Dr Catherine Hamilton discusses the forensic psychology courses on offer at the School of Psychology here at the University of Birmingham.
Title: Forensic Psychology courses (follow for video)
Duration: 57 secs
Speaker Name: S1 Dr Catherine Hamilton – Course Director, Forensic Psychology
S1 Forensic Psychology is the study of psychology within the criminal justice system. Forensic Psychologists work with victims, offenders; they might do crime analysis, they might work with the police or on eye-witness testimony. So it covers a wide range of topics.
We run four postgraduate forensic psychology courses at Birmingham. Two are part-time masters for psychologists and non-psychologists employed in relevant settings. We have a top-up Doctorate for qualified psychologists, and we also have a Doctorate in Forensic Psychology Practice, which is our largest course. Because this course is a vocational course all of our trainees leave as a fully qualified forensic psychologist. So actually all of our trainees have been employed since they left – mostly in a forensic mental health setting. Indeed, given the quality of our trainees, many have been offered jobs while still on the course and I think that speaks a lot about both the course and the trainees that we have.
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