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BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology

University of Portsmouth
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Course UCAS code: C810
Qualification type:
  • BSc (Hons), Full-time , Duration: 3 Years
Course Summary:
**Overview** Ever wondered how the science of psychology is used to inform practice in forensic and legal settings? This BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology, which is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), is one of only a few undergraduate courses in the country specialising in this field. You'll learn skills such as investigative interviewing and deception detection, and cover topics such as eye witness identification and burglar selection strategy. You'll be eligible for graduate membership of the BPS when you complete the course, which is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. The skills you learn will also be useful in careers like police work, social welfare, the probation service and teaching. **On this degree course you'll:** - Be taught by academic researchers, who are conducting pioneering research in forensic psychology - Have the opportunity to put your investigative techniques to the test in our Forensic Interviewing Suite, which features thermal imaging cameras and advanced digital and video analysis - Develop transferable skills in communication, numeracy, teamwork, critical thinking, computing and independent learning - Be able to use eye-tracking equipment and test minority influencing scenarios in our Observation Suite - Take advantage of our connections with the local justice sector, offering opportunities for work placements and research with organisations such as the police and prison service - Enjoy the benefits of studying in a department hosting one of the UK's largest forensic psychology research groups **Work experience and career planning** To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies and build links in the industry. **Placement year** After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the field. We'll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You'll get mentoring and support throughout the year. Previous students have completed work placements in organisations such as the police and probation service. **Careers and opportunities** When you complete the course, you'll be eligible for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS), which is an essential first step to becoming a professional forensic psychologist. To become a professional forensic psychologist, you'll need to do further academic training for up to 6 years. Many graduates go on to do an MSc in Forensic Psychology after the course. You could also start a career in areas such as: - teaching - health associated professions - social welfare - police work - probation service - research Roles previous graduates have gone on to include: - clinical psychologist - forensic psychologist - educational psychologist - counsellor - health planning analyst When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job or further training that puts your skills to work. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career. **Professional accreditations** This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This makes you eligible for Graduate Membership of the BPS when you achieve at least a 2:2 in your degree. It's the first step to becoming a fully Chartered Psychologist. This accreditation also lets employers know that this course gives you the relevant skills and abilities you need to work in the industry.
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits. In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, in the first 2 years, you'll study 6 units, each worth 20 credits. In the final year of your degree, you'll study 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits. Units currently being studied Year 1 Core units in this year include: Forensic Psychology in Context The Psychology of Everyday Life Exploring Psychology Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis for Psychologists Applying Psychological Research Methods 1 and 2 There are no optional units in this year. Year 2 Core units in this year include: Biological and Cognitive Psychology Social and Developmental Psychology Individual Differences and Psychometrics Professional Development and Employability Research Methods and Analysis 1 and 2 There are no optional units in this year. Year 3 Core units in this year include: Psychology Research Project Options to choose from in this year currently include: Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology Disability: Theory, Research and Practice Educational Psychology Exploring Data Issues in Clinical and Health Psychology Neuroscience Psychology of Human Sexuality Psychology of Investigations Psychology of Offending Behaviour Psychology of Security Psychology Research Project Psychology Work Placement Self and Subjectivity Trauma, Memory, and Law
Assessment Methods:
You'll be assessed through: written examinations practical reports and essays poster presentations oral presentations self-led research project You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future. The way you're assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows: Year 1 students: 25% by written exams, 22% by practical exams and 53% by coursework Year 2 students: 38% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 54% by coursework Year 3 students: 33% by written exams, 13% by practical exams and 54% by coursework
Application deadline details:

15 January

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