BSc Psychology with Forensic Scene Investigation

Abertay University
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2024

September 2025

September 2026

About this program

BSc Psychology with Forensic Scene Investigation

The first two years of this 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 pathway, covering forensic scene examination, evidence processing and interpretation.

Our experienced academics are experts in criminal investigation and forensic science. We will give you a thorough understanding of this world, and you can study topics such as:

  • Crime scene examination and management.
  • Interpretation and presentation of evidence.
  • Applying behaviour to major crime investigations.
  • Applying memory research from crime scene to court.
  • Understanding the language of the judicial system.

Psychology is both an experimental and observational science. This means you will observe and measure human behaviour, tackle literature 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.

Admission requirements

Subject Requirements

All applicants must have passes in English and Maths - National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent. National 5 ESOL is accepted in lieu of National 5 English. National 5 Lifeskill Maths and Application of Maths NOT accepted in lieu of Maths.

English Language Requirements

All courses at Abertay University are taught in English. If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate that you meet our English language requirements. Accepted English language qualifications include:

  • IELTS - overall score of 6.0 with no band lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL - overall score of 78 (individual elements: L-17, R-18, S-20, W-17)
  • Cambridge FCE/CAE/CPE - overall score of 169 on Cambridge Grading Scale
  • International Baccalaureate - English B at S5 or H4, English A no specific grade required
  • European Baccalaureate - English Language 1 at grade 6 or English Language 2 at grade 7

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Core Courses

Year 1

  • Introductory Psychology
  • Comparative Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychological Research Methods
  • Abertay 101 - Being Successful at Abertay

Year 2

  • Cognitive Perspectives of Psychology
  • Tomorrow's Child
  • Essential Research Methods and Analyses for Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology: Understanding Offender Behaviour
  • Classical Social Theory
  • Forensic Human Identification
  • Behavioural and Brain Sciences: History, Methods and COncepts
  • Psychology in the Real World

Year 3

  • BPS Human Variability: Psychobiology and Behaviour
  • BPS Social Cognition Across the Lifespan
  • BPS Human Development across the Lifespan
  • BPS Advanced Research Design and Analysis
  • Scene Examination and Management

Year 4

  • Project
  • BPS Applied Cognitive Psychology
  • Interpretation and Presentation of Evidence

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • Scottish students: £1,820 per year
  • English, Welsh, Northern Irish and Irish students: £9,250 per year
  • EU and International students: £15,500 per year


Award Title: BSc (Hons)

Career paths

We are extremely proud of our alumni. Their post-graduation roles are wide and varied such as:

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Youth workers.
  • Drug rehabilitation workers.
  • Clinical psychologists.
  • Primary/secondary school teachers.
  • College/university Lecturers
  • Research assistants.
  • Social workers.
  • Various positions with the police

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Abertay University

Abertay University, in Dundee, is the UK University of the Year for Teaching Quality (The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021) and a UK top 10 institution for both student satisfaction and teaching (Guardian University Guide 2021). Having...

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Abertay University

Abertay University
Bell Street
DD1 1HG Dundee
United Kingdom

Phone no: +441382 308080

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