UCC ACE Short courses

An Introduction to Criminal and Forensic Psychology NEW

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    An Introduction to Criminal and Forensic Psychology NEW

  • Code


  • College

    Adult Continuing Education

  • Duration

    Ten weeks, Wednesdays 7-9pm, from 29 January to 1 April

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    Cert of Attendance

  • Fees

    €230 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Students must be minimum eighteen years at course commencement. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Friday 17 January 2020

  • Venue

    Western Gateway Building, room G04, UCC

  • Start Date

    Wednesday 29 January 2020

Course Outline

This course is ideal for those who are fascinated by the criminal mind. It provides an introduction to forensic psychological approaches to the study of crime and those who commit it. It introduces students to the study of violent and sexual offenders. Overall it will enhance students’ awareness of forensic psychology as a distinct specialism within the field of psychology.

Over ten weeks students will be introduced to the following topics: mental health and crime, personality and personality disorders, violent offenders, serial offenders, sexual offenders including rapists, child abusers, paedophiles and female sexual offenders. It will also cover cyberpsychology and profiling / investigative psychology. Through research and interesting case studies it will provide a flavour of each of these kinds of crimes and criminals and how they are viewed through the lens of forensic psychology.

Course Practicalities


Short courses are non-assessed

Who teaches on this course:

Dr Ciara Staunton is a Forensic Psychologist based in UCC and has been delivering programmes and lectures in crime and psychology for over fifteen years. Having completed an MSc. in Applied Forensic and Legal Psychology at the University of Leicester, UK, and a PhD in the School of Applied Psychology, UCC, Ciara is now based in the Centre for Adult Continuing Education at UCC where she combines her forensic psychological interests with her passion for the adult education ethos. Her programmes are delivered with the adult student in mind, especially those who work within the Criminal Justice system and for whom the knowledge of psychological principals are of tremendous benefit.

Dr Sinéad McDonough, holds a Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology and a PhD in Applied Forensic Psychology (specifically in the area of Risk Assessment of Sex Offenders). Sinéad has lectured in various colleges and Universities in Ireland in the area of forensic psychology, mental health and crime, risk assessment and management, personality disorders and sexual and violent offenders. Her doctoral studies in the Irish Prison System examined the potential benefits of implicit association paradigms on the assessment of sexual interest.  

Dr Eliana Monteiro, holds a PhD in Applied Phycology at UCC (Ireland), MS in Sexology at UGF (Brazil) and MBA in Business Management and Social Projects at UNIFEI (Brazil). Eliana brings over 15 years’ experience as a lecturer in more than ten different College courses, as a counsellor and as a researcher. Eliana’s expertise lies within the field of human sexology especially in relation to deviant sexuality.

Why Choose This Course

Dr Ciara Staunton established this short course on “The Criminal Mind” in 2006 to compliment the more substantial Diploma in the Psychology of Criminal Behaviour as she found that there was a huge interest in this area by those who work in related professions within the Criminal Justice System: for example, the guards, solicitors, teachers, psychiatric nurses, doctors, prison offices, juvenile liaison officers, social care workers etc. as well as people who simply have a burning interest in these topics from popular crime dramas, T.V. programmes, books and films. This short course is the ideal opportunity to get a flavour of the topics of forensic psychology that can be studied more in-depth at diploma level. As a stand-alone course, it provides the opportunity to enhance one’s awareness of the myriad of complex issues that can lead to some of the most heinous of criminal behaviours, those of murder and sexual violence.

There are very few courses where the underlying psychological factors of criminal behaviour are explored. For those who find themselves moving beyond the sensationalist headlines and ask the questions of why do people offend; can we predict the victim; how can someone become a serial killer – this course examines one of the most fascinating applications of psychology in terms of examining and tackling criminal behaviour. On this short course, after a broad introduction, you will explore specific areas of criminal and forensic psychology.


Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €230.

How Do I Apply

The closing date for applications is Friday 17 January 2020. Fees are listed in each course description. Students register and pay fees before course commencement as follows:

1. Register and pay online by clicking the Apply Now button below. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolment. In the event of a course not commencing applicants will be informed and their fees will be returned.

2. Payment may also be made by credit or debit card, cheque, postal order or bank draft made payable to UCC and these should be returned together with a completed application form to Short Courses, Adult Continuing Education, The Laurels, Western Road. Application forms are available from the office or they may be downloaded from the link below.

3. Students may also hand in completed application forms to the office at ACE between 9:15am and 5pm each day prior to the closing date. We regret we are unable to accept cash.

Application Form Jan 2020

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