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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Benefit from dedicated laboratories and computer rooms where you can learn a variety of psychological research methods
  • Gain hands-on experience of experiments, issues and research at the forefront of forensic psychology today
  • Study in a supportive environment with your own personal tutor, plus one-to-one supervision for your extended project
  • Gain a specialist degree in a rapidly growing field
  • Benefit from a team of research-active academics and experts who work at the forefront of the field and who use interactive and practical teaching approaches to bring theory and practice to life
  • Access to talks delivered by experts in the field, through the University of Winchester’s Forensic Investigative Psychology Research Centre
  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Are you intrigued by human behaviour and fascinated by the way crimes are investigated and solved? We offer a stimulating programme which gives you all the benefits of a full Psychology degree while allowing you to focus on the rapidly developing and popular field of Forensic and Investigative Psychology.

The criminal world is your broad field of study where you will learn the latest practical investigation techniques and build a wide knowledge of psychological theory to keep pace with the behaviour of offenders.

Our versatile and innovative programme is one of one of only a handful of undergraduate courses in the country specialising in Forensic Investigative Psychology. The focus is on giving you a strong understanding of the nature and development of Forensic Investigative Psychology while gaining vital employment related and academic skills.

Delivered by high calibre, research-active experts in their fields, it’s an ideal degree if you aspire to work in the courts or the wider criminal justice system.

In Year 1 you complete introductory modules in Psychology, including Introduction to Psychology and Introduction to Psychological Research Methods. Alongside these, you take Psychology in Contemporary Society, Introduction to Psychopathology and Clinical Disorders, and Applied Skills for Learning and Development. 

In Year 2, amongst other modules, you will study Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods, Social Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences, Brain and Behaviour, Developmental Psychology, as well as Applied Skills for Research and Practice.

As well as your psychology research project, your final year features compulsory modules in Eyewitness Psychology and Psychology, Crime and the Criminal Justice System. Also in Year 3, you can choose from a wide range of optional modules available for you to explore your special interests. These may include Health Psychology, Psychology in the Workplace and Computational Skills in Psychology.

There is also an option for you to undertake a volunteering module in Year 3, which may involve working in forensic related settings such as charities supporting families of prisoners or the witness service.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS); those wishing to pursue professional careers in psychology - such as clinical, forensic, educational, or occupational psychology - need to undertake further study and training to gain professional recognition as a Chartered Psychologist. Graduates will be eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) status, which is an entry requirement for many accredited postgraduate training courses in psychology. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. 

Careers

Due to the wide range of skills, and the rigour with which they are taught, training in psychology is widely accepted as providing an excellent preparation for many careers. These include (but are not confined to): forensic mental health services (either in the NHS or private sector), probation service, the courts, police service, prison service, security services/agencies, charities, or further education - graduates from this programme are well-suited to postgraduate study in Forensic Psychology.

94% of our 2016/17 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelors Honours degree with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc., you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
  • Independent learning: 948 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours
  • Independent learning: 924 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 192 hours
  • Independent learning: 996 hours
  • Placement: 12 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Students on the Forensic Investigative Psychology programme undertake many different learning and teaching activities including lectures, practical classes, seminar discussions, group discussions and debates, guided study exercises, independent learning, problem solving exercises, guest speakers, individual tutorials, and project supervision. Teaching activities are designed to help students relate theory to practice and draw relevant connections with the contemporary context of forensic science.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.

Teaching hours

All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.

The University library is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical exams.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

• 60% coursework
• 39% written exams
• 1% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

• 53% coursework
• 38% written exams
• 9% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

• 53% coursework
• 46% written exams
• 1% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2020 Entry: 112-120 points

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in Mathematics and English Language are required.

International Baccalaureate: 112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 Higher level IB certificates at grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

Send us a message

International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Introduction to Psychological Research Methods 45

In this module, you are introduced to the principles of research design, and to basic techniques of qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Key conceptual and historical issues relating to the philosophy of science are addressed, and ethical issues are covered. Students will carry out practical investigations in small groups to develop key skills in research design, data collection, analysis, and report writing. In these practical sessions, you will be required to collect, interpret and communicate quantitative and quantitative data across a variety of methods. Students are also encouraged to see how data analysis relates to research design, and hence to understand and value the insights that can be gained by a competent knowledge of quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques. The practical investigations are selected to illustrate particular aspects of design or analysis, with a progression towards more complex designs and more emphasis on theoretical issues.

Introduction to Psychology 30

This module introduces students to the main sub-disciplines of psychology: biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, individual differences, and social psychology, as outlined in the British Psychological Society’s required curriculum. You will look at core topics within each of these sub-discipline areas, gaining an understanding of how psychology (and its sub-disciplines) developed over time and an understanding of key conceptual and historical issues that are relevant to the discipline as a whole. Seminars will further develop this understanding by fostering discussion and debate on key concepts and studies, helping you to better understand the relationship between theory and research.

Psychology in Contemporary Society 15

This module will introduce you to the way psychology can be both used and misused in contemporary society. Sessions will be delivered through lectures and discussion in small groups. The content covers a range of current issues that draw upon psychological theory and research. The occasional misinterpretation of research findings by groups including the media, business and even law enforcement will be discussed.  By the end of the module you should understand the importance of scientific research and communication to the public.  Students will study one topic in further depth (e.g. by conducting independent research) and write an overview of the topic in the style of an article intended for a science publication aimed at the lay public. You will be assessed on your critical analysis of empirical evidence, your ability to present scientific research and complex ideas in an engaging yet accessible style, and your ability to write concisely.

Applied Skills for Learning and Development 15

This module aims to help students to develop and improve the key academic skills expected from psychology students during their studies, and to understand the transferability of these into the workplace, using the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Benchmark for Psychology as a foundation. You will have the opportunity to develop reflective skills, cognitive flexibility, communication skills and resilience. In addition, you will be provided with a greater awareness of your strengths, values and areas for personal development that will help inform a more holistic and self-based understanding of potential future career paths. You will engage with psychological literature related to identity, learning and careers, and will be helped to reflect on this literature in relation to your own personal development and career aspirations.

Introduction to Psychopathology and Clinical Disorders 15

This module introduces students to theories and perspectives that underpin individual differences, clinical disorders and psychopathology. You will be introduced to the history of psychological disorders, from the origins of the asylum to the present-day diagnostic system of the DSM. The module will explore some of the theories and perspectives to psychopathology, such as the biopsychosocial model and the psychoanalytical perspective, as well as theories that explore the journey from unusual behaviour and individual differences, through to clinical disorders and approaches to treatment.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Developmental Psychology 15

This module aims to introduce students to both developmental theory and developmental methods. Developmental psychology covers a considerable number of historical and conceptual issues and current theories, as well as applied issues. The focus is on the child's/adolescent from a wide perspective, including among others social, cognitive, biological and cultural perspectives. Typical and atypical development across the lifespan (childhood, adolescence) will be considered in areas such as attachment, social relations, cognition, language, moral and cultural development. Students will also gain critical understanding and practical experience of the observation research methods applied to an aspect of child development.

Applied Skills for Research and Practice 15

This module aims to help you to evolve your career goals and aspired professional identities, to encourage active career exploration, and to develop tangible career tools (e.g. employability audit, Personal Action Plan). You will also be prepared for conducting independent psychological research, through developing a proposal for an appropriate empirical research project that you can pursue at Level 6. You will gain an awareness of the Psychology related career pathways available to you upon graduation, and will be encouraged to reflect on how your final year project subject area can align to your career aims.

Qualitative Methods in Psychology 15

The aim of this module is to introduce you to qualitative research methods in psychology, building on knowledge and experience gained at Level 4. The module will cover the historical development of qualitative methods, key conceptual debates (e.g. the philosophy of science), theoretical approaches to qualitative research, qualitative research designs and procedures, qualitative data collection methods (e.g. interviews and focus groups, qualitative surveys, vignettes and story completion tasks) and qualitative analytic methods (e.g. thematic analysis, interpretative phenomenological analysis and discourse analysis). You will be given a chance to collect and analyse qualitative data, and write these up in a report. The module will emphasise the acquisition of practical research skills (in relation to key methods of data collection and analysis) as well as the development of critical analytic skills and a broad awareness of ethical issues relating to qualitative research methods in psychology.

Social Psychology 15

This module aims to build on the coverage of social psychology at Level 4 by exploring some of the key approaches and topics in Social Psychology in greater depth. You will be introduced to key conceptual and historical issues and debates in social psychology, as well as some of the traditional areas of the discipline such as social identity, the self, social cognition and prejudice. The module will  examine both ‘classic’ studies and theories, as well as contemporary treatments of these topics. The module will also cover critical approaches to social psychology and traditions emerging from these, such as social constructionism and discursive psychology.

Brain and Behaviour 15

This module provides you with an insight into the biological basis of human and non-human behaviour, including comparative and evolutionary psychology, typical and atypical neuropsychology, neuroscience, behavioural genetics, and the effect of hormones on behaviour. You will learn how our conceptual models of biological psychology have developed through history as new methods of investigation were developed.

You will also gain critical understanding and practical experience of research methods used by biological psychologists.

Quantitative Methods in Psychology 15

This module introduces you to quantitative approaches to psychological research methods. It will comprise weekly statistics lectures and workshops, in which you will go through a number of set work questions using a statistical software package (SPSS). The module will emphasise the acquisition of practical research skills (in relation to key methods of data collection, management, and analysis), critical skills (e.g. through evaluating research papers and methods), and a broad awareness of issues concerning ethics in quantitative methods in psychology and conceptual and historical development of research methods (e.g., philosophy of science).

Personality and Individual Differences 15

This module aims to extend your understanding of the spectrum of individual differences and draws on content from a range of areas of psychology. This module covers key issues of contemporary significance using core areas of individual difference psychology such as personality, motivation, emotion & well-being. Topics are focused on in-depth within the module by examining different theoretical approaches to these concepts which allows you to understand how conceptual and historical issues inform our understanding and application of individual differences. The application of individual difference theory and research will be considered within the module in a number of contexts, for example clinical, educational or organisational contexts.

Cognition and Behaviour 15

This module provides you with a broad overview of fundamental topics in Cognitive Psychology, such as sensation and perception, attention, language, learning, memory, thinking, problem solving, decision making, metacognition, consciousness and cognitive neuropsychology. Conceptual and historical issues relevant to cognitive psychology are also covered. You will gain critical understanding and practical experience of research methods used by cognitive psychologists.

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Final Year Project and Future Directions 30

The project takes the form of an original independent empirical investigation in a psychological topic area.

You are required to select your topic/research question and produce a research proposal before the end of Semester 2 of Level 5. Supervisors are allocated according to research topic. Data collection may only commence once ethical approval has been granted by the ethics committee.  The indicative length of the project is 5,000 words for quantitative and 7,000 for qualitative projects. Additionally, this module will facilitate future employability through one-to-one tutorials between students and their FYP supervisor; providing individualised support concerning post graduate aims and specific job searches.

Psychology, Crime and the Criminal Justice System 15

This module will provide you with the opportunity to study topics related to psychology, crime and the criminal justice system. You will be introduced to a small number of key topics in the area such as theories of criminal behaviour, mental illness and crime, detection of deception, domestic abuse, and jury decision making. A number of issues relating to each key topic will be covered and relevant research critically examined. The module will draw on knowledge you gained from first and second year modules regarding cognitive, social and developmental psychology and demonstrate how these areas relate to real world issues relating to crime and the Criminal Justice System. The aim is to give you a flavour of a potential area of subsequent professional practice in Forensic Psychology. 

Eyewitness Psychology 15

This module will provide you with the opportunity to study topics related to the psychology of eyewitness performance. You will be introduced to a small number of key topics such as eyewitness testimony and suggestibility, interviewing witnesses and the Cognitive Interview, eyewitness identification evidence, and vulnerable witnesses, for example child and older witnesses. A number of issues relating to each key topic will be covered and relevant research critically examined. The module will draw on knowledge you gained in first and second year modules regarding cognitive, social and developmental psychology, and demonstrates how these areas relate to the real world issue of accuracy of eyewitness evidence within the Criminal Justice System.

Year 3 Optional Modules
  • Advanced Issues in Developmental Psychology (15 credits)
  • Advanced Statistics and Applied Statistics (15 credits)
  • Topics in Educational Psychology (15 credits)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience (15 credits)
  • Conceptual Debates in Psychology (15 credits)
  • Media Psychology (15 credits)
  • Society, Politics and Prejudice (15 credits)
  • Psychology in the Workplace (15 credits)
  • Health Psychology (15 credits)
  • Advanced Critical Thinking for Psychologists (15 credits)
  • Computational Skills in Psychology (15 credits)
  • Embodied Cognition and Contemplative Practice Studies (15 credits)
  • Psychology of Consumer Behaviour (Optional)
  • Advanced Psychopathology and Clinical Psychology (Optional)
  • Behaviour Change  (15 credits)
  • The Psychology of Music  (15 credits)
  • Statistical Programming with R  (15 credits)
  • Traffic and Transportation Psychology  (15 credits)
  • Volunteering for Psychology (15 credits)

Optional Credits

Final Year Project and Future Directions 30

The project takes the form of an original independent empirical investigation in a psychological topic area.

You are required to select your topic/research question and produce a research proposal before the end of Semester 2 of Level 5. Supervisors are allocated according to research topic. Data collection may only commence once ethical approval has been granted by the ethics committee.  The indicative length of the project is 5,000 words for quantitative and 7,000 for qualitative projects. Additionally, this module will facilitate future employability through one-to-one tutorials between students and their FYP supervisor; providing individualised support concerning post graduate aims and specific job searches.

Psychology, Crime and the Criminal Justice System 15

This module will provide you with the opportunity to study topics related to psychology, crime and the criminal justice system. You will be introduced to a small number of key topics in the area such as theories of criminal behaviour, mental illness and crime, detection of deception, domestic abuse, and jury decision making. A number of issues relating to each key topic will be covered and relevant research critically examined. The module will draw on knowledge you gained from first and second year modules regarding cognitive, social and developmental psychology and demonstrate how these areas relate to real world issues relating to crime and the Criminal Justice System. The aim is to give you a flavour of a potential area of subsequent professional practice in Forensic Psychology. 

Eyewitness Psychology 15

This module will provide you with the opportunity to study topics related to the psychology of eyewitness performance. You will be introduced to a small number of key topics such as eyewitness testimony and suggestibility, interviewing witnesses and the Cognitive Interview, eyewitness identification evidence, and vulnerable witnesses, for example child and older witnesses. A number of issues relating to each key topic will be covered and relevant research critically examined. The module will draw on knowledge you gained in first and second year modules regarding cognitive, social and developmental psychology, and demonstrates how these areas relate to the real world issue of accuracy of eyewitness evidence within the Criminal Justice System.

Year 3 Optional Modules
  • Advanced Issues in Developmental Psychology (15 credits)
  • Advanced Statistics and Applied Statistics (15 credits)
  • Topics in Educational Psychology (15 credits)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience (15 credits)
  • Conceptual Debates in Psychology (15 credits)
  • Media Psychology (15 credits)
  • Society, Politics and Prejudice (15 credits)
  • Psychology in the Workplace (15 credits)
  • Health Psychology (15 credits)
  • Advanced Critical Thinking for Psychologists (15 credits)
  • Computational Skills in Psychology (15 credits)
  • Embodied Cognition and Contemplative Practice Studies (15 credits)
  • Psychology of Consumer Behaviour (Optional)
  • Advanced Psychopathology and Clinical Psychology (Optional)
  • Behaviour Change  (15 credits)
  • The Psychology of Music  (15 credits)
  • Statistical Programming with R  (15 credits)
  • Traffic and Transportation Psychology  (15 credits)
  • Volunteering for Psychology (15 credits)

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2020 Course Tuition Fees

 UK/EU

International

Year 1 £9,250 £13,500
Year 2 £9,250 £13,500
Year 3 £9,250 £13,500
Total £27,750 £40,500
Optional Sandwich Year £700 £700
Total with Sandwich Year £28,450 £41,200

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2020, the first year will cost you £9,250*. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students.

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,935.

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £112.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,687.

*The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

Core texts

Core texts are available from the University Library. However some students prefer to purchase their own copies. Some core texts can be bought second-hand or as an ebook which can often reduce this cost. Indicative cost is £400 for whole course.

Printing and binding

We are proud to offer free printing for all students to ensure that printing costs are not a potential financial barrier to student success. The University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union are champions of sustainability and therefore ask that all students consider the environment and print fairly. 

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
C816
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
112-120 points
Location
On campus, Winchester