University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

Forensic Psychology

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Course summary

Overview Explore how psychological knowledge informs criminal investigations and forensic practice, and help to understand offending behaviour on this BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology degree, accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). While a psychology degree covers the mind and behaviour in a wider sense, studying forensic psychology means focusing on the way people think, act and feel in relation to crime and legal issues.

  • Put your investigative techniques to the test in our Forensic Interviewing Suite, which features thermal imaging cameras, eye tracking and virtual reality (VR) technology and advanced digital and video analysis
  • Use our motion capture studios, which feature the latest Vicon optical system, to explore the mechanics and perception of human movement
  • Have the chance to study abroad or take part in a year-long work placement, boosting your employability prospects after the course
  • Learn from forensic psychology practitioners involved in the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology, the largest academic research centre for forensic psychology in the UK
  • Become eligible to apply for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society (with a 2:2 or higher) – an essential first step to becoming a professional forensic psychologist
Accredited by: This degree confers eligibility for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Graduate Basis for Registration. Careers and opportunities On this BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology, you'll gain hands-on experience conducting research on forensic topics with developments at the forefront of psychological science. You’ll explore the patterns and behaviours of offenders and victims, build skills in gathering and analysing forensic data, and learn how to present your findings. When you complete the course with a 2:2 or higher, you'll be eligible for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS), which is an essential first step to becoming a Chartered Forensic Psychologist. To become Chartered, you'll also need to do further academic training for up to 5 years, including an MSc Forensic Psychology. What can you do with a Forensic Psychology degree? Many graduates go on to do an MSc in Forensic Psychology after the course. You could also start a career in areas such as:
  • teaching
  • health associated professions
  • social welfare
  • police work
  • probation service
  • research
Graduate roles and destinations Roles our previous graduates have gone on to include:
  • clinical psychologist
  • forensic psychologist
  • educational psychologist
  • counsellor
  • health planning analyst
They've taken roles in the following organisations:
  • National Probation Service
  • Ministry of Defence
  • North East London NHS Foundation Trust
Placement year After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the field. A placement year gives you the opportunity to apply your knowledge in a real workplace, boosting your employability and making you stand out to employers after the course. You can work for a company or organisation here in the UK or overseas, or you could go independent by setting up and running your own business with other students. Potential prison placements Previous students have completed work placements in medium secure units, youth offending teams and prisons, including:
  • HMP Bronzefield
  • HMP Ford
  • HMP Winchester
Potential placement destinations Other students have taken placement roles in organisations including:
  • Broadmoor High Security Hospital
  • Hampshire Constabulary Student Watch
  • Catch 22 - a not-for-profit business involved in offender management, rehabilitation and victim services
  • Motiv8 - a charity working for safer communities for young people and their families

Course details

Modules

Year 1 core modules: Applying Psychological Research Skills (40 credits); Exploring Psychology (40 credits); Forensic Psychology in Context (20 credits); Perspectives in Psychology (20 credits) | Year 2 core modules [all worth 20 credits each]: Biological & Cognitive Psychology; Individual Differences & Psychometrics; Professional Development and Employability; Psychological Research Methods; Quantitative Data Analysis; Social & Developmental Psychology | Year 3 optional modules: Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology (20 credits); Educational Psychology (20 credits); Exploring Data for Forensic Psychology (20 credits); Introduction To Teaching (20 credits); Issues In Clinical and Health Psychology (20 credits); Neuroscience (20 credits); Psychology of Investigations (20 credits); Psychology of Offending Behaviour (20 credits); Psychology of Security (20 credits); Psychology Research Project (20 credits); Psychology Research Project (Extended) (40 credits); Psychology Work Placement (20 credits); Social Construction of Disability (20 credits); Trauma, Memory & Law (20 credits)

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written examinations
  • practical reports and essays
  • poster presentations
  • oral presentations
  • self-led research project
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future. The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
  • Year 1 students: 25% by written exams, 22% by practical exams and 53% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 38% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 54% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 33% by written exams, 13% by practical exams and 54% by coursework

Professional bodies

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

  • British Psychological Society

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

CLEARING INFORMATION – Our entry requirements may be different during Clearing, so please contact us on 023 9284 8000 to discuss your options


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
PTE Academic61An overall score of 61 with a minimum of 54 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)9191 with a minimum of 20 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 20 in Writing
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 176 with no component score less than 169.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 176 with no component score less than 169.
Trinity ISETrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £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
International £17600 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/Islands Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance EU **Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship** For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £1,700 Year abroad of a language course £1,700. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/international-students/funding **Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.**
Forensic Psychology at University of Portsmouth - UCAS