Forensic Psychology: an introduction ADED11887

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Forensic Psychology applies psychological theory to understanding crime, policing, criminal justice and rehabilitation. In this course we will outline the origins of Forensic Psychology within the context of Psychology as a whole, and explore key theories and methodologies within the field, including offender profiling. With a critical appraisal of recent evidence from the area, this course will help students develop a basic understanding of this popular discipline within Psychology. 


Blocks 3 and 4

2 hours per week for 10 weeks

For timetable details, please visit our webpages University of Glasgow - Study - Shortcourses

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses

There are no excluded courses, however please note that credits earned on the previous 5-week/5 credits iteration of this course and credits earned on this 10 weeks/10 credits course cannot both be counted towards an award such as the Cert HE (Psychology). Additionally, students who have taken the previous iteration of this course should not submit the same or similar content for assessments as this may be considered as self-plagiarism.




1500-word essay discussing variable methodologies used in forensic psychology with appropriate examples (75%)

750-word case study report on chosen relevant example (25%)

Course Aims

This aims of this course are to:

■ Introduce students to the field of Forensic Psychology and the work of forensic psychologists

■ Develop students' awareness of key theories and methodologies used in Forensic Psychology 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Describe the scope of Forensic Psychology and its relationship to the wider field of Psychology

■ Identify key theories in the field of Forensic Psychology

■ Discuss and appraise strengths and weaknesses in various methodologies within the area

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.