The MSc Investigative Forensic Psychology has been developed in consultation with the Metropolitan Police Crime Academy. It is one of the few MSc courses in the country to focus on the criminal investigation aspects of forensic psychology. The course is delivered by academic staff and guest practitioners with specialist knowledge and research experience in the area, providing a thorough grounding in this dynamic new discipline. It will provide you with a thorough theoretical and applied knowledge of the psychological issues and research related to the investigation of crime and the courtroom.
During the course you'll be introduced to topics such as: interviewing suspects and witnesses, detecting deception and the problem of suggestibility; factors that impact on the accuracy in police line-ups; offender profiling and decision making during investigative and legal processes. In addition issues surrounding vulnerable witnesses and suspects will be investigated and the role of expert witnesses will be explained and reviewed. The final part of this course will be an empirically-based research project.
- Witness psychology
- Psychological aspects of investigation
- Investigative research methods 1
- Investigative research methods 2
- Vulnerable witnesses and suspects
- Decision making in the forensic context
Potential employers include organisations where investigations are conducted, for example, the police, Ministry of Defence, Immigration, Customs and Excise, UK Border Agency, insurance companies and security services. In addition employment could be sought at organisations where policy and research are undertaken that impacts on the Criminal Justice System, for example, the Ministry of Justice, Crown Prosecution Service and the College of Policing (formerly the National Policing Improvement Agency).
- Graduates with a minimum first degree at 2:2 level/Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division in Psychology, Criminology, or Forensic/Social Sciences or be able to demonstrate APEL from a relevant professional environment. Applicants will be assessed on the suitability of their professional experience. (Plus English and Maths GCSE, C or above or equivalent).
- We welcome equivalent qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.5, Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
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Last updated April 8, 2016