Focusing on current research and practice, the Psychology with Forensic Investigation degree covers psychological theories and processes within the criminal justice system, and will give you an in-depth understanding of the UK criminal investigation process. Covering a vast range of topics, this versatile course teaches the concepts and principles of psychology by exploring key theories and applying them to criminal investigation settings.
You’ll be based within the Department of Psychology and will learn theories and practical skills covering a range of psychological approaches through state-of-the-art facilities. Importantly, you’ll acquire generic skills which are readily transferable to your future careers, such as online skills, critical thinking, project management, presentation skills and an understanding of professional practice. During your degree, you will have a range of different assessment methods, which are designed to enhance your repertoire of academic skills as well as being applicable to the development of key vocational-orientated skills.
This course will help you develop a high level of understanding and insight into empirical and theoretical issues within all areas of psychology, with a specific focus on the application of psychology in forensic contexts. Additionally, you will learn from experts in the forensic investigation about the criminal investigation process and relevant legal issues. Therefore, when you graduate, you will acquire a range of key knowledge, research skills and methods to investigate human behaviour and cognitive processes within the criminal justice system.
The entry requirements for this course are 112 - 128 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of two A-levels or equivalent.
Numeracy and Literacy requirement: GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system). We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework.
A-level and AS levels: 112 – 128 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two A-levels.
Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate – Skills Challenge Certificate: We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Access to HE Diploma: 112 – 128 UCAS tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.
International entry requirements
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students.
Experimental Methods & Statistical Analysis: This unit will introduce you to the planning, designing and conducting of experiments and research studies as well as the analysis and effective communication of experimental and research study findings.
Quantitative & Qualitative Research Methods: The unit will continue to develop your ability to plan, design and conduct experiments and research studies as well as the analysis and effective communication of quantitative and qualitative research findings.
Biological & Cognitive Psychology: Examines the relationship between the biology of the brain and how we process information, think and make decisions.
Social Psychology & Individual Differences: Discover the ways in which human behaviour is affected by the social context in which it occurs and how behaviour differs between individuals.
Developmental & Clinical Psychology: Explores developmental change cross the life-span through theory, research and practice. You’ll gain an understanding of the concepts and principles of clinical psychology in this unit.
Introduction to Forensic Investigation: This unit will provide you with a deeper appreciation of the legal aspects, command structure and operational procedures of UK forensic investigations and provide a deeper insight into a range of forensic sciences available. It will provide you with the theoretical understanding to enhance practical experience in the recovery of physical evidence.
Research Methods & Statistics 2: Further developing experimental and non-experimental research skills, statistical analysis, interpretation and reporting of research findings.
Research Methods 2: Continuing from Research Methods & Statistics 2a, this is the final Research Methods unit before the final year project.
Developmental & Applied Forensic Investigation: This unit will further your knowledge and understanding of the concepts and principles of developmental psychology, and how such psychological knowledge and theories can be applied in forensic investigation contexts.
Personality, Intelligence & Social Psychology: Explores the measurement of differences in personality and intelligence, identity and self-perception, attitudes, social cognition, and group processes.
Biological Psychology: The study of the neural correlates of various core brain functions and impairment associated with brain damages. This unit will develop your analytical thinking, synthetic thinking and your ability to search for, recognise and critically evaluate information.
Cognition & Language: Examines the psychology of attention, memory, and problem-solving. Also explores the effects of brain damage (e.g. aphasia, spatial neglect).
Psychology Project: You will have the opportunity to conduct your own research allowing you to explore in depth an area in psychology by working one-to-one with a member of academic staff to develop a research idea, design your own experiment, gather data, analyse it, and finally bring it all together with a written scientific report of your work. The research areas will draw from staff expertise which touch upon a wide range of fascinating topics and methodologies using departmental resources, including experimental labs, observational suits, eye-tracking, electroencephalography (EEG), Transcranial Electric Stimulation (TES), and Virtual Reality lab. If required, you will receive individual support and training on this equipment. In addition, we offer the possibility to gain invaluable experience conducting applied research with some of our external collaborators, including the NHS and Dorset Police, on projects with ‘real-world’ application.
Forensic Psychology: This unit will demonstrate the way in which psychological research underpins the understanding of forensic psychology and professional practice within the criminal justice system. As well as providing a critical understanding of the psychological processes, you will explore key theories and apply them to real-world settings.
Forensic Law & Practice: You will critically consider the criminal justice system in England and Wales and engage with the central issues common to any major criminal justice system. You will be equipped with a greater knowledge of criminal procedure including a comprehensive coverage of the entire criminal process from police investigation through to trial process to appeals and rectifications of miscarriages of justice.
Accredited by the BPS, this course will be widely recognised by employers. Our degree will prepare you for a range of careers including security and forensic, criminal investigation, cybersecurity, online training, teaching, management consultancy, social media marketing and advertising, health promotion and personnel work.
This degree will also provide a basis for postgraduate studies for professional or academic careers in Psychology as to some extent they all use technology (e.g. forensic, educational, occupational, sports, clinical and health psychology).
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