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.
Next start date:
September 2021, September 2022
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.