Murderers, Assassins, Hired killers, serial killers, stalkers, rapists, paedophiles . . . the captivating world of forensic psychology! If you are intrigued by these topics, then the “Certificate in Forensic Psychology”  is the course for you. This course is ideal for anyone with a desire to learn about the mechanics of the criminal mind, what motivates an individual to commit unspeakable crimes, and how investigators collect psychological clues.

The Certificate in Forensic Psychology will provide you with a strong foundational knowledge of criminal behaviour and the workings of the criminal mind. The student will develop an understanding of the major theories that seek to explain criminal behaviour especially in relation to violent and sexual crimes. Students who complete the course will understand the interface between the legal system and psychology and in doing so enhance the recognition of forensic psychology as a distinct specialism of psychology.


Forensic psychology is the juncture between psychology and the legal system. It involves understanding the fundamental principles of law, particularly with regard to expert witness testimony and the specific content area of concern, in order to be able to interact appropriately with judges, attorneys and other legal professionals. An important aspect of forensic psychology is the ability to testify in court as an expert witness, reformulating psychological findings into the legal language of the courtroom, providing information to legal personnel in a way that can be understood. In order to be a credible witness, the forensic psychologist must understand the rules, and standards of the judicial system.

Learning Outcomes

Recognize the practical role that contemporary forensic psychologists play in society.

Demonstrate knowledge of forensic psychology as a discipline as well as the research methods used in forensic psychology.

Display a basic understanding of Risk assessment. 

Demonstrate basic knowledge of Mental Health and Criminal Behaviour. 

Demonstrate understanding of the fundamental application of psychology as a science to key forensic issues.

Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts and sub-topics in forensic psychology, as well as how they relate to one another.

Assess fundamental theories and research in forensic psychology

Demonstrate the necessary independent learning and research skills to support academic learning and development.


  • Understand the role of a Forensic Psychologist.
  • Understand key psychological determinants of the impact of crime on victims
  • Explain the major theories of personality that have been applied to forensic settings including
  • Describe the traumatic psychological impact of violence, child abuse, and victimisation
  • Define theories of aggressive behaviour and criminal psychopathy
  • Explain the psychological factors which impact upon eye-witness testimony
  • Understand how criminal psychology can be useful to criminal investigation
  • Understand male and female sex offenders
  • Understand developmental risk factors related to criminal behaviour
  • Describe the process of profiling and apply this to specific areas including sexual offenders, homicide and terrorism
  • Understand the relationship of mental disorder to crime and violence
  • Explain the approach to treatment, rehabilitation, and correction
  • Understand the factors that influence the effectiveness of treatment for offenders