- Applicants will normally possess an honours degree in psychology at first class or 2:1 level and must be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC, previously the Graduate Basis for Registration, or GBR) with the British Psychological Society (normally achieved by the completion of an appropriately accredited UK undergraduate degree in Psychology, including a list of accredited courses and opportunities for achieving GBC if undergraduate study was completed outside the UK or via a non-accredited UK course). Furthermore, it is expected that applicants will demonstrate either relevant work experience (e.g., voluntary or paid) and/or, relevant academic research (e.g., a dissertation in the area of forensic psychology) or equivalent. This understanding and experience of forensic psychology should be clearly demonstrated within a strong personal statement.
- Applicants with an honours degree in psychology at a 2:2 level (and GBC) will be considered if they are able to demonstrate significant work experience (e.g., a recent full time or part time post as a Forensic Psychology Assistant or trainee or similar) or a good (50% marks and above) relevant postgraduate study (e.g., PG Dip/MSc in Research Methods). As above, this understanding and experience of forensic psychology should be clearly demonstrated within a strong personal statement.
- Applicants for whom English is not their first language must also be able to demonstrate IETLS 6.5.
- You will be asked to complete an application form and provide evidence of your degree classification and your eligibility for GBC. You will also be required to provide two references, at least one of which should include comments on your academic ability.
You will complete the twelve modules listed below. The first five 10-credit modules cover the theoretical basis of forensic psychology across a range of settings, through all stages of the criminal justice process, i.e. from investigation to punishment and through care, and as applied to a broad range of crimes. A double (20-credit) module provides an overview of a key aspect of forensic practice, risk assessment and the associated risk management of offenders. Two further 10-credit modules are particular features of this course and explore the legal process (taught by the Coventry Law School), and practice and application in forensic psychology (involving a number of guest speakers who are practitioners in forensic settings). The latter module is delivered in a four day intensive teaching block in June which provides students with a variety of teaching delivery styles. Two modules (30 credits)cover advanced research methods including both qualitative and qualitative methods, and a further 10 credit module focusing on study skills and project planning prepares students for the final module (50 credits), which is an independent research dissertation/project.