Brighton, United Kingdom

Forensic and Investigative Psychology

when 27 June 2022 - 15 July 2022
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 15 EC
fee GBP 2420

The module examines current affairs, real-world situations and explores perception, memory and cognitive bias supported by psychological theory to criminological and forensic contexts. You will be expected to demonstrate the ability to evaluate conceptual and methodological issues involved in applying theories to real-life contexts.

This module is concerned with the application of psychological theory and research to answer crucial questions in criminological and forensic contexts. Questions typically explored include (this may change year-on-year): How reliable are eyewitnesses’ accounts of what they have seen, and their identifications of faces they have encountered? Why is it that faces of other races are more likely to be misidentified in police line-ups? Can people be recognised reliably from ID cards, passports and CCTV? What is wrong with current face recall systems? Do children make reliable witnesses? How is memory affected by stress? How can we tell whether or not someone is lying? Why do some people become criminals but not others? What is the relationship between mental illness and crime?

This module integrates lecturing and small group teaching, to support you in taking a critical perspective on contemporary and applied cognitive psychology. You will develop the ability to evaluate the adequacy of empirical research on the topics covered and communicate theoretical ideas through group discussions and assignments.

This module is unique to Sussex as some of the psychological theory and empirical research to forensic and investigative psychology that you will engage with is based on interviewing techniques devised by former Head of School, Tom Ormerod.

Target group

This module is suited for students who have studied their first year of Psychology and are familiar with the academic background.

Course aim

- Demonstrate a sound knowledge of contemporary theories and research on cognitive psychology in real-world contexts

- Evaluate the conceptual and methodological issues involved in applying these theories to real-life situations

- Demonstrate an ability to evaluate the adequacy of empirical research on the topics covered

- Communicate theoretical ideas and practical information through group assignments in class.

Credits info

15 EC
All our modules have been formally approved for 15 Sussex credits; equivalent to 7.5 ECTS or 3-4 US credits. This means that your study at Sussex over the summer can count towards your degree.

Sussex modules are accepted for transfer credit towards degrees at most colleges and universities. But policies and degree requirements vary, so you should obtain approval for transfer of module credit before you apply.

Please consult with your study abroad advisor before choosing your modules to ensure you are able to transfer any credit you need.

Fee info

GBP 2420: The full cost of one 3-week Undergraduate Summer School session will be £2420. If you wish to study for both sessions then you can do so.

This is made up of:

Tuition fees of £1655 per session include:

- All teaching and assessment for one module of study. Where field trips or course excursions are required then the cost of this is included in the tuition fee, however travel costs may be required
- A minimum of 150 study hours, with a minimum of 40 hours class/teaching contact hours
- Modules formally approved for 15 Sussex credits, equivalent to 7.5 ECTS or 3 – 4 US credits
- A transcript of studies upon successful completion of the module (including meeting all attendance and assessment requirements).

The accommodation and campus programme fee of £765 per session include:

- Your own bedroom in on-campus East Slope student village. These are a mixture of en-suite flats and standard flats with shared facilities
- Bedding pack of duvet and duvet cover, sheet, towel, pillow and pillowcase
- Programme of free campus social events and activities throughout each session. Excursions and social programme trips will be provided on Fridays and weekends.


If you are applying from one of our partner institutions, you will be entitled to a reduction in tuition fees. Please contact your study abroad office or for more information.