Taking a case-based approach where you examine real life criminal cases you'll learn about a broad range of topics relevant to forensic psychology. You'll develop an understanding of the relationship this field of research has with law enforcement, legal practice, policy, public opinion and the media.
You'll also develop your critical analytical skills and your understanding of the principles driving different research methods. By completing this qualification you'll be able to source, select and review forensic psychological research independently, evaluate its relevance for complex real life issue/cases, assess its validity and clearly communicate your findings to a range of audiences.
Key features of the degree in Forensic Psychological Studies from The Open University UK
- Provides professional development for careers where research literacy, analytic and communication skills are valued
- Experienced tutors and bespoke teaching materials provide an exploration of engaging topic areas and research
- Relevant for existing professionals or those with an interest in all areas of the UK criminal justice system and civil or social services.
By studying forensic psychological studies at postgraduate level, you will develop skills relevant to a broad range of careers, including all areas of the criminal justice system such as the police, crown prosecution and probation services, youth offending teams, various areas of social work, as well as the civil service or third sector.
The skills developed will be recognised by employers in all fields who value people who can complete a complex project independently, communicate clearly and effectively to diverse audiences, analyse and evaluate complex information, and are capable of independently seeking out and selecting research evidence relevant to real-life issues.
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- Principles of social and psychological inquiry
- Investigating forensic psychology
- Knowledge and understanding
- Cognitive skills
- Practical and professional skills
- Key skills
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- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApplication deadline not specified.
DisciplinesPsychology Forensic Science Criminology View 151 other Masters in Psychology in United Kingdom
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You must hold a UK honours degree (2:2 at least) or equivalent to be accepted for the MSc in Forensic Psychological Studies. Your first degree need not be in forensic psychology or psychology, but you must have the skills expected of a social sciences graduate.
- All students will begin with the postgraduate module, Principles of social and psychological inquiry (DD801). This module will help equip you with the requisite skills needed to undertake postgraduate-level study, but it does not offer remedial training for those with an unsuitable bachelors degree or inadequate experience
You must be able to:
- write accurately, clearly and concisely
- read large quantities of text quickly, accurately and critically
- classify evidence precisely and assess its value and reliability
- argue logically and consistently
- select and interpret evidence to support a logical argument.
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International10225 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 10225 GBP per year during 24 months.
National10225 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 10225 GBP per year during 24 months.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.