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Psychology and Forensic Biology
BSc (Hons)

Explore key issues and uncover the realities of working in the criminal justice system during this unique BPS-accredited degree.

Course detail

Start Date

September

Duration

4 years (full-time)

Degree Classification

BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code

C8F4

Why Study Psychology and Forensic Biology?

Explore key issues and uncover the realities of working in the criminal justice system during this unique BPS-accredited Psychology and Forensic Biology Degree – the only course of its type in Scotland. Learn from staff at the forefront of research in psychology and contemporary forensic science.

Use your inquisitive mind and interest in biology to learn the techniques involved in solving crimes. Analyse the economic, emotional and psychological reasons behind crime, and gain the knowledge you need to become a highly sought after graduate.

Get your teeth into a comprehensive selection of topics on human behaviour, with the core areas of this course following the curriculum set by the British Psychological Society. You’ll also be offered specialised modules taught by Abertay’s biological and forensic experts.

This programme benefits from lots of external industry speakers and is designed to help you facilitate and interact with people from diverse backgrounds in your future career. It has a particular focus on making you an adaptable, thoughtful and analytical scientist.

 

Your Journey Starts Here

Modern careers require flexible graduates, familiar with different ways of dealing with data and communicating with both specialists and non-specialists. By including subjects beyond traditional social sciences, this degree gives you exposure to a variety of forms of scientific discourse.

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Entry Requirements

Please note:  All applicants must have passes in English and Maths in one of the following - National 5 grade C and GCSE grade C/4. Lifeskills Maths is not accepted in lieu of Maths.

Below are the literate subjects we accept for entry on this course:

  • Business Management
  • Classical Studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • English for speakers of other languages
  • Geography
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Modern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies
  • Sociology

If there is a subject that does not appear, please contact our Admissions Office (admissions@abertay.ac.uk) who will be able to confirm whether or not it would be considered for entry.

Please visit our Entry from College pages for suitable College courses.

Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Higher ABBB To include Biology, Chemistry or Physics AND a literate subject
A-Level BCC To include Biology, Chemistry or Physics AND a literate subject
Irish Highers H2H3H3H3 To include Biology, Chemistry or Physics AND a literate subject
International Baccalaureate 29 Points To include Biology, Chemistry or Physics AND a literate subject
BTEC Extended Diploma DMM Applied Science
AHEAD - Successful completion of the relevant stream of our AHEAD programme
SWAP ABB Access to: Life Sciences, Health & Life Sciences, Science, Biological Sciences, Biological & Biomedical Sciences, University Study (to include all Human Biology options)
HNC/HND - Our Entry from College pages list approved HNC/HND courses

English Language Requirements and Visa Information

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Not sure if you're eligible for entry?

If you have the potential and motivation to study at university, regardless of your background or personal circumstances, we welcome your application.

We understand some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university, which is why we consider the background in which your academic grades have been achieved when making an offer.

If you expect to receive passes in three Scottish Highers (grades A-C) and have either ...

  • been in care
  • participated in a targeted aspiration-raising programme such as LIFT OFF, LEAPS, FOCUS West, or Aspire North
  • no family background of going to university
  • attended a school or lived in an area where not many people go to university

... we encourage you to submit an application.

Key Modules (2017/18)

Introductory Psychology (PSY101)

This module introduces key areas of psychology that align with the BPS curriculum (conceptual and hi

Biology 1: Biology Principles and Practice (LSC101)

This module aims to provide a broad introduction of the theory and practice of biology.

Introduction to Forensic Science, Practice and Techniques (FOR103)

This module introduces the concepts of scientific literacy skills and a broad overview of some of th

Human Physiology (LSC102)

This module provides students with fundamental knowledge of the main physiological processes necessa

Introductory Psychology 2 (PSY102)

This module introduces key areas of psychology that align with the BPS curriculum (individual differ

Cognitive Psychology and Research Methods (PSY204)

This module will introduce the cognitive aspects of the BPS curriculum. Cognitive psychology is

Cell Biology & Immunology (LSC202)

This module provides an integrative study of how cells in the body function to defend against injury

Forensic Psychology (PSY203)

Forensic psychology is a constantly growing discipline and covers an exciting and br

Social Psychology and Research Methods (PSY201)

This module introduces the social psychology content of the BPS curriculum. Social psychology is

Molecular Biology and Genetics (LSC201)

This module provides an introduction to both Medical and Forensic genetics and uses specific example

Biological Psychology and PID (BPS Core) (PSY301)

This module covers core BPS curriculum and examines the links between biology and psychology. It w

Special Topics in Forensic Biology (FOR301)

This module provides an introduction to the identification and confirmation of body fluids in forens

Developmental Psychology (BPS Core) (PSY302)

This is a BPS core psychology module that examines theories, methods and empirical data relevant

Research Methods on Psychology (BPS core) (PSY303)

This module will build upon the psychological research methods techniques and analyses covered i

Scene Examination and Management (FOR312)

This module explores some of the advanced principles of and techniques used in Forensic Science as w

Psychology Honours Project (PSY410)

This module requires students to design, conduct and analyse their own independent piece of re

Forensic Applications of DNA (FOR401)

This module involves the review of various techniques and research used in a forensic DNA laboratory

Advanced Social and Cognitive Psychology (PSY408)

This module is designed to develop students' understanding of social psychology and cognition, build

How the Course Works

Learning and Assessment 

The programme has a good mix of practical and textbook learning, with a combination of lectures, practical laboratory classes, seminars/tutorials and independent study.

The practical lab classes offer the chance to learn relevant scientific techniques first hand, and an opportunity to engage in research by designing experiments and collecting and analysing data.

You’re assessed using a variety of methods. These include examinations and class tests, laboratory reports, essays, presentations (both oral and posters), research projects and writing scientific articles and case studies.

For more information on the course content, please download the Programme Information - BSc (Honours) Psychology and Forensic Biology

Accreditation

About Your Modules

The module information shown here describes the modules our students are taking this year. The modules do change over time to keep our programmes up-to-date and relevant. This means the exact modules you take could be different. If you receive an offer to study with us, you will receive a Programme Information document that sets out exactly which modules you can expect to take as part of your Abertay degree programme.

Please note: As well as Key Modules outlined above, you may also be required to choose Elective Modules.

Career opportunities

Some students continue their studies and apply to train as a professional forensic psychologist.

Graduates of this course also boast a number of transferable skills, which are in high demand in the general graduate job market. These skills include numeracy, statistics, IT, communication skills and analytical thinking.

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Occupations

As the programme includes additional forensic and biological science topics in addition to psychology, the choice of careers open to you include:

  • Intelligence analyst
  • Crime analyst
  • Roles within the Police Service
  • Ministry of Defence roles
  • MI5
  • Psychologists
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Industry Links

We have strong links with Police Scotland, the National Crime Agency and the Scottish Institute for Policing Research, and many of the lecturing staff are accredited members of professional societies and act as practitioners in their areas of expertise.

We’re a leading institution in the computer games industry, which means there’s an opportunity to explore the issues relating to games, human behaviour and learning.

We also enjoy excellent links with local health services and local education authorities.

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Scholarships

Rest of UK Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

International Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from international countries (outside of the EU) to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

In addition, we offer a range of corporate/philanthropic scholarships shown below, which are available to all students to support your studies with us. 

The Lothian Family

A £5,000 award for undergraduate students with financial or social difficulties which may prevent them from studying at Abertay.

The Robert Reid Bursary

Two £500 awards for students who have overcome challenges to attend university.

Programme Fees for 2018

Scottish & EU students

£1,820

Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

£9,250

Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

International Students

£13,800

Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

Programme Leader - Psychology and Forensic Biology

Dr Penny Woolnough

Dr Penny Woolnough

School of Social and Health Sciences | Senior Lecturer

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