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Psychology (Forensic Psychology) BSc (Hons)

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Key Information Set (KIS) Data is only gathered for undergraduate full-time courses. There are a number of reasons why this course does not have KIS data associated with it. For example, it may be a franchise course run at a partner college or a course designed for continuing professional development.

Overview

A deeper understanding

How do our brains work? Is our behaviour influenced by our genes, our environment or both? Psychology gives you a fascinating insight into the factors that influence how people think, feel and behave. Forensic and investigative psychology is a fascinating specialist area, focused on criminal or deviant behaviour.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2018.

Why Psychology at LSBU?

Industry relevance – the course structure stems from best practice recommendations made by The British Psychological Society.
Professional accreditation – the course is accredited by The British Psychological Society.
Flexible learning – choose from a variety of modules in the final year to suit your particular interests.
Dedicated facilities – our lab complex includes an eye-tracking facility and observation room.

Top in London for career prospects in Psychology (Guardian 2019).

The eye tracker helps forensic psychologists identify deception

We also offer a variety of other specialist psychology degrees:

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
4.5 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
6 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

Modules

BSc (Hons) Psychology (Forensic Psychology) - Courses | London South Bank University

This course integrates core areas of psychological knowledge, giving you a deep understanding of the subject. Taught with an applied focus, it will also help you apply your learning in the real world to make a difference to people's lives. Topics include:

  • offender profiling
  • interview techniques
  • detecting deception
  • psychology in the courtroom
  • vulnerable witnesses and suspects

This course reflects your particular interest in forensic psychology. You'll follow the same programme as BSc (Hons) Psychology in the first and second years, but in the final year you will specialise with a research project and a module in forensic or investigative psychology. There is also the opportunity to undertake an assessed placement during your third year in an area related to forensic or investigative psychology. Modules are 70% assessed by coursework.

To help you develop your employability, we’ll set you up at the start of the course with a Personal Development Plan (PDP) to monitor your progress and set study objectives and career goals. The plan includes a skills checklist, personal plan, CV and useful career information.

Year 1

  • Psychological research methods 1
    This module will provide you with an introduction to the study of psychology as a science. You'll study some of the key conceptual, methodological, and statistical issues that psychologists face when studying human behaviour. As well as issues surrounding experimental design and ethical principles in psychological research, the module also gives an introduction to the ways in which descriptive and inferential statistics can be used to analyse and make sense of experimental data. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
  • Introducing psychological approaches
    This module will introduce you to the study of psychology, first by discussing its conceptual underpinnings and historical development, then topics related to living in the world as biological, learning and feeling beings. The first part of the module will focus on the philosophical foundations of psychology, its status as a science and current identity, while the second part will deal with evolutionary theory and the relationship of the brain to behaviour. The third part will consider learning, and the fourth will analyse emotions from biological, psychological and social perspectives. The module will provides you with the knowledge-base necessary for advanced study at Level 5, and also the development of skills relating to factual learning, i.e., accessing, organising, assimilating and revising information. This module will help you develop skills relating to MCQ assessments. Assessment method: 10% coursework, 90% exam. 
  • Introduction to forensic science
    This module will provide you with an overview of forensic investigations, from the discovery of a crime scene, to evidence recovery, to working in the laboratory. 
  • Psychological research methods 2
    The module builds and expands upon the descriptive and simple inferential statistical methods introduced in Psychological Research Methods 1. Lectures and seminars will consider more advanced principles of research design, qualitative data analysis, and statistical analysis using SPSS. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
  • Exploring real world psychology
    This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore how theories, approaches and evidence from psychology have been applied to the real world. You'll be presented with a number of topics that have been important for understanding how people behave in the ways they do in the real world. Such topic areas will include the developmental, cognitive (thinking), social, and individual differences aspects of behaviour. In addition, the topic areas presented and explored in this module will inform you about a diverse range of psychology-related employment opportunities. Study in each of these areas will provide you with a framework for advanced study at Level 5. In addition to knowledge, the module will provide you with the opportunity to develop skills relating to accessing, assimilating and communicating information, and it will introduce you to a variety of assessment techniques that you'll encounter on the course. The module will allow you to develop and be aware of the type of skills that are likely to enhance employability, and it will provide a focus for placements as a valuable way of gaining experience, and therefore enhancing employability. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Exploring psychological approaches
    This module introduces topics related to living in the world as a developing, thinking, social and individual being. Topics will include memory, perception, attention, cognitive development, interpersonal behaviour, group behaviour, intelligence, personality and aspects of atypical behaviour. Study in each of these areas will provide you with a framework for advanced study at Level 5. In addition to knowledge, the module will provide you with the opportunity to develop skills relating to accessing, assimilating and communicating information, and it will introduce you to a variety of assessment techniques that you'll encounter on the course. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.

Year 2

  • Psychological research methods 3
    This module will begin with an introduction to conceptual and historical issues in research methods before moving on to the design and analysis of single factor experiments, simple and complex factorial designs and single case methods, both investigative and interventional. Lectures will provide the conceptual framework required for an understanding of research methodology and their supporting statistical tests. These will be supported by seminars that will help you learn design analysis, data analysis using SPSS and the interpretation of the results of experiments taken from the psychology literature. The module will also provide you with the opportunity to design, execute, analyse and report the results of two pieces of practical work. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
  • The psychology of learning and memory
    This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore a number of the major concepts, theories and methods encountered in understanding how and why we behave in the ways we do when in the presence of other humans. The focus of this module is to understand what psychologists have contributed to the understanding of our social behaviours according to the real, imagined or implied presence of other individuals. The module will focus on those approaches that have been used to examine a) whether we are social beings and why, b) what the ‘social’ brain looks like, c) how social behaviours develop across the lifespan, d) which mechanisms have been used to explain how we interact with the implied, real or imagined presence of others, e) how culture affects our social interactions, and f) how group membership affects our social behaviours. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • The psychology of feelings
    This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore the interdependence between feelings and human behaviour. The module is organised into three distinct themes, relationships, mood and sensations. Two introductory sessions will be used to recap and consolidate material at Level 4 and provide a knowledge base upon which the rest of the module will build. Then, within each theme a range of topics will be explored, drawing on theory and research from biological, developmental, evolutionary, cross-cultural, cognitive and atypical psychology. Individual differences will be a key perspective in this module. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Psychological research methods 4
    The first component of this module will develop your knowledge of thematic analysis, and will allow you to carry out and report a study using this method. You'll also be introduced to multivariate research designs, and will conduct and report a piece of research using multiple regression. You'll then be allocated to specialist research methods streams. This component will give you an opportunity to gain a more in-depth understanding of a specific complex research methodology and its practical application. Finally, in consultation with your final year empirical project supervisor, you'll be required to produce a proposal which may form the basis of their empirical project. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • The psychology of behaviour with others
    This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore a number of the major concepts, theories and methods encountered in understanding how and why we behave in the ways we do when in the presence of other humans. The focus of this module is to understand what psychologists have contributed to the understanding of our social behaviours according to the real, imagined or implied presence of other individuals. The module will focus on those approaches that have been used to examine a) whether we are social beings and why, b) what the ‘social’ brain looks like, c) how social behaviours develop across the lifespan, d) which mechanisms have been used to explain how we interact with the implied, real or imagined presence of others, e) how culture affects our social interactions, and f) how group membership affects our social behaviours. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • The psychology of thinking and communication
    This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore a number of the major concepts, theories and methods encountered in understanding how we communicate with others, solve problems and make decisions. This module will help you understand the development of human communication, both cognitive and social. You'll learn what different psychologists think intelligence is, how it develops, and how it can be measured. The module will explore the internal and external influences on the development of reasoning and decision-making. The module will also explore whether innate mechanisms underlie these capacities or whether they develop over time. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.

Year 3

  • Empirical project
    The module will require you to design and implement a substantial piece of independent psychological research and to produce an extensive report on the project. You'll be supervised by a permanent member of academic staff. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Incident Investigation
    This module will provide insight into how accidents and incidents involving explosives, fires and firearms are investigated. You'll be introduced to some of the laboratory techniques used in investigations of such incidents, as well as more psychological aspects of investigation such as establishing timelines, correlating these with eyewitness accounts and establishing the evidential value of eyewitness testimony.

Plus three options from:

  • Professional placement in psychology
    This module will provide you with the opportunity to complete a work placement within an organisation whose work is relevant to the discipline of psychology. You'll be expected to complete a minimum of 24 hours in an approved placement, and will complete a written portfolio related to this experience. The assessment for this module will help you develop your reflective thinking skills, as well as your understanding of the utility of psychological research and theory in real world settings. Assessment method: 100% coursework. 
  • Psychology of mental health
    Mental health is a highly contested area, with major disagreements amongst psychiatrists, psychologists and service users over the conceptualisation and treatment of mental health problems. This module will examine the theoretical differences between these perspectives by examining the social, cultural, biological and psychological evidence for the causes and maintenance of mental health problems. These factors will be looked at in general, and also in relation to specific forms of distress, such as depression, eating disorders and anxiety. The value and efficacy of diagnostic versus formulation approaches for the treatment of mental health problems will also be explored. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Health psychology
    Morbidity and mortality have been shown to be influenced significantly by various socio-demographic factors like age, social class and education. Which factors create the link between these inputs and health-related outputs is less clear. This module will explore theoretically-based psychological processes and mechanisms (e.g. cognitive dispositions and beliefs, social support, etc.) that have been shown to relate social inputs with health outcomes. In early sessions you'll explore social inequalities in health. During later sessions a number of models used by health psychologists to study related decision making and behaviour will be explored. Throughout all sessions you'll be exposed to applied implications and evidence derived from basic theoretical principles. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
  • Development of brain and behaviour in infancy
    This module focuses on infancy, a period of rapid development, and examines the emergence of perceptual, cognitive, and early social skills during the first year of life. Emerging behaviours will also be related to brain development to facilitate a more thorough investigation of what happens during development. Traditional and more recent methods used to assess both brain and behaviour in infants will also be considered. This module will offer you the opportunity to consider a dominant theoretical debate in developmental psychology, that of the relative contributions of nature and nurture to development. The first part of the module will focus on typical development, while the second part will look at instances where development is atypical, such as in the case of developmental disorders (e.g. autism and Down syndrome) or the case of extreme environments (e.g. visual and environmental deprivation). Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Psychology of inter -and intra- group processes
    This module will outline key issues in the study of intergroup and intra-group psychology and will explore social identity approaches. The module will then consider how groups interact with one another (inter-group processes) and also how group members function within the group (intra-group processes). The module combines theory with real social applications. Seminars will provide an opportunity to explore issues and research in more depth, and apply theory to real life situations. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Psychology of addictive behaviours
    This module will introduce you to theories of addictive behaviour. You'll address conceptual issues surrounding the utility of theories, and you'll discuss the empirical evidence for or against each theory. You'll have the opportunity to consider recent theories that attempt to synthesise extant models into a comprehensive account of addiction. You'll also have the opportunity to apply and critically evaluate several theories in regards to their ability to explain alcoholism, both during seminars and in your coursework assignment. Finally, you'll examine various treatment and preventative approaches, and the evidence for and against each. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Art, awareness and the brain
    This module focuses on the subjective state of awareness as a phenomenal state, looking at both its biological underpinnings in the nervous system and its cultural manifestation in art. While each level is important in its own right for the study of psychology, so too is their interconnectedness, as each sheds light on the other, allowing a fuller and more integrated approach and deeper grasp of awareness that is ordinarily available. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Applied psychometrics
    This module will begin by explaining test construction and validation in detail. The module will then go on to consider a wide variety of psychometric tests available and their appropriateness for use in occupational, clinical and research psychology. Ethical and legal issues surrounding psychometric test use will also be covered. You'll gain practical experience of psychometric test use. Assessment method: 100% exam.
  • Neuropsychology
    This module begins with an introduction to the history of neuropsychology and its methods designed to lay foundations for the following content. Of particular importance is the relationship between normal and impaired functioning and the goal of deriving theories which explain both. The content areas examine different types of neuropsychological impairment, from traumatic brain injury, as found in Amnesic Syndrome, through the effects of strokes found in Unilateral Neglect to the pervasive effects of degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's Disease. An important part of the module is an appraisal of the likelihood of recovery and efficacy of rehabilitation. The aim of the summative assessments is to examine both broad knowledge of the topic areas and the ability to critically examine issues in a selected topic area. Regular self assessed formative assessments will enable students to monitor their progress. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
  • Counselling psychology and psychotherapy
    This module is designed primarily for students intending to go on to counselling psychology and psychotherapy postgraduate courses following their degree. Each week will include theoretical and practical components where you'll able to try out various approaches in role-plays and triad work. The theoretical component of the module will introduce you to key theoretical approaches in counselling psychology and psychotherapy, focusing on humanist/existential and cognitive behavioural, as well as covering various types of therapy, such as one-to-one, group therapy, brief therapy and relationship work. There will be a critical emphasis throughout considering issues of power, ethics, difference, and research on therapeutic effectiveness and processes. Assessment method: 100% coursework.

*Optional course modules are subject to change and your choice of modules may depend on the semester and their specialism.

Part-time students have the option of completing in four and a half years or six years. For the four-and-a-half-year version you'll complete four modules a year for four years, then the Project in Semester 1 of Year 5. For the six-year version you'll complete three modules a year for five and a half years, then the Project in Year 6.

Employability

As well as enhancing your understanding of human behaviour and thought processes, this course will help you become a more persuasive communicator - a desirable skill for employers.

Your career

With an accredited degree and an appropriate postgraduate qualification you could go on to be a chartered psychologist in health, clinical, forensic, child and educational or occupational psychology. You’re also equipped for a career in counselling, teaching, the probation and courts services, market research, HR or business – there’s no such thing as a traditional career path for psychology graduates.

If you do go on to become a chartered psychologist, your everyday duties would vary depending on the speciality. An occupational psychologist works to maximise employee performance and increase job satisfaction; a clinical psychologist makes positive changes in clients’ lives.

Chartered psychologists in the NHS can earn £25,500-£34,000 a year, rising to £40k+ with experience.

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

Placements

Staff


Dr Elisa Lewis

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Lecturer

Elisa Lewis is a Lecturer in Psychology.


Prof. Marcantonio Spada

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Professor of Addictive Behaviours and Mental Health; Head of Psychology

Marcantonio Spada is Professor of Addictive Behaviours and Mental Health, and Head of the Division of Psychology.


Facilities

Teaching and learning

Assessment

We use a range of assessment methods, and train you in these methods as you advance through your studies. The methods used are:

  • Essays
  • Practical reports
  • Unseen exams
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Scenario-based reports
  • Case studies
  • Posters
  • Executive reports
  • Portfolios
  • Group work folders

Research

Our impressive research record (over 90% of our publications were rated at the 'international' level in RAE 2008) means that teaching is informed by current, cutting-edge research, and because we have a focus on applied research, you can apply your learning to real world settings.

Support

We aim to support you throughout your studies in many ways. We provide one-to-one support via our professional tutoring system. Your tutor will help you understand coursework feedback, offer guidance as you plan your career, and advise you on work experience to ensure you get the most out of the course. Teaching is also supported through seminars, online learning environments and specialist advice sessions for topics such as statistics and research methods. In addition to the facilities provided by the university, the psychology laboratory has dedicated computing and experimental equipment.

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Time spent in lectures, seminars and practical study Self-directed learningPlacement
Year 1 20% 80% 0%
Year 2 22% 78% 0%
Year 3 13% 85%2%

Professional tutoring

As an undergraduate Applied Sciences student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.  

Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your professional tutor 3-4 times a year for 30 minutes throughout your course.  Learning support hours will be advertised and available for you to book additional time with your tutor.  If these are fully booked you can contact your tutor for additional support by email.

Entry requirements

2018 entry

  • A Level BBB or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DMM or;
  • Access to Science with 24 Distinctions and 21 Merits or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 120 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

BSc (Hons) Psychology (Forensic Psychology) - Courses | London South Bank University

How to apply

2018 entry

Home/EU

Full-time course

Got your results? Apply now to join us for a full-time course this September through Clearing. Still waiting? Register for our exclusive Clearing guide and call back service.

Visit our dedicated Clearing page.

Part-time course

Please follow the instructions on the table below to apply for a part-time course.

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

2019 entry

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
September
Application code
9R58
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
4.5 years
Start date
September
Application code
4287
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
6 years
Start date
September
Application code
4287
Application method

For full-time courses, please send your applications through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

For part-time courses, you can apply directly to the University.

For more details on how to apply (full-time and part-time) see our how to apply page.

Accommodation

Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 4286Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750
International £39375
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £5550International fee: £7875
AOS/LSBU code: 4287Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27749.99
International £39375
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £4625International fee: £6562.5
AOS/LSBU code: 4287Session code: 1PS01
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750
International £39375

Fee prices

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4%.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

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Applicant events

After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course. 

Enrolling

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.

 
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