Taught course

Forensic and Investigative Psychology

Institution
Canterbury Christ Church University · Applied Psychology
Qualifications
MScPGCert

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 in a BPS accredited Undergraduate Psychology degree OR BPS accredited MSc Psychology conversion course.

OR

A minimum of a 2:2 in a BPS accredited Undergraduate Psychology degree OR BPS accredited MSc Psychology Conversion course and relevant experience in forensic or investigative settings.

Any of the above applicants may be invited to interview at the discretion of the programme director.

International students will be considered on a ‘case by case’ basis and be required to attend an interview. However, it is expected they will have completed at least an undergraduate degree with a major in psychology or a postgraduate degree with a focus in psychology.

IELTS: If English is not your first language we will require you to obtain IELTS (or equivalent) 7.0 overall, with no less than 7.0 in writing and no less than 6.5 in all other bands.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Develop core psychological knowledge and skills in forensic and investigative research and psychological enquiry, and develop your awareness of ‘best practice’ approaches in accordance with professional practice frameworks.

We adopt an applied approach to teaching and learning with an emphasis on evidence-based practice and a focus on the scientist-practitioner model. The course aims to develop the practical and academic skills you will need to become a confident, professional and reflective practitioner including, critical evaluation, communication (written, oral and non-verbal), reflection and the ability to synthesise knowledge.

Our strong external links with forensic and investigative psychologists, practitioners and researchers in the field will enhance your learning experience.

Forensic and Investigative Psychology is a discipline that involves the application of scientific theory and principles to help in the understanding, investigation, assessment and treatment of offenders and criminality, and legal responses to criminality.

This programme provides specialised teaching from professionals and academics within the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU), including: Psychology; Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology and School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing. The programme also draws upon external forensic and investigative psychologists, practitioners and researchers to enhance your learning experience.

The programme adopts an applied approach to teaching and learning and has an evidence-based emphasis with a focus on the scientist-practitioner model. The course aims to develop your confidence, professionalism, critically evaluative, communication (written, oral and non-verbal), practical, reflective and synthesising skills.

We also provide you with opportunities to study and/or attend events alongside other MSc programme students, thereby enhancing your exposure to a diverse range of professionals and students. Furthermore, students are able to access the Salomons library, which is one of the best bespoke clinical psychology libraries in the country, with a specific forensic section.

By studying with us, you will develop core psychological knowledge and skills in forensic and investigative research and psychological enquiry and develop your awareness of ‘best practice’ approaches in accordance with professional practice frameworks (e.g. British Psychological Society (BPS) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)). Thus making you highly attractive to wide range of future potential employers (e.g. probation services, prison service, police, forensic secure units, National Health Service (NHS), third sector agencies).

Information for international students

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications from International Students. For more information please visit our website.

Fees and funding

For up to date fee and loan information please visit our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Enquiries
Email
pgenquiries@canterbury.ac.uk