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Criminal psychology is the study of offenders and their behaviours to further the investigation of a crime by adding a psychological element to the evidence. By exploring what makes people commit crimes it is possible to help offenders make positive changes to their lives.

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What’s Involved?

The criminal psychologist usually works closely with assessment and treatment of criminal behaviour, as well as with criminal profiling, research and developing policies as well as presenting evidence in court, advising parole boards and mental health tribunals. You might also work with the victims of crime and rehabilitation.

Qualified criminal psychologists could find themselves working for:

  • HM Prison Service
  • Probation services
  • The police
  • Social services
  • NHS and private hospitals
  • Higher education institutions

With a list of day-to-day responsibilities that includes:

  • Completing one-to-one assessments to measure the risk of re-offending, self-harm, suicide and other high risk behaviours
  • Creating and implementing offender treatment and rehabilitation programmes such as social skills training, treatment for alcohol and drug addiction and anger management
  • Undertaking research programmes into issues that affect offenders, such as bullying in prisons etc.
  • Providing expert witness testimony in court, mental health tribunals and to parole boards
  • Delivering training to support those in forensic roles

Entry Requirements

You will not be able to become a criminal psychologist without a psychology degree as a starting point. You may be able to enter at assistant level without a degree, but your progression will be limited unless you study to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership by completing a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degree.

To be considered for professional criminal psychologist jobs you will need one of the following:

  • A BPS-accredited masters in criminal psychology, which you might be able to study on a part-time or distance learning basis; or
  • A BPS accredited degree or conversion course if you studied a different subject at degree level.

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