Psychology with Forensic Scene Investigation at Abertay University - UCAS

Abertay University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Psychology with Forensic Scene Investigation

Course summary

Learn to use forensic science and apply forensic psychology to police investigations. Discover how to search and examine crime scenes and how forensic evidence needs to be processed, interpreted, and preserved. Dig deep into the science behind psychology: the way humans think, feel, and behave. Discover how to examine crime scenes, and how forensic evidence needs to be processed, interpreted, and preserved. This involves field trips to places like the mortuary and bomb disposal sites. You'll also learn how to provide research-based evidence which may be used in the criminal justice system. In the final year you can apply your forensic knowledge in a mock courtroom scenario. You’ll cover topics such as:

  • Crime scene examination and management.
  • Interpretation, presentation and preservation of evidence.
  • Apply biometric information in human identification.
  • Applying memory research from crime scene to court.
  • Understanding the language of the judicial system.
The perfect mix of psychology, criminal investigation and forensic science Psychology is both an experimental and observational science. This means you will observe and measure human behaviour, undertake literature research, and develop, test, and evaluate theories. This culminates in conducting your own supervised research project in your final year, which is one of the cornerstones of your degree. You’ll graduate with a thorough understanding of this fascinating world. This Psychology with Forensic Scene Investigation degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and its core areas follow the curriculum set out by the BPS. This accreditation is essential if you want to become a Chartered Psychologist and means successful graduates can apply for further professional psychology training. Psychology degrees here at Abertay are flexible. You can switch to BSc Psychology or another ‘Psychology with’ pathway if you develop an interest in a particular topic later on. Our BSc (Hons) Psychology course scored an impressive 95% for Overall Student Satisfaction in the 2020 National Student Survey (NSS) and Forensic Science was the top rated modern Scottish department in the 2021 Good University Guide.


Year 1 core modules (subject to change over time) - PSY101 Introductory Psychology; PSY104 Comparative Psychology; PSY105 Introduction to Psychological Research Methods; Abertay 101 Being Successful at Abertay. You will also be required to select two option modules, one in Term 1 and one in Term 2. In Term 2 you must study and pass three MySuccess modules of your choosing. For detailed module information please check our website.

Assessment method

The programme is a mixture of lectures, practical laboratory classes, seminars/tutorials and independent study. The practical laboratory classes offer the chance to learn relevant scientific techniques first hand, and an opportunity to engage in research by designing experiments and collecting and analysing data. You are assessed using a variety of assessment types. These include examinations and class tests, laboratory reports, essays, presentations (both oral and posters), research projects and writing scientific articles and case studies. Assessment is through a range of methods including exams, tests, practical laboratory reports and student presentations.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

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)

Year 2 - Higher National Certificate/Diploma or equivalent Please see website for accepted courses

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

All applicants must have passes in English and Maths - National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4 or National 5 Lifeskill Maths and Application of Maths at grade B. Higher Applications of Maths at grade C accepted.

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Minimum Qualification Requirements

We may make you an offer at the minimum entry grades if you meet the criteria.

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English language requirements

We look for applicants to have achieved an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual test lower than 5.5. Some degrees have higher requirements - refer to the 'entry routes' tab of each degree for more detail.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15000 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

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Psychology with Forensic Scene Investigation at Abertay University - UCAS