Forensic Psychology: Witness Investigation

Online Course

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Forensic Psychology: Witness Investigation

What is the course about?

Forensic Psychology: Witness Investigation
The course Forensic Psychology: Witness Investigation is an online class provided by The Open University through Future Learn. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.

Discover how forensic psychology helps obtain evidence from eyewitnesses in police investigations and prevents cases of injustice.

Course description
  • Discover forensic psychology and solve a crime using only eyewitness evidence
  • 8 weeks
  • Despite advances in forensic science, eyewitness testimony remains a critical component of criminal investigations. But psychological research has revealed the dangers of relying on this testimony and how careful the police must be when questioning witnesses.
  • Using videos of real witnesses, from behind the scenes of a police investigation, this course explores the forensic psychology behind eyewitness testimony.
  • You’ll get the chance to test your own cognitive skills and see if your investigative powers are as good as police officers’, as you try to solve a crime using nothing but eyewitness evidence.
  • Eyewitness testimony
  • Witness memory
  • Inattentional blindness and observation of criminal incidents
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Facial recognition
  • Visual identification
  • Investigate and understand the psychology of eyewitness testimony
  • Develop your own investigative skills
  • Explore human cognition and discover the mistakes your own brain can make
  • Discuss concepts of criminal investigation
  • Explore and consider the relationship between limitations of the human brain and miscarriages of justice
  • This course is intended for those with an interest in forensic psychology and/or criminal investigation, and does not require any previous experience of studying either subject.
  • The Open University
  • The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

Prerequisites & Facts

Forensic Psychology: Witness Investigation

Course Topic

Crime and Criminology, Politics & Society, Psychology, Psychology & Mental Health

University, College, Institution

The Open University

Course Skill Level

Course Language


Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)



Degree & Cost

Forensic Psychology: Witness Investigation

To obtain a verified certificate from Future Learn / The Open University you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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Forensic Psychology: Witness Investigation
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School: The Open University
Topic: Crime and Criminology, Politics & Society, Psychology, Psychology & Mental Health