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M. Sc. Forensic Psychology

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About Program

M. Sc. Forensic Psychology is an academic program that applies the knowledge of Psychology in Legal Aspects. It is a specialized field of Psychology that emphasizes on the application of various aspects of Psychological research, theory, and its practices to the Legal/Criminal Justice System and experimentation in other areas of Psychology and legal issues. The aim of this course is to impart basic knowledge about the core tenets of Forensic Psychology and its role in the field of Criminal Justice System and the society at large. The structure of syllabus is designed to address the issues related with crime and justice along with providing the holistic information about the psychological as well as societal challenges for Forensic Experts.


Learning Outcomes
  • To understand the basic knowledge about Forensic Psychology and its role in the field Criminal Justice System and society.
  • To understand psychological as well as societal aspects of development of offending behaviour.
  • To get oriented about possible role of technology in understanding and investigation of offender’s behaviour and possible involvement in the criminal act.
  • To understand usage and applications of Forensic Psychological Investigations in Justice Delivery System.
  • To get well acquainted and attain in-depth knowledge about assessment of possible antecedents of offending behaviour and investigative techniques of crime popular in the field.
  • To provide correctional and rehabilitative interventions to the victims, offenders, prisoners, juveniles and relatives for the societies better mental health.
Facilities

The School endeavors to impart education and research in Forensic Psychology and its related allied fields as well as provide diagnostics and rehabilitative services to Forensic Science Laboratories, & NGOs. It is staffed with highly experienced Forensic Experts & Professionals, who provide a wide range of services in education, research & development, in areas of Forensic Psychological Sciences. SFP works in close collaboration with Directorate of Forensic Science (DFS), Gandhinagar which is the prime Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in the State of Gujarat. Additionally, SFP from time to time conducts various Forensic Psychological Investigative training programs for the police force and judicial professionals of the country and abroad, as part of the training programs conducted by NFSU. Further, training programs are often closely supported by national agencies, especially Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), New Delhi. All Central Forensic Science Laboratories (CFSL’s) are affiliated to SFP for upgradation and upkeep.

Investigation & Research Laboratories

SFP has its first set-up in India of well- equipped Audio-Video Interrogation room especially for Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) cases and houses state-of-the-art laboratories equipped with Neurocognitive and Forensic Investigative/Rehabilitative techniques like Brain Electrical Oscillation Signature (BEOS) Profiling, Polygraph, Layered Voice Analysis to impart hands on training to students, professionals and also to carry out high end researches for understanding brain and behavioural modulations under realistic and experimental set-ups. Students and faculties of SFP are actively involved in research activities using the advanced instruments and share the research outcomes through participating in national and international conferences to represent NFSU at academic and research projection platforms.

Learning Resource Center

Learning Resource Centre is inclusive of Computers with Internet facilities, together with a voluminous collection of both Electronic & Printed – Books, Journals, Paper Reviews and Articles in the domain of Forensic Psychology, Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology.

 

Duration

2 Years (4 Semesters)

 

Eligibility Criteria

B.A./B.Sc. Degree in Psychology or Science subjects from recognized university with a minimum of 55% or equivalent marks in aggregate. (50 % or equivalent marks for SC/ST and PwD category).

 

Course Fee

Rs. 40,000/- (Tuition Fee)/Sem + Other University Fee

 

Number of Seats

35 Seats

 

Course Outline

Semester – 1

Paper 1- Introduction to Forensic Science and Law
Paper 2 - Introduction to Psychology
Paper 3 - Legal Concepts and Evidence Related Issues
Paper 4 - Causation of Crime
Paper 5 - Psychopathology

Semester – 2

Paper 1- Quantitative Methods
Paper 2 - Qualitative Methods and Scientific Writing
Paper 3 - Forensic Investigative Methods - I
Paper 4 - Forensic Investigative Methods – II
Paper 5 - Psychological Assessment in Forensic Setting

Semester – 3

Paper 1- Expert Testimonial and Eyewitness Testimony
Paper 2 - Victimology and Victim Assistance
Paper 3 - Violence Against Children and Women
Paper 4 - Electives
E1: Cyber Psychology
E2: Correctional Institutions (Juveniles and Adults)
Paper 5 – Dissertation - I

Semester – 4

Paper 1- Internship
Paper 2 - Dissertation-II
 
 

Placements

The students get internship and training at various levels of the course which allow With a wide variety of placement opportunities the students are placed through in-campus and off-campus selection/recruitment at various Forensic Laboratories, Police, National Universities, NGOs, Schools etc. These Forensic setups will include, but not limited to, Central & State Forensic Science Laboratories, Industry, Corporate and Academia.