Psychology with Forensic and Investigative Psychology

Abertay University


Psychology is the scientific study of the most complex machine imaginable: the human mind. Our degree with Forensic and Investigative Psychology teaches you how psychological theory and research can be applied to forensic settings like police investigations, the court room, and the prison service.

The first two years of this flexible degree are designed to help you dig deeper into the science behind the way humans think, feel, and behave. In years three and four, you take more advanced options related to your specialist degree pathway. You'll discover just how vital psychology is to criminal investigations.

The university's academic experts will give you a thorough understanding of this fascinating world, including how to:
Analyse offender motives; Understand offending behaviour; Evaluate eyewitness testimony; Profile missing people; Understand the language of the judicial system; Support vulnerable witnesses, victims and offenders; Assess and treat of a variety of criminal behaviours.

An analytical approach is needed to evaluate the different kinds of criminal behaviour involved in investigations. You'll learn how to observe behaviour, tackle literature-based research and develop, test and evaluate theories. This culminates in conducting your own supervised research project in your final year, which is one of the corner stones of your degree.

Entry Requirements

2025 entry requirements

Standard entry: 4 Highers at BBBB including English or an English based subject plus English and Maths at National 5 (Applications of Maths at B accepted).

Widening access entry: 3 Highers at BBC including English or another English based subject at B plus English and Maths at National 5 (Applications of Maths at B accepted).

For entry to second year, you must have 3 Advanced Highers at AAB including one from English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, History, Modern Studies or Physics.

Start Date





BSc Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


School of Applied Sciences


Psychology and Forensic Sciences

SCQF Level