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M. A. Criminology with Specialization in Forensic Psychology

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About Program

Over the past few years, with augmenting rate of crimes, the nature of crime has become diverged from traditional murders to organized crimes to cybercrimes. It has become imperative to understand the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of the commission of the crime occurs in the society. The prevention of crimes has evolved into active community participation and modified governmental policies, aiming towards a utilitarian society. The emergence of the field of criminology has been attributed to the urgency of understanding causes of crimes and systematic prevention of such crimes.

School of Forensic Psychology offers a two-year full-time M. A. program in Criminology with Specialization in Forensic Psychology. The chronological order of the course commences from understanding theoretical causes of crime to practical criminal investigations and applying theory for prevention of crime. Forensic Psychology as a specialisation will help the students to understand the psychological antecedence and precedence of criminal/deviant behaviour and to understand the application of Forensic Psychological investigation techniques in criminal investigations. The course also emphasizes on the various functions of the Criminal Justice System of India along with International Legal Structure. The proposed electives will help to understand the inter-disciplinary approach of Criminology. Each unit will be covered by faculty lectures, assignments and presentation by students. Additionally, students will have practical sessions in the form of laboratory experiments related to investigative techniques described in the syllabus.

The aim of the program is to provide learners with essential expert theatrical knowledge, practical competence and research skills with ethical principles in the field of Criminology along with Forensic Psychology.

Learning Outcomes
  • Understand the operational application of Criminology.
  • Understand the various functions of the legal system in India.
  • Identify the behavioural patterns of criminals
  • Understand the role of Forensic Psychology in Criminal Justice System.
  • Understand the practical aspects of Criminal Investigation by using the principles of Forensic Psychology and Forensic Science.
  • Employ skills and competencies required for practicing as a Forensic Psychologist and Criminologist.
  • Conduct research in the area of Criminology and Forensic Psychology.
  • Have an adequate grasp of the Ethical Standards of the profession and apply them in their practice.

The School endeavors to impart education and research in Forensic Psychology and its related allied fields as well as provide diagnostics and rehabilitative services to Forensic Science Laboratories, & NGOs. It is staffed with highly experienced Forensic Experts & Professionals, who provide a wide range of services in education, research & development, in areas of Forensic Psychological Sciences. SFP works in close collaboration with Directorate of Forensic Science (DFS), Gandhinagar which is the prime Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in the State of Gujarat. Additionally, SFP from time to time conducts various Forensic Psychological Investigative training programs for the police force and judicial professionals of the country and abroad, as part of the training programs conducted by NFSU. Further, training programs are often closely supported by national agencies, especially Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), New Delhi. All Central Forensic Science Laboratories (CFSL’s) are affiliated to SFP for upgradation and upkeep.

Investigation & Research Laboratories

SFP has its first set-up in India of well- equipped Audio-Video Interrogation room especially for Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) cases and houses state-of-the-art laboratories equipped with Neurocognitive and Forensic Investigative/Rehabilitative techniques like Brain Electrical Oscillation Signature (BEOS) Profiling, Polygraph, Layered Voice Analysis to impart hands on training to students, professionals and also to carry out high end researches for understanding brain and behavioural modulations under realistic and experimental set-ups. Students and faculties of SFP are actively involved in research activities using the advanced instruments and share the research outcomes through participating in national and international conferences to represent NFSU at academic and research projection platforms.

Learning Resource Center

Learning Resource Centre is inclusive of Computers with Internet facilities, together with a voluminous collection of both Electronic & Printed – Books, Journals, Paper Reviews and Articles in the domain of Forensic Psychology, Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology.



2 Years (4 Semesters)


Eligibility Criteria

Graduate from any discipline or equivalent from a recognized university with minimum 55% or equivalent marks in aggregate. (50 % or equivalent marks for SC/ST and PwD category).


Course Fee

Rs. 40,000/- (Tuition Fee)/Sem + Other University Fee


Number of Seats

Gandhinagar - 40 Seats
Delhi - 40 Seats


Course Outline

Semester – 1

Paper 1 - Introduction to Forensic Science and Law
Paper 2 - Introduction to Psychology
Paper 3 - Concept of Criminology and Forensic Psychology
Paper 4 - Basic Understanding of Criminal Justice System
Paper 5 - Causation of Crime

Semester – 2

Paper 1 - Quantitative Methods
Paper 2 - Qualitative Methods and Scientific Writing
Paper 3 - Forensic Psychological Investigative Techniques
Paper 4 - Behavioral Assessment (Lab)
Paper 5 - Evidence related Issues

Semester – 3

Paper 1 - Penology and Correctional Institutions
Paper 2 - Victimology and Victim Assistance
Paper 3 - Violence Against Children and Women
Paper 4 - Dissertation – I
Paper 5 - Internship – I

Semester – 4

Paper 1 - Welfare Laws for the Disadvantaged Class
Paper 2 - Electives
   E1: Public International Law
  E2: Terrorism, Disaster and Security Management
  E3: Correctional Institutions (Juveniles and Adults)
  E4: Crime Scene Analysis and Crime Mapping
Paper 3 - Dissertation - II
Paper 4 - Internship – II


After completion of this program students will be ready to serve in the Forensic set up with a pre- defined training. The students would have the opportunity to be placed in Research & Development Organizations, Corporate firms and Academia. They can also have an opportunity to apply for Government services.