Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Psychology And The Law MED6029

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Health and Wellbeing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 6 (SCQF level 12)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course provides the underpinning knowledge for students to develop their practice with forensic populations and within legal settings.


Trainees will attend lectures and small group teaching.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Trainees complete an essay examination addressing topics relevant to clinical psychology theory and practice within legal areas.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

To foster trainee understanding of the scope of clinical psychology theory and practice within legal areas

To overview the core skills of assessment, formulation, intervention, evaluation and communication in relation to psychological activities in legal settings

To provide knowledge of forefront models of psychopathology and psychological intervention pertinent to patients encountered in various settings with forensic issues

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

■ Discuss and critically appraise forefront psychological theory and evidence relating to patients with forensic issues.

■ Describe and discuss the assessment, formulation intervention and evaluation processes for cases where legal issues are involved

■ Discuss and appraise psychological theories of criminality and their application

■ Justify the operational concept of psychopathy and its importance in risk assessment

■ Describe and discuss the operation of the civil and criminal legal systems

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.