- Entry requirements: 2:1 or above in Psychology
- Full-time: 12 months
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Renowned worldwide, this MSc in Investigative and Forensic Psychology is a high-quality master's course providing academic and research knowledge of forensic practice. This includes crime reduction and intervention; investigative procedures, forensic interviewing, court processes, custody and rehabilitation.
Why Choose Investigative and Forensic Psychology at Liverpool?
This course is for you if you have a high 2:1 bachelor’s degree in Psychology (65% or above) and want to pursue a career in forensic psychology, law enforcement, investigations, intelligence, or go on to study a PhD and work in research/academia.
Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as Stage 1 Forensic Chartership training (if applicants UG degree is accredited by BPS); recognised by the Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP, British Psychological Society), and also counts towards Chartered Forensic Status.
Applicants do not need to have completed a psychology degree recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as Graduate basis for chartership (GBC). However, if applicants do not have GBC then they need to be aware that unless they obtain GBC from the BPS before completing the masters they will not be able to progress to Stage 2 Forensic Chartership.
Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.
You will gain conceptual knowledge, skills and critical awareness via:
This module introduces students to the area of Investigative and Forensic Psychology.
Specifically students will explore the various theories and explanations which have been put forward to help explain why people commit criminal behaviour. The module will also focus on applied forensic practice and how these forensic tools can be used in the investigative process.
The module will be taught via lectures, seminars, group project, and tutorials. Learning will be assessed via a practical report and essay.
This module explores the range of qualitative and quantitative research methods and statistical analyses used in psychological research. The module covers ANOVAs, factor analysis, ROC, mediation, multiple regressions, spatial statistics, cluster analysis, interviews, and field research to cite the main techniques. The module encompasses both theoretical content and practical skills that are transferable to research designs in psychology and in other subject disciplines. The module will be delivered via lectures, laboratory work, and online material. Learning will be assessed via a critical evaluation of research methodologies and a written examination.
This module examines several psychological theories related to the process of investigation and critical incident management. The aim of this module is to provide students with an overview of the relevant psychological theories to understand how a range of organisational, situational, individual and social factors may affect decision-making, leadership and communication processes within investigations and critical incident management. The module will be taught via a range of activities including lectures, seminars, tutorials, and laboratory work. Learning will be assessed via a critical evaluation of current theoretical explanations for the management of major investigations or critical incidents and a practical assignment based on case materials provided.
This module provides students with an overview of the relevant conceptual theories and approaches to assessment and legal processes with children and adults in forensic contexts. Students will critically explore and develop awareness of the application of psychology to processes in the justice system and client groups in forensic domains. This will include ethical and professional standards with some special reference to information communication.
This is a psychological research study conducted by the student under the supervision of a member of staff. The student is responsible for designing, running, analysing, and writing up this research study. There will be a minimum of eight hours of supervisory meetings to assist the student in achieving this. In addition, there will be; an initial meeting to introduce the module and the research interests of the staff, three hours; a formative assessment based on a short written report, 1500 words, of the research plan and ethical approval at the end of semester one to monitor progress, and; a poster presentation, three hours, of progress at the end of semester two.
Assessment is by primarily through coursework. There is an in class exam for the module PSYC640 Research methods and statistics. Assessments align with the University of Liverpool commitment to have relevant, authentic and varied activities and are designed to lead directly to enhanced professional and personal objectives as well as being appropriate to the academic discipline.
We have a distinctive approach to education, the Liverpool Curriculum Framework, which focuses on research-connected teaching, active learning, and authentic assessment to ensure our students graduate as digitally fluent and confident global citizens.
Studying with us means you can tailor your degree to suit you. Here's what is available on this course.
You will benefit from excellent online and on-campus teaching with a strong academic and pastoral support framework.
There are opportunities to develop skills to improve employability.
You will have access to excellent recreational and sports facilities and can enjoy membership of hundreds of student societies and sports clubs.
From arrival to alumni, we’re with you all the way:
The course content is excellent, there are vast research opportunities, the staff are incredible and supportive and we get to see the real-world impact of what we’re learning in class.
On completion of the programme, your resulting knowledge, skills and attitudes will enable you to put psychological principles into effect in a variety of settings including research, practice and the interface of applied research.
The scientific aspects of the course, including the application of a reasoned approach, problem solving and manipulation of data, provide useful tools for careers in healthcare, law enforcement, finance, IT and research.
This Programme provides a solid grounding for careers in law enforcement, criminal justice, government agencies, education, commercial or industrial sectors.
Forensic and Investigative Psychologists can work in various fields, including:
Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.
|UK fees (applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland)
|Full-time place, per year
|Full-time place, per year
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support.
If you're a UK national, or have settled status in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan worth up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs. Learn more about paying for your studies..
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We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries that could help pay your tuition and living expenses.
The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.
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|Postgraduate entry requirements
To apply, you must have a high 2:1 bachelor’s degree in Psychology (65% or above) with high marks in research methods and statistics.
You do not need to have completed a psychology degree recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as a Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC). However to progress to Stage 2 Forensic Chartership you must obtain GBC from the BPS.
All applicants must have some relevant work experience with a vulnerable client group (voluntary or paid), but not necessarily in a forensic setting.
Applicants who meet the minimum entry requirement will be invited to attend an online interview.
If you hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, but don’t meet our entry requirements, a Pre-Master’s can help you gain a place. This specialist preparation course for postgraduate study is offered on campus at the University of Liverpool International College, in partnership with Kaplan International Pathways. Although there’s no direct Pre-Master’s route to this MSc, completing a Pre-Master’s pathway can guarantee you a place on many other postgraduate courses at The University of Liverpool.
You'll need to demonstrate competence in the use of English language. International applicants who do not meet the minimum required standard of English language can complete one of our Pre-Sessional English courses to achieve the required level.
|English language qualification
View our IELTS academic requirements key.
Standard Level 5
|108 or above with minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 24, Writing 24, Reading 24, Speaking 24
|INDIA Standard XII
|National Curriculum (CBSE/ISC) - 75% and above in English. Accepted State Boards - 80% and above in English.
|Hong Kong use of English AS level
Last updated 17 October 2023 / / Programme terms and conditions