BSc (Hons)
Psychology with Forensic Psychology

On this degree you'll explore psychological theories, methods and processes relating to the legal, criminal and civil justice systems.

Why study BSc Psychology with Forensic Psychology at Goldsmiths

  • You'll develop a thorough understanding of the key issues and debates that relate to psychology and forensic psychology. You’ll also be trained in the design of experiments, hands-on lab skills, and the use of psychology-relevant software for data and statistical analysis. 
  • You'll benefit from a mentoring scheme during which you’ll be paired with a member of academic staff with forensic psychology expertise who will advise you on career options and support your employability skills.
  • 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'll carry out a research project under close supervision of a member of academic staff 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.
  • Our academics are experts in their field, and you’ll have the opportunity to get involved in the world-class research taking place in the department.
  • You’ll have access to fantastic facilities. These include laboratories, a visual perception and attention laboratory, virtual reality equipment, and a mock police interview suite with recording equipment and an observation room.
  • The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), so you can be assured of the very best education and training in psychology during your degree. BPS-accredited programmes are highly valued by employers and give students a route to full BPS membership.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Fiona Gabbert.

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Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655


3 years full-time


Home - full-time: £9250
International - full-time: £20840



British Psychological Society logo

The degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Society and also the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, which is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

I adore my department, I love how tight-knit it feels. I was surprised at how at home I feel here and it’s still just my second year – the amount I’ve learned so far is invaluable. I love the opportunities that have arisen from being an enthusiastic and open student.

Lara, undergraduate psychology student

Top facilities
You'll benefit from specialist facilities including laboratories, an EEG suite for brain research, an infant lab, and a mock police interview suite.
Accredited courses
Our degrees are accredited by the British Psychological Society, which is a hallmark of quality and the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
Career success
We have well-established links with employers and offer a mentoring scheme where you'll be paired with an academic to help develop your employability skills.

What you'll study

Year 1

In your first year you'll take introductory modules covering the main topics within psychology: cognitive, developmental, social, individual differences and biological psychology.

You'll also receive practical training 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.

Module title Credits
The Psychology of the Person 15 credits
Biological and Comparative Approaches to Psychology 15 credits
Information Processing and Cognition 15 credits
Design and Analysis of Psychological Investigations 30 credits
Practical Issues in Psychological Research 15 credits
Extended Essay in Psychology 15 credits
Skills and Employability in Psychology 15 credits

Note about optional modules (if available): The above is indicative of the typical modules offered, but is not intended to be construed or relied on as a definitive list of what might be available in any given year. The module content and availability is subject to change.

Teaching style

This programme is mainly taught through scheduled learning – for example, through a mixture of lectures, small group tutorial meetings, mentor meetings, and laboratory sessions. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

How you'll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These may include examinations, coursework assignments, oral presentations, laboratory reports and research projects.

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.

The Department of Psychology has a long-standing research strength in forensic psychology, and there is an award-winning Forensic Psychology Unit at Goldsmiths that brings together expertise in areas such as evidence gathering, lie detection and bystander intervention. 

Staff in the department include:

  • Professor Fiona Gabbert, who has an international research track record in investigative interviewing, and convenes this degree
  • Dr Adrian Scott, whose specialisms focus on investigative interviewing, stalking behaviour, and eye-witness testimony
  • Dr Ashok Jansari, who brings his interest in exceptional face recognition abilities from CCTV images
Attendees at a Forensic Psychology Unit immerse event get shown some evidence

The Forensic Psychology Unit holds immersive science-theatre events to share and gather research on areas such as eye-witness investigation and the interviewing of victims.

A bronze statue of Lady Justice, a representation of the moral force in justice systems

You can pick from modules covering topics as diverse as the use of psychology in a legal setting, psychopathology, and social-moral development.

Study routes

As well as this degree, we offer a core BSc Psychology programme (which includes the chance to carry out a year-long Professional Placement) and these parallel streams of study should you wish to specialise in a different area:

Goldsmiths was unique – it blew my mind! The lecturers were very down-to-earth and supportive, and it was easy to make friends as everyone is really welcoming and warm.

Sarah, undergraduate psychology graduate (Analyst, Bank of America)

Sarah, undergraduate psychology graduate (Analyst, Bank of America)


Successfully completing the BSc Psychology with Forensic Psychology will enable to you progress to specialised Masters courses, such as our MSc Forensic Psychology. These are the first steps in pursuing a career as a forensic psychologist or investigative psychologist.

Students from our undergraduate psychology degrees go on to a broad range of careers and future study in areas including:

  • Forensic psychology
  • Clinical psychology
  • Occupational psychology
  • Market research
  • Advertising 
  • Media psychology
  • Consultancy
  • Research psychology

Many of our students have gained professional positions with major employers within:

Others are pursuing a Professional Doctorate to complete Stage 2 and gain Chartered Forensic Psychologist Status.

The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), which means that alumni are eligible for graduate basis for Chartership with the BPS – vital if you want a career as a psychologist in the future.

You can find out more about career options after graduating on our psychology careers page.


Throughout the degree you will receive a thorough training in:

  • The design and evaluation of empirical research
  • The clinical applications of research, and how to use research to inform practice
  • Statistical analysis 
  • Lab skills
  • The use of specialist psychology-relevant software

In addition, you'll develop the following transferable skills:

  • Critical thinking and analytical skills
  • The ability to look at issues from different perspectives
  • Data and information processing skills
  • Reflection skills
  • Self motivation
  • Planning and organisation skills
  • Oral and written communication skills

Skills and employability training

The Department of Psychology has its own Skills and Employability Programme for students, starting in the first term with a full first-year course on the topic. We are keen that you understand what kind of transferable skills you will develop during the degree, and how you can make the best impression on future employers.

We have strong links with employers of psychology graduates, and the programme has been set up to support you to actively seek relevant work knowledge and experience. This experience can help you develop and recognise the professional-level skills that are highly sought after in the job market.

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

Additional requirements

You should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 in GCSE (or equivalent) in Mathematics or Statistics, and English.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Alternative qualifications and experience

See our full list of undergraduate entry qualifications.

We exercise flexibility where entry requirements are concerned, and make offers based on your enthusiasm and commitment to your subject, as shown by your application and personal statement, qualifications, experience and reference. 

Your referees are welcome to include any relevant contextual comments around your academic achievements. We’ll look at all these things when making a decision on your application, as well as your qualifications and grades.

We frequently interview mature applicants (over 21) or those with alternative qualifications, and have a long tradition of encouraging students from all social backgrounds to study at our university.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

These are the UG fees for students starting their programme in the 2024/2025 academic year.

From August 2021 EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for 'Home' fee status. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will be classified as 'International' for fee purposes, more information can be found on our fees page.

  • Home - full-time: £9250
  • International - full-time: £20840

If your fees are not listed here, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Student Visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Funding opportunities

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries, and our Careers Service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

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