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International Expert Programme in Investigative and Legal Psychology


Course Description

ACADEMIC SCHEDULE: 18 January - 30 September 2017

Deadline for applications: 27 November 2016

The International Postgraduate Expert Programme in Investigative and Legal Psychology (IEPILP) is organized by the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) in collaboration with the Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU), Finland, and with the support of the Salesian University Institute of Turin and its CRIMELAB, Italy.

The programme represents a unique opportunity for young professionals and post-graduate students who seek to expand their knowledge and develop cross-cutting proficiencies in the field of forensic psychology. In particular, the IEPILP is designed for university graduates in Psychology, Law, Criminology or related fields of study.

Following a learning method blending theoretical lectures and practical exercises, the students will be taught and assessed around four trial simulations related to the crimes of: homicide, rape, child sexual abuse and war crimes. Across the four simulations students will be asked to play the roles of defence lawyers, prosecutors, judges and psychological experts and will be able to critically engage in various areas such as:

- Criminal Profiling
- Detection of signs of deception
- Eyewitness testimony
- Forensic neuroscience and genetic defence
- Production of a forensic psychological evaluation
- Investigative interviewing techniques with adults and minors
- Cross examination of expert witnesses

Each trial simulation will last five weeks and will be arranged in the following way:

• 1st week: face to face introductory lectures
• 2nd-4th week: group work on the assigned cases
• 5th week: trial simulations and evaluation


The Programme will run from the 18 January 2017 to 30 September 2017. The first six weeks of the residential phase of the programme will be held in the unparalleled setting of the United Nations Campus in Turin, and the remaining period will be held at the Salesian University Institute of Turin.

Visit the International Expert Programme in Investigative and Legal Psychology page on the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The post-graduate Programme is is designed for university graduates in Psychology, Law, Criminology and other relevant subjects. Requirements: Hold at least a 3-year university degree issued by an internationally recognized university in one of the aforementioned areas; Proficiency in both spoken and written English. Please note that a good command of English is essential, considering that during the course students will be asked to actively engage in class activities, draft documents, analyze case files, discuss practical scenarios and work in groups.

Course Fees

Tuition fees amount to € 7,500 (inclusive of fee for enrolment at the ÅAU). Discount is available for Early Bird applications


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