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International Expert Programme in Investigative and Legal Psychology
Application deadline: 27 November 2016

Call for applications: Open
Application deadline: 27 November 2016
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The International Expert Programme in Investigative and Legal Psychology is a post-graduate course worth 60 ECTS credits organized by UNICRI in collaboration with Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU) and the support of the Salesian University Institute of Turin (IUSTO) and the affiliated CRIMELAB.

The overarching aim of the course is to promote knowledge on the interactive dynamics linking the legal and psychological dimensions of criminal justice. The academic curriculum is designed to equip young professionals and post-graduate students with cross-cutting proficiency in the field of forensic psychology.

The academic curriculum is divided into a residential phase (18 January - 26 May 2017) and a final research phase (27 May - 30 September 2017). The learning methodology and structure are conducive to foster the acquisition of practical and academic research skills. Depending on each participant’s background and interest, the programme is ideal for careers in the legal and forensic sectors as well as further research/PhD studies.

Through the e-learning phase selected candidates will be equipped with a common shared knowledge on the cardinal legal and psychological concepts used in forensic context. During the residential phase participants will engage in in-depth theoretical lectures provided by leading experts and practical exercises such as trial simulations and formal debates related to the following types of crime: child sexual abuse; murder; war crimes. A final research phase will follow during which students will have the possibility to explore a specific topic of interest and apply the knowledge and skills acquired.

Some of the forensic concepts that participants will deepen during the course are:

  • Examination and cross-examination techniques;
  • Aetiotolgy of criminal conduct;
  • Offender profiling;
  • Forensic investigation techniques;
  • Crime scene investigation;
  • Strategic use of evidence during criminal trials;
  • Detection of deception;
  • Interviewing techniques with adults and minors;
  • False confessions;
  • Decision-making processes and errors in judicial and forensic contexts;
  • The neurobiological basis of offending;
  • Behaviour genetics of crime and crime defence;
  • Aetiology, assessment, forensic relevance of psychological disorders.

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General Deadlines

Submission of Applications 27 November 2016
Results of the Selection Process by 2 December 2016
Payment of Tuition Fees by 12 December 2016

Early Bird* Deadlines

Submission of Applications 31 July 2016
Results of the Selection Process 5 August 2016
Payment of Tuition Fees 12 August 2016

Academic Schedule 2016-2017

Residential Phase 18 January - 26 May 2017
Final Research Phase 27 May - 30 September 2017
The above academic schedule may be subject to minor changes.

*Applicants submitting an early application will be entitle to receive an Early Bird discounted fee amounting to € 6,500 (instead of € 7,500), inclusive of € 600 fee for enrolment at the Åbo Akademi University.

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