University of Winchester

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The University of Winchester

Forensic Investigative Psychology

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Course summary

  • Benefit from dedicated laboratories and computer rooms where you can learn a variety of psychological research methods
  • Gain hands-on experience of experiments, issues and research at the forefront of forensic psychology today
  • Study in a supportive environment with your own personal tutor, plus one-to-one supervision for your final project
  • Gain a specialist degree in a rapidly growing field
  • Benefit from a team of research-active academics and experts who work at the forefront of the field and who use interactive and practical teaching approaches to bring theory and practice to life
  • Access to talks delivered by experts in the field, through the University of Winchester’s Forensic Investigative Psychology Research Centre
Are you intrigued by human behaviour and fascinated by the way crimes are investigated and solved? We offer a stimulating programme which gives you all the benefits of a full Psychology degree while allowing you to focus on the rapidly developing and popular field of Investigative and Forensic Psychology. The criminal world is your broad field of study where you will learn the latest practical investigation techniques and build a wide knowledge of psychological theory to keep pace with the behaviour of offenders. Our versatile and innovative programme will be accredited by the British Psychological Society and is one of one of only a handful of undergraduate courses in the country specialising in Forensic Investigative Psychology. The focus is on giving you a strong understanding of the nature and development of Forensic Investigative Psychology while gaining vital employment related and academic skills. Delivered by high calibre, research-active experts in their fields, it’s an ideal degree if you aspire to work in the courts or the wider criminal justice system. In Year 1 you complete introductory modules in Psychology, including Introduction to Psychology and Introduction to Psychological Research Methods. Alongside these, you take Psychology in Contemporary Society, Introduction to Psychopathology and Clinical Disorders, and Applied Skills for Learning and Development. In Year 2, you study Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods, Social Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences, Cognition and Behaviour, Developmental Psychology, and Applied Skills for Research and Practice. As well as your psychology research project, your final year features compulsory modules in Eyewitness Psychology and Psychology, Crime and the Criminal Justice System. Also in Year 3, you can choose from a wide range of optional modules available for you to explore your special interests. These may include Health Psychology, Psychology in the Workplace and Computational Skills in Psychology. There is also an option for you to undertake a volunteering module in Year 3, which may involve working in forensic related settings such as charities supporting families of prisoners or the witness service.


For detailed information on modules you will be studying please click on the 'View course details' link at the top of this summary box.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • British Psychological Society

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Applicants who wish to apply for advanced standing (exemption from part of a programme) based on previous study are considered on an individual basis. Applicants are required to provide transcripts. confirming the module titles and grades they have already achieved, as well as module handbooks and/or programme specifications showing the learning outcomes of the modules completed.

International applicants

We accept a wide range of non-UK qualifications and use UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) guidelines to confirm their equivalence.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of 2 x A-level or equivalent qualifications (e.g. 2 x BTEC National Subsidiary Diplomas) and we accept all A-level subjects, including Critical Thinking, General Studies and own-language A-levels. We welcome applicants who have completed the Extended Project (EP/EPQ) and points obtained from this qualification will be included in any offer. In addition, we accept a maximum of 32 points from level 3 qualifications below A2 that are included in the tariff (e.g. AS-levels not studied at A-level, music or dance qualifications). If you are a mature student, your application will be considered on its individual merits and work or other professional experience may be taken into consideration in lieu of other published requirements.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6An overall score of 6.0, including 5.5 in writing is required. If you require Tier 4 sponsorship, you will require a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £14700 Year 1
International £14700 Year 1

Additional fee information

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