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University of Winchester

Forensic Investigative Psychology

UCAS Code: C816

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


We welcome applications from students who are completing an Access to Higher Education Diploma. We normally look for applicants to have studied a course that is in a similar subject and offers are usually made in line with our published tariff point range.

UCAS Tariff

112-120

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language and Mathematics is required.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Forensic psychology

- Benefit from dedicated laboratories and computer rooms where you can learn a variety of psychological research methods

- Gain hands-on experience of experiments, issues and research at the forefront of forensic psychology today

- Study in a supportive environment with your own personal tutor, plus one-to-one supervision for your final project

- Gain a specialist degree in a rapidly growing field

- Benefit from a team of research-active academics and experts who work at the forefront of the field and who use interactive and practical teaching approaches to bring theory and practice to life

- Access to talks delivered by experts in the field, through the University of Winchester’s Forensic Investigative Psychology Research Centre

Are you intrigued by human behaviour and fascinated by the way crimes are investigated and solved? We offer a stimulating programme which gives you all the benefits of a full Psychology degree while allowing you to focus on the rapidly developing and popular field of Investigative and Forensic Psychology.

The criminal world is your broad field of study where you will learn the latest practical investigation techniques and build a wide knowledge of psychological theory to keep pace with the behaviour of offenders.

Our versatile and innovative programme will be accredited by the British Psychological Society and is one of one of only a handful of undergraduate courses in the country specialising in Forensic Investigative Psychology. The focus is on giving you a strong understanding of the nature and development of Forensic Investigative Psychology while gaining vital employment related and academic skills.

Delivered by high calibre, research-active experts in their fields, it’s an ideal degree if you aspire to work in the courts or the wider criminal justice system.

In Year 1 you complete introductory modules in Psychology, including Introduction to Psychology and Introduction to Psychological Research Methods. Alongside these, you take Psychology in Contemporary Society, Introduction to Psychopathology and Clinical Disorders, and Applied Skills for Learning and Development.

In Year 2, you study Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods, Social Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences, Cognition and Behaviour, Developmental Psychology, and Applied Skills for Research and Practice.

As well as your psychology research project, your final year features compulsory modules in Eyewitness Psychology and Psychology, Crime and the Criminal Justice System. Also in Year 3, you can choose from a wide range of optional modules available for you to explore your special interests. These may include Health Psychology, Psychology in the Workplace and Computational Skills in Psychology.

There is also an option for you to undertake a volunteering module in Year 3, which may involve working in forensic related settings such as charities supporting families of prisoners or the witness service.

Modules

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Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Winchester

Department:

Department of Psychology

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
med
Forensic psychology

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

91%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
17%
Male students
83%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
D

After graduation


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Psychology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,900
low
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
95%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Childcare and related personal services
15%
Caring personal services
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Forensic psychology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£19k

£19k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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