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Criminal Profiling: Science, Logic and Metacognition

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Criminal profiling is a valuable tool that can be used to help law enforcement catch criminals. By analyzing crime scenes and victimology, profilers can develop a psychological profile of the offender. This information can then be used to narrow the search for suspects and develop investigative strategies. The field of criminal profiling is relatively new, but it has already significantly impacted law enforcement. Profilers have been instrumental in solving some of the most notorious crimes in history, including the Zodiac Killer, the BTK Killer, and the Unabomber. If you are interested in a career in law enforcement or criminal justice, then criminal profiling is a valuable skill. This Criminal Profiling: Science, Logic and Metacognition course will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to become a successful criminal profiler.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Acquire a comprehensive understanding of the Criminal Justice System.
  • Gain insight into crime classification and crime scene investigation.
  • Develop aptitude in crime mapping and tactical crime analysis.
  • Understand criminal psychology and its influence on behaviour.
  • Apply technology in criminal intelligence analysis and cyber security.
  • Forecast future criminal occurrences using research and statistical methods.


10 CPD hours / points
Accredited by CPD Quality Standards

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In the introductory module, you'll explore the fundamentals of crime analysis before delving into the intricacies of the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales. The Criminal Profiling: Science, Logic and Metacognition course progresses to cover crime classification, scene investigation and crime mapping, equipping you with vital skills in tactical crime analysis.

Modules focusing on Strategic and Administrative Crime Analysis, Criminal Behaviour and Psychology, and Financial and Environmental Criminology provide an enriched perspective on different facets of crime. The crux of the course Criminal Profiling: Science, Logic and Metacognition is a deep dive into the science of profiling criminals.

The concluding modules encapsulate technology's role in Criminal Intelligence Analysis, Research Method, Statistics in Crime Analysis, Policing and Cyber Security, and forecasting future occurrences, ensuring a rounded understanding of the field.

Who is this course for?

This course is specifically designed for those with a deep-rooted interest in crime and criminal justice mechanics. Whether you are a criminology student seeking to deepen your knowledge, a law enforcement officer wishing to enhance your investigative skills, or a psychologist wanting to understand criminal behaviour, this course will be valuable. Moreover, individuals working in sectors such as social work, forensics, legal practice, and even journalism, which require insights into the criminal world, will find this Criminal Profiling: Science, Logic and Metacognition course beneficial.

Career path

  • Crime Analyst: £27K to £40K per year
  • Forensic Psychologist: £31K to £48K per year
  • Cyber Security Analyst: £32K to £52K per year
  • Criminal Intelligence Officer: £29K to £44K per year
  • Investigative Journalist: £25K to £41K per year

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