A first or second-class Honours degree (or recognised equivalent qualification) in psychology and Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). Students who do not fulfil this GBC entry requirement are considered on an individual basis by the programme team. Applicants require an interview, either in person or via SKYPE/telephone. Please note at this time (May 2016) you will be applying for a place on the waiting list.
Months of entry
Course contentMSc Forensic Psychology at Winchester provides the academic component (Stage 1) of the route to becoming a Chartered Forensic Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS's) Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP) and Practitioner Forensic Psychologist status with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The programme also supports students with the transition towards Stage 2 of the chartership process by providing opportunities to volunteer in forensic practice placements to gain suitable experience and by incorporating practice-based assessments.
The programme introduces the context and application of psychology in various forensic settings - this includes the legal and criminal justice system, forensic psychological practice and forensic mental health. Students are introduced to the role of a forensic psychologist in practice.
The programme focuses on core theoretical models of crime with an emphasis on theoretical, practical and methodological limitations. When considering applied skills in forensic practice, there is a focus on specialist assessments, core treatments and interventions utilised when working with various client groups in a forensic setting. Client groups include offenders in prison, secure hospitals and the community, as well as offenders on probation and within the legal system (court assessment).
Students gain the ability to appropriately design, conduct, analyse, interpret and evaluate psychological research in a chosen specialised research area within forensic psychology.
An important feature of the programme is to provide students with the skills and knowledge requirement for Stage 1 of the chartership process, as well as supporting the transition towards Stage 2. There is an emphasis on reflective practice skills, and professional and ethical practice in the workplace. There are also opportunities for volunteering in forensic practice placements.
Foundations of Forensic Psychology Practice
Assessment and Consultancy within Forensic Practice
Specialist Skills in Treatment and Interventions
The Criminal Justice System and the Legal Framework
Psychological Research Methods
Empirical Research Project
A diverse range of teaching methods are employed including laboratory classes, lectures, seminars, tutorials and individual project supervision. Students have access to excellent facilities including numerous research cubicles and laboratories equipped for conducting forensic interviews, developmental research, eye tracking, EEG and social observation.
A variety of assessment methods are employed including essays, literature reviews, report writing, presentations, court reports, training proposals, treatment case scenarios and examinations.
The programme provides the first step (Stage 1) towards gaining Chartered Forensic Psychologist status with the BPS.
Information for international students
If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent. International students seeking additional information about this programme can email International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.
Fees and fundingHome and EU tuition fee: £6,400
International tuition fee: £12,400
Limited bursaries, scholarships and discounts are available - please see our website under 'Students and Money' for more details.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
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