The two-year Master of Science in Forensic Psychology (MSc) educates its students to become scientist-practitioners in the forensic mental health field.
Forensic Psychology is the application of scientific and professional aspects of psychology to questions and issues relating to law and the legal system. The two-year Master of Science in Forensic Psychology (MSc) at Maastricht University, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, educates its students to become scientist-practitioners in the forensic mental health field.
This selective programme provides students with a mix of theoretical and empirical knowledge in forensic psychology through the educational concept of Problem Based Learning (PBL). Students study the literature in relation to real-life problems and work in small tutorial groups to meet their learning goals. Furthermore, the programme includes hands-on training in forensic assessment and therapy skills. This combination makes this master's programme unique.
Core courses •Introduction to Forensic Psychology •Eyewitnesses and Victims •Psychotic Disorders •Perpetrators and Defendants •Personality Disorders •Criminal Law •Professional Ethics in Forensic Psychology •Forensic Neuropsychology •Sex Offenders •Psychopharmacology of Reward and Drugs of Abuse •Deception and Malingering •What works with young offenders? •Master classes with international experts
The two-year master’s programme in Forensic Psychology will deliver scientist-practitioner forensic psychologists with both knowledge of mental disorders and their evidence-based assessment and treatment, specific to forensic settings. The first year of the two-year programme prepares the students for their clinical and research internship, and their master’s thesis during the second year.
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• a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or more (= 7.0 or more in the Dutch grading system) for the subjects (courses, thesis, practicums, etc.) of the bachelor's diploma
Non-native English speakers and students who did not obtain their bachelor's diploma from a university in The Netherlands must provide evidence of proficiency in English by submitting a TOEFL or IELTS test, obtained within the last two years. Entry level requirements for these tests are:
•IELTS test with an average minimum score of 6.5 and a minimum score of 6.0 on each part of the test
•TOEFL test with a minimum score of 575 for the paper-based version, 233 for the computer-based version, or 90 for the internet-based version. A copy of the official test results is required
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