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BSc (Hons)

Forensic Psychology

3 Years
September 2022
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.

Our Forensic Psychology degree will provide you with a broad understanding of Psychology relating to Law and the Criminal Justice System.

The comprehensive nature of the course means that you will have the opportunity to learn about expert testimony, eyewitness accounts of crime, rehabilitation, domestic and honour based violence, lie detection, crime prevention and many other areas of Forensic Psychology.

Your in-depth understanding of Forensic Psychology will be underpinned by an understanding of the core areas of Psychology. By the time you graduate, you’ll have the specialist skills and understanding you need to pursue a career in understanding, treating and combating criminal behaviour.

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.
  • Accredited with the British Psychological Society, providing Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).
  • Progress to the sector-leading MSc Forensic Psychology course and pursue a career as a Chartered Forensic Psychologist.

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

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.


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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  • 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.

Academic expertise

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.

This course offers you a balance of specialist understanding of Forensic Psychology and a well-rounded understanding of the wider discipline. As such, it can be the foundation for a variety of different careers.

The largest single employer of Forensic Psychologists in the UK is the HM Prison Service, though your specialist skills could also lead you to roles in secure hospitals, rehabilitation units and social services, as well as research organisations and consultancies.

As you will graduate with an understanding of all of the core areas of Psychology, you can progress to postgraduate study in any area of Psychology, or use this as the basis for a career in research, or study towards a PhD level.

Whatever path you aim for, we can offer the support to help you get there. We offer the flexibility to pursue work placements during your studies – whether as part of a module, or as a sandwich year – helping you develop valuable skills and vital workplace experience that will give you a competitive advantage in the busy job market.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£9250 per year
Sandwich year£1000 for the sandwich year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£14000 per year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£14000 per year
Full-time£9250 per year
Sandwich year£1000 for the sandwich year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£14250 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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


This course is based in the School of Psychology and Computer Science located in the Faculty of Science and Technology

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