Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: C890
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2018

Introduction

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

Professional body accreditation

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.

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.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Foundations in Psychology Compulsory
Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology Compulsory
Crime Scene Investigation Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Perspectives in Psychology Compulsory
Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology Compulsory
People Behaving Badly Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Cognitive and Biological Determinants of Behaviour Compulsory
Understanding the Social World Compulsory
Psychology of Crime and Criminal Justice Compulsory
Volunteering Optional
Research Assistantship Optional
Childhood Contexts Optional
Psychology of Social Perception Optional
Methods of Crime Detection Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Cognitive and Biological Determinants of Behaviour Compulsory
Understanding the Social World Compulsory
Psychology of Crime and Criminal Justice Compulsory
Further Research Methods in Psychology Compulsory
Drugs of Abuse Optional

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Psychology Project Compulsory
Typical and Atypical Development Compulsory
Forensic Psychology Applications Compulsory
Advanced Research Methods Optional
Behavioural Medicine Optional
Practical Methods of Crime Detection Optional
Psychological Interventions Optional
Empowerment and Oppression Optional
Cyberpsychology Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Psychology Project Compulsory
Typical and Atypical Development Compulsory
Forensic Psychology Applications Compulsory
Health Psychology Optional
Neuropsychological Disorders Optional
Children and Pictures Optional

Teaching 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.