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. Professional Practice Year This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits; you gain practical experience and build your CV. It's also a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers. There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free. 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
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
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: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/undergraduate/next-year/forensic-psychology/
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
- British Psychological Society
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
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
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