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MSc Investigative Forensic Psychology

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  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time

Unlike other courses that focus on offender assessment and rehabilitation, this degree will examine the theoretical and investigative aspects of forensic psychology.

You’ll benefit from using our superb facilities, all designed to mimic the situations you will encounter in your career. These include our on-campus Crime Scene Training Centre, mock courtrooms and psychology testing suites with the latest eye-tracking and face-processing equipment.

This course considers all aspects of forensic psychology, preparing you for every step of the criminal justice process from the crime scene to the courtroom. As well as the underlying theories regarding the psychology of investigations and considering areas such as how face-processing can assist identification of individuals, you will explore different offence types – sexual offending, murder and violent crime, group offending, and different forms of cyber-crime.

You’ll be expected to investigate and scrutinise violent mocked-up crime scenes to provide investigative evidence, learning how to present expert witness testimony in a mock court.

You will evaluate victims, witnesses, suspects and offenders, environment, geography and time, working with practitioners who create fieldwork, case studies and exercises based on their real experiences.

Guest speakers sharing their knowledge will be an integral feature of the course. Course Leader Dr Terri Cole will also share her own experiences as a behavioural investigative adviser and serious crime analyst. Dr Cole worked for a number of years with police forces providing offender profiling, crime scene assessment and offence linkage advice in relation to serious sexual offences and murder. She brings her expertise and experience together to focus on crime scene behaviour and how psychology can assist investigations on the course.

You can also find out more information about Psychology at Bournemouth University via the Department of Psychology and take a look at our student’s journey.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) with a minimum of 6.5 in each component. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

Entry requirements

Your application


This course will give you a sound understanding knowledge of how and where you can responsibly and pragmatically apply knowledge and findings from research into real-world situations and within a number of potential work environments.

During the course, you will be made aware of your professional responsibilities working in the field  - for example when writing reports, being an expert witness or conducting research.  These can include consideration of ethics, managing personal development and building resilience.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

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. Please note that teaching staff can change.

What our students say

Melissa Kendal

I couldn’t have done any of this without your help (programme leader) and all the useful information given and taught to us during both my forensic module in my undergrad and my master’s.

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