The University of Wolverhampton

MScForensic and Investigative Psychology

Why choose this course?

The course is designed to develop an applied psychological knowledge base relevant to the domain of Forensic and Investigative Psychology, underpinned by theory and empirical research (including research methodology relevant to the course).

What happens on the course?

The course combines contemporary and traditional approaches to psychology, law and criminal behaviours, and includes topics of particular relevance to the 21st century and beyond such as cybercrime and deviance, human trafficking and modern day slavery, decision-making, and the use and collection of ‘big data’ and surveillance information.

You will be introduced to a range of contemporary psychological theories and empirical research relevant to Forensic and Investigative Psychology, including ethics, applied memory and cognition, decision-making, investigative practice, cybercrime, theories of crime, and deception.

In addition, students may have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications in psychological testing as part of the ‘Conducting and Interpreting psychological Research’ module.

Career path

On completion of the MSc in Investigative and Forensic Psychology graduates will be able to offer a broad range of knowledge and associated skill sets, which will support them to work across a number of sectors, including (but not confined to):

  • Consultancy
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Home Office
  • Data collection and analysis domains
  • Police service
  • Border Agency
  • Security services/agencies
  • Recruitment
  • Psychological assessment developers
  • Academic fields
  • Prison service
  • Charities

What skills will you gain?

The learning objectives and activities of the course are designed to develop an applied psychological knowledge base relevant to the domain of Forensic and Investigative Psychology.

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 or higher in a Psychology or relevant cognate science degree (e.g. computer science, information science)
  • Applicants who do not hold a BPS accredited Psychology degree at 2:1 or higher will be required to attend an interview to ascertain suitability for the course’
  • SKYPE interviews are available
  • If English is not your first language an English Language Qualification - IELTS level score of 6.5 or above/equivalence will be required.

Course fees and finance

2019/0 Home/EU International
Full time £6,250 £13,000
Part time £3,125

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/0. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England was introduced from September 2016. For more information and how to apply online visit: www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (//www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (//www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay

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