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BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology

Course overview

Start date

September 2019

Subject area

Psychology

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

Our exciting and highly stimulating Forensic Psychology course will equip you for a future career in the courts or the wider criminal justice system. Your arena will be crime in all its forms as you bring your wide knowledge of psychological theory to bear upon the behaviour of offenders.

Building from the broad grounding we’ll give you in basic psychology, you’ll specialise in analysing the relationship between psychological and social factors and criminal or deviant behaviour.

You’ll also investigate how the criminal courts approach their dealings with suspects and defendants, victims and witnesses.

A degree in forensic psychology will help you build a career in organisations such as the police, the probation and prison services, youth offending teams, and drug referral and treatment agencies.

It will also put you in a good position to apply for the specialised postgraduate training needed to become a practising forensic psychologist.

UCAS points

112

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

C816

UCAS points

Less points?

Course options

Degree + Foundation year

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email study@uel.ac.uk

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See Psychology from a new angle

Learn how psychologists understand offending behaviour, and work to rehabilitate and prevent offending, with our unique location right in the heart of the east London community. 

Accredited by the British Psychological Society

This accreditation is a mark of quality that students and employers understand and value. Studying a BPS accredited course will give you the opportunity to gain graduate or chartered membership of the Society.

A Rare Find in London

UEL is one of the few places to offer forensic psychology as an undergraduate course. 

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Simina Simon

Forensic Psychology, BSc (Hons), undergraduate

The course I’m studying covers a wide range of topics in Forensic Psychology, giving me a good understanding of the topic. The lecturers are very knowledgeable and supportive, and encourage students' personal development.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

 Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Care Leaver and Foyer Bursary - up to £1,500

Progression Bursary - up to £2,000

Engagement Bursary - up to £2,000

Hardship Bursary - up to £2,000

Helena Kennedy Foundation - £1,500

Going Global – awards range from £300 - £700

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

Vice Chancellor Scholarship - up to £27,750 over three years

Dean Scholarship - up to £13,500 over three years

Civic Engagement Scholarship - £1,000

EU Scholarship (EU Only) - £1,000

ELSEF Scholarship - £1,000

UTC Scholarship - £1,500

Sports Scholarships - up to £6,000

Team UEL Scholarship - £1,000


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£9,250
You don't need to pay this up front
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

 Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Care Leaver and Foyer Bursary - up to £1,500

Progression Bursary - up to £2,000

Engagement Bursary - up to £2,000

Hardship Bursary - up to £2,000

Helena Kennedy Foundation - £1,500

Going Global – awards range from £300 - £700

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

Vice Chancellor Scholarship - up to £27,750 over three years

Dean Scholarship - up to £13,500 over three years

Civic Engagement Scholarship - £1,000

EU Scholarship (EU Only) - £1,000

ELSEF Scholarship - £1,000

UTC Scholarship - £1,500

Sports Scholarships - up to £6,000

Team UEL Scholarship - £1,000


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£9,250
You don't need to pay this upfront
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£12,100
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

112

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
We would normally expect you to have Grade 4 / C in GCSE English and Maths.

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

If you don’t quite meet the academic requirements for this course, you can apply with an additional foundation year. Read more about the International Foundation Programme.

SEE YOUR COUNTRY

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll learn

In year one, we’ll give you a thorough grounding in psychology, covering key core modules in a wide range of areas.

Subjects include developmental psychology, psychology with sociology, child psychology and clinical and community psychology. In your third year you’ll have the opportunity to concentrate on forensic psychology modules. The range of modules we offer is one of the widest of any psychology department in the UK.

You’ll analyse a huge variety of crime-related issues. Among the topics our students considered last year was the question of how and why people are coming into the UK illegally. Other topics included serial killers and the nature of war crimes in Syria.

Our students also paid a lot of attention to the subject of domestic violence, considering for instance, how to assess the psychology involved when a woman dragged down the street by her hair is thinking: “I mustn’t scream, otherwise the neighbours will hear me….”

In your final year, you’ll design, execute and analyse a project in your subject area.

What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

Researching Psychological Worlds (core)
Perspectives on Behaviour: Biological, Social and Differential (core)
Introduction to Cognitive and Developmental Psychology (core)
Thinking like a Psychologist (core)
Researching Psychological Worlds 2 (core)
Applications of Psychobiology, Individual Differences and Social Psychology (core)
Topics in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology (core)
Forensic Psychology: The Justice System (core)
Cognitive Neuropsychology (optional)
Psychology of Mental Health (optional)
The Psychology of Personal Development (optional)
Counselling Psychology (optional)
Psychological Perspectives on Work Experience (optional)
Psychological Research Project (core)
Employability and Developing your Graduate Career Pathway (core)
Forensic Psychology: Criminal Conduct (core)
Research Conference (optional)
Occupational Psychology (optional)
Health Psychology (optional)
Psychological Perspective on Power Politics and Political Violence (optional)
Psychology of Choice: Decision Making and Risk Perception (optional)
Applied Child Psychology (optional)
Applied Child Psychology with Placement (optional)
Drugs and Addictive Behaviours (optional)
Psychoneuroimmunology (optional)
Psychology of Emotions (optional)
Mental Distress in Context (optional)
Evolutionary Psychology (optional)
Frontiers in Cognitive Science: Issues in the Study of Mind, Embodiment and Consciousness (optional)
Psychology, Identity and Society (optional)
Wellbeing and Resilience in the Face of Conflict Disaster (optional)
Psychology of Belief (optional)
Anomalistic Psychology (optional)

How you'll be assessed

We’ll assess you with a mixture of coursework and exams. Coursework includes essays, research reports, group and seminar presentations and a final-year project. Most of the assessment in your first year is by coursework, and we’ll give you as much feedback as possible.

The balance of coursework and exams in year two will depend on your optional choices. In your third year, half of your assessment will be based on research coursework and a work placement.

Course specification

How you'll learn

As part of the course, you’ll take part in off-campus trips to experience at first hand the kind of environments in which you might end up working. Courtroom visits are a key area, with group analysis and discussion to follow.

Course Leader Dr Lara Frumkin says, “One of the other reasons for witnessing court cases is to make students realise that it’s not as fast-paced as TV, which is what I think a lot of our students think it will be.”

 Your essays will be based on real court cases, too. We want you to think as a forensic psychologist and tell us how you would you deal with them.

You’ll analyse anything and everything to do with psychology and the justice system. How people work in the courtroom. How police investigate cases. How people cope in prisons. How and why people lie, and how that is related to criminal activity.

We’ll offer you a lively programme of outside speakers to choose from. Two recent talks concerned a career in forensic psychology and the psychology of criminal gangs.

There was also a strongly positive reaction recently to a discussion we hosted about the psychology of the Holocaust.

When it comes to your final year project, we’ll support you with regular meetings with an academic expert in one of the huge range of study areas within the School of Psychology.

Although it’s not a requirement of the course, we’ll strongly encourage you to volunteer with a local organisation to enhance your experience and boost your CV.

Your future career

When you graduate, one of the career options open to you is to become a chartered forensic psychologist. To follow this route you will need a master’s degree and a set amount of hours in active work.

At that point you can start engaging with forensic clients – for instance, people in mental health units who end up in prison or have some kind of criminal background.

Another career path would be to concentrate more on the investigative side of the subject. That might lead to working in the Home Office, or within the police force, or for MI5.

You’d be looking, for example, at how people run investigations or engage in immigration scams. You’d be examining cases of political asylum, terrorism or burglary, or considering why people who work in banks might engage in white-collar crime. 

Student visits to court, according to Course Leader Dr Lara Frumkin, represent “an implied way of saying – ‘here’s a place you could work six or seven years from now’.”

But you might just as easily find yourself working for British Transport Police looking at the psychology of fare dodgers.

Your degree in forensic psychology, backed with a broad grounding in key psychological subject areas, will equip you for a fascinating and rewarding career.

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