Master’s degree for continuing education
Legal Psychology with area of concentration in Forensic Psychology (Statement Validity Analysis and Child Custody Evaluation)
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Legal Psychology with area of concentration in Forensic Psychology (Statement Validity Analysis and Child Custody Evaluation)

As a sub-discipline of psychology, legal psychology deals with the application of psychological theories, methods and knowledge to the legal system. It includes forensic (judicial) psychology and criminal psychology (e.g. analyses of criminal behavior, prognoses, prevention) but also areas that cannot be attributed to a function that “serves” the law, including analyses of the legal use of psychological concepts such as “will” or “intent” or the psychology of how judges arrive at their judgments.

Legal psychology can be studied at the University of Bonn within two master's degree programs for continuing education with different areas of concentration. The master’s degree program for continuing education in “Legal Psychology with area of concentration in Forensic Psychology (Statement Validity Analysis and Child Custody Evaluation)” qualifies graduate psychologists with relevant professional experience for employment as a court expert.

 

Possible lines of work:

Court expert, police service, academia (teaching/research at universities and research institutions, etc.)

Tuition: € 5,000 per year

Master’s degree programs for continuing education are subject to tuition. The amount of tuition depends on the range of courses offered in the particular degree program and is based the program’s scale of charges. 

Open admission
Master’s degree for continuing education
Single-Subject
German
4 Semester
Winter semester

Examination Regulations (German versions are legally binding)

University degree (German or non-German) in a relevant discipline (at least 180 ECTS credits)

German language proficiency (CEFR level C2)

Minimum grade of 2.5 or local equivalent

A minimum of one year of relevant work experience


At the University of Bonn, multilingualism and cultural diversity are considered to be valuable resources that complement subject-specific qualifications. This is why, in addition to curricular language modules, students have access to a diverse range of language-learning offers, including the independent-study offers at the Center for Language Learning (Sprachlernzentrum, SLZ) in which they can autonomously learn a foreign language or enhance existing language skills. Furthermore, students can apply for the “Certificate of Intercultural Competence” free of charge, which promotes extra-curricular and interdisciplinary activities of international or intercultural nature.

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