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Forensic Psychology

BSc (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology
School of Sciences
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years with professional placement year. Part time available.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: HH30 or HH31
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email with your specific details.

Study a combination of accredited Psychology modules and tailored forensic topics on this Forensic Psychology degree.

  • BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • Find out what it’s like to be a professional Forensic Psychologist, in readiness for the next stage of your career.
  • Use statistical and data analysis software, biopacs including EEG, and comprehensive Psychology databases.

This Forensic Psychology degree responds to demand for more in-depth study into this exciting area of Psychology. You'll learn about all aspects of criminal behaviour, focusing on the individual motivations and consequences of crime.

Providing you with a variety of skills including communication, computing, numeracy, teamwork, independent learning and critical thinking, a degree in Psychology is highly valued by employers. This course offers work placement opportunities that enable you to develop further practical experience that employers value.

Forensic Psychology at Bath Spa is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS); it includes the core developmental, cognitive, social and biological skills prized by the Society. As a graduate, you'll become a Chartered member of the BPS (provided you obtain a 2.2 overall and pass the final year dissertation).

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This course has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

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What you'll learn


During this Forensic Psychology degree, you'll study people and their motivations, within a biopsychosocial context. You'll learn to design, run, analyse and report an investigative study. You'll also learn critical thinking skills and how to use software specific to the Psychologist.

You'll become an independent learner during your time on this course, preparing you for the next stage of your career. A degree in any aspect of Psychology is highly valued by employers. Our course equips graduates for a range of careers in Forensic Psychology and other fields, including education, health, civil service, private industry, and commerce.

Course structure

This course is a structured combination of modules from our core Psychology and Criminology courses, along with specialised Forensic Psychology modules. 

Year one
Your first year will introduce you to the main psychological approaches - social, cognitive, developmental, individual differences, and biological psychology. You'll also take a specialist module in Forensic and Criminal Psychology.

Year two
In year two, you'll develop your understanding of forensic and criminal psychology and core psychology concepts. You'll also learn the skills necessary to undertake your own psychological research.

Year three
Finally, year three will see you continue core studies with further forensic specialisation, including a dissertation involving one-to-one supervision with a member of staff.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods include essays, debates, case study and professional reports, group presentations, and workbooks.

How will I be taught?

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and follow-up seminars and workshops. In the case of research methods, much of the teaching is conducted via practical classes.

You’ll participate actively in seminars; these are characterised by small-group work. Bookable tutorials enable you to have one-to-one discussions with staff.

To find out more about how we teach and how you'll learn, please read our Learning and Teaching Delivery Statement.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules
  • Introduction to Psychology (BPS)
  • Research Methods in Psychology 1 (BPS)
  • Individual Differences - Personality and Intelligence (BPS)
  • Introduction to Criminal and Forensic Psychology
  • Crime and Disorder in Everyday Life
  • Debates in Psychological and Critical Thinking
Year two (Level 5) modules
  • Research Methods in Psychology 2 (BPS)
  • Cognitive and Developmental Psychology (BPS)
  • Biological and Social Psychology (BPS)
  • The Psychology of Criminal Investigations
  • Criminal Justice: Theory, Policy and Practice
  • Psychology and Social Justice
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Work Placement
  • Health: Mind, Body, Society
  • Science and Journalism Publishing
  • Professional Placement Year 
Year three (Level 6) modules
  • Dissertation 1 - Design and Pre-registration (BPS)
  • Forensic Dissertation - Research Report (BPS)
  • Contemporary Application of Psychological Science (BPS)
  • Advanced Contemporary Topics in Forensic Psychology
  • Forensic Mental Health
  • Special Topics in Psychology
  • Advanced Topics in Psychology



Our graduates have completed, or are currently enrolled in, postgraduate education at Master's level in preparation for a professional doctorate or for a research PhD. Graduates with single or major honours in Psychology can apply directly for postgraduate training, in order to work towards becoming a forensic psychologist.

The majority of Psychology graduates across the country do not become professional psychologists immediately after graduation. Many continue on to train in counselling. Others work in clinical disciplines in preparation for a Doctorate in Clinical or Educational Psychology.

Forensic Psychology is an attractive option due to its flexibility. Other career options for students also involve roles in management, sales and advertising, probation work, and human resources. 

Competitions and awards

At the end of the academic year, we award prizes to recognise achievements in academic success and reward effort and excellence.

Prizes specific to Psychology courses include:

  • The British Psychological Society Graduate Award
  • Oxford University Press Prize for best dissertation.
Global Citizenship

If you’re a full-time undergraduate student starting your first year at Bath Spa University, you can apply for the Certificate in Global Citizenship, which you’ll study alongside your degree.

You’ll gain global awareness and add an international dimension to your student experience, and funding is available. On successful completion of the programme, you’ll be awarded a Certificate in Global Citizenship. This is in addition to your degree; it doesn’t change your degree title or results.

Adobe Creative Campus

Develop a wealth of indispensable digital skills that you can take into your future career. One of only three Adobe Creative Campuses in the UK, we provide all Bath Spa students with access to the full Adobe Creative Suite, giving you the tools to communicate creatively, whatever your course or chosen professional field.   

Professional placement year


The Professional Placement Year (PPY) provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.


Before your PPY, you'll work to identify roles of interest and secure a placement. The Placements Team will support through timetabled sessions and 1:1 appointments.

How will I be assessed?

As well as completing a minimum of 900 placement hours, you will complete two assessments demonstrating your skill development, growth in professional behaviours and how the PPY has impacted your future career aspirations.

The PPY Bursary

Aiming to make work experience more accessible, we have introduced the PPY Bursary. Students undertaking a PPY can receive between £500 and £1,500 to be used towards placement costs such as travel, food, workwear or accommodation.

For more information and details of eligibility criteria, please visit the PPY Bursary webpage.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

BSc Forensic Psychology is taught at our Newton Park campus.

You'll have access to a wide range of excellent facilities, including:


Teaching resources include:

  • EBSCO (online access to over 400 Psychology-related journals)
  • PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES
  • SPSS (statistical computer software for analysing quantitative data) and NVivo for qualitative data analysis.

We also have a large battery of psychometric tests, and a biopsychology lab where we make use of "biopac" equipment (computerised biological measures such as EEG) for practicals and project work as well as other shared and dedicated laboratory spaces for research.


2024 entry
Student Annual tuition fee
UK full time £9,250
UK part time £4,625
International full time £16,905

Professional Placement Year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. This applies to UK and EU/International students.

  • UK: £1,850
  • International: £3,381

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We're looking for people who not only have an interest in forensic psychology, but who want to apply that knowledge to real situations.

Outside of relevant interest, we are also looking for students with a commitment to the subject, as well as evidence of high motivation. In addition to the required grades, we ask that you also submit a positive reference from a senior person in education on your UCAS form in support of your application for the course. 

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades BBB-BCC preferred. If studying Psychology, then a Grade B or higher is required. If Psychology is not an option at your school or college, then another A Level subject will be accepted, but a keen interest in psychology will need to be described in your personal statement.
  • BTEC – Extended Diploma grades from Distinction Distinction Merit (DDM) to Distinction Merit Merit (DMM) in a related subject. Applicants will need to show a keen interest in psychology in the personal statement.
  • T Levels – grade Merit preferred in a relevant subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 32 points are required. Applicants will need to show a keen interest in psychology in the personal statement.
  • Access to HE courses – typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, at Merit or higher). Applicants will need to show a keen interest in psychology in the personal statement.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements above, we may be able to accept your prior learning or experience from outside of formal education. See our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) page to learn more.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page. Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

If you’d like to talk to a member of the course team or arrange a visit, please email the course leader, Alison Lee:

Get ahead

Interested in learning more? We recommend reading Brendan O'Mahony's So, You Want to be a Forensic Psychologist? (CreateSpace, 2nd Ed, 2013). 

Course leader: Dr Kate Muir

Three year course
With placement year

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