Forensic Psychology

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BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code:
C890
UCAS code:
C892
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:
27 September 2021

Industry recognised

Accredited by the British Psychological Society

Expert Facilities

Study in our Crime Scene House and £30M Science Centre

Real-world experience

You'll get the opportunity to take an optional work placement in year two

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.

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.

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 the following award: BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology

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

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

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. Please note that it is the responsibility of the student to secure their own work placement – we will of course support you through the selection, application and approval process.

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.

Our current placement year students are working in various charity organisations, and as research assistants within higher education institutions.

The fee for the placement year will vary depending on the year – please get in contact if you would like more information about this.

The Psychology Department works with local, regional and national employers alongside international university partners to provide students with placement and work experience opportunities both in the UK and abroad. We are currently planning this years’ student visit to Samsun, Turkey.

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.

A crucial part of becoming a psychologist is learning to understand, conduct, and analyse scientific research. As with all high-quality undergraduate psychology degrees, this means our courses feature modules that focus on teaching these skills. We take great care in closely guiding students through this learning process (via small group teaching, group work with peers, support clinics and step-by-step guides) supporting our students in preparation for the increasingly data-driven world.

A foundation year is available for applicants who do not have the appropriate entry qualifications for direct entry to the degree level course. The foundation year for this course has a long track record of success in providing a smooth transition to our BSc (Hons) Psychology degree or any one of our other psychology based courses.

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.

A crucial part of becoming a psychologist is learning to understand, conduct, and analyse scientific research. As with all high-quality undergraduate psychology degrees, this means our courses feature modules that focus on teaching these skills. We take great care in closely guiding students through this learning process (via small group teaching, group work with peers, support clinics and step-by-step guides) supporting our students in preparation for the increasingly data-driven world.

A foundation year is available for applicants who do not have the appropriate entry qualifications for direct entry to the degree level course. The foundation year for this course has a long track record of success in providing a smooth transition to our BSc (Hons) Psychology degree or any one of our other psychology based courses.

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.

A crucial part of becoming a psychologist is learning to understand, conduct, and analyse scientific research. As with all high-quality undergraduate psychology degrees, this means our courses feature modules that focus on teaching these skills. We take great care in closely guiding students through this learning process (via small group teaching, group work with peers, support clinics and step-by-step guides) supporting our students in preparation for the increasingly data-driven world.

A foundation year is available for applicants who do not have the appropriate entry qualifications for direct entry to the degree level course. The foundation year for this course has a long track record of success in providing a smooth transition to our BSc (Hons) Psychology degree or any one of our other psychology based courses.

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.

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.

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Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Psychology Placement Year 120 credits

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 6 compulsory modules
Year 6 compulsory modules
Forensic Psychology Applications 30 credits
Psychology Project 30 credits
Typical And Atypical Development 30 credits
Show 12 optional modules

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.

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 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.

You can find out further information about our graduates on our InPsych Blog and Graduate Stories page. 

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 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 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.

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. A typical composition of study time for this course is:

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. A typical composition of study time for this course is:

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. A typical composition of study time for this course is:

Year 1

19% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
81% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 2

20% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
80% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 3

13% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
87% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

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.

Year 1

0% practical exams
58% coursework
42% written exams

Year 2

0% practical exams
60% coursework
40% written exams

Year 3

6% practical exams
72% coursework
23% written exams

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.

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 27 September 2021 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 £14,000 per year of study

For the course starting on 13 September 2021 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 £14,000 per year of study

For the course starting on 27 September 2021 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 
  • Loan of subject related requirement where required
  • Compulsory field trips

 

  • DBS checks where required for compulsory modules 
  • Loan of subject related requirement where required
  • Compulsory field trips

 

  • DBS checks where required for compulsory modules 
  • Loan of subject related requirement where required
  • Compulsory field trips
Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:

 

  • DBS checks where required for compulsory modules 
  • Loan of subject related requirement where required for
  • Compulsory field trips

 

  • DBS checks where required for compulsory modules 
  • Loan of subject related requirement where required for
  • Compulsory field trips

 

  • DBS checks where required for compulsory modules 
  • Loan of subject related requirement where required for
  • Compulsory 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.

Our students

Throughout the pandemic, Mel Hall has been one constant who take the times to email her students back with great help and advice and makes each student feel as though they are being heard. She is kind and thoughtful and overall an amazing person. Mel always makes sure she is asking questions, getting people's opinions, and making us WANT to learn. She has spoken about so many cases this year with such passion that I have then gone out and bought the books because I want to know more. 

Leah Pearce

BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology

I found the facilities in the University to be useful such as the Psychology Human Science Suite, where I spent most of my last year in the University, conducting my experiment and recruiting participants. I used a lot of resources and equipment such as the BioPac, TSA-II, Superlab and SPSS.

Being able to conduct an independent/my own research project for my final year was one of the highlights of my university experience. Having the necessary equipment and software made it possible for me to create my experiment and recruit participants.

Angela Marcos

BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology

When applying to universities for Forensic Psychology, I was attracted to Staffordshire University because of the technology and facilities they offer. Forensic Psychology students have the opportunity to use the crime scene house in the first year of the course, which allows mock crime scenes to be created and explored.

The department is based in the Science Centre which offers a range of facilities and cutting-edge equipment to aid your studying, such as psychology labs, virtual reality headsets, eye-tracking equipment and driving simulators.

Hannah Brown

BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology

There are a whole range of facilities for psychology students. The 24-hour library has been my saviour. There is a whole range of psychology books that you can check out at any time of day. Plus, there are also a lot of online resources. More facilities include the equipment that we have, such as an observation room, eye tracker goggles and other specialised lab equipment.

The staff are always happy to help, whether it be in a lecture, an email or a face to face meeting. There are no stupid questions! It has been a very enjoyable three years and I will be sad to leave. I wish I was back in my first year!

Jess Sample

BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology

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