of the communicative, interpersonal and organisational contexts of practice in forensic psychology necessary to effective engagement and influence within the scientist-practitioner approach. ? To enable students to adopt an independent, responsible and reflective approach to learning and practice as a basis for continuous development both within and outside of the course. ? To promote an awareness of ethical issues in relation to research and practice in forensic psychology Core Units: The MSc consists of eight units of study which reflect the major areas of application: 1. The psychology of criminal behaviour 2. Psychology & the legal process

This course provides the academic component needed to gain chartered status as a forensic psychologist. Forensic psychology is an expanding field. Opportunities to work in this area are increasing in line with the development of the scientific base of this subject. Practitioners work in the areas of policing, probation, social work, health services, the courts, academic settings and private...

Read More