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BSc (Hons) Psychology with Forensic Investigation

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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 an 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 4-week placement in the 3-year course or 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 of the criminal investigation system and process in the UK.

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All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated. 

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


3 years with optional 4-week placement, or 4 years with a minimum 30-week placement


British Psychological Society (BPS)

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2021 entry: 112-128 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.

For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2021 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.

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Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found on the programme profile in the programme specification for your course.

Download the programme specification (pdf 276kb)


At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we now offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

A placement year is a vital part in developing well-rounded and industry-ready graduates. What’s more, you can also choose to take your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market. 

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

For Psychology, we are looking for applicants who:

  • Have a mature attitude
  • Are self-aware
  • Are open to new ideas
  • Have an academic interest in the subject, as demonstrated by recent readings.

How to apply

Entry requirements


Accredited by the BPS, this course will be widely recognised by employers. Our degree will prepare you for a range of careers including security and forensic, criminal investigation, cybersecurity, online training, teaching, management consultancy, social media marketing and advertising, health promotion and personnel work. 

This degree will also provide a basis for postgraduate studies for professional or academic careers in Psychology as to some extent they all use technology (e.g. forensic, educational, occupational, sports, clinical and health psychology). 

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. You may also benefit from guest lectures from industry, including our alumni. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Find out more about the areas of expertise of other staff within the Department of Psychology 

Course changes

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.