The Open University Forensic Psychology

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The Open University Forensic Psychology

The Open University Forensic Psychology, Explore how your own mind works, and discover how the limitations of the human brain can lead to major miscarriages of justice.

Despite advances in forensic science, eyewitness testimony remains a critical component of criminal investigations. Psychological research has revealed the dangers of relying on evidence gained from an eyewitness and also how careful the police need to be when questioning witnesses.

Using videos of real witnesses and from cameras that go behind the scenes of a police investigation, this course explores the psychology of eyewitness testimony. You will get the chance to test your own cognitive skills and to see whether your powers of investigation are as good as a crack squad of police officers, as you try to solve a crime using nothing but evidence from eyewitnesses.


This course is intended for those with an interest in psychology and/or criminal investigation, and does not require any previous experience of studying either subject.

Course learning outcomes

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • 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
  • consider the relationship between limitations of the human brain and miscarriages of justice.

Record of achievement

By enrolling on this course you can track your progress and gain a Statement of Participation for completing the whole course.