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BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychology

Three years full-time

UCAS code • MC98

Location • Collegiate Campus
Subject area • Criminology

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At a glance

Study the thoughts and behaviours of criminals and their victims to understand the psychological dimensions of crime. You get up-to-date perspectives on both criminology and psychology from staff working in two active research centres. You also have opportunities to gain experience and knowledge on academic exchanges and industry placements during the course.

Key points
• Gain a psychological perspective on crime and society.
• Maximise your career prospects with work-based learning and overseas exchanges.
• Benefit from the research and expertise from two key subject centres.
• Option to become British Psychological Society accredited through further study.

What is criminology and psychology?
Criminology explores crime, criminality and criminal justice institutions and processes.

Psychology focuses on the individual and the influence of psychological perspectives in understanding human behaviour.

About this course

Gain a psychological perspective on the causes and effects of various types of crime in a department that has received the British Society of Criminology award for teaching excellence. You gain an insight into why individuals might be involved in crime and learn to assess whether treatment, rehabilitation or punishment is the most appropriate response.

By studying both psychology and criminology, you gain a broad perspective on how society and government respond to a variety of crimes, as well as why people behave in the way that they do in a general context.

You benefit from teaching staff who are active in two research centres – Hallam Centre for Community Justice and our Centre for Research on Human Behaviour. Thanks to this involvement with research, we can offer course content that is up-to-date and teaching perspectives that are of a very high standard.  

You have the opportunity to go on placements or work-based learning or to study abroad. All students can take a credited placement module (based in the workplace) or a simulation module (taught by practitioners in the classroom) in the second and third year. Previous placement students have worked with organisations such as South Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Probation Trust and SOVA.

International academic exchanges take place in the second semester of your second year.

As well as being prepared for a career in criminology, criminal and community justice areas, you also gain skills that make you attractive to all employers. These skills include • information gathering and analysis • problem solving • presentation skills • organisational and time management skills • critical thinking and analysis • report writing • the ability to construct an argument based on sound evidence • equality and diversity awareness.

Key areas of study
Gain a foundation in key areas of criminology and criminal justice and psychology in your first year. Then specialise with optional modules such as • crime prevention • gender • hate and bias crime • mentally disordered offenders • cognitive processes • psychological development • forensic psychology.


As a student you can become involved in the student-run criminology society who organise socials, invite guest speakers, hold film nights and organise visits to places such as prisons.

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How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Fees – home and EU students

Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase.
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Fees – international students

2014/15 academic year

Typically £11,250 a year

2015/16 academic year

Typically £11,500 a year

Course fees apply to courses starting in the academic year given and may be subject to annual inflationary increase.

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