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Criminal Psychology

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Take steps towards an exciting career in criminal psychology and gain an insight into the role of a criminal psychologist, with the Criminal Psychology course. In this introductory course, you will receive practical training in all areas of criminal psychology, from the criminal justice system in the UK to the main causes and effects of crime. 

You will learn how to conduct criminal research and develop all the necessary skills to kickstart a career in forensic psychology, as our experienced tutor takes you through in-depth case studies and online exercises.

By the end of the course, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the different types of crimes, criminological theories and the entire crime scene investigation process.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Fast track your career with a recognised qualification in Criminal Psychology
  • Learn about the history and development of forensic psychology 
  • Develop your understanding of the role of a criminal psychologist
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the classification and measurement of crimes
  • Familiarise with the typical characteristics of offenders and criminals
  • Explore the different methods used in criminal research and forensic psychology
  • Understand how offender profiling can be useful for solving crimes
  • Gain an insight into eye-witness testimonies and how they can be unreliable
  • Explore the fundamental theories of criminology and criminal behaviour
  • Have an excellent understanding of the causes and effects of crime

Who is This Course for?

This professional online training course is ideal for aspiring criminal psychologists and those who are interested in working in the field of criminology. There are no specific entry requirements for the course, which can be studied part-time or full-time.


Our Criminal Psychology is fully compatible with any kind of device. Whether you are using Windows computer, Mac, smartphones or tablets, you will get the same experience while learning. Besides that, you will be able to access the course with any kind of internet connection from anywhere at any time without any kind of limitation.

Assessment and Certification 

Upon completion of the course, you will be required to sit for an online multiple-choice quiz based assessment, which will determine whether you have passed the course (60% pass mark). The test will be marked immediately and results will be published instantly.

After completing the course, you can order a certificate of achievement to display your achievement for as little as £3.99 for the PDF version and £7.99 for a paper version or £10 for both. There is an additional £10 delivery charge for international students.

Career Path

On successful completion, you can use this qualification as a stepping stone towards an exciting career in the field of criminal psychology and forensics. You will be equipped with the basic skills and knowledge to explore the following professions:

  • Criminal Psychologist
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Crime Laboratory Analyst
  • Forensic Medical Examiner

Course Curriculum

Interventions to reduce risk of re-offending 00:07:00
History of development of Forensic Psychology 00:06:00
Research Methods in Forensic Psychology
Research Design and Methodology 00:12:00
Critical evaluation of psychological research 00:09:00
What is Criminology? 00:10:00
Understanding Crime 00:10:00
Classification and Measurement of Crimes 00:10:00
Characteristics of Offenders (Criminals) 00:05:00
Theories of Offending
Introduction to theories of offending 00:06:00
Theories of sexual offending 00:08:00
Theories of violent offending 00:08:00
Theories of fire-setting behaviour 00:08:00
Personal Attributes of Offenders
Personal characteristics of offenders 00:06:00
Personality disordered offenders 00:06:00
Psychopathic offenders 00:07:00
Mental Illness and offending 00:07:00
Forensic Psychology in Police Investigations
An Introduction to Offender Profiling 00:05:00
Approaches to Offender Profiling 00:05:00
The Effectiveness of Offender Profiling 00:06:00
Forensic Psychology in the Courtroom
Eye-witness testimony 00:07:00
Expert witness testimony 00:04:00
Attitudes towards victims 00:06:00
Forensic Psychology in Practice
’What works’ literature in reducing re-offending 00:06:00
Incident management (Crisis Negotiation) 00:08:00
Introduction: About the Course and the Tutor FREE 00:03:00