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For those wanting to study, those who are studying or those who just have an I test in forensic psychology.

Personally have an interest in it and don't see a lot of other people doing it and such else I'm hoping to study it and went to an open day at LJMU the other day and absolutely loved it!
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For those wanting to study, those who are studying or those who just have an I test in forensic psychology.

Personally have an interest in it and don't see a lot of other people doing it and such else I'm hoping to study it and went to an open day at LJMU the other day and absolutely loved it!
Hey, I want to study forensic psychology, which university are you applying for ? Also what made you so interested in studying this degree? Honestly I am struggling with my parents, convincing them that it is the right choice for me but lately is started to doubt myself so how can I be so sure?

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Hey, I want to study forensic psychology, which university are you applying for ? Also what made you so interested in studying this degree? Honestly I am struggling with my parents, convincing them that it is the right choice for me but lately is started to doubt myself so how can I be so sure?

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I've only looked at LJMU and Derby so far because I'm also looking at law at the same time just in case I change my mind. Still sticking to the criminal feild thought, I would love to go into criminal law if I did go that career instead. Where have you looked at?Why aren't your pernats not convinced by it? It's a good and stable degree and you get recognised by the BPS and that's an amazing thing?!
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I've only looked at LJMU and Derby so far because I'm also looking at law at the same time just in case I change my mind. Still sticking to the criminal feild thought, I would love to go into criminal law if I did go that career instead. Where have you looked at?Why aren't your pernats not convinced by it? It's a good and stable degree and you get recognised by the BPS and that's an amazing thing?!
I looked at many universities including KCL, UCL, Hertfordshire, I just have to pick the 5. Well they're not convinced as there is no jobs for a forensic psychologist where I live, but since I am going to be studying abroad in England, it really doesn't matter for me as I am gonna find a job there! Also they want me to study medicine or pharmacy as they are a more recognized degrees and have more salaries. You can also look at psychology and law course l, it is a nice combination

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I looked at many universities including KCL, UCL, Hertfordshire, I just have to pick the 5. Well they're not convinced as there is no jobs for a forensic psychologist where I live, but since I am going to be studying abroad in England, it really doesn't matter for me as I am gonna find a job there! Also they want me to study medicine or pharmacy as they are a more recognized degrees and have more salaries. You can also look at psychology and law course l, it is a nice combination

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I didn't know that Hertfordshire offered it as well? I will have to consider looking there then. When I went to a like a presentation on it the lecturer said money is really good depending on what filed you go into obviously. I'm not quite sure what I would go into yet, I've not thought that far ahead of it :/ I guess thats kind if at the back of my own head though that there are a lot more recognized degrees out there that I could do, but at the same time you need to pick something you really want
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I didn't know that Hertfordshire offered it as well? I will have to consider looking there then. When I went to a like a presentation on it the lecturer said money is really good depending on what filed you go into obviously. I'm not quite sure what I would go into yet, I've not thought that far ahead of it :/ I guess thats kind if at the back of my own head though that there are a lot more recognized degrees out there that I could do, but at the same time you need to pick something you really want
Yeahh, eventually, you're picking up a course that's gonna turn into a whole life thing, so I strongly advice you to search your brain and pick up, something you really like and you can be imagine yourself doing it in the future

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Hello

I love Forensic Psychology. I did a Forensic Psychology module in my final year of undergrad and it just confirmed my love for it! I had an offer for a place on an MSc Forensic Psychology course, although I actually ended up turning it down for a completely different area - partly because the other area makes me so happy, partly because I have social anxiety so figured I'd be making life very difficult for myself to try and work in forensic psychology!

I have loved the police since I was a kid, so I am interested most in the policing aspects of forensic psychology (kinda the links with clinical/occupational psychology - post-traumatic stress in police officers, personality traits [mainly perfectionism] in police, dealing with traumatic incidents, crisis situations, negotiators etc, and also policing and mental health incidents), but I just love all of it. My essay for my Forensic Psych module was on offender profiling and policing, and I absolutely loved writing it!
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Hi! I wondered if anyone knew of any good forensic psychology books/articles that I could read (for extra reading really)? I want to do psychology at uni but this is the area I'm most interested in
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Hello

I love Forensic Psychology. I did a Forensic Psychology module in my final year of undergrad and it just confirmed my love for it! I had an offer for a place on an MSc Forensic Psychology course, although I actually ended up turning it down for a completely different area - partly because the other area makes me so happy, partly because I have social anxiety so figured I'd be making life very difficult for myself to try and work in forensic psychology!

I have loved the police since I was a kid, so I am interested most in the policing aspects of forensic psychology (kinda the links with clinical/occupational psychology - post-traumatic stress in police officers, personality traits [mainly perfectionism] in police, dealing with traumatic incidents, crisis situations, negotiators etc, and also policing and mental health incidents), but I just love all of it. My essay for my Forensic Psych module was on offender profiling and policing, and I absolutely loved writing it!
When I read what you have wrote, for a minute I thought it's me writing this comment, well my love for the policy aspects of psychology made me choose this course and looking forward to study it, I am so excited!! If I may ask which university are studying at?
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Hi! I wondered if anyone knew of any good forensic psychology books/articles that I could read (for extra reading really)? I want to do psychology at uni but this is the area I'm most interested in
I'm trying to see if any university websites for the course to see if they say and I couldn't manage to find anything myself :/

I really want to find some myself
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When I read what you have wrote, for a minute I thought it's me writing this comment, well my love for the policy aspects of psychology made me choose this course and looking forward to study it, I am so excited!! If I may ask which university are studying at?
Well, I'm at Chichester now (coming to the end of an MSc in Sport & Exercise Psych ), but I did my undergraduate degree at Kent. Kent is brilliant for Forensic Psychology, and I was very close to accepting my offer for the MSc Forensic Psych there. They opened a new Centre of Research and Education in Forensic Psychology (CORE-FP) a couple of years ago, and there's some brilliant research they do on things like prison gangs, sexual offending, offender rehabiliation, firesetting, things like that.

They do a visit to Broadmoor as part of the course too, which goes down quite well for people who are applying/on the course.

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Hi! I wondered if anyone knew of any good forensic psychology books/articles that I could read (for extra reading really)? I want to do psychology at uni but this is the area I'm most interested in
Article-wise, you could look into becoming a student member of the BPS and then joining the Division of Forensic Psychology. There's a membership fee but after that you get access to things like Forensic Update and Issues in Forensic Psychology.

Google Scholar too obviously for articles - that way you can just search for whatever you're interesting in finding out more about. They might not all have full papers up, but you can look at the abstracts and some papers with have full PDFs. If there's any topic you're particularly interested in I'm happy to see what I've got around that subject too.

For books, are you thinking of textbooks or just any kind of book?

This is a brilliant textbook for an introduction to Forensic Psychology.

There's also:

Forensic Psychology: Crime, Justice, Law Interventions

The Cambridge Handbook of Forensic Psychology (if you want to buy them, look at the Used ones, they are much cheaper!)

And from a more specialist topic (I haven't read this, but am considering buying just for my own interest...): Practical Police Psychology
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Well, I'm at Chichester now (coming to the end of an MSc in Sport & Exercise Psych ), but I did my undergraduate degree at Kent. Kent is brilliant for Forensic Psychology, and I was very close to accepting my offer for the MSc Forensic Psych there. They opened a new Centre of Research and Education in Forensic Psychology (CORE-FP) a couple of years ago, and there's some brilliant research they do on things like prison gangs, sexual offending, offender rehabiliation, firesetting, things like that.

They do a visit to Broadmoor as part of the course too, which goes down quite well for people who are applying/on the course.



Article-wise, you could look into becoming a student member of the BPS and then joining the Division of Forensic Psychology. There's a membership fee but after that you get access to things like Forensic Update and Issues in Forensic Psychology.

Google Scholar too obviously for articles - that way you can just search for whatever you're interesting in finding out more about. They might not all have full papers up, but you can look at the abstracts and some papers with have full PDFs. If there's any topic you're particularly interested in I'm happy to see what I've got around that subject too.

For books, are you thinking of textbooks or just any kind of book?

This is a brilliant textbook for an introduction to Forensic Psychology.

There's also:

Forensic Psychology: Crime, Justice, Law Interventions

The Cambridge Handbook of Forensic Psychology (if you want to buy them, look at the Used ones, they are much cheaper!)

And from a more specialist topic (I haven't read this, but am considering buying just for my own interest...): Practical Police Psychology
Ohh! Thank you for the advice. Well, I am searching for universities to pick the 5 to apply for and I was thinking about Wolverhampton university but I am not sure, do you know anything about this university?

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Well, I'm at Chichester now (coming to the end of an MSc in Sport & Exercise Psych ), but I did my undergraduate degree at Kent. Kent is brilliant for Forensic Psychology, and I was very close to accepting my offer for the MSc Forensic Psych there. They opened a new Centre of Research and Education in Forensic Psychology (CORE-FP) a couple of years ago, and there's some brilliant research they do on things like prison gangs, sexual offending, offender rehabiliation, firesetting, things like that.

They do a visit to Broadmoor as part of the course too, which goes down quite well for people who are applying/on the course.



Article-wise, you could look into becoming a student member of the BPS and then joining the Division of Forensic Psychology. There's a membership fee but after that you get access to things like Forensic Update and Issues in Forensic Psychology.

Google Scholar too obviously for articles - that way you can just search for whatever you're interesting in finding out more about. They might not all have full papers up, but you can look at the abstracts and some papers with have full PDFs. If there's any topic you're particularly interested in I'm happy to see what I've got around that subject too.

For books, are you thinking of textbooks or just any kind of book?

This is a brilliant textbook for an introduction to Forensic Psychology.

There's also:

Forensic Psychology: Crime, Justice, Law Interventions
The Cambridge Handbook of Forensic Psychology (if you want to buy them, look at the Used ones, they are much cheaper!)

And from a more specialist topic (I haven't read this, but am considering buying just for my own interest...): Practical Police Psychology
This was really helpful, thank you! I'll look into some of these things! I don't have a particular topic in mind but if I come across any in my research I'll let you know but thank you so so much :-)
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Hi everyone!
Wanted to ask, how do u see the future after finishing Forensic Psy undergrad/masters? Do u have to start like a police officer or what are the options for the career?
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This was really helpful, thank you! I'll look into some of these things! I don't have a particular topic in mind but if I come across any in my research I'll let you know but thank you so so much :-)
No worries, glad it helped.

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Wanted to ask, how do u see the future after finishing Forensic Psy undergrad/masters? Do u have to start like a police officer or what are the options for the career?
Well, to become a Forensic Psychology, the general route is first to do the accredited Masters for the Stage 1 qualification, and then to do the Stage 2 qualification, which is two years full-time supervised practice (or the part-time equivalent). (Alternatively some unis do the doctorate programme, which is the equivalent of both stages).

Then the obvious place to work (and the main employer) is the prison service. You certainly don't have to start like a police officer, although it would obviously give you a useful insight into the police. Other career options in forensic psychology are to work as a psychologist (or non-psychologist jobs...) in rehabilitation units and secure hospitals, private consultancy work, university/research, social services, with offenders, things like that I guess.
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No worries, glad it helped.



Well, to become a Forensic Psychology, the general route is first to do the accredited Masters for the Stage 1 qualification, and then to do the Stage 2 qualification, which is two years full-time supervised practice (or the part-time equivalent). (Alternatively some unis do the doctorate programme, which is the equivalent of both stages).

Then the obvious place to work (and the main employer) is the prison service. You certainly don't have to start like a police officer, although it would obviously give you a useful insight into the police. Other career options in forensic psychology are to work as a psychologist (or non-psychologist jobs...) in rehabilitation units and secure hospitals, private consultancy work, university/research, social services, with offenders, things like that I guess.
As I've read in some articles, you also get to work as a forensic psychologist in the law direction in which, you will confirm the the suspect is qualified to give a testimony, to help with her selection, and also to confirm whether, the testimony said which based on a memory is right or not by the use of cognitive psychology.

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No worries, glad it helped.



Well, to become a Forensic Psychology, the general route is first to do the accredited Masters for the Stage 1 qualification, and then to do the Stage 2 qualification, which is two years full-time supervised practice (or the part-time equivalent). (Alternatively some unis do the doctorate programme, which is the equivalent of both stages).

Then the obvious place to work (and the main employer) is the prison service. You certainly don't have to start like a police officer, although it would obviously give you a useful insight into the police. Other career options in forensic psychology are to work as a psychologist (or non-psychologist jobs...) in rehabilitation units and secure hospitals, private consultancy work, university/research, social services, with offenders, things like that I guess.
So do you think Forensic Psychology is mainly prison stuff? What about the actual police psychologist?
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As I've read in some articles, you also get to work as a forensic psychologist in the law direction in which, you will confirm the the suspect is qualified to give a testimony, to help with her selection, and also to confirm whether, the testimony said which based on a memory is right or not by the use of cognitive psychology.

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Indeed - generally as an Expert Witness, often things like custody cases, determining whether a defendant is fit to stand trial, assessing reliability etc.

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So do you think Forensic Psychology is mainly prison stuff? What about the actual police psychologist?
Not necessarily 'mainly prison', but the prison service is definitely the biggest employer of forensic psychologists, yes. Followed by NHS, I'd guess.

You don't really get 'police psychologists' in the UK - although I believe in the USA they do have 'police psychology' as a sub-section of forensic psychology.

There is 'investigative psychology', which is then a kind of sub-section of 'police psychology', and a couple of universities do offer that as a course. I think mainly Liverpool, and if I remember rightly that is (or was) taught by David Canter, which is pretty awesome.

But no, in the UK the main focus of forensic psychology is very much focused on offenders, treatments, different crimes (sexual offenders, gangs, firesetting, etc), courts/witnesses - eyewitness testimony, juries, decision-making etc. Within the police service itself, generally there's more likely to be an Occupational Psychologist - working on assessments and exercises, working to improve employee stress/satisfaction, organisational efficiency, that kinda stuff.
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This is an interesting discussion.

I'm a psych grad who went in to medicine and a few months back I spent 6 weeks with the forensic psychiatry team as part of my medical elective. I got work in prisons and secure hospitals and closely with their forensic psychologist and their forensic psychology trainee. If anyone has any questions about forensic psychiatry, forensic psychology or what it's like to work in secure hospitals/prisons, feel welcome to drop me a line. I think it is an area where there can be many misconceptions and it is often an environment that is difficult to get work experience in to find out the truth for yourself.
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Hey, for forensic psychology are you guys looking at undergrad courses and if so where are you looking as I really can't find many universities offering a decent course?

Also if you're doing msc forensic psychology, do you know if it's best to do a psychology undergrad degree or a forensic psychology undergrad degree??
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