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PS50193: Forensic psychology placement

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Psychology
Credits: 60 [equivalent to 120 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 1,200
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: OR %, OT %
Assessment Detail:
  • Ethics proposal
  • Placement Report
  • Presentation
  • End of Placement Appraisal
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: By the end of this unit, you will be able to:
* Experience working with and as a sciencist practitioner in a forensic setting
* Develop the skills required as autonomous researchers and for team work.
* Develop transferable skills that will prepare them for postgraduate employment or further study.
* Develop skills in reflective practice, evidence-based practice and personal development.
* Develop knowledge and experience ethical issues and practices within professional forensic settings.

Aims: The aims of this unit are:
* To provide students with the opportunity to develop skills as a scientist-practitioner by working closely with a psychologist or other suitably qualified professional working in a forensic setting. This provides an excellent opportunity to put into practice some of the methods and theories that the students have learned during the programme and to build professional skills.

Skills: Intellectual Skills
Students will develop:
* The ability to learn independently and to be able to assess own learning needs.
* 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.
* Time management and administration skills.
* The ability to reflect on his/her academic and professional performance and take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development.
* The ability to solve problems in a variety of situations.
* The ability to prioritise workloads.
* Independent and group working skills
* A sensitivity to and the ability to react appropriately to contextual and interpersonal factors in a professional context.

Content: The student will work alongside a psychologist or other suitably qualified professional in a forensic psychology setting.
* Take part in the daily life of the institution where they work, participate in meetings with other forensic professionals (e.g., Forensic Social Workers or Forensic Psychiatrists) and clients.
* Involve themselves in on-going projects and activities in the institution where the student is on placement.
* Undertake a research project that will be the basis of the students'dissertation.
* Experience issues related to working with a range of different client groups.
* Experience working with a scientist-practitioner in forensic settings.
* The development of core skills in reflective practice, evidence-based practice and personal development.
* Developing knowledge and experience ethical principles and practices within professional forensic settings.

Programme availability:

PS50193 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

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


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