Research course

Forensic Psychology

Open University · Department of Psychology

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Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent). We normally expect applicants to have an appropriate masters degree, including some research methods. A recognised MSc (Research Methods) is required for Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentships.

Months of entry


Course content

Research in forensic psychology at the OU is supported through the:

Current work focuses on how psychological knowledge can be used to improve investigative techniques for obtaining information from witnesses and suspects. We work in interdisciplinary teams with, for example, colleagues with interests in criminology, computing and the history of crime, and much of our research is conducted in close collaboration with policing forces and organisations. Many of these projects are facilitated through The Open University Policing Consortium, an externally funded initiative involving more than ten UK police forces. Research in forensic psychology at the OU is also supported through the Forensic Cognition Research Group and the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC).

As well as more traditional research outputs, we work hard to engage users and the public more broadly. This includes an app (PhotoFit Me); Eyewitness on BBC2; considerable content on informal learning platforms (e.g. FutureLearn and OpenLearn); and a regular series of public lectures and workshops.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    part time
    24 months
      full time
      15 months
      • PhD
        part time
        72 months
          full time
          36 months

          Course contact details

          Discipline Convenor

          +44(0)1908 652589