Online course details

Study options

Part-time: Part-time (3 years)

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Online course description

Due to open September 2022*

We are pleased to be introducing a new online MSc Forensic Psychology course. The course will be suited to students holding a BPS accredited undergraduate degree in psychology, conversion programme or similar, and who want to work within the Criminal Justice System or take one step closer in pursuing a career as a practising forensic psychologist.

The course is being developed for the online learning modality by subject matter experts in line with our long-standing MSc Forensic Psychology campus-based provision. At the University of Derby, we have expertise in online education and years of experience in delivering BPS accredited online psychology programmes.

Building on the success and reputation of the campus-based provision, this new online MSc Forensic Psychology course will be accessible to students who are unable to travel to attend campus to study, for example due to existing work commitments, geographical location or seeking a return to study in a way that fits around existing personal and professional commitments.

A cutting-edge curriculum based on real world developments

The programme will provide an advanced education in current practices, issues, and developments in the field of forensic psychology, as well as exploring psychological perspectives and theories relevant to understanding criminal behaviour and the psychology of victims and survivors of crime.

Modules will be forensically focused and will cover topics including the psychology of the offender and the victim, forensic settings and rehabilitative interventions, forensic risk assessment and case formulation, and the criminal justice context of forensic psychology. You will also have the opportunity to focus on an area of particular interest to you through your choice of independent research project.

The course will be taught by a research-active team of both academics and practicing psychologists who have considerable experience of working with offenders and victims in a range of forensic contexts. The curriculum will be underpinned by their latest research, as well as the University’s strong relationships with the police, the court system, prisons, probation and other criminal justice agencies, ensuring a real-world focused course which is firmly rooted in current issues and practices. These links also secure the potential to develop research opportunities with these agencies.

Developed to meet the needs of professional standards

The new course will confer Stage One training towards becoming a registered Forensic Psychologist (subject to BPS accreditation) for those who wish to practice forensic psychology in the UK. Our course provides a key steppingstone on route to qualifying in the field, enhancing your employability.

Following successful completion of the course, you must complete Stage Two towards becoming a registered Forensic Psychologist by embarking on a BPS accredited Stage Two qualification in forensic psychology, or you may elect to take the independent training route, by completing 2 years supervised workplace practice. Alternatively, following graduation you may choose to pursue a career in sectors such as Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service, crime analysis or education.

A fully online course

The forthcoming online MSc Forensic Psychology course will offer an alternative study mode alongside our already successful on-campus course. There will be a wealth of resource and study materials hosted in our virtual learning environment and full access to our cloud campus facilities.

The University of Derby has a strong student focus, and we believe that we demonstrate excellence in teaching and student support. You’ll engage with fellow students from around the world through digital cafes, forums and virtual workspaces to share ideas, experiences and insights.

You will have regular online presentations on emerging topics from guest speakers including internationally recognised psychologists, criminologists, and forensic psychology practitioners.

Register your interest for this course using the form below, to keep up to date on its development and be the first to know when it opens for applications.

What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Tuesday, 14 June 2022 15.00 - 16.00

During this hour-long webinar, we'll take you through the basic principles of how online learning works and what you can expect as an online learner with the University of Derby Online Learning. The webinar includes a 30-minute presentation and an opportunity to take part in a Q&A.

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How you will learn

Student support and guidance

Whilst we encourage our students to become independent, life-long learners, we also recognise that offering the right support and guidance will help you to achieve your goals. There is a wealth of support available to you at the University, from your dedicated Personal Tutor and Online Learner Advisor, through to our:

All these services, and more, are available to you as an online student at the University of Derby.

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply

Documents to support your application

In order for your application to be assessed, you will need to provide the following documents when you apply:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Please note: failure to submit any documentation when requested, may result in your application being withdrawn.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.

† Additional information about your studies

Accelerated pace of study option available from September 2023 (18 months)

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.

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