MSc Applied Forensic Psychology

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)

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Location Carlisle - Fusehill Street
Duration Full-time, 1 Year, Part-time, 2 Years
Start date September 2019
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Fascinated about human behaviour and aspire to a career working in forensic psychology?

Our course – accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) - forms Stage 1 of your initial training to becoming a Chartered Forensic Psychologist.

Couple this with the opportunity to gain work experience in prisons, either in a learning or a mentoring capacity, and your CV will stand out from the crowd.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

You will cover all the key aspects you would need to start developing your knowledge in forensic psychology, but you will also learn about applying this in real world forensic settings. You will learn about how forensic psychology is influential within the Criminal Justice System, how we use psychology in forensic settings and how we work with specialist populations.

And, thanks to the great links we have with regional and national organisations – from prisons to victim support charities and homeless organisations – you’ll have the opportunity to get career-enhancing voluntary work throughout your studies.

  • Our course is accredited by the British Psychological Society
  • Your studies will be practical - through research, case studies and data collection
  • Opportunities to gain additional professional development and accredited qualifications alongside your course, in areas such as psychometrics
  • Taught by academic tutors with forensic, counselling and clinical backgrounds
  • Tutors carry-out pioneering research, which enhances your learning.  With our research assistant volunteering scheme within the department, you also have the opportunity to be involved in real world research projectsWe have a great reputation nationally for research methodology
  • Opportunity work experience in prisons and study alongside prisoners for real-life learning
  • Our excellent links with regional and national charities, not-for-profit and penal institutions offers great work experience and job prospects
  • Learn alongside students from other psychology and social sciences courses, enhancing your knowledge of other areas within the discipline
  • Encouraged to publish your work in our in-house journal

You can also take advantage of a full range of extra-curricular activities to enhance your learning from our psychology film club, enrichment evening and daytime seminars led by local and national experts, to research participation and staff-student conference.

From your base in Carlisle, you’ll be within 30 minutes of Scotland in one direction and the stunning Lake District National Park – now a UNESCO World Heritage site ­-  in the other, so you’ll never be stuck for something to do.

The first-class academic and real-world experience you will gain from workplace opportunities on this course will be highly-desirable to future employers.

**You will need to have the Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society to do this course.

Graduate destinations

The largest employer of fully qualified forensic psychologists is HM Prison Service. You may also work for the NHS within rehabilitation units and secure hospitals, or seek employment in the social services, university departments or consultancy work. The skills you learn will be considered highly valuable in a wide range of jobs outside this area as well.

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