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PS50194: Forensic psychology dissertation

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Psychology
Credits: 30 [equivalent to 60 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 600
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: DS 90%, OR 10%
Assessment Detail:
  • Dissertation (DS 90%)
  • Oral Presentation (OR 10%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
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.

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.

Skills: 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.

Content: The student will carry out a substantial research project of their own design, in Forensic psychology.

Programme availability:

PS50194 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

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


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