Forensic Psychology 3H/4H PSYCH4024

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course addresses the contribution of Psychology to the legal system.


10 hours of lectures over a 5 week block

Requirements of Entry

Entry to Honours Psychology is guaranteed by a B2 average over Psychology 2A and 2B. If taking this course in year 4 student must have successfully completed 3H psychology single honours.

Excluded Courses



Examination 100% (Students choose two from a total of three questions).

Main Assessment In: December

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The course aims to allow students to investigate and evaluate areas where Psychology has been influential in understanding criminal behaviour (e.g. Personality, Mental Health).

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Evaluate the instruments used in the study of personality in relation to criminality

■ Evaluate the link between mental health and criminality

■ Evaluate the link between personality and criminality

■ Evaluate the application of research in Forensic Psychology

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.