Why this programme?
The master's in Forensic Psychology is a highly challenging programme that operates at the intersection between psychology and the justice system. The programme prepares you for a career as a scientist-practitioner in the mental health field. You will learn about the psychology of people who come into contact with the law, and will receive the specialised skills training you need to work in this diverse, complex and challenging field.
As a forensic psychologist, you will be called upon to answer a broad range of difficult questions, such as:
- Is there a relationship between the mental disorder of a suspet and their behaviour during the crime?
- How big is the risk that someone will re-offend in the future?
- When is it safe to allow a sex offender back into the community?
The group of patients you'll work with will be diverse and demanding. They may have severe antisocial behaviour and/or co-morbid mental disorders (such as schizophrenia combined with substance abuse disorders).
You will also need knowledge in the field of material law and legal procedures to be effective as an expert witness in court, for example. This means that you will need a very particular skillset. The programme contains a number of specialised courses that will provide you with all the training you’ll need to take on these situations.
Select group of talented students
The Forensic Psychology programme only accepts 24 students a year and receives about 100-120 applications. Your fellow students will therefore be a select group of talented, ambitious students who are all willing to work hard in their studies. As this course involves a lot of group work and discussion, it will help bring out the best in you.
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