Why study MSc Investigative Forensic Psychology at BU?

  • Learn about the underlying theories regarding the psychology of investigations and consider areas such as how face-processing can assist identification of individuals 
  • Explore different offence types – sexual offending, murder and violent crime, group offending, and different forms of cyber-crime 
  • Investigate and scrutinise violent mocked-up crime scenes to provide investigative evidence and learn how to present expert witness testimony in a mock court 
  • Evaluate victims, witnesses, suspects and offenders as well as the environment, geography and time to create fieldwork and case studies based on real experiences 
  • Benefit from the expert knowledge of our academics and guest speakers
  • Develop transferable skills like writing grant proposals and how to publish research as well as working closely with a member of staff for your research topic, perhaps linked to your future career aspirations.  

Find out more about the content of this course.

Superb facilities

You will have access to our superb facilities, including an on-campus crime scene training centre, mock courtrooms and psychology testing suites with the latest eye-tracking and face-processing equipment.  

Key information

Next start date:

September 2024, January 2025, September 2025


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


September start: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time, January start: 1 year full-time (no part-time start option for January). From January 2025 the January course duration will be 16 months.

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with a 2:2 in any subject.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all components. For more information check out our full entry requirements.