University of Bedfordshire

Degree level: Undergraduate

Forensic Psychology

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Course summary

Why do people offend? Can we predict the victim? One of the most fascinating applications of psychology is in examining and tackling criminal behaviour. Our BPS-accredited course brings to life this relatively new and exciting field of psychology, exploring the criminal mind, practical forensics and legal areas such as police investigation and jury behaviour. The degree focuses on the techniques and issues at the forefront of practice in criminal, investigative and forensic psychology as well as key areas of the law such as police investigation, false confessions, expert witnesses and jury behaviour. You will study the foundations of psychology and how it applies to criminal behaviour before exploring different psychological approaches; the role of an individual’s culture and society; and practical forensic psychology. The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and completing it confers eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), provided you meet the minimum standard of a second-class honours degree. To become a fully-fledged chartered forensic psychologist, you will have to continue your studies at postgraduate level and undertake supervised practice. Why choose this course?

  • Understand the professional skills used by forensic psychologists
  • Work on research projects such as offender profiling and crime analysis, criminal thinking styles, and lie detection
  • Study with an academic team currently involved in research or practice, with their expertise feeding back into your teaching
  • Learn valuable research and analysis skills that transfer into other career fields

Course details


Areas of study include:

  • Foundations to Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychological Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Psychology and Criminal Behaviour
  • Psychology in Every Day Life
  • Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Methods of Research in Psychology
  • Psychology and Criminal Justice
  • Social Processes and Lifespan Development
  • Culture and Individual Differences
  • Forensic Psychology in Practice
  • Forensic Psychology Research Project
  • Atypical Child and Adolescent Development: Theories and Applications
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Critical Social Psychology
  • Occupational and Organisational Psychology
  • Problem Solving
  • Psychology of Language and Vision
  • Psychology of Mental Health
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Assessment method

Throughout your degree you will encounter a wide variety of types of assessment collectively designed to suit the variety of individual learning styles. Each assessment will provide the opportunity to offer you feedback to help with your development and inform the completion of your future assessments. There will be an opportunity in each year of your study to develop and refine a number of key academic skills, many of which will be transferable to the workplace. These include team-working, report writing, oral presentations, constructing coherent written arguments, the ability to analyse, synthesise and evaluate complex information from a range of sources, reflective writing as well as personal and professional development planning. Whilst you will be expected to undertake a few examinations, the assessment diet is more heavily weighted in favour of coursework assignments. The teaching reflects the BPS core curriculum with an emphasis on research and research methods as well as the other core areas of a Psychology curriculum. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate at the point of publication on the UCAS website. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website:

Professional bodies

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

  • British Psychological Society

How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.






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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in Mathematics We are happy to consider applicants with alternative qualifications and/or work experience. If you would like to check if your qualifications will be accepted please contact the Admissions Team.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
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
International £13500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are reviewed annually.

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Thursday 18 August 08:00-20:00 Friday 19 August 08:00-20:00 Saturday 20 August 10.00–16.00 Sunday 21 August 10.00–16.00 Monday 22 August 09.00–17.00 Tuesday 23 August 09.00–17.00 Wednesday 24 August 09.00–17.00 Thursday 25 August 09.00–17.00 Friday 26 August 09.00–17.00 Open Day Bookings here: Apply Online here:

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Forensic Psychology at University of Bedfordshire - UCAS