Why do people offend? Can we predict the victim? One of the most fascinating applications of psychology is in examining and tackling criminal behaviour. After a broad introduction you will explore specific areas of criminal psychology.
This BPS accredited course covers the relationship between psychology and the criminal justice system, exploring police investigation, false confessions, expert witnesses, jury behaviour and treatment of complex offenders and gives you the chance to work on research projects such as offender profiling and crime analysis, criminal thinking styles and lie detection.
WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
- Learn about individual differences, psychological theories of criminal behaviour, the criminal justice system, assessment and treatment of offenders, social and developmental theories of criminal behaviour
- Study psychology within the larger context of law and economics with lecturers who are active practitioners or researchers in the field
- Develop your ability to apply psychological and criminological theory and research methods to the understanding of criminality, its consequences, investigation, management, treatment and prevention
- Gain a thorough understanding of the workings of the criminal justice system and the responses to behaviour labelled as criminal
- Benefit from a degree accredited by the British Psychological Society
Graduates from this course who achieve a Graduate Basis for Chartership with the BPS are eligible to apply to study forensic psychology at postgraduate level.
Typically, students opt for an accredited MSc programme, which the University offers – which corresponds with Stage One of the Forensic Psychology Diploma. An alternative route is to undertake a taught doctorate programme which will combine the taught elements of Stage One with the practice placements of Stage Two.
Alternatively, you would be qualified to apply to study any area of psychology at post-graduate level that leads to chartership (e.g. Educational, Sport, Health etc.).
Other career routes taken by former graduates include; undertaking a PhD (an apprenticeship in research), working in both officer and staff roles with the police (e.g. Witness Care Officer, Crime Reduction Adviser, Antisocial Behaviour Officer, Hate Crime Officer), research roles with the Ministry of Justice and client facing roles in youth offending, probation, prison, mental health, Womens Aid, etc.