Forensic Psychology BSc (Hons)

Overview

Ever wondered how the science of psychology is used to inform practice in forensic and legal settings?

This BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology, which is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), is one of only a few undergraduate courses in the country specialising in this field. You’ll learn about investigative interviewing and deception detection, and cover topics such as eye witness identification and burglar selection strategy.

You'll be eligible for graduate membership of the BPS when you complete the course, which is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. The skills you learn will also be useful in careers like police work, social welfare, the probation service and teaching. 

What you'll experience

On this degree course you’ll:

  • Be taught by academic researchers, who are conducting pioneering research in forensic psychology
  • Have the opportunity to put your investigative techniques to the test in our Forensic Interviewing Suite, which features thermal imaging cameras and advanced digital and video analysis
  • Develop transferable skills in communication, numeracy, teamwork, critical thinking, computing and independent learning
  • Be able to use eye-tracking equipment and test minority influencing scenarios in our Observation Suite
  • Take advantage of our connections with the local justice sector, offering opportunities for forensic psychology work placements
  • Enjoy the benefits of studying in a department hosting one of the UK’s largest forensic psychology research groups

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies and build links in the industry.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, in the first 2 years, you'll study 6 modules, each worth 20 credits. In the final year of your degree, you'll study 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Applying Psychological Research Skills
  • Exploring Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology in Context
  • Perspectives in Psychology

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Biological & Cognitive Psychology
  • Individual Differences & Psychometrics
  • Professional Development and Employability
  • Psychological Research Methods
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Social & Developmental Psychology

There are no optional modules in this year.

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Psychology Research Project

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Psychology Work Placement
  • Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Exploring Data
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Issues in Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology of Investigations
  • Psychology of Offending Behaviour
  • Psychology of Security
  • Social Construction of Disability

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • tutorial groups
  • practical lab and studio sessions

There’s a priority on integrating research into all of our teaching. This ensures you'll learn about the most important and current issues in forensic psychology that effect real-life practice.

How you're assessed:

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written examinations
  • practical reports and essays
  • poster presentations
  • oral presentations
  • self-led research project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 25% by written exams, 22% by practical exams and 53% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 38% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 54% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 33% by written exams, 13% by practical exams and 54% by coursework 

Careers and opportunities

When you complete the course, you'll be eligible for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS), which is an essential first step to becoming a professional forensic psychologist. To become a professional forensic psychologist, you'll need to do further academic training for up to 6 years.

What can you do with a Forensic Psychology degree?

Many graduates go on to do an MSc in Forensic Psychology after the course. You could also start a career in areas such as:

  • teaching
  • health associated professions
  • social welfare
  • police work
  • probation service
  • research

What jobs can you do with a Forensic Psychology degree?

Roles previous graduates have gone on to include:

  • clinical psychologist
  • forensic psychologist
  • educational psychologist
  • counsellor
  • health planning analyst

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job or further training that puts your skills to work. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

120 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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