12 months
14750 GBP/year
8750 GBP/year
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Study an Investigative Forensic Psychology course from Bournemouth University specialising in examining the theoretical and investigative aspects of forensic psychology to prepare you for the entire criminal justice process, from crime scene to courtroom. Benefit from our great facilities and expert academics.

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Why study MSc Investigative Forensic Psychology at BU?

  • Learn about the underlying theories regarding the psychology of investigations and consider areas such as how face-processing can assist identification of individuals 
  • Explore different offence types – sexual offending, murder and violent crime, group offending, and different forms of cyber-crime 
  • Investigate and scrutinise violent mocked-up crime scenes to provide investigative evidence and learn how to present expert witness testimony in a mock court 
  • Evaluate victims, witnesses, suspects and offenders as well as the environment, geography and time to create fieldwork and case studies based on real experiences 
  • Benefit from the expert knowledge of our academics and guest speakers, including the Course Leader Dr Terri Cole who shares her extensive experience as a behavioural investigative adviser and serious crime analyst  
  • Develop transferable skills like writing grant proposals and how to publish research as well as working closely with a member of staff for your research topic, perhaps linked to your future career aspirations.  


This Investigative Forensic Psychology course from Bournemouth University will give you a sound understanding knowledge of how and where you can responsibly and pragmatically apply knowledge and findings from research into real-world situations and within a number of potential work environments.

During the course, you will be made aware of your professional responsibilities working in the field  - for example when writing reports, being an expert witness or conducting research.  These can include consideration of ethics, managing personal development and building resilience.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Investigative Psychology
  • Forensic Perspectives in Face-Processing
  • Professional Practice and Court Skills
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Key Transferable Skills

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There is no application deadline for this course. However, if you will need a visa, think carefully about the length of time it will take for your visa application to be processed.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent.

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing, speaking, listening and reading. or equivalent. 

Please see below some examples of the qualifications for entry:

  • India: Bachelor’s degree (4 years) from a recognised HE institution with a minimum overall result of 55% or second division
  • Nigeria:  Bachelor's degree from a recognised institution with a minimum classification of 2:2
  • Thailand:  Thai Bachelor's (Honours) degree from a recognised higher education institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5/4.0
  • Turkey: Bachelor’s degree (Lisans Diplomasi - four years) with a minimum overall GPA of 2.3/4.0
  • Vietnam:  Bachelor's degree/Bang tot nghiep dai hoc with an average score of 6.5/10, or a Master’s degree/Thac si.

All applications will be subject to a minimum grade and your degree may need to be in a relevant subject area.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14750 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 14750 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    8750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8750 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Bournemouth

700 - 1000 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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