Unlike other courses which tend to focus on offender assessment and rehabilitation, this course will examine the theoretical and investigative aspects of forensic psychology, tracking the criminal justice process from the crime scene to the court room.
A hands-on, theoretical and practical course, utilising a variety of speakers and case studies as well as access to our unique on-campus Crime Scene Training Centre together with Psychology Testing Suites with the latest eye-tracking and face-processing equipment as applicable.
As well as considering 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 – including sexual offending, murder and violent crime, cyber and crimes such as County Lines or Child Sexual Exploitation.
You’ll be expected to investigate and scrutinise violent mocked-up crime scenes to provide written and verbal 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, as will Terri Cole, the course leader's own experiences as a Behavioural Investigative Adviser and Serious Crime Analyst. Terri 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.
The course provides a sound, broad training in the more investigative aspects of forensic psychology and the skills learnt are suitable for entering a number of professional avenues across academic, policing and investigations. Many alumni of the course have subsequently achieved employment in policing and related work.
Next start date:
September 2020, September 2021
Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
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.