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.School Staff List
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.
† 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.
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.
Areas of interest within the course team include but are not limited to:
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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.
Candidates who meet the entry requirements will be invited to the University of Lincoln for an interview with two members of the Course team (normally the Programme Leader and one other staff member).
The interview will typically cover applicants:
- Interests in forensic psychology
- Knowledge of basic psychological theory
- Knowledge of research methods and ability to talk about your own undergraduate research (either completed or in progress)
- Students' own research interests and subjects within psychology that interest you
- Students' ability to apply basic psychological theory to the solving of real world problems.
Interview questions are designed to help us understand a student’s level of knowledge of psychological theory and ability to apply it to real-world problems. For example, questions might take the form of “pick a psychological theory and use it to explain X; how would you design a study to test that hypothesis?”
For these questions there is no right or wrong theory to pick. We are, however, interested in a student’s knowledge of the theory they choose and how they use it to attempt to solve the problem. In this regard, we are not expecting students to fully explain “X” but are more interested in how they attempt to solve the problem.
Applicants should expect to be able choose, explain, and discuss psychological theories and research topics that are of interest to them.
Whilst we encourage applicants to attend face-to-face interviews, for those who are based overseas or are unable to travel to the University of Lincoln, there may be an opportunity to undertake an online interview.
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The focus of this programme is on learning about applied research methods and techniques in different areas of Psychological research.
MSc by Research students are able to conduct independent research into an area of psychology of their own choice
MPhil and PhD students are able to conduct independent research into an area of psychology of their choice and produce an extended thesis