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Forensic Psychology BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code

    3 year: C816 4 year: C817

  • Level

    UndergraduateUG

  • Duration

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

  • Starting

    September

  • BBC at A Level
    DDM at BTEC

  • Fees UK 24/25

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,540 per 20 credit module
    Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250

  • International Fees 24/25

    Full Time: £15,200
    Integrated Foundation Year: £15,200

  • Location

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Overview


This BSc 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 forensic psychology undergraduate 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.

This forensic psychology 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.

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Highlights


  • British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited, this forensic psychology undergraduate 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


  • 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 BSc forensic psychology course focus on analysing human behaviour from many psychological perspectives.

    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.

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    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 24/25. The modules relating to the academic year 25/26 will be available from June 2025.

      • Module code: PSY1001
        Status: Compulsory
        This module introduces students to applications of psychological knowledge in the real world. It aims to help students acquire knowledge and understanding of theory and research relating to key topics in Applied Psychology and to develop the critical skills necessary to the evaluation of different approaches within Applied Psychology.
      • Module code: PSY1003
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide students with a broad understanding of psychology by introducing four core areas (social, developmental, cognitive and biological psychology). Students will develop critical thinking and evaluative skills of psychological material by focusing on theory, empirical research and real-life examples.
      • Module code: PSY1004
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to promote reflective critical thinking and evaluation skills using a wide variety of psychological materials, and develop student confidence in evaluating and conducting Psychological research.
      • Module code: PSY1006
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide a fundamental introduction to research design, analysis and interpretation in psychology. Students need to understand common methods of investigation, in order to appreciate the source and context of theories and research findings encountered in specific subject areas studied in other psychology modules.
      • Module code: PSY1011
        Status: Compulsory
        This module aims to develop student?s intra-and-inter-personal skills through exploring Positive Psychology theory and application and increasing self-awareness. Throughout the module, you will gain understanding for how these are experienced, how we relate to them, and what psychology has begun to understand about them.
      • Module code: PSY1013
        Status: Compulsory
        Foundations of Forensic Psychology will introduce students to key topics, theories, and historical debates that underpin Forensic Psychology. This module will enable students to examine various aspects of the justice system, from offending behaviour to police investigations, to the role of the courts.
      • Module code: PSY2005
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to continue development in research skills established in ?Becoming a Psychologist? (PSY1006). Students will increase psychological competency in preparation for the dissertation via engaging in ethical thinking and enhancing core skills at all levels of the research process
      • Module code: PSY2029
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to build on the introduction to biological and cognitive approaches in psychology provided in Introduction to Psychology (PSY1003). It introduces new and more complex material with a view to developing students' knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of the theories and research applied in these approaches
      • Module code: PSY2030
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to build on the Social and Developmental Psychology material introduced in the Level 4 module PSY1003 - Introduction to Psychology. This module covers contemporary and critical perspectives related to development across the lifespan within complex social worlds and will be of interest to students wishing to deepen their knowledge of theories, research and methods in Social and Developmental Psychology.
      • Module code: PSY2031
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to build upon material presented at Level 4 by tracing the historical development of Psychology as an academic discipline and exploring key theories and research in personality and individual differences. Special consideration will be given to conceptual issues that continue to generate debate.
      • Module code: PSY2032
        Status: Compulsory
        This module will equip students with an understanding of different assessment tools and psychometric tests used in psychology to assess an individual?s behaviour, and identify risks, problems, and disorders. Students will engage with opportunities to administer and interpret psychological tests for case studies of violent and nonviolent offenders.
      • Module code: PSY2033
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to expand knowledge and understanding on the perspective of Forensic Psychology drawing upon theoretical and practical understandings.
      • Module code: PSY3004
        Status: Designate
        This module aims to explore contemporary understandings of mental health and experience of individuals with mental health disorders. The module explores social, ethical, and scientific issues around the field of mental health and offers an environment for students to engage in critical analysis and debate.
      • Module code: PSY3055
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to build on, and extend, the knowledge acquired by students at levels four and five. It will examine, critically, the impact of positive psychological processes in families, organizations and communities and evaluate how these may help or hinder the development of individual and collective strengths.
      • Module code: PSY3058
        Status: Compulsory
        This module will equip students with the knowledge of evidence-based intervention and rehabilitation procedures for forensic service users and prisoners. Students will develop skills crucial to forensic mental health services and forensic psychologists.
      • Module code: PSY3059
        Status: Designate
        Across this module, students will examine behaviour analysis techniques for predicting criminal behaviour and apply these to case studies of terror attacks. Students will also critically examine the development and application of criminal profiling techniques used by law enforcement. Thus, students will develop skills crucial to policing and national security professions.
      • Module code: PSY3060
        Status: Designate
        Pathways into crime will enable students to examine life experiences and genetic pre-dispositions that may influence offending behaviour. Students will be encouraged to assess the role of poverty, inequality, and the social causes of crime.
      • Module code: PSY3061P
        Status: Designate
        This module requires students to carry out approved work experience in an organisation relevant to forensic psychology. Students will benefit from the development of transferable skills from experiential learning which will support them in their career development.
      • Module code: PSY4010
        Status: Compulsory
        The dissertation builds on and expands students' prior knowledge of research in Forensic methodology acquired at levels four and five. It aims to foster the development of expertise in research methodology and skills in the design, conduct, analysis and write-up of research reports. This form of independent, experiential learning will require students to ask logical questions to diagnose and define problems, generate and implement solutions and evaluate the effectiveness of their action-outcomes. Independent, experiential learning develop students? abilities to work independently, and to reflect on the subject-specific research process.
  • Typical requirements for Forensic Psychology are:

    • BBC at A Level or,
    • DDM at BTEC Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical or,
    • M at T Level

    We welcome applications from students with a mix of A levels and BTEC/Cambridge Technical qualifications.

    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/Cambridge Technical or,
    • Pass (D or E) at T Level

    We welcome applications from students with a mix of A levels and BTEC/Cambridge Technical qualifications.

    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.

  • 2024/25 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 24/25 only. They may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,540 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: £15,200
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year (IFY): £15,200
    2023/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only. They may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,540 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: £14,750
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year (IFY): £14,750

    For more information about possible funding options, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join our full-time Forensic Psychology course 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 so 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 or dedicated International Perks page.

    * UK fee payers only (see Terms and Conditions for further details)

  • 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.

    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.

  • 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 BSc Forensic Psychology 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.

Master’s Opportunities

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

Facilities and Equipment


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.

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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Psychology Equipment


Range of equipment to support Psychology students.

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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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