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MSc Forensic Psychology


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Available for October 2020 Entry

The MSc Forensic Psychology is a unique programme designed to prepare students for numerous diverse or specific careers within the general context of the Criminal Justice System. The programme is built around the fundamental theoretical, methodological and applied areas of Forensic Psychology.

In terms of the programme philosophy, the MSc Forensic Psychology reflects the academic skills underpinning the application of psychology to a forensic setting. It provides a strong emphasis on the application of Forensic Psychology in professional practice and how theoretical concepts are applied. Furthermore, the programme attends to victims and offenders. With regard to the latter, it follows the progression of an offender from their first contact with the criminal justice system until their eventual release into the community and/or transfer to conditions of less security. Attention is given to the victim and pre-trial issues (including civil justice). The role of on-going assessment, intervention and through-care are emphasised throughout the curriculum.

To foster professional growth, the programme places a strong emphasis upon developing professional report writing and presentation skills, methodological rigour, research expertise, independent learning and critical thinking. To facilitate this, students will be exposed to a learning and research environment that is rich in mentoring opportunities from members of the programme team with academic and/or practical forensic experience.

Within the programme, students have the option to take the practical experience module, which includes 1000 hours of supervised practical training.

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Advanced Methods in Psychology
Advanced Forensic Psychology Project
Psychology and the Legal System
Personal Attributes of Offenders and Victims
Professional Practice: Forensic Consultancy and Supervision
Forensic Risk Assessment
Psychology, Investigation and the Courtroom
Violent and Sexual Offenders: Intervention
Forensic Mental Health

Practical Experience

The 2nd year of the MSc Forensic Psychology consists of a multi component module which includes a series of practical workshops designed to enrich the trainees’ practical assessment and treatment skills. An indicative list of seminars is provided below:

  • Assessment skills
  • Forensic assessment interview
  • Professional issues (ethics in correctional facilities, confidentiality, conflict of interest, treatment refusal)
  • Core counselling skills
  • Assessment & diagnosis
  • Introduction to person-centred counselling
  • Formulation practice
  • Group processes
  • Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Introduction to trauma-focused CBT
  • Introduction to play therapy for children that faced trauma
  • Anger management interventions for offenders
  • Problem solving interventions
  • Introduction to Contextual Behaviour Science
  • Introduction to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Psychometric Testing and use of Projective Tests
  • Substance misuse treatment in forensic settings
  • Legislation awareness/ being an expert witness/ working as a forensic psychologist in criminal cases
  • Psychopharmacology in forensic settings
  • Child custody assessments
  • Competency to stand trial
  • Malingering
  • Suicidality in forensic mental health and prison setting
  • Special population (i.e. female offenders, minors etc.)
  • Substance and prison
  • Civil Law

In addition, the practical experience module provides trainees with the opportunity to have internships in a number of organisations, including weekly individual and group supervision.

Career Options

The course covers a range of forensic psychology topics and allows candidates to strengthen the knowledge and skills that are essential for becoming Certified Forensic Psychologists. The course has been specifically designed to reflect the academic skills required to apply psychology to a forensic setting, including universities, prisons, secure hospitals, probation, police services and the courts.

Overall, the course can prepare students for numerous diverse or specific careers in the public as well as the private sector. It provides graduates with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue careers within the general context of the Criminal Justice System. Students who complete the practical experience module (1000 hours of supervised training) will be able to become registered Forensic Psychologists and practise the profession in Cyprus.


Dr Lilia Psalta



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