Psychology with Forensic Psychology BSc (Hons)
On this course, as well as studying general psychology modules, you will specialise in understanding the psychological factors behind why people may commit criminal or deviant behaviour. You will use critical skills and evidence, based on research, to explore how forensic psychologists may contribute to debates on policing, crime, the criminal justice system and rehabilitation. Some examples of the factors that you may explore are; substance abuse, mental health disorders, as well as exploring the incidence of offending behaviours in different populations, e.g., children and youth. As well as understanding some of the reasons why people may commit offending behaviours, you will also explore the ways in which forensic psychologists can work to treat and rehabilitate offenders.
The first year of the course is designed to provide a broad introduction to the study of psychology. It is designed to provide a thorough grounding in the subject for those with no Psychology background while allowing those who have already studied Psychology to increase the breadth and depth of their understanding. The second year continues on the same basis enabling graduates to cover all the core topics be eligible for the BPS Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. In Year three, you complete a major research and an in-depth study of at least four topics selected from the full range of modules that are currently available, at least two of which specialise in forensic psychology.
This Psychology with Forensic Psychology degree course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
Visit our Why Study with us? page to find out some key facts about why you should choose Bangor for this course or for more general information on studying a degree at Bangor see our Study at Bangor section.
Key Facts from UniStats
You will learn through a variety of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and practicals. You will participate in various research projects as a participant giving you an insight into research that will be invaluable when designing your own studies. The School makes extensive use of technology in order to enhance the learning experience, including the use of podcasts and online materials.
An increasing number of our modules can be studied through the medium of Welsh. Students can choose to have a Welsh-speaking Tutor and complete their project in Welsh.
There is a wide range of continuous assessment on offer across the modules including essays, weekly homework, multiple choice tests, presentations, blogs, quizzes etc. throughout each semester and many modules include end of semester examinations.
In your third year you will carry out a major research project in an area related to forensic psychology. Your project will be supervised by a staff member who is a specialist in the appropriate research field; so you will have the opportunity to exercise your knowledge and skills alongside an expert. Our students regard the project as one of the most challenging, and also one of the most rewarding, elements of their course, and the project experience ensures that our graduates have amongst the most highly developed skills of any UK Psychology graduates.
The Psychology school is an interesting school. We have a friendly environment where lecturers are attentive to the students. The best thing about the Psychology school is that you have a great support scheme for students.Phuc Xuan Nhi Nguyen
What will you study on this course?
All modules in the first and second year are compulsory. In the third year, you will take one compulsory Forensic Psychology modules and then choose three other modules, at least one of which must be forensic psychology. Some of these modules may be taken in other schools e.g., Social Sciences and the School of Education. Each year you study a total of 120 credits and the modules build over the years to provide both breadth and depth of understanding with a specific focus on Forensic Psychology. All graduates who achieve at least a 2:2 will be eligible for Graduate Based Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS.
We put great emphasis on developing your research skills. Right from the start of your course you will begin to build up an understanding of how to undertake research and you will also act as a participant in the School's ongoing research programme. In this way, you'll gradually acquire the skills you need to design and conduct your own research project in Year 3. Your BSc project will be focused on an area of Forensic Psychology.
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Psychology with Forensic Psychology Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
BSc Psychology with Forensic Psychology focuses in that area but is still suitable for students who want to follow any of the main psychological professions (clinical psychology, educational psychology, counselling psychology, health psychology etc). In addition, there are careers open to graduates and postgraduates from any discipline. These include, for example, careers in management training, accountancy, teaching, nursing, social work, the police and the armed forces. Further, employers are usually looking for general or transferable skills, and a psychology degree arguably provides a unique combination of these as it is both a literate and numerate discipline. The fact that we are regularly ranked in the Top 20 for graduate prospects shows how employable you will be as one of our graduates.
Employability is a key theme of the Psychology programme you will follow in Bangor and we have embedded a large number of opportunities within our degree to give graduates as strong a CV as possible and equip them with a host of transferable skills that are relevant to both psychology and non-psychology related careers.
The simple fact that you will graduate from an internationally renowned, research intensive Psychology School adds additional value to your degree and improves your employability. This is well illustrated by our top 20% ranking for Graduate Prospects in the The Guardian Good University Guide 2019.
Employability and the School of Psychology
As a graduate with a good degree in psychology from Bangor, a variety of careers will be open to you. There are careers for which a psychology degree is essential, and careers for which psychology provides a useful base. In addition, there are careers open to graduates and postgraduates from any discipline. These include, for example, careers in management training, accountancy, teaching, nursing, social work, the police and the armed forces. However, employers are usually looking for general or transferable skills, and a psychology degree arguably provides a unique combination of these.
However, you can find out much more on our Employability and Psychology page.
Psychology Careers Extravaganza
As part of our efforts to ensure you have an excellent grasp of the career opportunities to you as a Psychology graduate we run an annual careers and employability event.
Video: Careers Event
Psychology students at Bangor University took part in a careers and employability conference where they had the opportunity to meet employers, network, see presentations and take part in a CV clinic.
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA) and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)
The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.
The HEAR is a final graduation report that all undergraduates receive. The report itemises all academic achievements and additional extra and co-curricular achievements. Academic achievements appear on the report automatically and students are able to note their eligible activities by using the online platform ‘My Employability Hub’. This ensures that future employers are made aware of the additional skills the student has gained outside of the curriculum.
The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.
Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.
Internships offer valuable experience in a professional workplace and there are a range of internships you can get involved in.
Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.
The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.
TARGETconnect - Working while you StudyThe Skills and Employability Service offers support to students searching for employment during and after their studies.
- Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
- Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
- Work experience / internships
- Voluntary opportunities
TARGETconnect advertises the following opportunities:
For 2020 entry:
GCSE: C/4 in English Language, Maths and Science. Typical offer is based on a minimum of 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:
- A Levels (applicants are strongly preferred to have at least one relevant science - Maths, Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Statistics, Psychology and Science)
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: Minimum of DMM
- International Baccalaureate Diploma
- Access: 21 Distinction, 18 Merit and 6 Pass grades
- Welsh Baccalaureate
- Extended Project Qualification is accepted in a relevant subject
- General Studies and Key Skills are not accepted.
International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here.
We also welcome applications from mature applicants.
*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com
For 2019 entry:
- Typical offers are 136-112 tariff points for BSc. Applicants are strongly preferred to have a level 3 qualification* in at least one relevant science (Maths, Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Statistics, Psychology and Science). General Studies and Key Skills are excluded. GCSE Maths and English at C grade are required. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access**, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
- We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements.
**Usual Access offer is 21 Distinctions, 18 Merits and 6 Passes.
School of Psychology – General Entry Requirements
The School of Psychology operates a flexible admissions policy, taking a holistic and not entirely grade based decision on its applicants. The entry criteria detailed (UCAS Tariff points etc.) above is for guidance purposes only. These grades reflect our typical offer levels but we reserve the right to vary the offer we make based on a candidates individual circumstances. That way we can treat all our applicants with the individual attention they deserve.
Please do not hesitate to contact us by email or phone on 01248 388453 if you would like to discuss your circumstances or an offer you have received in more detail.
General University entry requirements
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.
Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.
EU and International students' entry requirements
For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
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- Full time: £9,000 per year
- Part time: £750 per 10 credits
When coming to University, you will have two main costs, Tuition Fees and Living Costs.
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for guest tickets (£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
Depending on the Psychology course you are studying, you may have the following costs:
Almost all psychology assignments are submitted electronically, including the dissertation. There are a few exceptions which require printing by students for Year 1 and Year 2 modules (these may be draft assignments used in class, or leaflets and posters which need to be printed in colour). If students print from University computers, then printing costs across Year 1 and 2 would be approximately £5.
Additional costs may also be charged as follows: Enhanced DBS check (approx. £65).
Psychology provides a set number of core textbooks in the library, but students will incur costs if they choose to purchase their own texts.
Necessarily Incurred Costs:
BSc/MSci/intercalated students will choose from a range of Year 3 modules and intercalated and final year MSci students will choose from a range of Year 4 modules. Dependent on modules chosen, students may incur costs associated with printing (e.g. posters for display at modular conferences; portfolio to document experience working in schools).
In addition, some optional modules have costs associated with practical activities (e.g. Year 3 Born To Run module will require students to pay race entry fees (approximately £30-£40), travel and accommodation to races, and the purchase of running kit if not already owned; Year 3 Disorders of Literacy module may incur travel costs).
In some cases, students may be required to travel to collect data for their BSc/MSci dissertation. Students can pay to become a member of the British Psychological Society (approximately £30), but this is not essential for the course.
Students may also choose to purchase software such as SPSS, but this is available on the Wheldon Building’s computers.
We offer a wide range of additional student experiences to provide a full programme of potential activities. Many of these activities do not incur a cost to the student, including all Welcome Week activities run by Psychology (not including personal costs of drinks, food, etc. at the events) and Psychology's graduation receptions (food and drink are included).
Some optional activities do incur a cost and these range from international trips costing £500-£1,000, to national conferences costing approximately £25 + travel/accommodation expenses. However, all of these activities are entirely optional and extra-curricular.
The above examples are not exhaustive and depend on your choice of course and modules. There may be additional course-specific costs if you are a joint-honours student, a combined-honours student, a non-graduating student, or a minor student, as you will also take modules from other Schools.
Need help applying for our Psychology degree?
If you have any questions about entry requirements for the psychology degree, how to apply or the course you are interested in please do not hesitate to contact Bethan Pentith, +44(0)1248 388454 or by emailing email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
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Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.
The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.
When to apply?
We advise you to apply as early as you can as we will start considering applications and making offers straight away. The initial UCAS deadline for UK and EU students is 15 January, however we welcome applications after this date. Those received between 15 January and 30 June will continue to be forwarded to universities by UCAS and will receive consideration where places are still available.
Your Personal Statement
Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.
To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.
Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.
After you’ve applied
You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.
You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.
If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.
As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can:
- apply via UCAS,
- or apply direct to Bangor through our online direct application system
- or apply with the help of one of our recruitment agents
We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.
The University’s International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.
Confused about your next steps?
Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.
Please do not hesitate to contact us by email or phone on 01248 388453 if you would like to discuss your circumstances or an offer you have received in more detail.
Why study at the School of Psychology?
- Bangor is the most affordable place in the UK to be a student (TotalMoney 2019)
- Top 5 for students satisfaction (NSS 2019)
- 9th (of 115)) for course satisfaction – Guardian Good University Guide 2020.
- 93% of graduates in employment or further study (BSc Psychology, Unistats 2018).
- 17th for Research Quality – Complete University Guide 2020.
- British Psychological Society fully accredited degree programmes.
- One of the largest and most cosmopolitan psychology departments in UK (HESA Stats).
- 89% of research output either world leading or internationally excellent and 17th overall - REF 2014.
- Top 200 Psychology departments in the world - QS World University Ranking.
- 76% graduated with a 1st or 2:1 in 2019.
- Bangor Psychology was established in 1963 making it amongst the oldest in the UK.
- There are a large number of specialist research labs including a 3T MRI scanner, TMS Labs, ECG facilities and a Brain anatomy laboratory.
- Careers prospects are improved by the focus on transferable skills that is contained throughout the degree.
- Awarded Gold in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework.
- Excellent transport links mean Bangor is less than 90 minutes from Liverpool and Manchester by car with London accessible by train in about 3.5 hours.
- Bangor is an affordable, safe, compact and friendly city on the beautiful North Wales coast next to the mountains of Snowdonia.
Studying at Bangor
Rated Gold for teaching
We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.
A top 10 university
The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.
Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK
Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.
Award-winning clubs and societies!
Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019.
Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.
Bangor is the most affordable place in the UK to be a student (TotalMoney 2019).
Investment in facilities
Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.
Guaranteed accommodation in award-winning halls of residence
We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as their Firm Choice. Our accommodation has been named the best in the UK at the 2018 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.
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