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Forensic Psychiatry, Criminal Behaviour & Law iBSc

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 Our exciting new iBSc has been designed for medical students in order to develop knowledge and understanding in the field of forensic psychiatry. This unique course explores the interface between psychiatry, criminal behaviour and law and focuses on the associations between mental health disorders, antisocial behaviour and criminal offending that are fundamental to the field of forensic psychiatry. Students will develop practical skills in the management of patients in forensic settings and gain an understanding of the relationship with the legal and criminal justice system.  


  • Taught by leading academics in the field from the Institute of psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience, 2nd in the world for psychiatry and psychology (US News, Best Global Universities).
  • Gain practical clinical experience required for professional practice.
  • Build an understanding of research methods in order to practice evidence based medicine and progress research interests at postgraduate level.
  • Students have the choice of two pathways: Clinical Pathway or Research Pathway.
    -       Clinical Pathway: involves a clinical forensic psychiatry placement allowing students to gain clinical experience and prepare for the challenges of clinical practice.
    -       Research Pathway: involves a research placement allowing students the opportunity to gain practical experience of being involved with a research team and carrying out their own research.  

Find out more information on our Intercalated BSc pages or email ForensicpsychiatryiBSc@kcl.ac.uk.


Key information

UCAS code Apply direct to King's

Duration One year

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Department Division of Academic Psychiatry



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Course detail


The Forensic Psychiatry, Criminal Behaviour & Law course will be delivered by a multidisciplinary department combining experts in: clinical forensic psychiatry and psychology, epidemiology, neuroscience, criminology and medico-legal practice. The new course will build on the expertise of leading academic staff and offer a unique experience for medical students who are interested in the interface between psychiatry, criminal behaviour and law to train in forensic psychiatry.

The course provides students with a thorough understanding of forensic services including risk assessment, management, treatment and service provision for mentally disordered offenders. It explores the interface of forensic psychiatric practice with the legal and criminal justice systems, the relevant mental health law and the wide-ranging roles of the forensic psychiatrist beyond the hospital into prison and court.

This iBSc in Forensic Psychiatry,Criminal Behaviour & Law develops students knowledge of research methodology and statistics and skills in independent evaluation of research publications and clinical guidance, all of which influence clinical decision-making in forensic mental health. This course teaches students to balance the clinical needs of an individual with the legal aspects, ethical issues and any wider impact on society.

The course offers a host of practical and transferable skills which include, but are not limited to:

  • Assessment and Management of a ‘forensic’ patient
  • Risk assessment
  • Expert witness and court skills in giving evidence to a lay/legal audience
  • Competency in research methods, analysis and interpretation
  • Communication of results of studies orally and in writing
  • Presentation of data analysis and results
  • Interpretation of extant relevant scientific literature 


You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials. 

 Module name                   Lectures
 Seminars / tutorialsField / lab/ studio /
supervised learning

 Total hours 
Prosocial & antisocial behaviours across the lifespan  30  10      110  150
Specialist Forensic Services: assessment, treatment & development  30  10      110  150
Forensic mental health in practice in the Criminal Justice System: legal & investigative processes   30  10      110  150
Research Methodology & Statistics   47  10      93  150
Clinical Placement      30  240  30  300
Research Placement       30  240  30  300
Clinical Dissertation       30    270  300
Research Dissertation       30    270  300

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks. On average students are expected to allow somewhere in the region of 100 to 150 hours personal study time per module.


You are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations and may typically expect assessment by: 

Year  Examination  CourseworkPractical 
 1  12.5%  70%  17.5%

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Regulating body

King’s College is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Further information

Please email ForensicpsychiatryiBSc@kcl.ac.uk for further information regarding the course.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.
Required Modules
You are required to take:
  • Prosocial and Antisocial Aehaviours across the Lifespan (15 credits)
  • Specialist Forensic Services: assessment, treatment and development (15 credits)
  • Forensic mental health in practice in the Criminal Justice System: legal and investigative processes (15 credits)
  • Research Methodology and Statistics (15 credits)

Students will have the option to choose either the Clinical Pathway or Research Pathway.

Clinical Pathway

  • Clinical Placement (30 credits)
  • Clinical Dissertation (30 credits)

Research Pathway

  • Research Placement (30 credits)
  • Research Dissertation (30 credits)
Optional Modules

There are no optional modules for this course.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-todate, innovative and relevant courses of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Entry requirements


Further information and other requirements

Please see the Intercalated BSc Entry Requirements page.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: 

King's students:  27th January 2020 
Non-King's students: 2nd March 2020  

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 (September 2020) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is £26,700 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • college approved calculator for exams (Casio fx83 or fx85)
  • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

Please see the Intercalated BSc Fees & Funding page.

Financial help and support

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