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BSc (Hons) Criminology and Forensic Psychology

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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 Years Full Time

Top 10
University for Psychology
for research intensity out of 101 UK Psychology departments
in Psychology for overall satisfaction
1. Guardian University Guide 2021 | 2. Complete University Guide League Tables 2021 | 3. NSS 2020

Entry Requirements and Fees

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • UCAS Tariff points: 104 – 120 (A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical)
  • A levels: BBB - BCC (to include psychology or a science at grade B)
  • BTEC/Cambridge Technical: DDM - DMM (Applied Science)
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass (including 12 science credits at Merit)
  • GCSEs: English language, mathematics and a science at grade C/4 or better
  • International Baccalaureate: 26 - 28 points (including science Higher at 4)
  • IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5


2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

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

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

Course content

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Course overview

This BSc (Hons) Criminology and Forensic Psychology degree looks at why people commit a crime and how understanding this behaviour can generate evidence in court and help determine steps for rehabilitation. 

Through lectures, workshops and small-group seminars, the programme is designed to encourage critical thinking by evaluating perspectives on psychology and crime. Practical experiments are used as a foundation for understanding and explanation.

Laboratory experience is embedded within the course, as is the development of research and analytic skills to support explaining behaviours relevant to everyday functioning and experiences. The dissertation in the final year allows you to choose an area of interest or relevance for future employment. 

Areas that we explore at BSc include level include:

  • Criminological Psychology
  • Sexual Offending
  • Young People and Crime
  • Legal Frameworks
  • Human Rights, Diversity and Duty of Care
  • Mental Health and Forensic Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology

Accredited course

The course meets the accreditation criteria of the British Psychological Society (BPS). This means you will be eligible for a Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS. This will help you stand out from the crowd by gaining a professionally recognised degree.


Our facilities

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Psychology labs and equipment

Our specialist facilities and equipment include:

  • Brain Imaging Unit
  • Virtual Reality Unit
  • Psychological Test Centre for psychometric assessments
  • Individual testing cubicles
  • Interview and Observation Suite
  • Eye tracking software
  • Biopac software to measure brain, heart and motor neuron activity
  • Inquisit –  an extensive library of psychological testing paradigms for measuring and manipulating a broad range of psychological constructs
  • aLIAS - an affective immersive emotional Virtual Reality stimuli package which allows researchers to create ‘different worlds’
  • NIRScout - a cutting edge 3D scalable neuroimaging platform with a dedicated ultra-high-density near-infrared spectroscopy system which measures changes in the cerebral cortex

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Learning Resource Centre

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus.  It hosts:
  • A modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors 
  • A range of study areas for group study
  • Over 80 open access PC and Mac stations
  • Wi-Fi areas for laptop use
  • A substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research
  • Online library resources you can access from anywhere at any time
  • Costa Coffee
  • Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone (SIZ) to help with any enquiries while at university
  • At SIZ, there's an equipment loans centre offerings laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's main Campus including Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Town Centre, The South Downs and West Wittering Beach

The local area

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore

Where this can take you

The BSc Criminology and Forensic Psychology at the University of Chichester, with the status of the Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) with the BPS, provides a foundation for you to progress to specialist areas of psychology and subsequent status as a Chartered Psychologist.

The BSc provides a sound basis for work as a professional psychologist as well transferable knowledge, practical, analytical and technical skills that are highly marketable in a wide range of industries, and would facilitate entry into the following careers:

  • 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 accreditations

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This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Indicative modules

Year One:

Introduction to Criminology and Forensic Psychology

The module will begin by considering the meaning, origins of crime and perspectives on crime. It will then explore crime statistics and crime data. It will include crime in several contexts such as gender, youth, race, penology and cybercrime.

Human Rights, Diversity and Duty of Care

Explore the broad concepts that underpin this module, focussing on the development of social identities and the relationship between diversity, discrimination and oppression. This exploration is based on the initial premise that British society is diverse and includes a wide variety of cultures. There will be a particular focus on racism within the module, which will be used to exemplify the impact of oppression on people who are marginalised.

Crime and Society

How society manages crime and criminals will be introduced to understand the courts and prison system. Attention will then be paid to the concept of Moral Panic leading to deviance amplification and the role of the media in the creation of new crimes.

Everyday Experience and Psychological Methods: Understanding Relationships

Functions of understanding relationships will be broken down into contributory functions to lead to an exploration of selected experiences of relationships through some processes related to forming an impression of someone, feeling attracted or not to them, wanting to be their friend or partner, getting to know them and forming a relationship with them through a variety of behaviours such as seeing them, talking to them and meeting them socially. Certain psychological theories and empirical findings from investigations into impression formation, attraction, prejudice, and stereotyping and relationship formation will be introduced and a range of methodologies and analyses, such as interviewing, content analysis and observational approaches will be explored.

Everyday Experience and Psychological Methods: Analysing Attitudes

The module provides the opportunity to understand a broad area of everyday experience in terms of psychological models of attitudes. The module aims to show how to analyse attitudes allowing psychological constructs, methodology and theories that are associated with that experience to be elucidated and explored. The module will, importantly, provide students with their first steps in developing fundamental data analysis skills, via (partly interactive) lectures and the opportunity to practice using statistical software. The focus will be on understanding patterns of data via visualization; the use of numerical statistical descriptions of samples, where necessary bringing students’ numeracy up to the level they need for the course; and the basic concept and relevance of statistical significance testing of hypotheses in psychology.

Everyday Experience & Psychological Methods: Usability and Cognition

The module will explore the experience of using everyday technologies such as cash machines, mobile phones, i-pods, and computers, relating the need to learn and remember how to operate them to processes of memory, attention, and decision-making on the one hand, and their usability on the other. Psychological theories and empirical findings from investigations into learning, perception, memory, attention and human-machine interaction will be introduced, and experimental methodology will be explored.

Perspectives on Psychology

The module seeks to enable the student 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 mores.

Study & Research Skills for Psychologists

The module will begin with a consideration of scientific reasoning and reflection skills. Other areas that will be included are effective use of information sources, effective reading skills, note-taking, essay writing skills, listening and interviewing skills, and skills involved in writing research reports and presenting scientific information.


Year Two:

Mental Health and Forensic Psychology

Explore a comprehensive range of key construct, theories, and research in mental health and forensic psychology. We will examine the numerous ways that psychological research, methods, and expertise are applied to both the study of criminal behaviour and the issues that psychopathology create within the context of the criminal justice system.

Legal Frameworks

A consideration of the legal system in the UK will be undertaken with a view to broaden your knowledge and situate your learning in the current legal context. Specific attention will be given to criminal law, how it is dealt with in the UK, and the legally mandated roles associated with this.

Cognitive Psychology

The module will provide an introduction to the ways cognitive processes have been studied, for example through experimental and cognitive neuropsychological methodologies. The areas of attention, perception, learning, thinking and language will be investigated in terms of the underlying theory and empirical research.

Individual Differences

The module will provide an introduction to the ways individual differences processes have been studied, for example through psychometrics and case study methodologies. The areas of personality, intelligence, cognitive style, motivation, gender and ethnicity will be investigated in terms of the underlying theory and empirical research.

Developmental Psychology

Developmental Psychology involves the study of development and maturation in cognitive, personality and social processes. The module aims to introduce students to basic theory, research findings and methods of investigation in childhood, adolescence and lifespan development. The module will aim to provide a critical understanding of how behaviour is influenced by developmental factors, the nature of developmental processed, and the ways in which empirical research can help us to understand how developmental processes influence what we do.

Biological Psychology

The module will provide an introduction to the ways biological processes have been studied, for example through brain lesions and cell stimulation methodologies. The areas of behavioural genetics, neuroimaging, neuropsychology, socio-biology and evolutionary psychology will be investigated in terms of the underlying theory and empirical research.

Research Methods I: Experimental Designs and Analysis

The module will develop knowledge of experimental approaches to investigating and analysing psychological data. The relationship between experiment and causal reasoning will be outlined. Areas covered include ANOVA designs and analysis.

Research Methods II: Survey & Qualitative Designs and Analysis

The module will develop knowledge of survey and qualitative approaches to investigating and analysing psychological data, including multiple regression. The relationship between correlational analysis and predictive reasoning will be outlined. Areas covered will include multivariate analysis (multiple and logistic regression) and content analysis.


Year Three:

Young People and Crime

This module focuses solely on young people and crime. You'll examine what factors contribute to young people becoming involved in crime and considers crime committed against them. Attention will additionally be paid to the Youth Justice System in the UK and the interventions offered to young people to reduce their offending behaviour.

Sexual Offenders – Across the Life Course

You'll be introduced to the theoretical models that underpin sexually problematic behaviours perpetrated across the life course whilst considering the typology of offenders within this cohort.

Criminology in Professional Practice

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the practice in ‘real life’ of criminology.  It will equip you with an idea of where you could apply the skills learned in this degree.  Examples of jobs that are directly related to a Criminology degree are:

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

With that in mind, this module will aim to introduce you to the professional areas of practice that your degree might take you on. 

Project Management in Independent Skills

The course will cover the project management skills involved in independent psychological research and its presentation. Ares covered will include time management, assertiveness, negotiation, scientific reporting, and use of visual presentation software.

Professional Skills

The module will cover core theory and key skills across Professional and Applied Psychology contexts including Psychological Assessment and Case Formulation, Psychotherapy, Psychometric Test development, administration, and interpretation, Research Methods in Clinical Psychology, Test Batteries employed in professional settings.

Independent Project

Students are encouraged to adopt a problem-oriented approach of which the first stage is to identify a problem in psychology that is of interest and relevance to their first degree studies. An appropriate approach to addressing the problem is then determined through discussion with tutors who have relevant theoretical and practical expertise. The investigation may be based within a single discipline, or it may involve more than one discipline, but it must be based within the students chosen degree programme. In all cases, tutors will advise on the capability of the student to complete the complexity of the study in the time available and with the necessary resources.

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment


You will build your subject knowledge and practical experience through modules appropriate to the breadth of the curriculum. Your learning encompasses the development of core knowledge and skills intrinsic to professional practice and psychological research. Learning is supported by lectures, workshops and tutorials to encourage theoretical and critical inquiry, debate and practical research skills. 

Meet the lecturers

Our programmes are taught by a team of experienced academics who are at the forefront of their discipline. Take a look at their profiles to see who could be teaching you.


Summative assessment involves a wide range of activity such as scientific reports, essays, group and individual presentations, poster design, multiple choice papers, short answer papers, research participation and essay exams.

Additional Costs

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Study Abroad opportunities

We support students who wish to broaden their academic and cultural experience by choosing to study abroad for one semester as part of their degree studies. This is an exciting chance for students who wish to widen their horizons and immerse themselves in a different culture and encounter how the discipline of Psychology is viewed and taught at universities in Europe or North America. For example, under Erasmus agreements, students might study for a semester at either Maastricht or Radboud universities in the Netherlands, where Psychology classes are delivered through the English language.


Are you interested in this course and would like to learn more? Get in touch with our Admissions Team for more information.

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