This is one of only a few undergraduate courses in the country specialising in forensic psychology. You can train in investigative interviewing and deception detection, and cover topics such as eye witness identification and burglar selection strategy.
This course combines hands-on experience of practical investigations with issues and research at the forefront of forensic psychology today.
On this course you can:
We are a dynamic and growing department, which houses the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology (ICRFP). We have a very active forensic psychology research group and for those committed to the subject, an MSc in Forensic Psychology. Continuing your studies will ultimately enable you to become a professional forensic psychologist.
Our course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) which provides eligibility for graduate membership of the BPS and the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership – the first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist.
Alternatively, it is an excellent stepping stone for developing a career in any area of psychology as well as a range of other employment areas.
Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:
I like the fact that we are able to study forensic topics throughout the course and not only in the final year as was offered at some universities.
Hannah Brock, BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology student 2015
Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:
You will begin by building a broad understanding of the subject through introductory core units. You’ll also learn analysis and research skills which you will continue to apply throughout the course.
Core units in this year include:
You will develop your knowledge in a number of the specific fields of psychology as well as study a careers unit to improve your employability skills.
Core units in this year include:
This is the year of your Psychology Research Project and the chance for you to take control of your own learning. You can choose to dedicate your research to an area that you find most stimulating while also focusing your learning through some of the optional units below.
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work or study placement).
We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
We give high priority to integrating our research activities with your teaching programme. This ensures that you learn about the most important and current issues in forensic psychology that effect real-life practice.
Teaching usually takes the form of lectures and small tutorial groups, together with practical sessions in our labs and studios.
The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:
We assess you in a variety of ways throughout the course. Here’s how:
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:
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You will benefit from our range of modern, high quality facilities. Monitor behaviour using our eye-tracking equipment or test minority influencing scenarios in our Observation Suite. Other labs include:
Train in the art of forensic interviewing. Use the suite’s state-of-the-art audio and video-recording facilities to uncover your subjects bluff. Or detect deception using our thermal imaging cameras, specifically looking for the blush reflex around the eyes, cheeks and neck.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.
Placements are an optional course component and you will be required to pay for additional costs for you work placement abroad. These will vary depending in the location and length of stay. These costs range from £50 - £2000 to cover travel, accommodation and subsistence.
Our course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) which provides eligibility for graduate membership of the BPS and the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership - the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. To become a professional forensic psychologist, you will need to undergo further academic training for up to six years.
However, this course is well received by a wide range of graduate employers as it provides you with much sought-after, work-relevant abilities. As well as subject-specific knowledge, you will develop skills in communication, numeracy, teamwork, critical thinking, computing and independent learning – all of which are valued by employers. It is a great springboard to a wide range of people-oriented occupations.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.
Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.
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To apply, you'll need this course's UCAS code, which is at the top of this page, and the University of Portsmouth institution code – P80.
After you apply, we'll invite you to an Applicant Experience Day where you’ll get to speak to lecturers and meet your future classmates.
Come to an Open Day and explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.