Singapore University of Social Sciences

Criminal Psychology

Criminal Psychology (PSY372)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Humanities & Social Sciences

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


PSY372 Criminal Psychology provides an overview of (i) the key roles and functions of a psychologist working within the criminal justice sector, and (ii) the skills and competencies required to undertake these functions. This course considers the psychological characteristics of offenders and the psychometric tools used to assess criminogenic behaviour. The role of psychological assessment in criminal proceedings is examined, including instruction regarding report writing, preparing professional advice, and giving evidence within a court setting. The concept of ‘fitness to plead’ and the role psychologists play in determining a person’s mental capacity to stand trial is considered, as is the role psychological profiling plays in identifying offenders and preventing crime.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester


  • What is criminal psychology?
  • Role of a criminal psychologist
  • Key functions of a criminal psychologist
  • Common psychological characteristics of offenders
  • Common psychometric tools used to assess criminogenic behaviour
  • Administration of psychometric tools
  • Role of psychological assessments and reports
  • Report writing and preparation of professional advice
  • Giving evidence within court settings
  • Mental capacity to stand trial
  • Psychological profiling of offenders
  • Emerging issues in criminal psychology

Learning Outcome

  • Describe the roles and functions of a Criminal Psychologist.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the psychological characteristics of offenders.
  • Discuss the concept of fitness to plead, and a person’s capacity to stand trial.
  • Appraise psychometric tools used to assess criminogenic behaviour.
  • Implement report writing and preparing professional advice.
  • Practise giving evidence within a court setting.
  • Examine the role of psychological profiling.
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