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BSc (Hons) Criminology and Forensic Psychology

Examine the psychological elements associated with criminal behaviour

Examine the psychological elements associated with criminal behaviour

3 years Full Time
Bishop Otter Campus (Chichester)
  • Apply psychological theory to the study of the causes and consequences of crime
  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Learn from our team of research-active lecturers
  • Prepare for a career in the prison service, rehabilitation units, a secure hospital or with social services
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Explore why people commit crimes and how their behaviour generates evidence

Our BSc (Hons) Criminology and Forensic Psychology degree examines why people commit crime and how understanding this behaviour can generate evidence in court as well as help determine steps for offender rehabilitation.

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Learn to apply forensic psychology principles to the study of crime

Using the latest research and practice, you will apply psychological theory and practice to study of crime, its consequences, those who indulge in deviant behaviour, and the judicial and legal processes that follow.

Explore a variety of psychology and criminology topics that include:

  • Developmental psychology
  • Mental health and forensic psychology
  • Young people and crime
  • Legal frameworks
  • Human rights
  • Diversity and duty of care
  • Sexual offending

Examine the psychological impacts of crime on individuals and wider society

You will consider the impact of crime upon victims, witnesses, offenders, and wider society, as you use the latest research to examine how crime can be prevented and develop your knowledge of psychological rehabilitation methods.

Understand the place of psychology within the law and the criminal justice system

Throughout your degree you will gain an in-depth knowledge of the operations of the criminal justice, as well as learn more about criminal law and the applications of forensic psychology within the judiciary system.

Use scientific data to understand criminal behaviour

During the course, you will receive scientific and statistics training to develop critical and analytical skills, as you learn how to handle data that you can use to predict, explain, and treat criminal behaviour.

Learn from expert active researchers and ex-police staff

Our team of active researchers and experienced experts bring their knowledge and research directly into the classroom with them to ensure that you engage with the latest innovations and theories.

Small teaching groups for more personalised support

Our small, interactive seminars mean you are seen as an individual, not just another face in the crowd as our lecturers get to know you and how best to support your academic and personal development.

BPS accredited course

Our BSc (Hons) Psychology course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), which means you’ll graduate with an industry-recognised qualification ready that acts as a first step to becoming a psychologist.

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On this course you will:

  • Learn to apply psychological theory and practice to the study of crime, its causes, and its consequences.
  • Understand the role of psychology within criminal law and the inner workings of the criminal justice system.
  • Learn from ex-police staff and expert psychology practitioners who really get to know you and your needs.
  • Gain key scientific skills in data handling and analysis as you learn to understand criminal behaviour.
  • Learn on a BPS-accredited course and take the first step to becoming a forensic psychologist.

The Course

Develop your scientific knowledge and skills in the study of crime and forensic psychology

Year One

Your first year will introduce you to the foundations of criminology and forensic psychology, as you gain insights into the key issues and debates, consider how society manages crime and criminals, and explore the broad concepts that underpin human rights, diversity, and duty of care.

In addition, you’ll begin to gain the scientific and statistical skills required to conduct your own research and experiments.

Year Two

In the second year, you will examine the core British Psychological Society modules such as biological, cognitive, and developmental psychology, as you broaden your understanding of aspects including legal frameworks and mental health and forensic psychology.

In addition, you will further your knowledge of and skills in statistical data management, as well as the design and implementation of research experiments.

Year Three

In your final year, you will work to apply your acquired subject knowledge and research skills ahead of a final year project on a topic of your choice, as you also investigate young people and crime and sexual offenders.

Criminology in Professional Practice module

Our careers-focused module in your third year introduces you to the practice in real life of criminology and give you an idea of where you could apply your skills, as you explore jobs relating to criminology degrees.

Indicative modules

You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year. Each module is worth a number of credits and is delivered differently depending on its content and focus of study.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

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Analysing Attitudes to Work & Performance

This module helps define a range of everyday experiences using psychological models of attitudes, as you learn how to analyse attitudes and explore psychological constructs, methodology and theories associated with experiences. Fundamental data analysis skills will be developed through lectures and the use of statistical software, with a focus on understanding patterns of data via visualisation.


You will be assessed through a coursework assignment and a practical report.

Crime and Society

This module examines how society manages crime and criminals and introduces you to the wider judicial and prison systems.

You will consider:

  • The role of the media
  • Moral panics
  • Emerging crimes
  • World approaches to crime.

Crime, Diversity and Duty of Care

This module will explore the broad concepts that underpin human rights, diversity and duty of care.

You will focus on the development of social identities and the relationship between diversity, discrimination and oppression.

Your research will be based on the initial premise that British society is diverse and includes a wide variety of cultures and will explore racism to exemplify the impact of oppression on marginalised people.

Experimental Design in Context: Usability and Cognition

This module explores functions and experiences relevant to using technology, focusing on the criteria used to assess technology’s usability and how human limitations relate to this usability and usage. You will be introduced to certain psychological theories and empirical findings from investigations into information processing by the mind, and discuss a range of methodologies and analyses such as laboratory experimentation and inferential statistics.


You will be assessed through a practical report and research participation.

Perspectives On Psychology

This module seeks to enable you to understand the contribution of key thinkers to the development of modern psychology and to appreciate their biographical backgrounds. The lives and work of key thinkers will be introduced and contextualised with reference to contemporary ideas and more.

Study & Research Skills for Social Scientists

This module is an opportunity to advance your personal, research and study skills and will support other content-led teaching. You will be assessed through a report and research participation.

The Study of Human Interaction

This module explores the functions of understanding relationships. You will study the processes related to forming an impression of someone and forming a relationship with them through a variety of behaviours.

Certain psychological theories and empirical findings will form investigations into attraction, prejudice, and stereotyping and a range of methodologies and analyses, such as interviewing, content analysis and observational approaches will be explored.

Biological Psychology

This module explores the ways biological processes have been studied, for example through brain lesions and cell stimulation methodologies.

The areas of behavioural genetics, neuro-imaging, neuropsychology, socio-biology and evolutionary psychology will be investigated in terms of underlying theory and empirical research.

Cognitive Psychology

This module will introduce you to the ways cognitive processes have been studied in the past. This includes studying experimental and cognitive neuropsychological methodologies. You will investigate the areas of attention, perception, learning, thinking and language and relate your findings to underlying theory and empirical research.

Developmental Psychology

This module explores the study of development and maturation in cognitive, personality, and social processes, as well as introduce you to basic theory, research findings, and methods of investigation in childhood, adolescence, and lifespan development.

You will consider the ways in which behaviour is influenced by developmental factors, the nature of developmental processes, and the ways in which empirical research can help us to understand how developmental processes influence what we do.

Individual Differences Psychology

On this module, you will be introduced to how individual differences processes have been studied in the past, for example through psychometrics and case study methodologies.

You will investigate areas of personality, intelligence, cognitive style, motivation, gender, and ethnicity in terms of underlying theory and empirical research.


You will be assessed through an essay and a lab report.

Legal Frameworks

You will consider the legal system in the UK to broaden your knowledge and situate your learning in the current legal context. You will focus on criminal law, how it is dealt with in the UK and the legally mandated roles associated with it.

Mental Health and Forensic Psychology

This module is an opportunity to explore a comprehensive range of key constructs, theories, and research in mental health and forensic psychology. You will examine the numerous ways that psychological research, methods, and expertise are applied to the study of criminal behaviour and the issues that psychopathology create within the context of the criminal justice system.

Research Methods: Experimental Designs & Analysis

This module will develop your understanding of experimental designs and associated methods of analysis, and introduce you to research ethics.

Research Methods: Survey and Qualitative Designs and Analysis

The module aims to develop your understanding of survey and qualitative designs and associated methods of analysis.

Criminology in Professional Practice

This will introduce you to the practice in real life of criminology and give you an idea of where you could apply your skills.

You will explore jobs relating to criminology degrees, including:

  • Community development worker
  • Detective
  • Police officer
  • Prison officer
  • Probation officer
  • Social worker
  • Youth worker.

Independent Project

In this module, you are encouraged to adopt a problem-oriented approach. The first stage is to identify a problem in psychology of interest and relevance to your studies.

You will determine an appropriate approach to addressing the problem through discussion with tutors who have relevant theoretical and practical expertise.

Your investigation may be based within a single discipline, or it may involve more than one discipline, but it must be based within your chosen degree programme.

Project Management and Presentation Skills

This project will support you to develop a wide range of skills from project management to the ability to present your research results in an accessible form. You will develop their scientific reasoning and reporting skills and produce a poster to present your research work.

Psychology in Context: Professional Skills in Psychology

You will consider some of the key methods and assessment techniques commonly used by psychologists in their daily working lives.

This module will introduce some of the key principles of effective counselling psychology and the importance of empathy and positive regard to the success of the therapeutic relationship. You will identify effective interviewing skills for psychologists and participate in a recorded interviewing session.


You will be assessed through a clinical interview report and test administration report.

Sexual Offenders: Across the Life Course

This module will introduce you to the theoretical models that underpin sexually problematic behaviours perpetrated across the life course, while considering the typology of offenders in this cohort.

Young People and Crime

You will examine the factors that contribute to young people becoming involved in crime and consider crimes committed against them. You will explore the Youth Justice System in the UK and the interventions offered to young people to reduce their offending behaviour.

Teaching and Assessment

Feel the support of our expert and experienced staff

Smaller class sizes for better learning

You will build your subject knowledge and practical experience through lectures, workshops, and tutorials in small classes, which means our expert teaching staff really get to know you and what support you need.

Learn more about our teaching staff

Benjamin T. Sharpe

Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology, Programme Coordinator for the BSc Criminology and Forensic Psychology, and Academic Board Member

Benjamin is a lecturer and a researcher in cognitive psychology at the Institute of Psychology, Business, and Human Sciences of the University of Chichester. Ben is currently a member of the Universities Academic Board and the Research and Innovation Committee, and staff CPD coordinator and technology officer within his institute.

Stephanie Jane Bennett

Programme Coordinator for BSc Criminology; Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Forensic Psychology

Stephanie is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society as well as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

As well as a BSc, MSc and PhD in Psychology, she also has a MSc Degree in Crime Science Investigation and Intelligence. Stephanie has experience of working for the NHS, NGOs as well as extensive experience of teaching and researching across both Criminology and Psychology.

Moitree Banerjee

Head of Psychology and Criminology/ Reader in Clinical Psychology.

Moitree is the Head of Psychology and Criminology Programme in the Institute of Psychology, Business and Human Sciences. She is a Reader in Clinical Psychology.

Roy Spina

Senior Lecturer in Psychology in Cultural and Individual Differences Psychology

Roy completed his BSc in Psychology at University of British Columbia, before undertaking his MSc and PhD in Social and Personality psychology at Queen’s University (Canada), acquiring a strong background in research methodology and statistics, with an emphasis on quantitative experimental research.

In addition to being Academic Advisor and Research Degrees Co-ordinator, Dr Spina is the Research Lead for the department.

James Stiller

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

James has taught, developed, and led on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate psychology modules and courses.

James has a diverse range of research interests, including:

  • Social network analysis and the evolution of social groups
  • The connection between engaging with nature and wellbeing
  • Visual perception
  • Reading and maths comprehension in children
  • Bullying behaviour in schools

Rachel King

Lecturer in Biological Psychology

Rachel leads several second-year modules in the Department, in addition to supervising extended project qualification and BSc dissertation projects.

Currently, Rachel is interested in the functional impact of prospective memory deficits and the potential of hyperthermic conditioning for slowing the progression of cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease.

She is also a graduate member of the British Psychological Society.

Michelle Cleveland

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Michelle is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the Institute of Education, Social and Life Sciences.

Michelle has taught, developed, and led on a range of undergraduate modules and courses, including Organisational Psychology, Qualitative Research Methods, Social Psychology, and Applied Psychological Skills.

She is a Chartered Psychologist, a Chartered Scientist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society as well as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Contact Time

Each module has three hours of contact time per week and includes lectures, seminars, and workshops.


You will be assessed through a range of assignments, including:

  • Scientific reports
  • Essays
  • Group and individual presentations
  • Poster design
  • Multiple choice papers
  • Short answer papers
  • Research participation
  • Essay exams


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BSc (Hons) Criminology and Forensic Psychology
"I chose to study at the University of Chichester after coming to an open day and instantly falling in love with the university. I instantly got the feeling that this is the right university for me and where I can see myself spending the next years of my life, belonging. I met and spoke to a few lecturers and even just from few minutes of speaking to them I could tell that they care about all students on an individual basis. The atmosphere on campus is amazing, it really is a home away from home. "

Study Abroad

Explore the opportunity to study part of your course abroad

As a student at the University of Chichester, you can explore opportunities to study abroad during your studies as you enrich and broaden your educational experiences.

Students who have undertaken this in the past have found it to be an amazing experience to broaden their horizons, a great opportunity to meet new people, undertake further travelling and to immerse themselves within a new culture.

You will be fully supported throughout the process to help find the right destination institution for you and your course. We can take you through everything that you will need to consider, from visas to financial support, to help ensure that you can get the best out of your time studying abroad.


Where you could go after your studies

Careers as Criminologists or Forensic Psychologists

This degree could prepare you for a career as a Forensic Criminologist or a Forensic Psychologist. These roles have a lot of overlap but are different.

Both roles can both work in the prison service, rehabilitation units, secure hospitals, courts, and in social services.


A criminologist will focus on societal or sociological factors that underpin criminal behaviours, particularly the factors that could lead people to committing crimes. They will explore the impact of crime on victims and work with victims to help them cope and return to normalcy.

They will also work with criminal justice systems professionals on subjects including implementing policy and procedural changes to benefit criminals and victims of crime.

Forensic psychologist

Forensic psychologists will focus more on developing, testing, and implementing treatment programmes for criminals to reduce reconvictions. They also examine the techniques they can use to develop, pilot, and implement treatment programmes to modify offending behaviours.

Forensic psychologists can give evidence in court and undertake statistical analyses to look at offender and prisoner profiling.

Graduate with basis for chartership with the BPS

To become a Forensic Criminologist or Psychologist, you will need to register with the BPS.

This degree offers you the graduate basis for chartership with the British Psychological Society and you would go on to complete a BPS-accredited MSc Forensic Psychology qualification to prepare to take the doctoral level Stage 2 BPS qualification.

Gain the skills and knowledge employers want

Our BSc (Hons) Criminology and Forensic Psychology provides you with practical, analytical, and technical skills and knowledge that are highly sought-after across a range of industries.

Other career options include:

  • Police work
  • Probation service
  • Victim or offender support
  • Teaching
  • Social welfare
  • IT or computing
  • Data analysis
  • Human resources
  • Market, government, or social research
  • Civil service

Course Costs

Course Fees 2024/25

UK fee
International fee

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

tariff points from A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical.
A Levels
including Psychology or a Science at grade B.
BTEC/Cambridge Technical
(Applied Science)
Access to HE Diploma
including 12 science credits at Merit.
C/4 or better
English language, mathematics and a science.
26-28 points
including science Higher at 4.
6.0 overall
with no element lower than 5.5.

Are you interested in this course and would like to learn more? Please email Professor Esther Burkitt on e.burkitt@chi.ac.uk for admissions queries.


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