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I have firmed Southampton uni to study Criminology and Psychology (BSc) and would like to pursue a career as a forensic psychologist.
I was wondering if anyone has any advice on what course would be more suited as I am also looking to do my Masters in forensic psychology also.
I need help and do not know if I now want to study straight psychology instead??? Anyone got an advice or experience in the two courses with any pros/cons
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For forensic psychology sociology might be a good complimentary degree. It’ll help in your future career to understand social circumstances on why people turn to crime. Your best best is to go on indeed and search for forensic psychologist and check what qualifications people are wanting. Have a look at 15-20 adverts or as many as there is and pick the course that turns up most often.
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I'm in a similar situation as you. I want to pursue a career in forensic psychology, and Psychology + Criminology sounds much more interesting to me than just Psychology. My year of entry is 2019, so I need to apply this year!

Not many 'top' unis offer a BPS accredited Psych + Crim course, which is why I'm also looking at Southampton.

Don't doubt your choice, I think it's a great one.
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(Original post by Milax1x)
For forensic psychology sociology might be a good complimentary degree. It’ll help in your future career to understand social circumstances on why people turn to crime. Your best best is to go on indeed and search for forensic psychologist and check what qualifications people are wanting. Have a look at 15-20 adverts or as many as there is and pick the course that turns up most often.
Thank you!
I have done so and many just require a BPS accredited psychology degree, and a masters in forensic psychology. I am hesitant because there doesn’t seem to be many jobs available relating to what I want to do
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(Original post by clprizeman)
Thank you!
I have done so and many just require a BPS accredited psychology degree, and a masters in forensic psychology. I am hesitant because there doesn’t seem to be many jobs available relating to what I want to do
There won’t be. There’s not many positions in general and many people stay in the job for life. Just take a breath and complete your first degree then you can worry about specialising. If worst comes to worst you have literally the entire planet to find a job in and many countries will love you for having a British masters degree.
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(Original post by Milax1x)
There won’t be. There’s not many positions in general and many people stay in the job for life. Just take a breath and complete your first degree then you can worry about specialising. If worst comes to worst you have literally the entire planet to find a job in and many countries will love you for having a British masters degree.
Yes that was why I was thinking of doing straight psychology instead of crim & psych as it gives me more options in relation to career paths. However I am more interested in the criminology side...
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Not a lot of difference, you can choose those modules as optionals. And that criminology is very sociological sided, as it would be, sure you know this anyway. You may well be more interested in criminals disposition wise, in which case will be better suited to forensic psychology.
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I do not want to go into forensic psychology but I want to go into a criminology/psychology career so I think I will take the criminology with psychology course. I think that doing the joint course will certainly benefit your career choice
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