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The Bachelor of Science (Honours) Psychology (Forensic Psychology) (Top-up) is a direct Honours Degree, which consists of 11 modules and may be completed in a minimum of 18 months in Singapore. Classes are conducted on weekday evenings and weekends.

This programme is delivered entirely at Kaplan in Singapore and is offered as Part Time and Full Time mode of study. 

If you would like to apply or for further information please visit the Kaplan website. For any specific queries relating directly to Northumbria please contact tne@northumbria.ac.uk.

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) Psychology (Forensic Psychology) (Top-up) is a direct Honours Degree, which consists of 11 modules and may be completed in a minimum of 18 months in Singapore. Classes are conducted on weekday evenings and weekends.

This programme is delivered entirely at Kaplan in Singapore and is offered as Part Time and Full Time mode of study. 

If you would like to apply or for further information please visit the Kaplan website. For any specific queries relating directly to Northumbria please contact tne@northumbria.ac.uk.

Course Information

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
18 months

Location
Various Locations

City
Newcastle

Start
November or May

Fee Information

Module Information

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

For information on entry requirements please visit the Kaplan website

Entry Requirements 2022/23

Standard Entry

For information on entry requirements please visit the Kaplan website

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

PY0532 -

A Psychological Focus on Crime (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the psychopathy and personality-based approached to crime, as well as biological, social and cognitive correlates of crime, and the psychology of stalking and violent offenders. You will consider the application of psychological research and theory to the context of offending behaviour. Through the course of the module, you will explore how cognitive, social and other psychological processes shape offending behaviour and what interventions or management techniques have been used to reduce recidivism. You will also consider some of the ethical considerations involved in the treatment of offenders.

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PY0545 -

Topics in Forensic Psychology (Core,20 Credits)

On this module, you will explore a range of topics to develop an understanding of the approaches to research and knowledge generation in forensic psychology. You will learn about Serial Killers, Sex Offenders, Psychological Profiling and Polygraphy, exploring questions such as ‘What makes a serial killer?’ and ‘What underlying factors drive the behaviour of sex offenders?’ These will be approached scientifically with reference to published research and theoretical frameworks. Discussions will examine the contribution made by forensic psychology research to our understanding of the causes, treatment and prevention of criminal behaviour in tandem with theoretical models, and cultural beliefs and practices.

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PY0546 -

Advanced Qualitative and Survey Methods and Lab Experience (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the more common advanced qualitative research methodologies and associated analyses employed in psychological studies. You will also learn how to design psychometric survey instruments and the process this involves. The module aims to provide practical skills in research design and operationalisation, the analysis of data and the interpretation, evaluation and subsequent reporting of research findings. In addition, you will have the opportunity to apply these research skills to the core areas of social and developmental psychology and psychopathology.

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PY0547 -

Psychobiology, Cognition and Individual Differences (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the psychobiological basis of human behaviour, memory and cognition, and individual differences, covering conceptual and historical development of the area as well as contemporary literature and debates. You will apply basic concepts of biological psychology to complex human behaviours like drug addiction, stress and aggression. You will also earn about a range of theoretical and applied topics within memory and cognition such as memory and attention, memory disorders and applied memory research. In addition, the module will cover the nature and dynamics of intelligence, the reasons why people differ in intelligence and personality, and where individual differences in intelligence and personality originate.

These three perspectives will be contextualised through the use of case studies and/or expert opinion embedded into the lecture series which will form the basis for points of discussion in the lectures. Towards the revision stage of the module you will be provided with guidance on literature searching, critical thinking skills and essay writing skills.

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PY0548 -

Advanced Experimental Methods and Lab Experience (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the more common advanced quantitative research methodologies and associated analyses employed in psychological experiments. The module aims to provide practical skills in research design and operationalisation, the analysis of data (using a computer package where appropriate), and the interpretation, evaluation and subsequent reporting of research findings. In addition, you will learn about research ethics, and have the opportunity to apply these research skills to the core areas of psychobiology, cognitive psychology and the study of individual differences.

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PY0549 -

Social and Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about core theories and approaches used, and issues in social and developmental psychology and psychopathology. The relationship between psychopathology, society and development will be explored by focusing on context and culture. In addition you will learn about different methods and approaches used to investigate and report problems from a social, developmental and psychopathological perspective, and relate theory to practice by providing you with knowledge of different research techniques.

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PY0658 -

Applied Forensic Psychology (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn how research in forensic psychology has been applied in practice. Can we take eye witness testimony at face value? What sort of interviewing techniques provide the most reliable evidence? How can offenders be profiled? Is psychological profiling of benefit to the police? Are the personal dispositions and pre-delectations of criminals exposed through involuntary responses in a way that can be detected using polygraphy? These questions will be approached from an applied perspective with a focus on published research and its impact professional practice. Discussions will examine the contribution made by forensic psychology research to the criminal justice system and cultural beliefs/practices.

More information

PY0661 -

Neuropsychology and Cognitive Science (Core,20 Credits)

The module is designed to introduce you to theory and empirical research into the study of neuropsychology and advanced cognitive science.

You will learn how traditional behavioural methods and neuroscience methodologies can be used in tandem to explore key issues and concepts . You will learn to consider and evaluate theory and develop an understanding of the strength and weaknesses of a variety of methodologies. Importantly, you will explore and develop knowledge related to the application of neuropsychological and cognitive research to a range of psychological processes.

For the neuropsychology component the module will sample from the following topics: neuroimaging, face and object recognition, emotion processing, hemispheric lateralisation, attention deficits, language disorders and developmental neuropsychology. For the cognitive component the module will sample from the following topics: methods of studying cognition, language learning andcomprehension, social cognition, concepts and categorisation, reasoning, decision making, cognitive modelling and musical cognition.

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PY0662 -

Mental Health Difficulties and Therapeutic Approaches (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will develop a critical understanding of the theoretical underpinning, research base and effectiveness of a range of mental health and psychological difficulties along with associated treatment and therapeutic approaches. In addition you will learn about, discuss and evaluate the diagnostic factors, aetiology, prognosis and factors influencing the outcome of several mental health difficulties, including anxiety, personality, mood and thought disorders. You will explore the conceptual and historical issues surrounding the topic of mental health and how the field has changed over time, and learn how to discuss and evaluate studies that have had a particular impact on the direction of theory, research and therapeutic applications.

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PY0663 -

Psychology Project (Core,40 Credits)

On this module you will individually conceptualise, plan and execute an original piece of research. You will, through reading, understanding and critically appraising relevant psychological literature, formulate and operationalise a research question, and select and implement research methodologies and statistical techniques appropriate for answering your research question. You will also have the opportunity to disseminate your research findings via presentation at an undergraduate conference. You will, as part of applying for ethical approval for your proposed research, consider relevant ethical issues associated with your research, and you will highlight ways of addressing these issues. The module will allow you to develop a range of generic skills such as effective use of computers (i.e., for data entry, analysis and word processing), effective oral and written communication skills, evidence based reasoning and problem solving, self management and time keeping, as well as liaising and engaging in dialogue with other people related to your research (e.g., your supervisor and, where necessary, outside organisations).

More information

PY0665 -

Mental Health Problems and Crime (Core,20 Credits)

On this module, you will examine the association of mental health problems with criminal behaviour. As part of this module, you will be introduced to a diverse range to topics within the field of mental health and crime. You will explore research assessing the association of mental health problems with criminal behaviour. You will also discuss the efficacy of interventions that aim to prevent people with mental health problems from engaging in crime. As part of this module, you will be introduced to key debates within this field. Moreover, this will be discussed from a clinical and forensic perspective. Therefore, this module will incorporate elements of both clinical and forensic psychology.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

PY0532 -

A Psychological Focus on Crime (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the psychopathy and personality-based approached to crime, as well as biological, social and cognitive correlates of crime, and the psychology of stalking and violent offenders. You will consider the application of psychological research and theory to the context of offending behaviour. Through the course of the module, you will explore how cognitive, social and other psychological processes shape offending behaviour and what interventions or management techniques have been used to reduce recidivism. You will also consider some of the ethical considerations involved in the treatment of offenders.

More information

PY0545 -

Topics in Forensic Psychology (Core,20 Credits)

On this module, you will explore a range of topics to develop an understanding of the approaches to research and knowledge generation in forensic psychology. You will learn about Serial Killers, Sex Offenders, Psychological Profiling and Polygraphy, exploring questions such as ‘What makes a serial killer?’ and ‘What underlying factors drive the behaviour of sex offenders?’ These will be approached scientifically with reference to published research and theoretical frameworks. Discussions will examine the contribution made by forensic psychology research to our understanding of the causes, treatment and prevention of criminal behaviour in tandem with theoretical models, and cultural beliefs and practices.

More information

PY0546 -

Advanced Qualitative and Survey Methods and Lab Experience (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the more common advanced qualitative research methodologies and associated analyses employed in psychological studies. You will also learn how to design psychometric survey instruments and the process this involves. The module aims to provide practical skills in research design and operationalisation, the analysis of data and the interpretation, evaluation and subsequent reporting of research findings. In addition, you will have the opportunity to apply these research skills to the core areas of social and developmental psychology and psychopathology.

More information

PY0547 -

Psychobiology, Cognition and Individual Differences (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the psychobiological basis of human behaviour, memory and cognition, and individual differences, covering conceptual and historical development of the area as well as contemporary literature and debates. You will apply basic concepts of biological psychology to complex human behaviours like drug addiction, stress and aggression. You will also earn about a range of theoretical and applied topics within memory and cognition such as memory and attention, memory disorders and applied memory research. In addition, the module will cover the nature and dynamics of intelligence, the reasons why people differ in intelligence and personality, and where individual differences in intelligence and personality originate.

These three perspectives will be contextualised through the use of case studies and/or expert opinion embedded into the lecture series which will form the basis for points of discussion in the lectures. Towards the revision stage of the module you will be provided with guidance on literature searching, critical thinking skills and essay writing skills.

More information

PY0548 -

Advanced Experimental Methods and Lab Experience (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the more common advanced quantitative research methodologies and associated analyses employed in psychological experiments. The module aims to provide practical skills in research design and operationalisation, the analysis of data (using a computer package where appropriate), and the interpretation, evaluation and subsequent reporting of research findings. In addition, you will learn about research ethics, and have the opportunity to apply these research skills to the core areas of psychobiology, cognitive psychology and the study of individual differences.

More information

PY0549 -

Social and Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about core theories and approaches used, and issues in social and developmental psychology and psychopathology. The relationship between psychopathology, society and development will be explored by focusing on context and culture. In addition you will learn about different methods and approaches used to investigate and report problems from a social, developmental and psychopathological perspective, and relate theory to practice by providing you with knowledge of different research techniques.

More information

PY0658 -

Applied Forensic Psychology (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn how research in forensic psychology has been applied in practice. Can we take eye witness testimony at face value? What sort of interviewing techniques provide the most reliable evidence? How can offenders be profiled? Is psychological profiling of benefit to the police? Are the personal dispositions and pre-delectations of criminals exposed through involuntary responses in a way that can be detected using polygraphy? These questions will be approached from an applied perspective with a focus on published research and its impact professional practice. Discussions will examine the contribution made by forensic psychology research to the criminal justice system and cultural beliefs/practices.

More information

PY0661 -

Neuropsychology and Cognitive Science (Core,20 Credits)

The module is designed to introduce you to theory and empirical research into the study of neuropsychology and advanced cognitive science.

You will learn how traditional behavioural methods and neuroscience methodologies can be used in tandem to explore key issues and concepts . You will learn to consider and evaluate theory and develop an understanding of the strength and weaknesses of a variety of methodologies. Importantly, you will explore and develop knowledge related to the application of neuropsychological and cognitive research to a range of psychological processes.

For the neuropsychology component the module will sample from the following topics: neuroimaging, face and object recognition, emotion processing, hemispheric lateralisation, attention deficits, language disorders and developmental neuropsychology. For the cognitive component the module will sample from the following topics: methods of studying cognition, language learning andcomprehension, social cognition, concepts and categorisation, reasoning, decision making, cognitive modelling and musical cognition.

More information

PY0662 -

Mental Health Difficulties and Therapeutic Approaches (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will develop a critical understanding of the theoretical underpinning, research base and effectiveness of a range of mental health and psychological difficulties along with associated treatment and therapeutic approaches. In addition you will learn about, discuss and evaluate the diagnostic factors, aetiology, prognosis and factors influencing the outcome of several mental health difficulties, including anxiety, personality, mood and thought disorders. You will explore the conceptual and historical issues surrounding the topic of mental health and how the field has changed over time, and learn how to discuss and evaluate studies that have had a particular impact on the direction of theory, research and therapeutic applications.

More information

PY0663 -

Psychology Project (Core,40 Credits)

On this module you will individually conceptualise, plan and execute an original piece of research. You will, through reading, understanding and critically appraising relevant psychological literature, formulate and operationalise a research question, and select and implement research methodologies and statistical techniques appropriate for answering your research question. You will also have the opportunity to disseminate your research findings via presentation at an undergraduate conference. You will, as part of applying for ethical approval for your proposed research, consider relevant ethical issues associated with your research, and you will highlight ways of addressing these issues. The module will allow you to develop a range of generic skills such as effective use of computers (i.e., for data entry, analysis and word processing), effective oral and written communication skills, evidence based reasoning and problem solving, self management and time keeping, as well as liaising and engaging in dialogue with other people related to your research (e.g., your supervisor and, where necessary, outside organisations).

More information

PY0665 -

Mental Health Problems and Crime (Core,20 Credits)

On this module, you will examine the association of mental health problems with criminal behaviour. As part of this module, you will be introduced to a diverse range to topics within the field of mental health and crime. You will explore research assessing the association of mental health problems with criminal behaviour. You will also discuss the efficacy of interventions that aim to prevent people with mental health problems from engaging in crime. As part of this module, you will be introduced to key debates within this field. Moreover, this will be discussed from a clinical and forensic perspective. Therefore, this module will incorporate elements of both clinical and forensic psychology.

More information

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Our admissions team will be happy to help. They can be contacted on 0191 406 0901.

Contact Details for Applicants:

tne@northumbria.ac.uk

All information on this course page is accurate at the time of viewing.

Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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