Forensic Psychology BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    3 year: C816 4 year: C817

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    Full Time: 3 Years
    Foundation: 4 Years
    Part Time: 4 - 6 Years

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK 22/23:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,500 per 20 credit module
    Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250

  • International Fees 22/23:

    Full Time: £14,000
    Integrated Foundation Year: £14,000

  • Location:

    Waterside

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 893981

Overview


This Forensic Psychology course will provide you with a unique opportunity to understand how psychological knowledge informs forensic practice. We will provide you with hands-on experience in conducting scientific research on forensic topics alongside the development of core developmental, cognitive, social, and biological skills.

Throughout our undergraduate forensic psychology degree, you will have the flexibility to choose from a range of modules. The combination of module choices will allow you to examine all aspects of criminal behaviour from pathways into crime, to crime scene behaviours, and criminal profiling techniques.

Professional Accreditation: British Psychological Society (BPS)

Updated 01/09/2022

Highlights


  • British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited, this degree will confer Graduate Basis of Chartered Membership (GBC)
  • Opportunity to complete a placement module in forensic psychology
  • Taught by passionate lecturers who are conducting influential research in the field of forensic psychology
  • Examine the pathways into crime and criminal profiling techniques and build skills in analysing forensic data

Course Content


  • The Positive Psychology modules which run in stages 1 and 3 of this Forensic Psychology course will help you to develop transferable psychological skills and knowledge. These will allow you to solve real-world problems, whilst supporting emotional wellbeing when studying sensitive topics.

    Throughout level 4 of this Forensic Psychology course, you will be introduced to the key themes, theories, and research of psychology.

    At level 5 you will take a closer look at social and developmental issues and theories as well as contemporary topics in Forensic Psychology. These include ethical, legal, and moral dilemmas.

    Level 6 is focused upon a more advanced critical understanding of the specialist topics within forensic psychology, including both research and practice. A core research methods and skills module will run through each year. This will allow you to progressively develop your ability to plan and conduct scientific research independently.

    You will be supported to conduct your own research, work on real-life case studies, and have the opportunity to engage in presentations at relevant professional conferences.

    You will be invited to talks with external forensic psychology experts in both research and practice, across a range of different careers. This will provide you with invaluable ‘insider’ information and enable you to make informed decisions about your future aspirations within forensic psychology.

    Stage 1
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Psychology in Practice
    • Investigating Psychology
    • Foundations of forensic psychology
    • Becoming a psychologist
    • Positive Psychology applied in investigating crime
    Stage 2
    • Development & Society
    • Research Methods and Statistics
    • Personality and the fundamentals of psychology
    • Forensic risk assessment
    • Biological and Cognitive Psychology: Mechanisms of the mind
    • Forensic Psychology
    Stage 3

    Core Modules

    • Dissertation – Focused on a forensic topic
    • Forensic Intervention and rehabilitation

    Optional Modules (You will choose three)

    • Clinical approaches to the criminal mind
    • Criminal profiling and behaviour analysis.
    • Pathways into crime and addiction
    • Forensic psychology in practice- placement option
    • Cognitive biases and the law
    • Applying positive psychology

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 22/23. The modules relating to the academic year 23/24 will be available from June 2023.

  • BBC at A Level or DDM at BTEC Extended Diploma.

    In addition, you will be expected to have achieved GCSE Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Domestic equivalencies are not accepted, apart from Access applicants who must take 12 credits of Maths Level 2 or 6 credits of Maths Level 3 as part of their Access course. International equivalences will be reviewed on application.

    Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) Entry Requirements

    The standard entry requirements for the Integrated Foundation Year are DEE at A level or MPP at BTEC.

    For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

    For information on how to apply to study with us as an International student, please see our How to Apply for International Study page.

  • 2022/23 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only. They may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,500 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year (IFY): £9,250 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA/BSc rate)
    • International – Full Time: £14,000
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year (IFY): £14,000
    2021/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only. They may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year (IFY): £6,780 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA/BSc rate)
    • International – Full Time: £13,000
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year (IFY): £13,000
  • This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

    This means that upon completion of your degree (with an overall classification of a 2:2 or above), you are eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) to the BPS. Acquiring your GBC has a host of benefits for a future career in Psychology. The accredited Psychology degrees at UON mean that you could move into Postgraduate Study in a number of areas in Psychology and beyond, without needing to do a further Psychology Conversion course to obtain GBC status.

    Graduate Basis for Chartered (GBC) Membership is considered as the starting point to your career in psychology. Obtaining GBC encompasses many benefits, including access to journals, conferences, and events. You will have the opportunity to enhance your employability through volunteering opportunities and research placements, as well as through the courses focus on analysing human behaviour from many psychological perspectives.

    British Psychological Society accredited logo

  • Successful completion of our forensic psychology course can lead onto further studies if required:

  • From funded trips to paid internships, all we do at UON is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full-time forensic psychology degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience. We’re here to ensure that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study, you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • We provide you with an opportunity to experience the world of work: a year-long placement in between Stages 2 and 3 of study. If you choose to take up a placement year, you will spend a whole year (up to 48 weeks) working for local businesses and NHS recognised placement providers, such as St Andrews Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

    We offer a lot of support in helping you to find a placement, which can be in the UK or overseas. This invaluable experience helps you to apply your learning in your final year and prepares you for your career.

    What our students say:

    “Doing a placement year has given me the chance to meet people in the field who have gone through a similar academic journey as mine as well as find out more about next possible steps after university. It will open me up to a lot more opportunities in the future and it has given me the chance to work in a setting where I can expand my knowledge on a specific area of psychology I truly enjoy (brain injury/neuroscience and forensic psychology). I would highly recommend doing a placement year because it will give you great experience in applying knowledge from your subject and give you a deeper understanding of what it is like working in that particular setting. It is also a great way to expand your network by working with people with similar interests as yours”.

  • Facilities and equipment available:

    • Three dedicated psychology technicians available to support students
    • Six research cubicles
    • Perception lab
    • Observation suite fitted with a one-way mirror, perfect for mock interrogations
    • BioPac MP30, MP36 & MP36r: A tool for measuring EEG, ECG, EDA and Respiration.
    • Bitalino smart wearables: enables anyone to create projects for wearable health tracking.
    • SmartBCI 18-channel wireless EEG: An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a device used to measure the electrical activity of the brain. An EEG tracks and records brain wave patterns.
    • Muse EEG: Muse is a wearable brain sensing headband. The device measures brain activity via 4 electroencephalography sensors.
    • Rubber Hand Illusion: The illusion comes on when the real and fake hands are stroked at the same time and speed for a minute or two.
    • HTC Vive VR Headsets: The HTC Vive is a virtual reality headset developed by HTC and Valve Corporation. The headset uses “room scale” tracking technology, allowing the user to move in 3D space and use motion-tracked handheld controllers to interact with the environment.

    Across our forensic psychology programme, we facilitate independent self-study by providing access to library resources, the opportunity to sign up to internal and external workshops as well as skills training events, and the opportunity to apply for small grants to cover academic activities such as conference entry.

  • Where do Forensic Psychologists work?

    The main employer of forensic psychologists is HM Prison Service. However, there are several other opportunities for employment such as:

    • Home Office
    • NHS – in special hospitals and rehabilitation units, local forensic services, and secure hospitals
    • Police
    • Social services
    • Universities – in research and lecturing roles
    • Private consultancy
    How will I learn?

    The mode of teaching for this programme is designed to provide as much face-to-face contact for students as possible. However, we also provide flexibility for those students who are unable to work on campus for travel, personal or other reasons.

    • Online and in-person lectures
    • Online and in-person tutorial groups
    • Practical lab and studio sessions
    How will I be assessed?
    • Written examinations
    • Practical reports and essays
    • Poster presentations
    • Oral presentations
    • Self-led research project
    • Online class tests
    • Reflective journals
    Is there the opportunity for research experience?

    You will be given the opportunity to apply for research assistant roles with members of the programme team. This involves collaborations with researchers in Universities across the UK, as well as international collaborations.

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Careers and Employability


Once you graduate with a forensic psychology degree, you will be eligible for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Graduates can apply directly for postgraduate study to work towards becoming a professional forensic psychologist. Graduate employability in forensic psychology is very good, graduates can provide vital services in the legal and criminal justice system of a specific area. They can also work in universities, research centers, hospitals, medical examiners’ offices, forensic laboratories, police departments or as independent consultants.

Facilities


Floatation Tank


A sensory deprivation tank for therapeutic/restorative effects.

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Observation Suite


UON's own Psychology Observation suite.

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Perception Lab


Psychology lab for conducting sensory-perceptual studies.

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Learning Hub


The Learning Hub is at the heart of the campus and home to the student information desk.

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