We will teach you how to use forensic processes and apply analytical psychology to police investigations. You will learn how to investigate crime scenes and the motivation behind the crimes involved. The first two years of this degree are designed to help you dig deeper into the science behind the way humans think, feel, and behave. In years three and four you take more advanced options related to your specialist pathway, covering forensic scene examination, evidence processing and interpretation. Our experienced academics are experts in criminal investigation and forensic science. We will give you a thorough understanding of this world, and you can study topics such as: Crime scene examination and management. Interpretation and presentation of evidence. Applying behaviour to major crime investigations. Applying memory research from crime scene to court. Understanding the language of the judicial system. Psychology is both an experimental and observational science. This means you will observe and measure human behaviour, tackle 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 corner stones of your degree. You can switch to another Psychology pathway if you develop an interest in a particular topic later on. This Psychology with Forensic Scene Investigation degree is accredited is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and its core areas follow the curriculum set out by the BPS. This accreditation is essential for students who want to become a Chartered Psychologist, and means that successful graduates are eligible to apply for further professional psychology training. 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. Students on this course may have to undertake a PVG check if they choose a specific placement (optional) as part of the course. Abertay is widely regarded as THE place to come for high quality teaching. But don't just take our word for it: Sunday Times UK University of the Year 2021 for Teaching Quality. Guardian University Guide 2020 Top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction with Teaching, Course and Feedback. National Student Survey 2020 Top 10 UK Universities for Student Satisfaction.
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.
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
You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.
If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
Standard Qualification Requirements
All applicants must have passes in English and Maths - National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent. National 5 Lifeskill Maths and Application of Maths NOT accepted in lieu of Maths. 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.
List of English Language Requirements
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