Psychology with Forensic Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS

Psychology with Forensic Psychology

Goldsmiths, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate

Course summary

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This degree offers a scientific approach to the study of psychology and behaviour. You will be introduced to psychological theories, methods and processes relating to the legal, criminal and civil justice systems. Why study BSc Psychology with Forensic Psychology?

  • You will develop a thorough understanding of the key issues and debates that relate to psychology and forensic psychology.
  • As part of our mentoring scheme you will be allocated a member of academic staff with forensic psychology expertise, who will advise you on career options and employability, as well as opportunities to gain more relevant experience.
  • You will gain a wide range of transferable skills associated with the practice of psychology, including critical thinking, analytical skills, reflection, self-motivation, planning and organisation.
  • You will be actively encouraged to seek opportunities for summer internships or other work experience placements to further build on your skills and knowledge.
  • During your final year of study you will carry out a research project under close supervision of a member of faculty in the Department of Psychology whose research interests and expertise are in the forensic psychology field. You will learn about all aspects of research in the area of forensic psychology, which forms one of the roots of our research-led teaching.
  • Working and learning in an applied fashion will allow you to gain an appreciation of how to use available evidence-bases to inform practice, and how research can feed back into the working process.
  • Teaching in the style of small group tutorials and lab classes will provide you with particular focus on applying your learning to a forensic context.
The psychology department has recently augmented a long-standing research strength in Forensic Psychology. In addition to Professor Tim Valentine’s research in eyewitness identification, recent appointments to the department have brought the following skills and experience in the following areas: Dr Fiona Gabbert has an international research track record in investigative interviewing Dr Ashok Jansari brings his interest in exceptional face recognition abilities from CCTV images Dr Caoimhe McAnena a Chartered Forensic Psychologist with expertise in the assessment and treatment of offenders The degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Society and also the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, which is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Course details


Year 1 - Students take introductory modules on the main topic areas within psychology (i.e., cognitive, developmental, social, individual differences and biological) and also practical courses training them in the principles, methods and techniques of psychological research. There will be an applied or forensic emphasis to the academic tutorials, which will be taught by an expert in this area. Furthermore, some assessments will be on a forensic-relevant topic. Year 2 - Modules provide more in-depth knowledge and understanding of concepts, theories and empirical research relating to biological psychology, individual differences; cognitive psychology; developmental psychology; and social psychology. Students take a course in statistics, and carry out laboratory-based research both individually and within small groups of peers. It is expected that research projects undertaken in the second year will have a forensic psychology emphasis, and will be supervised by a member of staff with relevant expertise. Year 3 - In their final year, students will take two compulsory modules in areas of applied psychology: Psychology and Law, Addictive Behaviours along with an individual Research Project, which should have a forensic psychology focus. They also take option modules to the value of 45 credits. Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, laboratory reports, group work and research projects.

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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course code8C00
Institution code G56
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

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)

120 credits at Level 4 and a 2:1 average in a comparable programme, and meet the standard qualification requirements for entry to Year 1 of the programme.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBB
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject specific modules
Scottish Higher BBBBC
Scottish Advanced Higher BBC
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 33 points With three Higher Level subjects at 655
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H2, H2

You should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 in GCSE (or equivalent) in Mathematics or Statistics, and English.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6With a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

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

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Psychology with Forensic Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS