Criminological Psychology MSc/Diploma

MSc/Diploma in Criminological Psychology

This programme aims to equip you with an understanding of contemporary theories of criminal behaviour and the criminal justice system, together with the skills to analyse individuals' offending behaviour and to plan treatment and supervision strategies for both victims and offenders. Both theory and practice are set in the context of the legal and institutional systems through which offenders and victims are managed.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Continuing professional development, taught

Study Options: Part time

Duration: 2 years part-time

Start date: September

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This two-year part-time programme aims to equip you with an understanding of contemporary theories of criminal behaviour and the criminal justice system, together with the skills to analyse individuals' offending behaviour and to plan treatment and supervision strategies for both victims and offenders. Both theory and practice are set in the context of the legal and institutional systems through which offenders and victims are managed.

The programme seeks to provide training in forensic methods used by psychologists. To assist in this, it draws on the experience and ability of a range of professionals from various fields concerned with the study of crime to conduct teaching sessions. The Masters programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as equivalent to stage one of training for Chartered Psychology status.

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Why study this course

This two-year part-time programme aims to equip you with an understanding of contemporary theories of criminal behaviour and the criminal justice system, together with the skills to analyse individuals' offending behaviour and to plan treatment and supervision strategies for both victims and offenders. Both theory and practice are set in the context of the legal and institutional systems through which offenders and victims are managed.

The trainee will develop and apply psychological theories, principles, knowledge, models and methods, in an ethical and evidence based way, in order to promote the well being and effectiveness of individuals, families, groups, organisations and civil society in general, whilst respecting the dignity and rights of the person.

Modules

The structure of the Masters Programme is for participants to attend the School of Psychology one day per week in term time each year over a period of two years whilst working in a forensic setting. The Course meets on a Thursday and the teaching day consists of lectures, seminars and workshops given by relevant staff of the School of Psychology and guest speakers.  There are also two three day compulsory blocks, one in September and one in January each year. 

The Diploma/MSc Course runs over 2 years and participants may study for a Diploma (Year A) for a Diploma (Year B) or combine the 2 years and study for the MSc.  The aims in terms of forensic practice of the Diploma are the same for both years, but the academic material, and consequently the aims and objectives, differ in Years A and B.  As a general guideline Year A is more offender focused, while Year B is more victim focused. The MSc combines the forensic practice requirements for a Diploma with research skills for the MSc while covering all the academic material for Years A and B.

The modules studied are:

This programme is examined by continuous assessment, with you completing a series of assignments. Research is conducted in the second year.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU students £5,535 PT, PGDip £3,690 PT
  • International students £6,832.50 PT only

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Entry requirements

Applicants must hold at least a second-class Honours Psychology degree (which confers Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society) and be working in a forensic setting in Britain 

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International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

How to apply

Deadline for applications is 24 February 2014. For enquiries after this deadline please email Jessica Woodhams for further discussion (j.woodhams@bham.ac.uk).

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Learning and teaching

The programme seeks to provide training in forensic methods used by psychologists. To assist in this, it draws on the experience and ability of a range of professionals from various fields concerned with the study of crime to conduct teaching sessions. The Masters programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as equivalent to stage one of training for Chartered Psychology status.

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Employability

The course aims to prepare trainees to work in forensic settings using the highest standards of psychological practice in collaboration with clients and professional colleagues and follow the British Psychological Society and the Health Professions Council guidelines for forensic psychology training.