University of East London

University of East London

Criminal and Investigative Psychology

This programme brings together theory, research and practice to equip students with a background across the main criminal investigative approaches and across a wide range of areas of practice. The programme is delivered by experienced forensic academic psychologists with visiting speakers from investigative centres and the civil service. This programme applies psychological theories about criminal behaviour to investigative issues. The topics included in the programme are for the most part dictated by what issues investigators contend with, and how they function on a daily basis. Therefore, students will be introduced to the underlying skills that investigating psychologists use in making decisions, interviewing and case formulation, together with related theories and research evidence.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have an 2nd Class honours degree (or equivalent) in psychology, social psychology, counselling, education, law, public policy, criminal justice, criminology or a related discipline. Applicants who have English as a secondary language (ESL), and/or whose first degree was taken in a language other than English, must demonstrate that they have achieved IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).

Course modules

Modules include: Research methods and statistics dissertation part 1; research dissertation; criminal psychology; applied criminological and investigative psychology; critical perspectives on terrorism; critical perspectives on counterterrorism; transnational organised crime; cyber criminology.

Assessment methods

Assessments will include coursework, written unseen exams, a written research dissertation, drafting an academic article, presentations and a mock viva. The programme has a strong practical focus with assessment based on the application of criminal theory through discussion, presentations and written assignments.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,600 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 11,400 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 1,100 per Credit module (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Stratford Campus Waltham Forest E15 4LZ South East

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0208 223 3333