Learn how to analyse the behaviour of offenders, the reasons behind the actions and interactions of criminals, and how we can make the Criminal Justice System fairer for everyone. Our degree with Forensic and Investigative Psychology teaches you how psychological theory and research can be applied to forensic settings like police investigations, the court room, and the prison service.
The first two years of this flexible degree are designed to help you dig deeper into the science behind the way humans think, feel, and behave. In years three and four, you take more advanced options related to your specialist degree pathway. You'll discover just how vital psychology is to criminal investigations.
Evaluating criminal behaviour
Our academic experts will give you a thorough understanding of this fascinating world, including how to:
Analyse offender motives.
Understand offending behaviour.
Evaluate eyewitness testimony.
Profile missing people.
Understand the language of the judicial system.
Support vulnerable witnesses, victims and offenders.
Assess and treat of a variety of criminal behaviours.
An analytical approach is needed to evaluate the different kinds of criminal behaviour involved in investigations. You'll learn how to observe behaviour, tackle literature-based research and develop, test and evaluate theories. This culminates in conducting your own supervised research project in your final year, which is one of the corner stones of your degree.
You can switch to another Psychology pathway if you develop an interest in a particular topic later on. See 'How the course works' below for full details.
Students on this course may have to undertake a PVG check if they choose a specific placement (optional) as part of the course.
High quality teaching and student satisfaction
Our BSc (Hons) Psychology course scored an impressive 95% for Overall Student Satisfaction in the 2020 National Student Survey (NSS).
Abertay is widely regarded as THE place to come for high quality teaching. But don't just take our word for it:
UK University of the Year for Teaching Quality (The Times/ Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021).
UK Top 10 for Student Satisfaction & Teaching (Guardian University Guide 2021).
UK Top 10 for Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2020).