Taught course

Criminal and Investigative Psychology

University of East London · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:2 with honours Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) from the UK, taught in English. Please note you would usually be expected to have at least a Grade C in English and Maths GCSE. Most programmes also accept Key Skills Level 2 Application of Number and Communication as equivalent to GCSE Maths and English.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The postgraduate award in Criminal and Investigative Psychology (CIP) offers students the opportunity to learn about the new theoretical research and policy intervention for CIP. It allows students to engage directly with the research and with professionals in the area whilst giving a firm understanding and basis for analysis of CIP.

The programme brings together theory, research and practice to equip students with a background across the main criminal investigative approaches and across a wide range of areas of practice. The programme is delivered by experienced forensic academic psychologists with visiting speakers from investigative centres and the civil service.

This programme applies psychological theories about criminal behaviour to investigative issues. The topics included in the programme are for the most part dictated by what issues investigators contend with, and how they function on a daily basis. Therefore, students will be introduced to the underlying skills that investigating psychologists use in making decisions, interviewing and case formulation, together with related theories and research evidence.

The programme has a strong practical focus with assessment based on the application of criminal theory through discussion, presentations and written assignments.

Key Facts

The programme team has links with those in the civil service and other criminal and investigative centres. This ensures access to employment opportunities as well as leading practice.

Why Choose Us

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) 98% of research outputs from 19 research staff were judged to be of international quality.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
16 months
full time
8 months


full time
4 months
part time
8 months

Course contact details

Applicant Enquiries
+44 (0) 208 223 3333
+44 (0) 208 223 2978