The Diploma in Criminology & Forensic Psychology is to equip learners with a basic understanding of various fields of Criminology (the scientific study of crime) and Forensic Psychology from a historical, contemporary and progressive perspective. In addition, fundamental psychological concepts will be considered, including personality disorders, mental disorder and crime, alongside social & environmental theories of crime and familial correlates of crime – to name but four. At the end of the course, learners will have a detailed understanding of the psychology and nature of criminal conduct.


    Course Modules

    Module 1 – Introduction: nature or nurture? Measuring crime – separating fact from fiction.

    •             The social scientific study of criminology

    •             The psychology of criminal behaviour

    •             Interface between two disciplines – the “nature” v “nurture” debate

    Module 2 – Social, Family & Environmental Theories of Crime – if only my parents cared.

    •             Theoretical explanations of social correlates of crime

    •             Environmental and situational criminology

    •             Interface between social/environmental correlates & psycho-variables

    Module 3 – Biological traits, personal attributes and the mentally disordered mind.

    •             The “Dark Triad” of Personality Disorders and Crime

    •             Mental disorders and crime

    •             Interface between mental health issues/disorders and external factors

    Module 4 – Psychopathy 1 – The Hare Test & the criminal psychopath


    Module 5 – Psychopathy 2 – The psychopaths among us; bad men in good jobs.


    Module 6 – Serial Killers – strangers in the night?


    Module 7 – Aggression, violence and stalking.


    Module 8 – Sexual Deviation & Sex Offenders – inside the mind of the sex abuser.


    Module 9 – Prison hierarchy and sociology – the inmate code.

    •             Crime, family and delinquency – the risk factors

    •             Biological and genetic factors in criminal behaviour

    •             Interface between bio-familial correlates & forensic psycho-variables


    Module 10 – Offender Profiling & Police Interrogation Techniques.

    In order to demonstrate their understanding of the course content, students will be required to submit assignments at the end of every month.

    Duration of course – 6 months


    Courses Fees € 800

    To register for course, please contact:

    Online Training Coordinator

    Africa Institute for Project Management Studies

    Email: info@africadevelopmentresources.org

    Website: www.africadevelopmentresources.org