Forensic Psychological Studies (F73)
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Rank: 200 (TCUG)
Study mode distance learning
Start Date: 2021/02/01
Duration: 24 months
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This masters degree enables you to gain an advanced understanding of the fascinating area of forensic psychology, while enhancing your analytical and communication skills, and your research literacy. Taking a case-based approach where you examine real life criminal cases you'll learn about a broad range of topics relevant to forensic psychology. You'll develop an understanding of the relationship this field of research has with law enforcement, legal practice, policy, public opinion and the media. You'll develop your critical analytical skills and your understanding of the principles driving different research methods. By completing this qualification you'll be able to source, select and review forensic psychological research independently, evaluate its relevance for complex real life issue/cases, assess its validity and clearly communicate your findings to a range of audiences. Key features of the course
- Provides professional development for careers where research literacy, analytic and communication skills are valued
- Experienced tutors and bespoke teaching materials provide an exploration of engaging topic areas and research
- Relevant for existing professionals or those with an interest in all areas of the UK criminal justice system and civil or social services.
You must hold a UK honours degree (2:2 at least) or equivalent to be accepted for the MSc in Forensic Psychological Studies. Your first degree need not be in forensic psychology or psychology, but you must have the skills expected of a social sciences graduate. A self-assessment tool will be available via OpenLearn. We strongly recommend you use the tool to make sure you are aware of the knowledge and skills expected to study this masters degree, and can undertake preparatory study (or brush up on your knowledge) where needed. All students will begin the masters degree with the postgraduate foundation module, Principles of social and psychological inquiry (DD801). This module will help equip you with the requisite skills needed to undertake postgraduate-level study, but it does not offer remedial training for those with an unsuitable bachelors degree or inadequate experience. You must be able to: - write accurately, clearly and concisely; - read large quantities of text quickly, accurately and critically; - classify evidence precisely and assess its value and reliability; - argue logically and consistently; - marshal evidence to support a logical argument. Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum score of 6.5 under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
IELTS: 6.5 (minimum score of 5.5 in each)
Notice: This score might not be totally accurate. It is the default IELTS grade for The Open University in Northern Ireland.