BSc (Hons) Psychology (Forensic Psychology)Southwark Campus
Mode: Full-time; Part-time
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 2020.
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 15 in the UK (Sunday Times League Table 2020) and ranked 1st in London for graduate prospects in Psychology (Complete University Guide 2020 and Guardian League Tables 2020).
We also offer a variety of other specialist psychology degrees:
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.
- Psychological research methods 1
This module provides students with an introduction to the study of Psychology as a science. It does this via the study of 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 introduces the ways in which descriptive and inferential statistics can be used to analyse and make sense of experimental data.
- Introducing psychological approaches
This module introduces students to the study of psychology, first by discussing its conceptual underpinnings and historical development and then topics related to living in the world as biological, learning and feeling beings. Block 1 focuses on the philosophical foundations of Psychology, its status as a science and current identity, while Block 2 covers learning from the environment and from others. Block 3 includes evolutionary theory and the relationship of the brain to behaviour and Block 4 covers emotions from biological, psychological and social perspectives. The module provides 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.
- 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 introduces students to qualitative research methods. Several lectures and seminars are dedicated to developing understanding of qualitative methods and conducting a qualitative analysis. The remainder of the module considers additional quantitative research designs and statistical analyses using SPSS. The module is assessed by two practical reports: one focused on qualitative methods, and one focused on quantitative methods.
- Exploring real world psychology
This module provides students with the opportunity to explore how theories, approaches and evidence from psychology have been applied to the real world. Students will 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 developmental, cognitive (thinking), social, and individual differences aspects of behaviour. In addition, the topic areas presented and explored in this module will inform students about a diverse range of psychology-related employment opportunities. Study in each of these will provide a framework for advanced study at level 5. In addition to knowledge, the module will provide the opportunity for students to develop skills relating to accessing, assimilating and communicating information, be introduced to a variety of assessment techniques that will be encountered on the course, and develop and be aware of the type of skills that are likely to enhance employability.
- 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 will provide a framework for advanced study at level 5. In addition to knowledge, the module will provide the opportunity for students to develop skills relating to accessing, assimilating and communicating information as well as to be introduced to an assessment technique that will be encountered on the course.
- Psychological research methods 3
This module builds on the simple experimental designs covered in the first year (comparing two means) and moves on to single factor and multifactor experiments, their design and the relevant analyses. Students are also introduced to aspects of psychometric testing and test indices. Lectures provide the conceptual framework required for an understanding of research methodology and their supporting statistical tests. Lectures are supported by seminars which help students learn design analysis, data analysis using SPSS and the interpretation of the results of experiments taken from the psychology literature. The module also provides students with the opportunity to design, execute, analyse and report results from practical work.
- The psychology of learning and memory
Students studying this module will explore three themes, considering them in their own right and also in the light of their development from infancy through to adulthood. Firstly, how we gather and process information from the world around us, covering perception and attention processes. Secondly, how we remember what we have experienced, covering the cognitive and biological machinery underlying short-term and long-term memory structures and how our socio-cultural milieu influences these processes. Thirdly, how we use this information to act in the world, highlighting the ways in which we learn from the information that we have gathered from our environment.
- The psychology of feelings
This module provides students with the opportunity to explore the interdependence between feelings and human behaviour. The module is organised into three distinct themes, relationships, mood and sensations. Within each theme a range of topics will be explored drawing on theory and research from biological, developmental, evolutionary, cross-cultural, cognitive and social psychology. Individual differences will be a key perspective in this module.
- Psychological research methods 4
Students will be introduced to multivariate research designs in the first component of this module, and will conduct and report a piece of research using multiple regression. The second component develops students’ knowledge of thematic analysis, and allows them to carry out and report a study using this method. Students will then be allocated to specialist research methods streams. This component will give students an opportunity to gain a more in depth understanding of a specific complex research methodology and its practical application.
- The psychology of behaviour with others
This module provides students 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 understanding our social behaviours according to the real, imagined or implied presence of other individuals. The module focuses 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.
- The psychology of thinking and communication
This module provides students with the opportunity to explore and critically evaluate 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 students to understand the development of human communication, both cognitive and social. Students will 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 explore whether innate mechanisms underlie these capacities or whether they develop over time.
- Empirical project
The module requires students to design and implement a substantial piece of independent psychological research and to produce an extensive report on the project. All students are supervised by a permanent member of academic staff.
- 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 provides students with the opportunity to complete a work placement within an organisation whose work is relevant to the discipline of psychology. Students will be expected to complete a minimum of 24 hours in an approved placement, and will complete an extended piece of writing related to this experience. The assessment for this module will help students to develop their reflective thinking skills, as well as their understanding of the utility of psychological research and theory in real world settings.
- Psychology of mental health and distress
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, through examining the social, cultural, biological and psychological evidence for the causes and maintenance of mental distress. These factors will be looked at in general, and also in relation to specific forms of distress, such as psychosis, 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.
- 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) which have been shown to relate social inputs with health outcomes. In early sessions students will 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 students will be exposed to applied implications and evidence derived from basic theoretical principles.
- 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 also offers the opportunity to consider dominant debates in developmental psychology, including the relative contributions of nature and nurture to development, and plasticity in the developing brain. The module focuses on both typical and atypical development, and also considers long term impacts of early experience. There is a focus on real world applications of the material covered in the module.
- Psychology of inter -and intra- group processes
This module will begin by outlining key issues in the study of intergroup and intra group psychology and explore social identity approaches. The module then goes on to 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 basic and theory with real social applications. Seminars provide an opportunity to explore issues and research in more depth, and apply theory to real life situations. As well summative assessment via an essay and a set of short answer questions, students will also be required to make a short group presentation as formative assessment.
- Psychology of addictive behaviours
This module introduces final year students to theories of addictive behaviour. Conceptual issues surrounding the utility of theories will be addressed, and the empirical evidence for or against each theory will be discussed. Students will have the opportunity to consider recent theories which attempt to synthesise extant models into a comprehensive account of addiction. Students will have the opportunity to apply, and critically evaluate, a number of theories in regards to their ability to explain alcoholism and/or tobacco smoking, both during seminars and in their coursework assignment. Finally, various treatment and preventative approaches, and the evidence for and against each will be examined.
- Applied psychometrics
This module will begin by explaining test construction and validation in detail. The module then goes 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 be covered. Students will gain practical experience of psychometric test use.
This module centres on the study of brain-behaviour relationships. The focus of the module is to outline a series of disorders and the study of how they impact cognitive functions. Specifically, the module provides students with an understanding of the neural underpinnings of several cognitive functions and how these can be disrupted in a series of disorders. Students are also introduced to methods used in neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience and issues around recovery and rehabilitation. The module is delivered over 11 weeks, with each lecture followed by a seminar.
- 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 includes theoretical and practical components where students are able to try out various approaches in role-plays and triad work. The theoretical component of the module introduces students to key theoretical approaches in counselling psychology and psychotherapy (focusing on humanist/existential and cognitive behavioural) as well as covering various types of therapy (one-to-one, brief therapy, narrative therapy, group based and family therapy). There is a critical emphasis throughout considering issues of power, ethics, difference, and research on therapeutic effectiveness and processes.
This module focuses on the scientific study of how drugs affect brain function and how such research furthers our understanding of the biological mechanisms underlying behaviour. Topics covered in this module include recreational and abusive use of drugs, cognitive enhancing drugs, the cannabinoid system and the therapeutic potential of cannabis, nicotine and in-depth coverage of the drugs used to treat schizophrenia, anxiety and mood disorders. In these last three lectures, we will look at the use of animals in drug development in clinical psychopharmacology and discuss future avenues of research to develop more acceptable medications for mental health problems.
- Thinking: Past, present and future
Cognitive Science is the scientific study of thought. This module provides students with the opportunity to explore some of the key theoretical debates in contemporary cognitive science, adopting a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the nature of thought and challenging assumptions concerning what it is to be human. The module will address the nature of the human mind in the past, present, and future, frequently using comparative psychology to identify those abilities that make us uniquely human and which mark us out from non-human animals and synthetic organisms.
- Lifespan development
This module extends the usual focus of developmental psychology on infancy and childhood to consider a range of factors in development over the lifespan. Issues relating to social, emotional, and cognitive development through childhood and into adolescence will be considered, as will the transition from adolescence into early adulthood. Factors surrounding relationships between children’s drawing and cognitive development will be addressed, together with moral development. The continued impact of developmental disorders (such as dyslexia) in adulthood will be considered, linking these to cognitive function in everyday life (such as educational and employment settings). Typical ageing and neurodegenerative disorders (such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease) will be considered from both social and cognitive perspectives.
- Psychology in the workplace
The Psychology in the Workplace module will cover a range of different topics related to work (or industrial) psychology, cognitive ergonomics, and behaviour in organisational settings. In broad terms, the module will cover issues relating to organisations, individual workers, and inclusive practices It will address such topics as organisational change, the challenge of an ageing workforce, human-machine interaction, stress and work, human error and accident prevention, and designing workplaces and tools for workers with additional needs or in different cultures.
*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.
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.
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.
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Our degrees are accredited by the British Psychology Society (BPS). This meets the requirements for Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR). With GBR, you can undertake Masters/Doctoral level study leading to Chartered Membership of the BPS. You’ll need at least a Lower Second Honours degree to be eligible for GBR.
- Established for 110 years The British Psychological Society promotes excellence and ethical practice in the science, education and practical application of psychology.
All undergraduate students are invited to our series of research talks and to our Annual Psychology Lecture.
It’s a good idea to look for voluntary or paid placements as soon as you can – we’ll support you in this. You can also undertake an assessed placement in your final year of study.
Teaching and learning
We use a range of assessment methods, and train you in these methods as you advance through your studies. The methods used are:
- Practical reports
- Unseen exams
- Multiple choice questions
- Scenario-based reports
- Case studies
- Executive reports
- Group work folders
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.
We aim to support you throughout your studies in many ways. We provide one-to-one support via our academic tutoring system. Your academic 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.
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As an Applied Sciences student, you will be allocated a named academic tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your academic tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your academic 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 academic 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 academic tutor a minimum of once per semester for 30 minutes throughout your course. This is often supplemented with additional meetings arranged via email as and when students need support. In addition to this Learning Support hours for all teaching staff will be advertised and available for you to book additional time for support related to a specific teaching session.
Prof. Ian Albery
Professor of Psychology; Director of Research and Enterprise for the School of Applied Sciences
Prof. Daniel Frings
Professor of Social Psychology; Course Director, MSc in Addiction Psychology and Counselling
Prof. Antony Moss
Professor of Addictive Behaviour Science; Director of Education and Student Experience for the School of Applied Sciences
Prof. Paula Reavey
Professor of Psychology; Course Director MSc Mental Health and Clinical Psychology
- 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.
How to apply
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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Prepare to start
After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.
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 Enrolment pages.
Suggested reading list
These books will give you a good idea of the breadth of Psychology as a discipline and will heighten your awareness of the theoretical and methodological issues to be covered during the course of your degree studies:
- Hock, R. R. (2012). Forty studies that changed psychology (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall. ISBN: 978-0205927333.
- Stanovich, K. E. (2009). How to think straight about psychology (9th ed.). Boston: Pearson Allyn and Bacon. ISBN: 978-0205760923.
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.
Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT
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Year 1 PT Southwark SEPT Fast Track
|UK/EU fee: £5550||International fee: £8268|
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Year 1 PT Southwark SEPT Slow Track
|UK/EU fee: £4625||International fee: £6890|
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Possible fee changes
The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.
The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.
We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.
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Psychology facilities - the 'Pub Lab'
A fully stocked bar fitted with technology to study motivations behind drinking
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