Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

You will be introduced to psychological theories, methods and processes relating to the legal, criminal and civil justice systems. You will develop a thorough understanding of the key issues and debates that relate to psychology and forensic psychology. As part of our mentoring scheme you will be allocated a member of academic staff with forensic psychology expertise, who will advise you on career options and employability, as well as opportunities to gain more relevant experience. You will gain a wide range of transferable skills associated with the practice of psychology, including critical thinking, analytical skills, reflection, self'motivation, planning and organisation. You will be actively encouraged to seek opportunities for summer internships or other work experience placements to further build on your skills and knowledge. During your final year of study you will carry out a research project under close supervision of a member of faculty in the Department of Psychology whose research interests and expertise are in the forensic psychology field. You will learn about all aspects of research in the area of forensic psychology, which forms one of the roots of our research'led teaching. Working and learning in an applied fashion will allow you to gain an appreciation of how to use available evidence'bases to inform practice, and how research can feed back into the working process. Teaching in the style of small group tutorials and lab classes will provide you with particular focus on applying your learning to a forensic context.

Course Modules

At level 4, students take introductory modules on the main topic areas within psychology (i.e., cognitive, developmental, social, individual differences and biological) and also practical courses training them in the principles, methods and techniques of psychological research. There will be an applied or forensic emphasis to the academic tutorials, which will be taught be an expert in this area. Furthermore, some assessments will be on a forensic'relevant topic. Level 5 modules provide more in'depth knowledge and understanding of concepts, theories and empirical research relating to biological psychology, individual differences; cognitive psychology; developmental psychology; and social psychology. Students take a course in statistics, and carry out laboratory'based research both individually and within small groups of peers. It is expected that research projects undertaken in second year will have a forensic psychology emphasis, and will be supervised by a member of staff with relevant expertise. In their final year, students will take 2 compulsory modules in areas of applied psychology (addictive behaviours, and psychology and law), plus a further 4 option modules, and will carry out a research project under close supervision of a member of faculty in the Department of Psychology whose research interests and expertise are in the forensic psychology field.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £16,770  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • SQA Higher ABBBB-ABBBC
  • International Baccalaureate 33
  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • BTEC National Diploma DDD
  • SQA Advanced Higher AAC-ABC
  • GCE AS-level
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • BTEC National Award
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma