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Criminal Psychology & Behaviour

Criminal and psychopathic behaviour thought processes online course by an experienced Psychologist | PDF Certificate

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Online, self-paced
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4 hours
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1 year
No formal qualification
  • Certificate of completion - Free
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  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
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A masterclass in Criminal Psychology & Behaviour covers all essential biological, psychological, and social factors that typically influence individuals engaging in criminal behaviour, crime analysis, criminal investigation, crime prevention and reduction strategies, problem-solving, the evaluation and accountability of efforts for anyone with any skill set to use the application confidently as a professional.

One of the disciplines that have made and continue to make contributions to criminology and criminal justice is psychology. Psychology focuses on the behaviour of individual offenders and the forces that motivate individuals to engage in criminal or violent behaviour.

Psychology largely helps people because it can explain why people act as they do. With this kind of professional insight, a psychologist can help people improve their decision-making, stress management and behaviour based on understanding past behaviour to better predict future behaviour.

Criminologists research and analyse data to help understand, deter, and prevent crime. They also develop theories based on their research to help translate data into action. Some criminologists also evaluate, develop, and implement criminal justice policies and procedures. The chief goal is to understand why a criminal violated the law. This understanding can help prevent future crimes by addressing societal and other factors that may be involved in any sector. All you need is to master the skill of handling criminal psychology & behaviour.

Studying crime helps discover and analyse its causes, which can be used towards crime reduction policies and initiatives. In addition to helping law enforcement solve crimes or analyse the behaviour of criminal offenders, criminal psychologists also often provide expert testimony in court.

This Criminal Psychology & Behaviour course demonstrates steps to preventing crime, punishing the transgressors and the criminals, and rehabilitating the transgressors and the criminals. If you have a passion for understanding human behaviour and are interested in applying that knowledge in a legal setting, criminal psychology might be your career.

You can start with any skill set and will reach the next level at the end of this course.

You will be able to do the following by the end of this course

  • The reasons for criminal behaviour
  • Types of crime: burglary, murder, serial killing, etc
  • Personality disorders & crime
  • Common characteristics of criminals
  • Personality Theory of Criminal Behaviour
  • Sex offending behaviour
  • Other important aspects of criminology & criminal psychology

Why choose this course?

- The course is developed and delivered by an Industry expert

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- Entirely online

- Self-paced learning and laptop, tablet, and smartphone-friendly

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Course Curriculum

*** Criminal Psychology & Behaviour ***

  • Introduction To Criminology
  • Criminology & Personality Theories
  • Mental Health & Crime
  • Severe Crime & Personalities
  • Prevention & Conclusion
  • Final Exam


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Who is this course for?

This Criminal Psychology & Behaviour course will sharpen your skills in analysing and evaluating crime-related problems and issues, understanding human behaviours, becoming a whiz at collecting and interpreting data, and gaining valuable communication, project management, and in-depth research.

Psychology sheds light on human behaviour and helps us understand why we act the way we do. The field offers insights into our human experiences, helps us connect with others, and can mean the difference between a life well-lived and a life of challenges.

Studying crime helps discover and analyse its causes, which can be used towards crime reduction policies and initiatives. It helps understand the mindset of criminals, why they commit crimes, and the factors that affect them.

In addition to helping investigators to gain a glimpse into a criminal's psyche, criminal psychologists help law enforcement to predict an unknown offender's age, socioeconomic status, education level, habits, and personality traits, as well as the type of community or neighbourhood where an offender is likely to live.

Psychology has been helpful in the legal aspect as it helps in determining the veracity of witnesses and what punishment should be granted to a person committing an offence by keeping in mind the person's psychological frame of mind.


Existing qualification level: No specific previous qualification is required. However, a basic understanding of English and ICT would benefit in understanding the content.

Existing skill levels: Minimum ICT skills to operate any computer system is beneficial. No, previous experience in Criminal Psychology & Behaviour is required.

Technical requirements: Access to any computer or laptop would benefit from practicing and following the instructions.

Career path

Criminal Psychology & Behaviour will open many opportunities for anyone due to their versatile use in crime prevention settings, from assistant psychologists, assistant clinical psychologists, laboratory technicians, psychologists, practitioner psychologists, counselling psychologists, and practitioner psychologists.

The salary expectation can grow from £27,000 per annum to £54,000 per annum.

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