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MSC/PGDIP/PGCERTInvestigative and Forensic Psychology

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The MSc Investigative & Forensic Psychology is a one year, full-time postgraduate programme. It is accredited by the British Psychological Society and recognised as the first step towards status as a Chartered Forensic Psychologist in the UK for students who have Graduate Basis for Chartership. The course is also recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a Research Methods MSc and students taking this course are eligible for the ESRC 1 + 3 studentships.

The MSc provides students with a high quality, balanced postgraduate programme of research and academic knowledge including, awareness of professional, legal and ethical issues, and practical, communication and dissemination skills in Investigative and Forensic Psychology. The programme takes a three-tiered approach.

Students begin with structured sessions on conceptual and theoretical issues (including aggression, sexual violence and deviance, decision-making, leadership and stress, memory, communication and persuasion, and the psychology of crowd dynamics).

They then appreciate how these and related issues can be applied to forensic practice and its legal context (in terms of crime reduction and intervention studies; investigative procedures, forensic interviewing, court processes and proceedings, assessment, custody and rehabilitation).

Finally, they gain skills in communicating knowledge and conducting relevant research on case assessments of individuals and organisations

Career opportunities

Our programmes aim to provide students with a high level of academic and analytical skill, making them suitable for careers or further postgraduate study in a number of areas. Graduates have had a choice of possibilities, including: Joining research teams as research associates in many areas, such as Applied Psychology and Criminology Working in the substance misuse field Clinical training Becoming members of police forces as “civilians” involved in intelligence work or as police officers Working in prisons or with clinical forensic populations working in commercial or industrial research and development units.

The MSc Investigative and Forensic Psychology programme at the University of Liverpool has an excellent record of graduate employment. Our graduates go on to work in all areas of the criminal justice system and our course is looked upon favourably when assessing applications for doctorate study and clinical psychology courses. Listed below are examples of our past students current occupations and/or employers:

Crime analysts and principal crime analysts working for police forces
National and International Police forces
Behavioural investigative advisors
Medium/high security prisons, psychiatric units or hospitals.
Home Office
Probation services
Youth offending teams
National Policing Improvements Agency
Office for National Statistics
Research associates
PsychD Clinical Psychology
Fraud investigators
Ministry of Defence
Security Services (MI5, MI6)
Defence and Science Technology Laboratory
Expert witness
Professional consultancy
Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)
Mobile phone cellsite analyst

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States