Post-Graduate Education

International Expert Programme in Investigative and Legal Psychology


The International Expert Programme in Investigative and Legal Psychology is a post graduate programme designed for young professionals and graduate students who seek to further their knowledge and develop cross-cutting proficiencies in various fields related to forensic psychology.

The academic curriculum of the course is divided into a residential phase (18 January - 26 May 2017) and a final research phase (27 May - 30 September 2017). The learning methodology and structure are conducive to equip participants with practical skills as well as academic research skills. Depending on each student’s background and interest, the programme is ideal for careers in the legal and forensic sectors as well as further research/PhD studies.

Participants will be taught by the members of the programme’s Faculty which is composed of expert lecturers from internationally recognised academic and research institutions as well as renowned practitioners in the fields of Law, Criminology, Forensic Sciences and Psychology.

The programme results from the collaboration between UNICRI and Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU) and the support of the Salesian University Institute of Turin (IUSTO), and the affiliated CRIMELAB.

The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) is one of the five training and research institutes of the UN System. It was established in 1965 and is mandated to support countries worldwide in preventing crime and promoting criminal justice. Over the years the Institute has developed a sound expertise in criminological research and training, which is reflected in the organization of several Master degrees and specialized post graduate courses related to the issues that UNICRI addresses.

Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU), Finland, offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programmes and extensive research opportunities to 7000 students. ÅAU has an acknowledged position at the forefront of research in multiple areas such as biosciences, computer science, democracy, human rights, material sciences, process chemistry and psychology.

Since 2006 the Salesian University Institute of Turin (Istituto Universitario Salesiano di Torino Rebaudengo - IUSTO) hosts degrees in Psychology and offers a number of post-graduate courses organized in cooperation with national and international partners. In 2011 IUSTO inaugurated the department of CRIMELAB, which is becoming one of the most important national centres of research and training in forensic psychology, investigative psychology and criminology.

The Scientific Committee gather official representatives of the above mentioned organizations and three eminent experts: Professor Pär Anders Granhag, University of Gothenburg (Sweden); Professor Peter J. van Koppen, Maastricht University (The Netherlands); and Professor Jessica Woodhams, University of Birmingham (United Kingdom).

A group of international candidates will be selected to participate in the programme, enrolled at ÅAU and awarded a Post Graduate Diploma worth 60 ECTS credits upon the successful conclusion of the programme.

Psychology and Law students of ÅAU will have the possibility to read the programme as a minor of up to 60 ECTS credits.

Application Form for the 2016-2017 edition of the International Expert Programme in Investigative and Legal Psychology: download here

General Deadlines

Submission of Applications 27 November 2016
Results of the Selection Process by 2 December 2016
Payment of Tuition Fees by 12 December 2016

Early Bird* Deadlines

Submission of Applications 31 July 2016
Results of the Selection Process 5 August 2016
Payment of Tuition Fees 12 August 2016

Academic Schedule 2016-2017

Residential Phase 18 January - 26 May 2017
Final Research Phase 27 May - 30 September 2017
The above academic schedule may be subject to minor changes.

*Applicants submitting an early application will be entitle to receive an Early Bird discounted fee amounting to € 6,500 (instead of € 7,500), inclusive of € 600 fee for enrolment at Åbo Akademi University.


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