M.Sc. On Campus

Investigative Psychology

University of Huddersfield

12 months
17000 GBP/year
8900 GBP/year
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The M.S. in Investigative Psychology at University of Huddersfield explores the application of psychological principles to diverse aspects of the analysis, investigation and legal processing of crime.


The Investigative Psychology program offered by University of Huddersfield offers intensive training on advanced statistical methods, which may open doors into many jobs beyond crime and investigations.It allows you access to a unique and extensive Investigative Psychology archive developed by Professor David Canter, containing original case files and material on murders, serial killers, profiles and publications. As well as an international network of law enforcement contacts and specialist software for statistical and crime analysis.

Investigative psychology is the systematic science that developed out of early ‘offender profiling’ contributions by psychologists and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to police investigations and court cases. In recent years this sub-discipline has become an increasingly dominant area of forensic psychology.

The course covers the full range of contributions that professional psychologists can make including the legal and investigative process; evaluating the validity of suspect or witness accounts; assessing the decision-making processes of detectives or jurors; to developing profiling inferences about the likely characteristics of an offender and predicting their likely home location.

Much of this expertise is predicated upon the detailed understanding of criminal action patterns, so intensive examinations of the variations in criminal behavioural style are a central feature of this course.

The course offers students the opportunity to:

  • engage with Centres within the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences (IRCAHS). 
  • hear from visiting speakers including experts from around the world and police officers will talk about real life cases.
  • equip you with the expertise to conduct your own crime research projects in diverse professional contexts.


After completing the course our graduates have gone on to work in diverse legal and forensic contexts, often progressing rapidly to senior levels as crime and intelligence analysts, behavioural investigative advisors, forensic lecturers and applied researchers. They also work in prisons or with clinical forensic populations or within commercial organisations and government agencies such as specialist crime units, the National Policing Improvements Agency or the Home Office.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Clinical Forensic Psychology
  •  Dissertation (Investigative Psychology)
  •  Improving Legal Testimony and Evidence in Court and investigations
  •  Introducing Investigative Psychology: from Offender Profiling to the Science of IP
  •  Investigative Psychology for Violent Acquisitive and Sexual Crime
  •  Investigative Psychology: Tactics and Strategies for Studying Criminal Action
  •  Offender Spatial Activity: Beyond Geographical Offender Profiling
  •  Professional Issues and Applications

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An Honours degree in Psychology recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) or its international equivalent. Criminology or other relevant disciplines will be considered.
  • Or the ability to complete a Master’s course at a higher level demonstrated through professional, vocational or other documented experience.
  • Basic understanding of research methods, statistics and some experience of working with offenders, the police, the courts or another relevant institution is also beneficial.

Tuition Fee

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    17000 GBP/year
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  • National

    8900 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 8900 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Huddersfield

600 - 1000 GBP /month
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