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MSc Forensic & Neuropsychological Perspectives in Face-Processing

  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Please note that this course is not recruiting for September 2018 or January 2019.

Bournemouth University has one of the largest face-processing laboratories in the UK, and our academic staff have expertise in neuropsychological disorders of face-processing and forensic applications of face-processing research.

This expertise is central to the delivery of the course, where you will learn about the detection, management and potential remediation of face-processing disorders, including those with acquired, progressive, developmental or neuropsychiatric origins.

Through the study of contemporary issues in face-processing research, the fascinating programme of study is especially relevant if you hope to become a researcher in this area and/or are seeking further professional development by gaining a unique and relevant qualification in an increasingly difficult job market.

You will also gain key technological skills that are required for face-processing research. There will be training in the manipulation of facial stimuli, instruction in programming, and consideration of methodological issues and experimental design.

Using our state-of-the-art research equipment, including eye-tracking, tDCS, EEG and when possible MRI, you will get plenty of practical, hands-on experience. These skills will be fundamental for the research project, in which you will carry out an experimental investigation addressing a novel research question in the field. 

Guest speakers sharing their knowledge will be an integral feature of the course, as will Terri Cole, the course leader’s own experiences as a Behavioural Investigative Adviser and Serious Crime Analyst. Terri worked for a number of years with police forces providing offender profiling, crime scene assessment and offence linkage advice in relation to serious sexual offences and murder. She brings her expertise and experience together to focus on crime scene behaviour and how psychology can assist investigations on this new course.

You can also find out more information about Psychology at Bournemouth University via the Department of Psychology.

“The topic area is still considered to be in its infancy, and the subsequent research is groundbreaking and extremely rewarding to be a part of.”
Ebony Murray, graduate

Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


1 year full-time

Relevant subjects:

Forensic and biological sciences or psychology

Required subjects:


Entry requirements:

For 2019 entry: A Bachelors Honours degree, 2:1 or above or equivalent in psychology. Less standard/traditional qualifications and relevant experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 7.0 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details


Your application

Entry requirements


This course has direct relevance to students seeking research careers or professional positions or training in forensic psychology, clinical neuropsychology or neuropsychology and could serve as the prerequisite MSc needed for further PhD/D.Clin-level study in most of these professions. On a wider basis, the degree's emphasis on core transferable skills will give you extra marketability in a variety of industries in the professional arena, providing you with a route into a successful and rewarding career.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the new Postgraduate Loans Scheme, offering up to £10,000 of support (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

What our students say

Alexandra Brown

We get to write and run our own experiments; the facilities are state of the art.

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Professor Remco Polman

I’m very proud of the staff we have here. The skills and expertise they pass on to students give them the perfect background to move on into careers or further study.

What our academics say

Dr Sarah Bate

My research directly complements my teaching.