Online course details

Study options

Part-time: Part-time (6 years)

Course level



BSc (Hons)



Online course description

Due to open September 2022*

We are pleased to be introducing a new BSc Forensic Psychology (online) course which will be suited to students who wish to gain an accredited qualification (pending British Psychological Society accreditation) and ultimately work within the field.

The course is being developed in the online modality by subject matter experts in line with our long-standing BSc Forensic Psychology campus-based provision. Psychology at the University of Derby is ranked first for student satisfaction in the Guardian league table (Guardian University Guide 2021), and the online programme will be delivered by the same research-active academic team as the existing on-campus programme.

Building on the success and reputation of the campus-based forensic psychology provision and on the University’s expertise in online education, the online programme will be accessible to students who are unable to travel to attend campus to study and who are looking to enjoy the benefits of online study.

A cutting-edge curriculum based on real world developments

The course will explore the intersection between psychology and the Criminal Justice System, where the field of psychology is applied to criminological problems and issues. It will enable you to apply psychological theories, methods, and research to some of the critical challenges facing the criminal justice system today. All modules will be forensically focused, covering topics including criminal behaviours such as psychopathy, mentally disordered offenders, and the risk assessment and rehabilitation of offenders.

We have extensive links with criminal justice organisations including Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), Police Services, and charities to enhance your learning, ensuring current issues and practices are reflected throughout our research-led curriculum. These links also secure the potential to develop research opportunities with these agencies.

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I have always had an interest in investigative crime and the motivations for why people commit crime. When I heard of the Forensic Psychology degree, it matched my interests perfectly.

Adara Lloyd

Developed to meet the needs of professional standards

The new course is pending British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation, and will confer eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the Society, provided the minimum standard of qualification of a second-class honours is achieved. This is the first step to becoming a Chartered Forensic Psychologist. The second step is a Stage 1 qualification, achieved by completing a BPS accredited MSc in Forensic Psychology, and the third step is a Stage 2 qualification or Professional Doctorate in Forensic Psychology. Individuals would then be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care professions Council (HCPC). Registration is a prerequisite for those who wish to practice forensic psychology in the UK and our course provides a key route to qualifying in this field, enhancing your employability.

A fully online course

The BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology course will be taught fully online. There will be a wealth of resources and study materials hosted in our virtual learning environment and full access to our cloud campus services.

Group work will be a key element of the course and you will engage with fellow students from around the world through digital cafes, discussion forums and virtual workspaces to share ideas, experiences, and insights.

Your academic team include several practicing forensic psychologists, who will bring their industry experience and research-informed practice to the course. Plus, you will have regular online presentations on emerging topics from guest speakers including internationally recognised psychologists, criminologists, and forensic psychology practitioners.

Register your interest for this course to keep up to date on its development and be the first to know when it opens for applications.

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What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Discovering Online Learning Webinar: June 2022

Tuesday, 14 June 2022 15.00 - 16.00

During this hour-long webinar, we'll take you through the basic principles of how online learning works and what you can expect as an online learner with the University of Derby Online Learning. The webinar includes a 30-minute presentation and an opportunity to take part in a Q&A.

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How you will learn

Student support and guidance

Whilst we encourage our students to become independent, life-long learners, we also recognise that offering the right support and guidance will help you to achieve your goals. There is a wealth of support available to you at the University, from your dedicated Personal Tutor and Online Learner Advisor, through to our:

All these services, and more, are available to you as an online student at the University of Derby.

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply

Documents to support your application

In order for your application to be assessed, you will need to provide the following documents when you apply:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Please note: failure to submit any documentation when requested, may result in your application being withdrawn.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.

† Additional information about your studies

Accelerated pace of study option available from September 2023 (3 years)

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