Working in various criminal justice and allied settings, psychology graduates can expect a highly stimulating and varied career. Practitioners come into regular contact with social services, academic institutions, prison services, the NHS, probation services and police services. A positive and coherent communicator, you will enjoy working with a diverse mix of offenders, victims, and criminal and civil justice staff.
Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), this course provides you with an in-depth understanding of forensic psychology's key principles. Through special visits and interactive workshops, we will develop your awareness of forensic psychological practice and the work of leading criminal justice professionals.
You will gain a critical understanding of a variety of research techniques and statistical methods. Your individual work will contribute to research in forensic psychology and develop your own analytical and reporting skills. Scholarly work is organised around psychological, legal and criminological concepts relevant to contemporary social issues and organisations. With a strong grounding in ethics, human rights, professional practice and research, our training will aid subsequent professional practice.
On this course you will:
This module conforms with the statistics and methodology requirements of the British Psychological Society Divisions of Forensic and Health Psychology, and National Occupational Standards for Applied Psychologists Key roles 2 and 3. Successful completion of this module provides partial fulfilment of the requirements for Stage 1 exemption for practitioner psychologists Health/Forensic. The module extends psychology students' undergraduate knowledge of research methods, design and statistics with particular reference to advanced forensic and health psychology. It prepares them for conducting their independent research project, forthcoming supervised practice and enables them to choose appropriate methodologies and analyses for research.
This module aims to introduce students to the core theoretical understandings and debates in forensic psychology that relate to victims, offenders and communities. It encourages students to think of how crime affects all these groups, rather than considering them as isolated entities. It also provides the foundations for students' evidence-based practice throughout the programme and beyond.
This module aims to develop students' knowledge of investigative and legal psychology, and how theory and research can be applied to improve practice throughout the criminal justice system. It also aims to enhance students' understanding of the contexts in which forensic psychologists work, and the requirements of professional practice.
The aim of the module is to introduce students to the key practice and treatment concerns for forensic psychologists, such as risk assessment, working with clients and evaluation. It also aims to give students the opportunity to learn about, and try out, some therapeutic approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
In this module, you will undertake an independent research project, supported by a supervisor from within the Department of Psychology. It provides students with an opportunity to carry out an in-depth advanced study in an area of forensic psychology. Students apply appropriate principles of empirical research, and present their study in the form of a written journal article.
You will attend workshops, lectures and seminars and go on field trips, as well as working on research projects and group and individual assignments, including your independent research project. The course aims to improve your research and statistics skills as well as your knowledge of psychology, and you will have an extensive reading list.
As well as your research report, you will be assessed through project reports, essays, reflective logbooks, other written assignments, and presentations. We will be looking, among other things, at your ability to look critically at research methods, ethics and practice, and material from different sources. You will receive regular feedback on your work.
To begin the course you must complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS check and provide suitable references.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
International students are welcome to apply if they are in possession of a degree in psychology recognised by the British Psychological Society as equivalent to them gaining GBC or a Graduate Diploma in Psychology undertaken in the UK. Information, advice and contact details are available from the BPS website.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in the English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 for any single component). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
The application is just the first step in our selection process. All successfully shortlisted applicants are invited for an interview.The interview is a further test of knowledge, engagement with the topic and commitment.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
81% of employers value employability skills above other factors – including type or class of degree - and so it's important to develop your employability skills while you are at University.
We have an ambitious vision to ensure that 100% of our graduates are employable and able to secure a job when they leave University. To realise this vision, we've created a dedicated Employability Service which is here to support you every step of the way.
There are strong employment prospects for psychology graduates and salaries in this field are excellent. The range of professional skills that psychology graduates develop ensures that they are highly valued across the economy.
This programme is ideally suited to those who intend to apply their knowledge of psychology to the Criminal Justice System and associated areas (such as third sector and policy). Graduates can extend their research to doctoral level or can work in local and central government agencies or law enforcement services.
For information on work for forensic psychologists visit the careers section of the BPS.
Graduates from this programme will have the opportunity to develop the skills of data research, critical analysis, oral, written and visual communication, reasoned debate, understanding theoretical concepts, and policy analysis. These are highly transferrable and are valued by employers across all sectors.
"I decided to continue on to postgraduate study at Middlesex because I knew which tutors would be teaching me and how passionate they are, as well as being renowned in their field. The other additional bonus was that I got 20% off as alumni which made the financial burden slightly easier. I am also familiar with the facilities and opportunities available at Middlesex and I knew there was a chance I wouldn't get these else where and I didn't want to risk that.
"Middlesex is really good for Psychology postgraduates; the courses are interesting and the networking that goes on is really beneficial. The facilities here are really modern and the University accommodates our needs as much as they can. I think undergraduates should consider postgraduate study because it's an investment in to your future and it's a whole different experience to the undergraduate study."
"Having finished an undergraduate degree in Psychology back in my home country, I decided that I wanted to specialise in Forensic Psychology. I did some research and discovered that within a European context, the UK was the most advanced country in this area. I found out about Middlesex's MSc Forensic Psychology course via the BPS (British Psychological Society) and was immediately interested by the course content.
"I'm really glad I applied and studied at Middlesex. The facilities are great and the staff is really nice and dedicated to helping me be successful. I am confident that this qualification will help me pursue my studies at a doctorate level and to find a job in the future. I would encourage students to consider postgraduate study to allow them to distinguish themselves from the crowd when applying for jobs and I would have no hesitations in advising people to study at Middlesex."
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MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert Forensic Psychology
This course is offered full-time or part-time. You can choose to study the full Masters or a PG Diploma or PG Certificate. The fees below refer to the 2017/18 academic year unless otherwise stated.
Full-time students: £8,500
Part-time per taught credit: £57
Part-time per dissertation: £28
Full-time students: £12,500
Part-time per taught credit: £84
Part-time per dissertation credit: £42
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