This degree suits a career in criminological and forensic psychology by offering progression to a postgraduate BPS-approved forensic psychology MSc. It also offers skills relevant to: teaching; probation service; youth offending teams; police work; government research and development. For postgraduate study, Kingston offers an MA in Criminology and an MSc in Forensic Psychology.
You will be given professional/expert support to develop your CV in your first year, so that you can further extend it in subsequent years. Additional activities include writing difference materials such as short (200-500 words) essays aimed at different audiences (practice of different linguistic and stylistic formats of expression in psychology) and oral presentations (practice of interview skills).
Students continue with their personal development throughout their second and third years with support being provided at all levels by the Centre for Academic Support and Employability (CASE), run by the Faculty. CASE also provides specific and drop-in sessions on a range of topics related to student development and employability, and experts in these fields give presentations to students at various points during the year. You will also be encouraged to enhance your employability skills both with a view to becoming professional forensic psychologists but also to enhance your general employability, by participating in extracurricular activities throughout your time at Kingston.
We provide a volunteering research assistant scheme where students can attain work experience with academic staff in the department during the academic year as well as the summer. The University also runs a volunteering scheme that provides opportunities (with support) in a huge range of areas.
We invite speakers to give talks about careers for psychology and forensic psychology students and the Faculty provides additional career talks and fairs and recruitment fairs with graduate employers.
The careers and employability service runs many events through the year that are designed to help students understand a particular sector, including, the Spotlight on Psychology event which was specifically designed for students of psychology, criminology and sociology.
Students are encouraged to seek relevant summer work that will enable them to practise their subject-specific skills and to develop their employability skills. Some students collect their data for their psychology Research Project in local schools, nurseries, refugee charities or special needs and clinical settings, and staff have good links with local hospitals and counselling services within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.
Graduate destination data has shown that, after graduation, our psychology students obtain employment in a wide variety of settings.
These range from health and social occupations – such as care assistants and assistant psychologists – to commercial, professional and managerial jobs – such as events and media organiser, sales executive and in recruitment.
Graduates have also entered clinical courses, teacher training, counselling courses and other postgraduate training. With the addition of this course, you will also be well placed to access careers in a number of forensic settings such as prisons, probation services and rehabilitation programmes, as well undertaking further training in order to become a forensic psychologist.
In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate.
As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:
In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.