This degree offers a scientific approach to the study of psychology and behaviour. You will be introduced to psychological theories, methods and processes relating to the legal, criminal and civil justice systems.
Why study BSc Psychology with Forensic Psychology?
- 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
The psychology department has recently augmented a long-standing research strength in Forensic Psychology. In addition to Professor Tim Valentine’s research in eyewitness identification, recent appointments to the department have brought the following skills and experience in the following areas:
- Dr Fiona Gabbert has an international research track record in investigative interviewing
- Dr Ashok Jansari brings his interest in exceptional face recognition abilities from CCTV images
- Dr Caoimhe McAnena a Chartered Forensic Psychologist with expertise in the assessment and treatment of offenders
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Fiona Gabbert
Modules & structure
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 by an expert in this area. Furthermore, some assessments will be on a forensic-relevant topic.
|The Psychology of the Person*||30 credits|
|Biological and Comparative Approaches to Psychology*||30 credits|
|Information Processing and Cognition*||15 credits|
|Design and Analysis of Psychological Studies||15 credits|
|Practical Issues in Psychological Research||15 credits|
|Extended Essay in Psychology||15 credits|
|Skills and Employability in Psychology||15 credits|
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 the second year will have a forensic psychology emphasis, and will be supervised by a member of staff with relevant expertise.
|Biological Substrates of Behaviour||15 credits|
|Personality and Individual Differences||15 credits|
|Social Psychology||15 credits|
|Developmental Psychology||15 credits|
|Design and Analysis of Psychological Studies||15 credits|
|Cognitive Psychology||15 credits|
|Research Methods in Psychology*||30 credits|
In their final year, students will take two compulsory modules in areas of applied psychology:
|Psychology and Law||15 credits|
|Addictive Behaviours||15 credits|
You also complete an individual Research Project, which should have a forensic psychology focus.
And you choose six modules. Examples that could be selected include:
|Multivariate Statistical Methods in Psychology||15 credits|
|Applications of Attention Research||15 credits|
|Anomalistic Psychology||15 credits|
|Topics in Neuropsychology||15 credits|
|Neurodevelopmental Disorders||15 credits|
|Behavioural Genetics||15 credits|
|Angels or Apes: Origins of Human Nature||15 credits|
|Psychological Approaches to Music||15 credits|
|Self and Relationships||15 credits|
|Psychology and Education||15 credits|
|Social-Moral Development||15 credits|
|Cognitive Neuroscience||15 credits|
|Magic and the Mind||15 credits|
|Social Psychology of Social Problems||15 credits|
Please note that some of the modules listed are 'core', which means that you must pass them to progress to the next level of study.
Credits and levels of learning
An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
These requirements relate to 2018 entry. For 2017 entry please check the programme specification.
You should normally have at least Grade B in GCSE (or equivalent) in Mathematics or Statistics, and English.
We accept a wide range of qualifications equivalent to the ones listed above. This includes:
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher), BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2
If your qualifications are from another country, find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.
English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.
For this programme we require:
IELTS 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5
If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.
Read more about our general entrance requirements.
Psychology at Goldsmiths is ranked joint 3rd in the UK
for the quality of our research*, and in the world's elite**
How does music affect mood?
Why do some people believe in the paranormal?
How do people with autism think?
In the Department of Psychology we try and investigate questions like this, conducting research that’s relevant to a range of sectors and industries – from advertising to education, and from banking to the public sector.
You’ll be taught by experts in the field, who are carrying out research that’s world class. And you’ll learn in a department with excellent specialist and general-purpose research laboratories, including:
- EEG and brain stimulation labs for neuroscience research
- a visual perception and attention laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art eye tracking systems
- an infant lab
- in-house technical support staff
Find out more about the Department of Psychology.
*Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings
**QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
Learning & teaching
During each year of the degree, you'll take part in academic tutorials, which are small group sessions that are linked to your core topics, and led by an expert in that particular subject. The tutorials enable you to discuss and evaluate psychological theories, and provide support and feedback in essay writing.
You'll also be provided with a Mentor from our academic staff for the first two years of your undergraduate studies. In your final year, your Project Supervisor will act as your Mentor. You'll meet with your Mentor regularly, and they will monitor your progress and provide support for your academic and career development, as well as personal concerns or difficulties.
You'll also attend lectures and seminars where you'll hear about ideas and concepts related to specific topics, and where you'll be encouraged to discuss and debate the issues raised. This will enhance your academic knowledge of the subject, and will improve your communication skills. You'll also have laboratory sessions, and will undergo training in psychology-relevant skills.
But this is just a small proportion of what we expect you to do on the programme. For each hour of taught learning, we expect you to complete another 5-6 hours of independent study. This typically involves carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, or producing project work.
This emphasis on independent learning is very important at Goldsmiths. We don't just want you to accept what we tell you without question. We want you to be inspired to read more, to develop your own ideas, and to find the evidence that will back them up. Independent study requires excellent motivation and time management skills. These skills will stay with you for life, and are the kind of that are highly sought after by employers.
Learning and teaching on this programme will take place through:
- Laboratory sessions
- Independent learning
Find out more about these learning and teaching approaches.
Skills & careers
The BSc in Psychology with Forensic Psychology would allow you to progress to specialised MSc courses, such as our MSc in Forensic Psychology.
You will be encouraged (with full support) to actively seek opportunities for summer internships or other work experience placements to further build on your skills and knowledge, and increase your potential employability on graduating. You can find out more about career options after graduating on our Psychology careers page.
Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.