Immerse yourself in the only MSc programme that offers an entire module on offender cognition, explore relapse prevention, sex offenders with learning disabilities and the socio-demographic and psychological factors that lead to behaviours in some individuals and not others. This course is accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS) and satisfies the academic component of professional training required to become a chartered forensic psychologist.
Reasons to study MSc Forensic Psychology at Kent
- take a MSc that's accredited by the British Psychological Society, this can be your first step to becoming a Forensic Psychologist or any other kind of Chartered Psychologist
- you’ll be part of a Master’s (MSc) programme that has been recognised by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as meeting the nationally recognised criteria for preparation training for PhD research
- you’ll discover your future in a subject ranked 16th in the UK for graduate prospects in The Complete University Guide 2022. Our recent graduates have started their own businesses, researched in the civil service and become practising Psychologists
- you’ll benefit from ongoing support in your studies through our peer mentoring scheme, including tailored support for statistics, as well as dedicated academic advisors
- you can test out your own theories and hypotheses in our excellent facilities, including brain stimulation and virtual reality laboratories
- You’ll become part of Kent's Centre of Research and Education in Forensic Psychology (CORE-FP) alongside a large team of internationally-renowned experts who are involved in major journals and assess and treat individuals who have offended
- be part of the School that is highly regarded as a leading European centre for postgraduate research
- you’ll benefit from a dedicated MSc common room, equip with computers up to date with the software you will require
5 reasons to choose the MSc in Forensic Psychology at Kent
What you’ll learn
Build on existing knowledge, abilities and skills by developing both in basic and advanced contemporary statistical and methodological issues in psychology. This degree will prepare you for doctoral study, an academic career or a job in the NHS as a psychologist.
See the modules you’ll study
Knowledge and understanding
You will gain knowledge and understanding of:
- a range of general, historical, theoretical and philosophical issues underlying the disciplines of forensic psychology
- the major analytic techniques and research methodologies employed by forensic psychologists
- specialist knowledge and systematic understanding of the key issues in forensic psychology.
You develop intellectual skills in:
- the ability to critically reflect on key themes
- the ability to produce sustained work
- discussion skills
- written analysis and interpretation of relevant material
- a critical awareness of both cognitive and neuropsychological approaches to the nature of mind/body.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- how to identify, locate and use material available in the library and online resources
- the major analytic techniques employed by forensic psychologists
- how to evaluate and select appropriate methods for researching questions in forensic psychology.
You will gain the following transferable skills:
- numeracy: the ability to analyse data and make sense of statistical materials, integrate numerical and non-numerical information, understand the limits and potentialities of arguments based on quantitative information.
- communication: the ability to organise information clearly, write coherently and concisely about your chosen research area and other areas of forensic psychology, and give oral presentations about your work.
- working with others: the ability to review the work of others, work co-operatively in groups, understand ethical principles and the procedures for gaining ethics approval for research
- improving your own learning: the ability to explore your personal strengths and weaknesses, develop the skills of time management, review the student-staff relationship, develop specialist learning skills, develop autonomy in learning
- information technology: use computers for data analysis, word processing, graphical display of data for analysis and presentation, bibliographical research, documentation and email
- problem-solving: the ability to identify and define problems, explore alternative solutions and discriminate between them
- teaching and learning: we will provide lecture workshops on computing, drop-in computing surgeries, training in making oral presentations of research material, lecture-seminars on writing critical reviews of literature, carrying out literature searches, lecture-workshops on career development, media training and training in the dissemination of research findings.
- you will also sit computing tests and unseen examinations and write coursework essays.
This programme aims to:
- foster your intellectual development by providing you with specialised knowledge of a range of theoretical approaches to forensic psychology and statistical and methodological expertise in order that you should be well equipped to make your own original contribution to psychological knowledge
- provide teaching that is informed by current research and scholarship and that requires you to engage with aspects of work at the frontiers of knowledge
- help you to develop research skills and transferable skills in preparation for entering academic or other careers as psychologists
- satisfy the academic requirements of the knowledge base specified by the British Psychological Society
- enable you to manage your own learning and to carry out independent research
- help you to develop general critical, analytic and problem-solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of settings.