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Psychology

Master in Forensic Psychology

Course Details

Welcome to the website of the unique postgraduate programme M.Sc. in Forensic Psychology in Greece!

The programme is offered at ICPS College in collaboration with the state University of Central Lancashire which that has extensive experience in the field. In addition, EvoFIT system for constructing facial composites of offenders by witnesses and victims of crime, used today by some of the largest police forces in the world, is the result of extensive research done at UCLan over the past few years.

Forensic Psychology is one of the most evolving branches of the science of psychology worldwide and has many practical applications in various fields. A large number of professionals, including psychologists, doctors, lawyers, police and other professionals, are keenly interested in this field. The specialization of Forensic Psychology constitutes the connection of psychology with the legal system and is about the process of how people who commit crimes think and behave, in order to solve cases and thereby obtain justice. In addition, a key part of Forensic Psychology is the prevention of aggression and violence, with the ultimate aim of protecting the physical integrity of citizens and the proper functioning of society.
 
The postgraduate programme in Forensic Psychology is specifically designed to develop the skills needed to apply psychology to environments related to criminology, justice and the prevention of violence (prison, hospitals, police services, courts, sectors with related action). During this programme, students will gain knowledge of the theoretical principles of forensic psychology and the application of these theories to a practical forensic environment.
 
Inter alia, it covers:
 
  • The theory and findings that govern the application of the principles of psychology to forensic environments
  • The evolution of an offender from his first contact with the criminal justice system to his final release in the community and / or in secure protected settings
  • Diagnosing and assessing, through cutting-edge tools, the risk of offenses or crimes by specific individuals or social groups
  • Profiling of Offenders/Criminals as well as methods of False Detection/Deception during contact with accused or criminals
  • Suspect Interview and Investigation methods, as well as the Science of Eyewitness Testimony and Face Recognition
  • The role of ongoing evaluation, intervention and individual care of the perpetrators
  • Care and psychological support of the victims and their families
  • Essential applied forensic psychologist skills, such as counselling and communication with the offender, victim, family and interdisciplinary team
  • Ethical and other professional issues in applying Forensic Psychology
  • Basic research methods used by forensic psychologists and their application in forensic contexts
  • Applications of Forensic Psychology in Clinical Frameworks

 

Moreover, important characteristics of the programme are:

  • Postgraduate programme with international recognition from the 5th largest University of England
  • Recognition in Greece, based on the provisions of Union Law, on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications as defined by law
  • Interdisciplinary team of trainers (psychologists specialized in forensic psychology, criminologists, psychiatrists specializing in forensic psychiatry, lawyers etc.) with extensive experience in forensic psychology and its application in Greece and Europe
  • Flexible programme offered in full-time or part-time basis to be combined with other obligations

 

Entry Requirements

 

  • University degree, preferably in Psychology or a similar field
  • Members of the Security Forces, Lawyers and Judicial Officers are also accepted but are not allowed to enroll in the Department of Forensic Psychology of the British Psychological Society upon graduation
  • English language comprehension of IELTS 6.5, or equivalent level. Those who have completed their graduate studies in English language are exempted
  • Applicants who have completed a graduate research thesis will be preferred
  • Two years of working experience are desirable, but not necessaryVery good knowledge (at first degree level) of Research & Methodology using SPSS. (Candidate who does not cover the criteria can attend a special intensive programme at ICPS)
 

COurse Structure

The programme consists of two parts. The first includes specialized courses / lectures, seminars and workshops in the field of Forensic Psychology. The second part consists of training in forensic research and the implementation of a research thesis.

The subjects of postgraduate programme, inter alia, include:

  • Training in the basic principles of the legal system and its relation to the science of psychology
  • Forensic psychology: Management of perpetrator, victim and eyewitness
  • Intervention programmes for specific population (e.g. sex offenders)
  • Principles and application of critical and systematic review and research protocols applied to forensic samples
  • Procedures for conducting research studies in collaboration with service recipients, care givers and other stakeholders
  • Study and sketching of forensic profiles and specific evaluation protocols
  • False detection and deception techniques
  • Detection and understanding of emotions
  • Structured clinical interview and other well-known methodologies
  • Neuropsychological evaluation as a key skill in forensic psychology
  • The forensic psychologist in clinical psychology and special issues related to mental disorders 
  • Professional and ethical issues in forensic psychology especially in relation to different contexts and differentiated groups and needs
  • International perspectives and culture differences in the understanding of psychological difficulties and well-being
  • Personal development, self-assessment and supervision as professional tools
  • Work and result achievement in interdisciplinary group
  • Developing basic skills used by Forensic Psychologists, particularly in relation to the «'BPS' Division of Forensic Psychology Training Committee»

 

Academic Assessment:

Academic evaluation in this postgraduate programme includes a variety of methods: assignments, presentations, exams, self-assessment and personal development reports, role play, etc.

Entry Requirements

  • You will acquire multi-faceted knowledge, skills and experiences on the subjects like Offenders Profiling, Lie Detection, interrogation methods etc.
  • You will be distinguished by having one of the few Postgraduate degrees in Forensic Psychology in Greece
  • You will contribute to the development of the application of forensic psychology in Greece through pioneering researches
  • You will study in the highly specialized College with 30 years of experience in the field of Psychology 
  • You will be trained by a multidisciplinary team of professionals with great experience in mental health in Greece and abroad
  • You will be awarded recognized postgraduate title that will open you doors in Greece and abroad 
  • You will become a member of the ICPS family, the largest psychology school in Greece in a number of programmes, and the 5th largest University in England

Placements

The programme aims at developing knowledge and skills that will make the graduate competitive not only in the Greek but also in the international labor market.

Graduates take up positions at:

  • Forensic frameworks
  • Jails
  • Organisations supporting vulnerable groups
  • Organisations offering psychological evaluation services (like insurance companies, diagnostic centers etc)
  • Special services of opinion/counselling provision
  • NGO providing services to people with abusive behavior 
  • Structures for domestic violence
  • Hospitals and private clinics
  • Schools, counselling centers and business settings 
Of course, another activity for graduates of the programme is the exercise of the profession by providing psychological and psychotherapeutic services. 
 
The programme also gives an advantage to a graduate who wishes to join one of the paid Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology in England or other European countries.
 

 

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