Focusing on current research and practice, the Psychology with Forensic Investigation degree covers psychological theories and processes within the criminal justice system, and will give you in-depth understanding of the UK criminal investigation process. Covering a vast range of topics, this versatile course teaches the concepts and principles of psychology by exploring key theories and applying them to criminal investigation settings.
You’ll be based within the Department of Psychology and will learn theories and practical skills covering a range of psychological approaches through state-of-the art facilities. Importantly, you’ll acquire generic skills which are readily transferable to your future careers, such as online skills, critical thinking, project management, presentation skills and an understanding of professional practice. During your degree, you will have a range of different assessment methods, which are designed to enhance your repertoire of academic skills as well as being applicable to the development of key vocational-orientated skills.
This course will help you develop a high level of understanding and insight into empirical and theoretical issues within all areas of psychology, with a specific focus on the application of psychology in forensic contexts. Additionally, you will learn from experts in the forensic investigation about the criminal investigation process and relevant legal issues. Therefore, when you graduate, you will acquire a range of key knowledge, research skills and methods to investigate human behaviour and cognitive processes within the criminal justice system.
On this course, you can benefit from opting to take a 30-week placement in industry after your second year, extending your course by a year, although this is not mandatory. This will give you essential real-world experience, placing your theory and skills into practice, and enabling you to harvest a network of professional contacts – all of which are vital for successfully launching a career. In addition, you will have the opportunity to gain valuable research experience by working on staff research projects during the second-year and final-year of the course.
What makes this course different
- Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
- Research Apprenticeship Scheme in the second year
- Work placement option in the third year
- Excellent student support system
- Emphasis on the development of vocationally relevant skills
- Choice of option modules for in-depth study of specialist topics in the final year
- Research-inspired teaching
- State of the art facilities
- Gaining fundamental knowledge and solid training in psychology, while equipped with a good understanding about criminal investigation system and process in the UK.
Application for accreditation for this course has been submitted to The British Psychological Society (BPS) and we expect to be able to provide an update on this application in Spring 2019.
Next start date:
September 2019, September 2020
Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus
3 years, or 4 years with a minimum 30-week placement
British Psychological Society (BPS)
All subjects considered
September 2019 entry: 112-120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.
September 2020 entry: 112-128 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.
International entry requirements:
For September 2019 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 including a minimum of 6.0 in writing with minimum 5.5 in each of the 3 other components or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.
For September 2020 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four components or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.