Rachael Dagnall - Programme Leader
Rachael is a BPS-chartered and HCPC-registered Forensic Psychologist and Programme Leader for MSc Forensic Psychology. Prior to joining the University in February 2018, Rachael worked for the prison service for 17 years supporting those living and working within prison environments. She has considerable experience of delivering both group-based and individual intervention for inmates to support them in reducing their risk of re-offending. Rachael has experience in undertaking assessments to assess future risk of violence, arson, stalking, and sexual offending. More recently, she was the clinical lead of a male personality disorder service within a custodial setting. As the programme leader for the MSc she utilises her practical experience gained throughout her career to support the delivery of teaching.Academic Staff List
Welcome to MSc Forensic Psychology
Accreditations and Memberships
This programme is accredited with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and for those with BPS Graduate Basis of Chartership (GBC), acts as Stage 1 training towards becoming a Chartered Forensic Psychologist.
How You Study
An Introduction to Your Modules
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
How you are assessed
We have a number of external lectures that deliver teaching on our programmes across our modules.
These provide students with an opportunity to gain insight into real-world settings as well as a chance to network with practitioners working in relevant areas of forensic practice.
Research Areas and Topics
Areas of interest within the course team include but are not limited to:
- Personality disordered offenders
- Occupational stress in prisons
- Investigate procedures
- Courtroom procedures
- Physical violence and violent fantasy
- Sexual violence and sexual fantasy
- Sexual arousal and decision-making
- Sexual behaviour
- Compulsive and impulsive behaviour
- Gambling and criminality
- Homelessness and criminality.
The Sarah Swift Building is the home of the Schools of Health and Social Care and Psychology. The building houses specialist teaching and research spaces for both Schools, as well as general teaching and learning facilities for the wider University.
Graduates of this programme may pursue careers in many different forensic settings and roles such as working in Her Majesty's Prison Service, rehabilitation units, secure hospitals, social services and within university departments. Practitioners could also go into private practice and consultancy.
This MSc acts as Stage 1 training for those with Graduate Basis for Chartered membership accredited psychology degrees to become a Chartered Forensic and HCPC Registered Psychologist.
Entry Requirements 2023-24
Students that apply for the programme will, alongside their application, be required to submit a personal statement (maximum of 1,000 words) and an academic reference. All students who meet the entry requirements will be shortlisted based upon their personal statement and academic reference. Shortlisted applicants will be called for interview. The interview will be a formal panel interview and will last 30-45 minutes.
The interview will typically cover applicants':
- Interests in forensic psychology
- Knowledge of basic psychological theory and how this applied to forensic issues.
- Knowledge of research methods and ability to talk about previous research conducted (e.g. dissertation project).
All shortlisted candidates will be informed of interview dates in advance.
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