University of Winchester

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The University of Winchester

Forensic Investigative Psychology

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Course summary

Are you intrigued by the human mind? Are you keen to learn how psychologists can use scientific research methods to contribute to the investigative process of the police and the wider criminal justice system? Within our popular Forensic Investigative Psychology degree, you will explore topics such as eyewitness memory, mental disorder in crime, and juror decision making. Delivered by research active experts in their fields, this is an ideal degree if you aspire to work within the criminal justice system. Within the Forensic Investigative Psychology degree at Winchester, our focus is on the latest research and theory that is informing both police practice and decisions within the criminal justice system. Students on this degree can draw on our specialist research labs and equipment as well as potential volunteering opportunities within local forensic related settings to develop a thorough understanding of psychology’s valuable role within the criminal justice system. In Year 1, you will be introduced to the main psychological sub-disciplines and practice the scientific research methods psychologists employ to study these. You will consider how psychology can contribute to contemporary society and our understanding of clinical disorders. Year 1 also sees you embark on the Psychology department’s successful 3-year award-winning graduate employability path. In Year 2, you will examine the core British Psychology Society required subjects such as child development, personality and individual differences, social, biological, and cognitive psychology as well as quantitative and qualitative research methods. There will also be a focus on your development, not only as an ethical forensic Investigative psychology researcher, but also as a future employable graduate. In Year 3, supported by one of our high-calibre research active experts, you will develop, conduct, and write-up your own piece of independent forensic investigative psychology research. Your 3rd year features not only modules exploring eyewitness psychology and psychology, crime and the criminal justice system but also your selection from a range of optional modules to further explore your specialist interests within the wider field of psychology. COURSE FEATURES

  • A degree accredited by the British Psychology Society that explores psychology with a focus on real-world applications.
  • An award-winning employability programme designed by our chartered occupational psychologist to develop your bespoke professional and personal competencies.
  • Study in a friendly and inclusive learning community. You will be supported by a dedicated team of lecturers, and with your own personal tutor and final year project supervisor who is research active within the field of forensic investigative psychology.
  • Access to talks delivered by experts in the field through the University of Winchester’s Centre for Forensic and Investigative Psychology Research.
  • Pre-approval for a Master’s degree at Winchester such as our MSc Forensic Psychology which provides the academic component (Stage 1) of the route to becoming a Chartered Forensic Psychologist.
In addition to subject knowledge, Forensic Investigative Psychology graduates also develop skills in communication; numeracy; analysis; teamwork; critical thinking; computing; independent learning; project management and many others, all of which are highly valued by employers. Due to the wide range of skills and the rigour with which they are taught, training in psychology is widely accepted as providing an excellent preparation for many careers. These include but are not limited to forensic mental health services (either in the NHS or private sector), probation service, the courts, police service, prison service, security services/agencies, charities, or further education. The University of Winchester ranks in the top 10 in the UK for graduates in employment or further study according to the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2023, HESA.


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Professional bodies

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

  • British Psychological Society

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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
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £16700 Year 1
International £16700 Year 1

Additional fee information

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