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BSc (Hons) Psychology with Forensic Investigation

Focusing on current research and practice, this course covers psychological theories and processes within the criminal justice system and will give you an in-depth understanding of the UK criminal investigation process.

  • UCAS Code:
    C803
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Sandwich (Thick) out of college.

Why study BA (Hons) Psychology with Forensic Investigation at BU?

  • Using state-of-the-art facilities, apply the concepts and principles of psychology to criminal investigation settings. 
  • Learn from forensic investigation experts about the criminal investigation process and relevant legal issues. 
  • Graduate with research skills and methods to investigate human behaviour and cognitive processes within the criminal justice system.  
  • Develop transferable skills including critical thinking, project management, presentation skills and professional practice. 
  • Work with world-leading researchers on projects through the Research Apprenticeship Scheme - many of our students have published work with members of the staff.  
  • Opportunity to take an optional 4-week or 30-week placement in industry to give you essential real-world experience and begin building a network of professional contacts.

Course accreditation

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, so when you graduate with at least a Second Class Honours, you are eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartership, the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. 

Find out more about the content of this course.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

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

Accreditations:

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.

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)

Placements

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

Careers

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

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