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Forensic Psychology

BSc (Hons)

Industry recognised

Accredited by the British Psychological Society

91% Student Satisfaction

National Student Survey 2018

100% employability

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2018

UCAS code:
C890
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Full-time
Duration:
3 Years
Academic year:
09 September 2019 - 19 June 2020
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Our Forensic Psychology degree covers criminality, crime investigation, and the roles of psychology and forensic science in the criminal justice system, alongside a wide spectrum of psychology.

If you’re interested in criminal attitudes and want to investigate how psychology can help us to understand criminal behaviour, this course provides an excellent basis for a career in psychology and criminology related areas.

Taught from our multi-million-pound Science Centre, our facilities include an observation room, psychology labs, cutting-edge equipment and a crime scene house.

You’ll complete group and individual projects, develop your presentation skills and, in specific modules, use techniques such as fingerprint and drug analysis, eye-tracking and galvanic skin response.

On successful completion of study, we will issue one of the following awards dependent on your chosen pathway: BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology, BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies - Students who choose not to, or who are unable to, follow an accredited route can transfer to BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies.

On successful completion of study, we will issue one of the following awards dependent on your chosen pathway: BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology, BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies - Students who choose not to, or who are unable to, follow an accredited route can transfer to BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies.

On successful completion of study, we will issue one of the following awards dependent on your chosen pathway: BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology, BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies - Students who choose not to, or who are unable to, follow an accredited route can transfer to BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies.

Work placements

Students on all undergraduate Psychology courses at Staffordshire University can opt to undertake a placement (sandwich) year; a structured work experience opportunity which enables you to develop and implement psychology specific and transferable skills whilst getting experience in a professional working environment.

Placements take place between levels 5 and 6 of our undergraduate degrees and last for a period of 9 months, from September to June. The Placement Year is an assessed, pass/fail year that would be added to your existing programme of study. The assessment is by written reflection and submission of a placement activity log.

Throughout your placement period you will be supervised by a Workplace Supervisor, (usually your line manager) and you and your supervisor will have regular contact with the University through an allocated University Placement Supervisor. Contact with both you and your workplace supervisor may at times be via phone or SKYPE, and you will also receive at least one planned visit by your University Placement Supervisor to the workplace towards the beginning of the Placement.

Course content

Our Forensic Psychology degree will help you to delve further into the inner workings of the mind, to broaden your understanding of the human psyche and to question why people behave the way they do.

You will explore the underlying thoughts, feelings and motivations behind criminal minds across a broad range of topic areas.

You will also cover the fundamental principles of psychology which will allow you to analyse the relationships between psychological and social factors which can contribute to deviant and antisocial behaviour.

Many of our lecturers are active in research or have experience working within the legal system and will lead you through your lectures, seminars, practical sessions and laboratory practicals. All are experts within their fields and will offer support and guidance throughout your entire time studying with us.

Our Forensic Psychology degree will help you to delve further into the inner workings of the mind, to broaden your understanding of the human psyche and to question why people behave the way they do.

You will explore the underlying thoughts, feelings and motivations behind criminal minds across a broad range of topic areas.

You will also cover the fundamental principles of psychology which will allow you to analyse the relationships between psychological and social factors which can contribute to deviant and antisocial behaviour.

Many of our lecturers are active in research or have experience working within the legal system and will lead you through your lectures, seminars, practical sessions and laboratory practicals. All are experts within their fields and will offer support and guidance throughout your entire time studying with us.

Our Forensic Psychology degree will help you to delve further into the inner workings of the mind, to broaden your understanding of the human psyche and to question why people behave the way they do.

You will explore the underlying thoughts, feelings and motivations behind criminal minds across a broad range of topic areas.

You will also cover the fundamental principles of psychology which will allow you to analyse the relationships between psychological and social factors which can contribute to deviant and antisocial behaviour.

Many of our lecturers are active in research or have experience working within the legal system and will lead you through your lectures, seminars, practical sessions and laboratory practicals. All are experts within their fields and will offer support and guidance throughout your entire time studying with us.

Academic year

Our Forensic Psychology degree will help you to delve further into the inner workings of the mind, to broaden your understanding of the human psyche and to question why people behave the way they do.

You will explore the underlying thoughts, feelings and motivations behind criminal minds across a broad range of topic areas.

You will also cover the fundamental principles of psychology which will allow you to analyse the relationships between psychological and social factors which can contribute to deviant and antisocial behaviour.

Many of our lecturers are active in research or have experience working within the legal system and will lead you through your lectures, seminars, practical sessions and laboratory practicals. All are experts within their fields and will offer support and guidance throughout your entire time studying with us.

Our Forensic Psychology degree will help you to delve further into the inner workings of the mind, to broaden your understanding of the human psyche and to question why people behave the way they do.

You will explore the underlying thoughts, feelings and motivations behind criminal minds across a broad range of topic areas.

You will also cover the fundamental principles of psychology which will allow you to analyse the relationships between psychological and social factors which can contribute to deviant and antisocial behaviour.

Many of our lecturers are active in research or have experience working within the legal system and will lead you through your lectures, seminars, practical sessions and laboratory practicals. All are experts within their fields and will offer support and guidance throughout your entire time studying with us.

Our Forensic Psychology degree will help you to delve further into the inner workings of the mind, to broaden your understanding of the human psyche and to question why people behave the way they do.

You will explore the underlying thoughts, feelings and motivations behind criminal minds across a broad range of topic areas.

You will also cover the fundamental principles of psychology which will allow you to analyse the relationships between psychological and social factors which can contribute to deviant and antisocial behaviour.

Many of our lecturers are active in research or have experience working within the legal system and will lead you through your lectures, seminars, practical sessions and laboratory practicals. All are experts within their fields and will offer support and guidance throughout your entire time studying with us.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Accredited by The British Psychological Society

The BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology programme is accredited with the British Psychological Society (BPS) meaning that successful completion of this programme (with a minimum of a 2:2 degree) will enable you to claim Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) after graduation, which is the first stage towards becoming a professional psychologist.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Accredited by The British Psychological Society

The BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology programme is accredited with the British Psychological Society (BPS) meaning that successful completion of this programme (with a minimum of a 2:2 degree) will enable you to claim Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) after graduation, which is the first stage towards becoming a professional psychologist.

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2019/2020 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2019-2020 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Foundations in Psychology
Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
Crime Scene Investigation
Perspectives in Psychology
People Behaving Badly
Year 2 compulsory modules
Cognitive and Biological Determinants of Behaviour
Understanding the Social World
Psychology of Crime and Criminal Justice
Further Research Methods in Psychology
Year 3 compulsory modules
Psychology Project
Typical and Atypical Development
Forensic Psychology Applications

Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC
  • 2 A level only: 96 points
  • BTEC: DMM

All applicants are individually assessed.

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC
  • 2 A level only: 96 points
  • BTEC: DMM

All applicants are individually assessed.

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC
  • 2 A level only: 96 points
  • BTEC: DMM

All applicants are individually assessed.

Facilities

Careers

You will be provided with opportunities to prepare you for employment.

Graduates from our Forensic Psychology degree have pursued careers with the police, the National Probation Service, the prison service and the Home Office. After completing British Psychological Society accredited postgraduate study, some have become professional chartered psychologists whilst others have sought careers in social, welfare and health management.

Teaching

Students learn in different ways. To help everyone get the most out of their studies, we teach students through a blend of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course.

Students learn in different ways. To help everyone get the most out of their studies, we teach students through a blend of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course.

Students learn in different ways. To help everyone get the most out of their studies, we teach students through a blend of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Sarah Krähenbühl
Dr Sarah KrähenbühlCourse Leader

Sarah’s area of expertise is in investigative interviewing strategies used with children and subsequent legal proceedings.

She is module leader for Forensic Applications of Psychology.

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For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Part-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£4,620 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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