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Undergraduate subject

Forensic Psychology

13 October 2023

Forensic Psychology examines why people develop criminal behaviour and how crime effects the wider community. Learn more.



Forensic Psychology


Forensic Psychology intersects the study of psychology and law to examine why people develop criminal behaviour and how crime effects the wider community.

You will apply psychology practice and research to legal settings involving criminals, victims and witnesses, courtrooms and the jury, and the justice system itself.

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Forensic Psychology

What will my study involve?

  • Develop your behavioural analysis and observation skills to recognise signs of deception, faulty testimony, distress, and other common issues in legal settings such as interrogations and witness interviews.
  • Learn about the criminal justice system in Aotearoa and its process of rehabilitation and treatment of both convicts and victims.
  • Examine the psychology behind ongoing crime across diverse communities.
  • Do a real-world project from the community and industry in your final year of study.

Forensic Psychology


Forensic Psychology minor

Complete the compulsory courses for the Bachelor of Psychological Science, along with the following minor courses:



If completing a second minor that also requires PSYC376, you will instead take PSYC349 Learning & Behaviour Analysis.

Forensic Psychology

Career opportunities

This minor gives you practical experience and insight into the complex global research around criminal behaviour, rehabilitation, and reading body language.

These skills will suit careers working within government agencies or directly with people on improving the processes and effectiveness of the justice system.

Career pathways could include:

  • law enforcement interrogation
  • counselling
  • corrections, probations, prison, and police
  • justice policy and reform.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.

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