Forensic and Criminological Psychology *

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BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code:
CMV2
UCAS code:
CMV4
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Study option:
Full-time, with a placement year
Study option:
Part-time
Duration:
3 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Duration:
6 Years
Start date:
26 September 2022

Accredited by BPS

Study on a course accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Flexible learning

Take advantage of a unique blend of on-campus and online learning opportunities

Outstanding facilities

Study using the cognitive suite and analytical equipment in our £30m Science Centre

* This course is subject to validation

Study the science behind the criminal mind and start exploring the complex thought processes behind the actions, reactions and intentions of offenders within the justice system with our BSc (Hons) Forensic and Criminological Psychology course.

In our BSc (Hons) Forensic and Criminological Psychology course you will investigate the theories and principles behind both forensic and criminological psychology, and how these are applied through the UK legal system and more. This hands-on course is delivered using the equipment and facilities in our outstanding £30m Science Centre, where you will build your expertise in laboratories like our cognitive and observation labs. With Staffordshire University, you’ll be given opportunities to examine methods for collecting and analysing information, to provide the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills and receive feedback.

Focused on future employability, our course will see you applying forensic and criminological techniques, such as the measurement of physiological responses in interview and video settings. You’ll also get the chance to complete a work placement as part of your studies, which is your opportunity to get real-world experiences in a professional sector, such as the prison service, health, victim support and more.

Our BSc (Hons) Forensic and Criminological Psychology course is accredited by the British Psychological Society and delivered by academics with expertise and experience in the fields of forensics and psychology. What’s more, during the course you will get the opportunity to enrich your learning with digital development opportunities, and begin to make networks with like-minded students and inspirational guest lectures.

In our BSc (Hons) Forensic and Criminological Psychology course you will investigate the theories and principles behind both forensic and criminological psychology, and how these are applied through the UK legal system and more. This hands-on course is delivered using the equipment and facilities in our outstanding £30m Science Centre, where you will build your expertise in laboratories like our cognitive and observation labs. With Staffordshire University, you’ll be given opportunities to examine methods for collecting and analysing information, to provide the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills and receive feedback.

Focused on future employability, our course will see you applying forensic and criminological techniques, such as the measurement of physiological responses in interview and video settings. You’ll also get the chance to complete a work placement as part of your studies, which is your opportunity to get real-world experiences in a professional sector, such as the prison service, health, victim support and more.

Our BSc (Hons) Forensic and Criminological Psychology course is accredited by the British Psychological Society and delivered by academics with expertise and experience in the fields of forensics and psychology. What’s more, during the course you will get the opportunity to enrich your learning with digital development opportunities, and begin to make networks with like-minded students and inspirational guest lectures.

In our BSc (Hons) Forensic and Criminological Psychology course you will investigate the theories and principles behind both forensic and criminological psychology, and how these are applied through the UK legal system and more. This hands-on course is delivered using the equipment and facilities in our outstanding £30m Science Centre, where you will build your expertise in laboratories like our cognitive and observation labs. With Staffordshire University, you’ll be given opportunities to examine methods for collecting and analysing information, to provide the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills and receive feedback.

Focused on future employability, our course will see you applying forensic and criminological techniques, such as the measurement of physiological responses in interview and video settings. You’ll also get the chance to complete a work placement as part of your studies, which is your opportunity to get real-world experiences in a professional sector, such as the prison service, health, victim support and more.

Our BSc (Hons) Forensic and Criminological Psychology course is accredited by the British Psychological Society and delivered by academics with expertise and experience in the fields of forensics and psychology. What’s more, during the course you will get the opportunity to enrich your learning with digital development opportunities, and begin to make networks with like-minded students and inspirational guest lectures.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Forensic and Criminological Psychology

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Forensic and Criminological Psychology

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Forensic and Criminological Psychology

If you choose to undertake a placement as part of your course, you will be able to use it to gain experience in a sector or role that align with your own career interests. Previous placement locations have included the likes of Academies, YMCA, British Red Cross, Mind, fostering services, Asha, Midlands Psychology, Staffordshire University Technical Services, research assistantships, Change Grow Live, mental health and wellbeing clinics.

If you choose to undertake a placement as part of your course, you will be able to use it to gain experience in a sector or role that align with your own career interests. Previous placement locations have included the likes of Academies, YMCA, British Red Cross, Mind, fostering services, Asha, Midlands Psychology, Staffordshire University Technical Services, research assistantships, Change Grow Live, mental health and wellbeing clinics.

If you choose to undertake a placement as part of your course, you will be able to use it to gain experience in a sector or role that align with your own career interests. Previous placement locations have included the likes of Academies, YMCA, British Red Cross, Mind, fostering services, Asha, Midlands Psychology, Staffordshire University Technical Services, research assistantships, Change Grow Live, mental health and wellbeing clinics.

Course content

Whether you choose to study part-time, full-time or with placement, you’ll get access to the best teaching during your degree.

In Level 4, you’ll be introduced to the main areas of psychology including research methods, as well as psychology in the justice system, and pathways in forensic and criminological psychology.

Level 5 focuses in more depth on developmental and biological perspectives in psychology, where you’ll delve deeper into qualitative and quantitative research methods, and the psychology of crime and serious offending.

At level 6 you will undertake an empirical research project, social and cognitive perspectives, and forensic applications of psychology. You also have the choice to undertake optional modules art both levels 5 and 6, examples include Psychological Interventions, Cyberpsychology, Research Assistantship, and Behavioural Medicine.

Whether you choose to study part-time, full-time or with placement, you’ll get access to the best teaching during your degree.

In Level 4, you’ll be introduced to the main areas of psychology including research methods, as well as psychology in the justice system, and pathways in forensic and criminological psychology.

Level 5 focuses in more depth on developmental and biological perspectives in psychology, where you’ll delve deeper into qualitative and quantitative research methods, and the psychology of crime and serious offending.

At level 6 you will undertake an empirical research project, social and cognitive perspectives, and forensic applications of psychology. You also have the choice to undertake optional modules art both levels 5 and 6, examples include Psychological Interventions, Cyberpsychology, Research Assistantship, and Behavioural Medicine.

Whether you choose to study part-time, full-time or with placement, you’ll get access to the best teaching during your degree.

In Level 4, you’ll be introduced to the main areas of psychology including research methods, as well as psychology in the justice system, and pathways in forensic and criminological psychology.

Level 5 focuses in more depth on developmental and biological perspectives in psychology, where you’ll delve deeper into qualitative and quantitative research methods, and the psychology of crime and serious offending.

At level 6 you will undertake an empirical research project, social and cognitive perspectives, and forensic applications of psychology. You also have the choice to undertake optional modules art both levels 5 and 6, examples include Psychological Interventions, Cyberpsychology, Research Assistantship, and Behavioural Medicine.

Staffordshire Forensic Partnership confirmed for another five years

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Collaborative training, research and development, student placements and projects will continue following a new agreement.

Entry requirements

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC
  • 2 A level: 96 points
  • BTEC: DMM

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC
  • 2 A level: 96 points
  • BTEC: DMM

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC
  • 2 A level: 96 points
  • BTEC: DMM

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

For equivalent entry requirements in your home country, please see the information on our country pages.

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Careers

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

Graduates from our psychology degrees embark on a wide range of careers. Depending on your career aspirations, you could look to work in sectors including:

  • Police,
  • Prison
  • Youth/Community
  • Health
  • Parole Service

After completing the BSc (Hons) Forensic and Criminological Psychology course you will be ideally placed for further study at postgraduate level.

Teaching and assessment

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, journal clubs and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 18-20 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, journal clubs and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 18-20 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, journal clubs and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 18-20 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, case studies, portfolios, presentations, advisory briefs, final year independent project and multiple choice 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, case studies, portfolios, presentations, advisory briefs, final year independent project and multiple choice 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, case studies, portfolios, presentations, advisory briefs, final year independent project and multiple choice 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 Student Inclusion 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. 

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones and a range of laboratories.

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones and a range of laboratories.

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones and a range of laboratories.

Staff

Mel Hall

Lecturer

Mel's research interests include legal and criminological psychology and the impact of psychology in E-learning and the web. She is module leader for 'People Behaving Badly', 'The Psychology of Crime', 'Psychological Contexts of Crime and Punish…

Mel's profile

Dr Sarah Krahenbuhl

Senior Lecturer

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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Fees

For the course starting on 26 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons)-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,500 per year of study

For the course starting on 26 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons) Full-time, with a placement year
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,500 per year of study

For the course starting on 26 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons) Part-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part-time £4,620 per year of study

UK 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 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).

Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:

DBS checks where required for compulsory modules.

Compulsory field trips.

DBS checks where required for compulsory modules.

Compulsory field trips.

DBS checks where required for compulsory modules.

Compulsory field trips.

Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:

Optional field trips

Optional field trips

Optional field trips

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting: www.gov.uk

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

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If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

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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