Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally one of the following:

  • An Honours degree (2:1 or above) 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.

If you were educated outside the UK, you are required to have International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in any element. If you have alternative qualifications or do not meet the IELTS requirement we also offer a range of Pre-Sessional English Programmes.

You may be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning towards this course.

Please note that during the three study weeks you must be available in class from 9am to 7pm on all five weekdays. Sessions may start slightly later or finish earlier and you will be advise prior to the start of term.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This course explores the application of psychological principles to diverse aspects of the analysis, investigation and legal processing of crime.

This exciting course currently 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.

The course offers you the opportunity to engage with Centres within the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences (IRCAHS). During your studies you will hear from visiting speakers including experts from around the world and police officers will talk about real life cases.

The course is currently accredited by the British Psychological Society and recognised as the first step towards status as a Chartered Forensic Psychologist in the UK for students who have Graduate Basis for Chartership.

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.

This course aims to provide in-depth expertise in all aspects of Investigative Psychology as developed by the originator of the discipline Professor David Canter. It has a strong research emphasis, helping to equip you with the expertise to conduct your own crime research projects in diverse professional contexts.

Information for international students

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in any element. If you have alternative qualifications or do not meet the IELTS requirement we also offer a range of Pre-Sessional English Programmes.

Fees and funding

In 2018/19 the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students on this course will be £6,500.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X). If you are interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Assistant (H229)
Email
psychology@hud.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1484 472272