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BSc (Hons)

Forensic Psychology

3 Years
September 2024
Campus Taught
Foundation Entry

Develop a broad understanding of Psychology relating to Law and the Criminal Justice System, focusing upon areas including detection, prevention and rehabilitation.

Why study with us

  • Learn from a team who not only conduct world-class research but also apply it in real-life forensic psychology settings settings – within the NHS, Prison Service, Victim Services or Police.
  • Progress to the sector-leading Applied Forensic Psychology course and pursue a career as a Chartered Forensic Psychologist.
  • Applied Psychology (BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology) is ranked top in the UK for overall satisfaction with 95% (National Student Survey 2022).

What you'll do

  • Learn not just from academics that lead their fields, but a range of guest lecturers who share their own experiences. Previously these have included a criminal classed as ‘Britain’s Most Wanted,’ and a Detective Superintendent who was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for their role in a high-profile murder investigation.
  • The core BPS curriculum is taught alongside coverage of the core areas of Forensic Psychology. This leaves the final year available to concentrate your studies upon an in-depth understanding of Forensic Psychology and to undertake a related research project.
  • You’ll learn through a variety of different approaches including interactive workshops, learning from Forensic Psychologists and probation officers who will share their experiences of working with offenders in prisons and hospitals.

Module overview

Modules CG1006: Introduction to Communication and Interpersonal Skills (Year 1) and PS3075: Psychology in Practice (Year 3) are only available at Burnley Campus.

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Year 1

Compulsory modules
  • PS1010: Methods and practice of psychological inquiry
  • PS1020: Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
  • PS1030: Introduction to Psychobiology and Cognition
  • PS1050: Being a Psychologist
  • PS1060: Topics in Psychology

PS1010: Methods and practice of psychological inquiry

In this module, you will learn about the importance of scientific inquiry within the subject of psychology. You will be introduced to a range of inquiry methods, including observational techniques and group comparisons. You will learn how to undertake research in a range of different areas and learn how to convey these findings to a range of different audiences. 

Course delivery

Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus aside from a small amount of online teaching where we have learnt it works best.


Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by October 2023.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Hear from our students

Each module was presented in great detail in such a manner that not only made the content accessible, but also dynamically relevant to multiple future career directions and applications.
Spike Joyce
BSc Forensic Psychology
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Research spotlight - EvoFIT

Forensic psychology lecturer Professor Charlie Frowd created EvoFIT, a recognition based facial-composite system, which has assisted in identifying and apprehending criminals wanted for the most serious of crimes worldwide.

Most recently, officers from Police Scotland’s Fugitive Active Search Unit (FAST) have used the innovative software to create images of what one fugitive, Derek Ferguson, may look like today.

Read more about EvoFIT
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Academic expertise

Dr Roxanne Khan
Director, Honour Abuse Research Matrix (HARM)
School of Psychology and Humanities

Dr Khan is our course leader for BSc Forensic Psychology. She is a multi-award-winning researcher, lecturer, and Director of Honour Abuse Research Matrix (HARM); an international multiagency network using innovation to reform domestic abuse policy and practice. If you would like ...

Forensic psychology lecturer Charlie Frowd
Professor Charlie Frowd
Professor of Forensic Psychology
School of Psychology and Humanities

Charlie teaches on various courses within forensic psychology. He is the main lead for the EvoFIT composite system sold to police forces in the UK and overseas.

"The tutors are fantastic, not only are they completely on point in regards to knowledge and accuracy of the subject and topics, but they are approachable, open and understanding."

Spike Joyce, BSc Forensic Psychology


  • This course is accredited by the BPS, the learned and professional body, incorporated by the Royal Charter, for Psychology in the UK. We will provide you with the breadth and depth of knowledge that allows you to graduate with Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) provided you achieve at least a lower second class honours degree.

Future careers

As a Forensic Psychologist you could work in a range of professional settings providing the research evidence to support practice, offering evidence in court, advising parole boards and mental health tribunals.

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,250 per year
Sandwich year£1,385 for the sandwich year
Part-time£1,540 per 20 credits
Full-time£14,900 per year
Full-time£9,250 per year
Sandwich year£1,500 for the sandwich year
Part-time£1,540 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,500 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.

  • Care Leaver Bursary

    Our Care Leaver Bursary is for students who need extra support because they have been in care or are estranged from their parents.

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  • Estranged student support

    Estranged Student Support Bursary is for students who need extra support because they are estranged from their parents.

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  • Dependants Bursary

    Students with financially dependent children may be eligible for our Dependants Bursary as part of our financial support package. 

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  • Contextualised Admissions Bursary

    We recognise that the last two years have been very challenging for young people and learning has been impacted. To help support students eligible for a contextualised offer we are offering a bursary of £250 in their first year of study.

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This course is based in the School of Psychology and Humanities

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