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OverviewThis course is designed to provide you with a thorough grounding in the theory, themes, issues and practical skills we consider to be central to forensic psychology and forensic mental health settings. It is part of a suite of courses in the field of forensic psychology at Coventry University, which also includes MSc Forensic Psychology (campus-based and online versions), and the campus-based MSc Forensic Psychology and Mental Health course.You will examine a number of topics including
This course is designed to provide you with a thorough grounding in the theory, themes, issues and practical skills we consider to be central to forensic psychology and forensic mental health settings. It is part of a suite of courses in the field of forensic psychology at Coventry University, which also includes MSc Forensic Psychology (campus-based and online versions), and the campus-based MSc Forensic Psychology and Mental Health course.
You will examine a number of topics including psychological theories and evidential processes used in the justice system, and the range of interventions available to forensic psychologists, working with diverse client groups including the various types of offenders, patients and at risk individuals of all ages and both sexes, including children and young people in conflict with the law, as well as professionals, groups and organisations.
The course has been designed to cover the British Psychological Society’s Division of Forensic Psychology's (DFP) core curriculum, which includes foundational topics such as the theoretical basis of forensic psychology across a range of settings and risk assessment, as well as focusing on mental health issues in forensic settings. The aim of the course is for you to have gained an understanding of the influence mental health can have on how offenders and victims think, feel and act, as well as the opportunity to consider how our criminal justice system can respond to such individuals.
According to the British Psychological Society, the largest single employer of forensic psychologists in the UK is the HM Prison Service. Psychologists can also be found employed in rehabilitation units, secure hospitals, the Social Services, conducting research in universities and working in private consultancy.
There are two stages to becoming a practising Forensic Psychologist and Chartered Member of the BPS, requiring a combination of professional education and practice. In the first instance, you need the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), followed by an accredited master’s in Forensic Psychology, such as this course.
The second stage requires a minimum of two years of supervised practice and successful completion of Stage 2 of the BPS Qualification in Forensic Psychology before you are eligible to register with the HCPC and use the title of ‘Forensic Psychologist’.
By studying Forensic Psychology and Mental Health, you should be able to develop knowledge and skills that are relevant across the criminal justice system in a variety of roles, including: crime scene analyst; trainee forensic psychologist; trainee clinical psychologist; behavioural investigative advisor; lecturer in forensic psychology; Home Office, local government or police researcher; police officer; youth offending team worker; offending behaviour programme facilitator; or probation officer.
Applicants should hold the equivalent of a minimum 2:2 undergraduate degree in Psychology. Consideration will be given to applicants who hold the equivalent of a minimum of 2:2 undergraduate degrees in Science or Social Sciences where a minimum of 50% of undergraduate study is in Psychology with evidence of studying a curriculum including research methods. Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning AP(E)L: The Accreditation scheme provides the opportunity for applicants to make claims for both certificated and experiential (non-certificate) learning, in accordance with the University Regulations (Section 4: Regulations for the Admission of Students). The learning claim submitted by the applicant may be against credit or exemption. The claims made will be against the fulfilment of the learning outcomes associated with specific modules of study.
Coventry University is a well-established higher education institution located in the West Midlands. As the UK’s fastest growing university, and the 6th largest overall, Coventry offers students a wide range of postgraduate courses, award-winning facilities and an extremely high standard of teaching.
The main campus is in the heart of Coventry, a truly global metropolitan city with a diverse and dynamic student population. The university presently has over 13,000 international students enrolled, hailing from more than 140 countries worldwide. As the UK’s City of Culture (2021), Coventry can provide students an exciting roster of social and cultural events year-round.