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PS50194: Forensic psychology dissertation

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Psychology
Further information on credits Credits: 30      [equivalent to 60 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 600
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: DS 90%, OR 10%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Dissertation (DS 90%)
  • Oral Presentation (OR 10%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is:
* To provide students with the opportunity to carry out an independent research project by putting into practice some of the methods, theories and skills that they have learned during the taught units and placement unit.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit, the students should be able:
* To demonstrate a good knowledge of the literature on a chosen research question in the field of Forensic psychology
* To demonstrate awareness of the ethical issues surrounding research in forensic psychology
* To show competency in the use of particular research designs and techniques within the field of Forensic psychology;
* To present independent analysis, argument and/or application of theory in a coherent fashion;
* To produce a dissertation of academic and professional merit that defines a research question/questions, identifies an appropriate methodology and engages with relevant theory and data.

Intellectual skills
Students will develop:
* The ability to think creatively and analytically
* The ability to communicate an argument
* The ability to evaluate others arguments and research
* The ability to learn independently and to be able to assess own learning needs
* The ability to critically evaluate and assess research and evidence as well as a variety of other information
* The ability to gather information, data, research and literature from a number of different sources
* The ability to synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding
* The ability to utilise problem solving skills
* The ability to work independently
* The ability to demonstrate intellectual, psychological and scientific skills in a practical context, whilst on placement
Transferable Skills
* Study and learning skills
* Basic information and computing technology skills
* Awareness of ethical issues in carrying out research
* The ability to solve problems in a variety of situations
* The ability to prioritise workloads
* Independent and group working skills.

The student will carry out a substantial research project of their own design, in Forensic psychology.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PS50194 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology
  • THPS-AWM13 : MSc Applied Forensic Psychology with Counselling