Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), this course is designed to help you to obtain the skills considered relevant to the role of a forensic psychologist.
We cover psychological problems associated with legal processes and criminal behaviour within the context of crime and forensic settings.
Studying on a part-time basis and via online learning, you’ll be taught by our highly respected and experienced course team. Members of our staff are qualified themselves and have worked in a variety of forensic settings and members of the course team are also members of the DFP Training Committee and Chartered members of the BPS.
The course aims to cover the theoretical basis of forensic psychology, the legal process, research methods and application of forensic psychology in forensic settings.
The curriculum is structured to meet the BPS Stage One requirements and, over the three years, you will complete a total of nine modules, including your final year dissertation.
We place a significant emphasis on professional research methods, developing your knowledge and skills in planning, carrying out, analysing and writing about research in applied forensic psychology.
Why choose this course?
If you have an interest in the law, criminal justice and what makes criminals or their victims think, feel and act in certain ways, studying forensic psychology with crime may appeal to you.
This course aims to set you on the path to obtaining the relevant skills required to become a Chartered Psychologist. Our course is one of the few accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) which can be studied online and part-time. Teaching is delivered through a combination of short bursts of residential study and our well-established online learning system.
The work on the course is vast and varied, often touching on both criminal and civil matters – from conducting evaluations of mental competency and providing an assessment of juvenile and adult offenders to offering psychotherapy services to victims of crime and investigating reports of child abuse.
Developed with a focus on your future employability, the highly practical nature of the course is intended to help successful students develop many of the core skills necessary for effective practice. For example, you’ll conduct a risk assessment in relation to violent offending and learn about how to write reports in a publishable format.
International experience opportunities
Coventry University offers a multicultural, international experience attracting students from a wide range of diverse backgrounds and different countries, particularly Malaysia, China, India, Nigeria, Germany, Bulgaria, who provide global insight and experience.
We also collaborate with researchers across the globe, with past projects being conducted in collaboration with Edith Cowan University and Curtin Universities, in Perth, Australia, and Lubbock Christian University, in Texas, USA.