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Investigating Forensic Psychology

The Open University UK

13 months
6290 GBP/year
6290 GBP/year
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This Investigating Forensic Psychology module from The Open University UK follows several criminal cases to explore forensic psychology and its application to understanding, preventing, and detecting crime. 


Topics include investigative decision making, witness memory, profiling, lie detection, terrorism, violent crime, sexual offences and cybercrime. You'll explore how psychological research is conducted and applied, critically evaluate its contribution to practice, and learn to communicate this to lay audiences. This Investigating Forensic Psychology module from The Open University UK suits students who work in related areas, want to extend their knowledge in forensic psychology, and are not pursuing BPS accreditation in forensic psychology. While advantageous, you do not have to have a psychology degree to study this module.

Vocational relevance

The module is relevant for students who want to pursue careers using forensic psychological knowledge but do not require BPS accredited status in Forensic Psychology. The module has vocational relevance for all those working in related sectors, who feel that knowing more about forensic psychological topics will complement their existing skills and knowledge, and broaden their professional perspective. This includes those working in the criminal justice system, police, probation, prisons, legal professions, third sector organisations, government departments, education or social work.

Programme Structure

 Some of the topics covered include:

  • witness memory: how easy is it to recognise the face of someone we may have only seen briefly or during a stressful situation?; is it possible to remember things (vividly) that have never happened? (false memories); can the way witnesses are interviewed change what they remember?
  • lie detection: can we detect if people are lying to us?
  • decision making: what can psychology tell us about the way police make their investigative decisions? And what can it tell us about how jurors or judges make decisions in court?
  • profiling: can psychology help police by systematically understanding a potential offender’s motives, personality or a crime scene?
  • sexual offences: what motivates offenders, how can they be detected and what are the implications for victims?
  • mental illness and crime: how far is mental illness related to criminal behaviour?
  • cybercrime

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 13 months

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120 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This module cannot be studied on a stand-alone basis. To register you will need to have successfully completed Principles of social and psychological inquiry (DD801), and satisfied the entry requirements for the MSc in Forensic Psychological Studies.

Tuition Fee

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    Based on the tuition of 6815 GBP for the full programme during 13 months.


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