I recently attended the BPS UG conference in Glasgow (a great day for all Psychology UG – get along to it next year if you possibly can – there’s the opportunity to present your research too! – what a great start for an academic/psychology-profession career!).
I did a bit of what I’m always encouraging you to do when investigating career-areas ie Networking! – and found out about a new MSC in Applied Criminology and Forensic Psychology which is starting this September at Edinburgh Napier. It’s not a BPS accredited Forensic psychology degree, but it does have a placement element for gaining more experience, introduces you to lots of practical research skills and has an option to study investigative journalism.
This new MSc is an interesting combination, giving you the chance to study two subjects together that explore crime at a societal and individual level. You’ll gain a range of very practical skills on this course such as:
- carrying out offender risk assessment,
- rehabilitation methods, mediation,
- forensic interviewing,
- facial composite construction.
- skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods
- public speaking
- report writing
- risk analysis
You’ll also learn from expert practitioners from within the legal system, and expert research active staff from Edinburgh Napier and other institutions. So as well as being a good launchpad for the psychology professions and research careers, you get to make professional connections (that Networking thing again!) and it can also open the door to many interesting careers related to crime and criminal justice. These could include work with:
- HM Prisons and secure units
- Probation service
- Police services
- Social work
- Court services
- Legal services
- Voluntary sector
- Community development
- Adult guidance
- Local and central government
- Academia & Research
- Health services
- Forensic services
The course starts in September 2015 (apply by August) and is suitable for anyone with a background in social sciences, psychology, law, and policing, and a 2.1 degree. It’s taught on Tuesdays and Wednesdays over a full year (Sep-Aug) full time or two years part time.
To find out more about this programme, contact the Programme Director: Dr Kathy Charles firstname.lastname@example.org
To research similar courses, use the Further Study section of our website.
Plus research where your ‘Life of Crime’ can take you – find out where a Criminology qualification can take you, and follow up with a search on the Occupations section of our website for more detail on the different career area this qualification can open up.