Diploma in Criminology and Forensic Psychology

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.


Mode of delivery of the proposed programme

Online/distance learning

Application Procedure

Applicants should fill out a detailed Application form and send it back via email to the undersigned.


The Academics Manager

Capacity Africa Training Institute

Email: info@capacityafrica.com

Website: www.capacityafrica.com