The MSc Investigative and Forensic Psychology provides you with a high quality, balanced programme of research and academic knowledge including awareness of professional, legal and ethical issues, and practical, communication and dissemination skills. We aim to enable you to acquire conceptual knowledge, skills and critical awareness through the following:
- Key readings – Provision of key readings in advance of lectures to give you an overview of the relevant conceptual models and an understanding of the key debates.
- Lectures – A series of lectures from core teaching staff.
- Visiting speakers – Lectures from practitioners, often using lively case examples.
- Tutorials – A number of tutorials accompanying some of the modules to allow for clarification, reflection and debate.
- Student seminars – Involvement in small seminar groups where each group delivers a series of short presentations to their fellow students.
- Practitioner seminars – Opportunity to engage in the Centre for Investigative Psychology and Centre for Critical and Major Incident Psychology practitioner seminars, as well as other larger scale events such as those run by the National Policing Improvements Agency.
- Traditional assessment methods-Essays, statistics exams and research project.
The University currently holds British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation, as such the MSc Investigative and Forensic Psychology degree is recognised as providing an important step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist for students who have Graduate Basis for Chartership (see below).
In order to achieve chartered status you must complete the following components:
- GBC: An Undergraduate degree which is accredited by the BPS as having Graduate basis for Chartered membership (GBC)
- Stage 1: A Masters degree which is accredited by the BPS
- Stage 2: A minimum of two years full time supervised practice in employment following the MSc. For more details see the BPS website.
Note that a standard reaccreditation visit is taking place in July 2013, and provision at the London Campus will be considered during the reaccreditation. For the latest updates check www.liv.ac.uk/psychology
It is also recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a Research Methods MSc and students taking this degree are eligible for the ESRC 1 + 3 studentships.
You can apply online for taught postgraduate programmes.