The programme consists of six taught courses and a piece of empirical research over one year of full-time study or two or more years of part-time study. In The Legal and Criminal Justice Context for Forensic Psychology you will be taught by multidisciplinary academic and practitioner staff from law, criminology and psychology in the School of Law.
The course aims to provide you with knowledge of the legal and criminal justice context for forensic psychology, including theory relevant to legal and criminal justice processes. In addition, the course aims to engage you with key debates and issues in the legal and criminal justice context, such as the safeguarding of vulnerable witnesses and defendants, sentencing practices and disposal (including mentally disordered offenders.)
In Research-Based Practice in Forensic Psychology you will be taught by forensic and applied psychologists. You will develop an appreciation of ethical and professional considerations of forensic psychological research and practice and learn to use and communicate information in forensic psychological practice. The course is designed to provide the theoretical underpinnings to core domains relevant to forensic psychological practice (such as assessment, formulation and treatment of offenders) as well as to develop and enhance skills relevant to professional practice.
Our unique course - Young People in the Criminal Justice System – aims to provide you with a multidisciplinary perspective on young people in the criminal justice system. Criminological, sociological and psychological theories are integrated to inform the unique context of understanding and working with children and young people in conflict with the law or involved in the criminal justice system. You will engage with key debates and issues in the legal and criminal justice context for young people, such as the youth court processes, criminalisation of young people and systemic approaches to intervention rehabilitation from offending.
Cognitive, Social and Neuroscience Approaches to Forensic Investigations is strongly informed by research active staff in the Department of Psychology and covers selected topics such as social approaches to different victim and offender groups, neuroscience of psychopathy, interviewing victims, physiological approaches to deception detection and the role of eyewitness identifications in the legal system.
You will also take courses in Advanced and Applied Research Techniques and Statistics for Research. You will develop an advanced understanding of key qualitative and quantitative research methods and an understanding of advanced statistical techniques. Both courses provide you with opportunities to practice and apply techniques and provide a methodological foundation for undertaking your own research. You will undertake a piece of empirical research – a Dissertation – throughout the academic year, working with an expert supervisor in either the Department of Psychology or the School of Law. This is your opportunity to pursue a piece of independent research on a topic of relevance to forensic psychological theory and practice. You will work with your supervisor to formulate and plan your research, conduct the research independently and write up your dissertation in a format suitable for submission for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
As a student on this programme you will get a fine mixture of intellectual stimulation and professional training that will equip you with a strong set of transferable skills to take to your place of work upon graduation.