Core programme content
- Associations between mental disorders and antisocial and criminal behaviours
- Risk management, treatment and services for mentally disordered persons
- Research Methodology and Statistics
- Psychology of the Legal & Investigative Process
- Practice in Forensic Psychology (including forensic clinical placement)
FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT
Taught modules: seminars assessed by essays or unseen examination; placement module assessed by case studies/essays and evaluation from placement supervisor; research dissertation.
More information on typical programme modules.
NB it cannot be guaranteed that all modules are offered in any particular academic year.
Module code: 7PAFCRES
Credit level: 7
The dissertation is intended to assess students' ability to conduct research in real world settings. It involves the selection of a researchable problem, the design of a study that addresses the problem, appropriate analyses and the evaluation of the adequacy and usefulness of the solution. Practical implications for professionals working in the field of study should be identified and expanded upon where appropriate. The dissertation may consist of new analyses of data collected to address a clearly specified research question. Alternatively students may collect new data of their own or conduct secondary data analysis or meta-analyses. Dissertations that consist solely of reviews of the literature and contain no new analyses of data will not be acceptable. The dissertation should be between 10,000 and 15,000 words in length.
Module code: 7PAFCRIS
Credit level: 7
In this module students will review: recent discussions in the scientific and clinical literatures concerning the reasons for assessing risk of future violent behaviour; recent findings concerning the validity of various strategies for assessing risk of violent behaviour among persons with mental disorders recent empirical findings concerning the impact of treatment programmes and components of treatment and services on reducing violent and antisocial behaviours and criminal offending among persons with mental disorders.
The objectives of this module are to: gain an understanding of the assessment and treatment of mentally disordered offenders; gain an understanding of the evidence base for psychological and biological treatments for mentally disordered offenders, including those with diagnoses of psychotic disorders and personality disorder; gain an understanding of methodological issues that impact on the interpretation of results of the literature reviewed above; gain an understanding of the organisation of forensic mental health services and how these services can be evaluated; prepare students to be able to critically review new publications on treatment interventions in mentally disordered offenders
Assessment will take the form of an essay, requiring the student to review required readings and lecture notes and provide written answers of 1500 - 2,500 words.
Dr Susan Young
Accredited by the Division of Forensic Psychology, British Psychological Society.
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
One year FT, September to September.
Denmark Hill Campus; placements take place at various locations.
Students have used the MSc as evidence of professional development and commitment in applying for training posts in clinical or forensic psychology.
Year of entry 2013