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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Huddersfield

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About the course

Investigative psychology is the systematic science that developed out of early ‘offender profiling’ contributions by psychologists and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to police investigations and court cases. In recent years this sub-discipline has become an increasingly dominant area of forensic psychology. This course offers you the opportunity to explore the specialised field of practice, from the application of psychological principles to the diverse aspects of the analysis, investigation and legal processing of crime.

  • This exciting course offers intensive training on advanced statistical methods, which may open doors into many jobs beyond crime and investigations.
  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society and recognised as the first step towards status as a Chartered Forensic Psychologist in the UK for students who have Graduate Basis for Chartership.
  • Engage with the Research Centres within the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences (IRCAHS).
  • Hear from visiting speakers including experts from around the world who will reflect on real life cases.
  • Learn about the full range of contributions that professional psychologists can make including the legal and investigative process; evaluating the validity of suspect or witness accounts; assessing the decision-making processes of detectives or jurors; to developing profiling inferences about the likely characteristics of an offender and predicting their likely home location. Intensive examinations of the variations in criminal behavioural style are a central feature of this course.

The course aims to provide in-depth expertise in all aspects of Investigative Psychology. It has a strong research emphasis, helping to equip you with the expertise to conduct your own crime research projects in diverse professional contexts.

Career support

After completing the course our graduates have gone on to work in diverse legal and forensic contexts, often progressing rapidly to senior levels as crime and intelligence analysts, behavioural investigative advisors, forensic lecturers and applied researchers. They also work in prisons or with clinical forensic populations or within commercial organisations and government agencies such as specialist crime units, the National Policing Improvements Agency or the Home Office.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 16,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Huddersfield

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  • Campus address

    University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, Kirklees, HD1 3DH, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    82nd out of 118 25

  • Entry standards

    / Max 216
    115 56%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    50.0 50%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.93 79%



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