BSc (Hons) Psychology with Forensic Psychology

  • UCAS
  • Entry requirements
    A-level: BBB
    IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655

  • Length
    3 years full-time
  • Department

Course overview

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.

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.

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

Level 4

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.

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

Level 5

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.

Module title Credits
  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

Level 6

In their final year, students will take two compulsory modules in areas of applied psychology:

Module title Credits
  Psychology and Law 15 credits
  Addictive Behaviours 15 credits

You also complete an individual Research Project (45 credits), which should have a forensic psychology focus. 

You also choose modules to the value of 45 credits. Examples that could be selected include: 

Module title Credits
  Psychopathology 15 credits
  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
  The Interpersonal Self 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
  Psychology of the Arts, Aesthetics and Attraction 15 credits
  Cross-cultural and Individual Differences in Attention and Awareness 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.

Download the programme specification for the 2018-19 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

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

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

Equivalent qualifications
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) or 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:

  • Tutorials
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Laboratory sessions
  • Independent learning
  • Presentations
  • Assessments

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

Fees & funding

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