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BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychology

Three years full-time
UCAS code • MC98 | Location • Collegiate Campus

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Criminology and Psychology degree overview

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.

• 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.

Fees – home and EU students

Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase.

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

Fees - international students

Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase. For further fee information see our international fees or scholarships and bursaries pages.

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,250 a year

Course description

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.

What you study
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 gain a foundation in key areas of criminology and criminal justice and psychology in your first year. Then specialise with optional modules such as • rights, justice and exclusion • sex, violence and extremism • experiencing custodial and community sentences • making desistance and recovery a reality • policing and crime prevention.

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.

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

Work-based learning
To maximise your career prospects in the area, you have access to a range of industry opportunities during the course. These include student placement activities with criminal justice/third sector agencies, simulation modules, voluntary work through our employability fair and possible opportunities to work on clinical modules in our law clinic. You also have access to degree-specific careers advice and support.

Study abroad
You also have the opportunity to study abroad. International academic exchanges take place in the second semester of your second year.


• essays • projects • research reports • workbooks • portfolios • examinations • dissertation in year three

Entry requirements

2016 entry requirements

GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C or above. We do not accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 280 points from at least two GCE/VCE A levels or BTEC National qualifications. We accept general studies, and up to two AS levels. We do not consider Key Skills.

• Access – at least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS average score of 6.5 with at least 6.5 in reading and writing and a minimum score of 5.5 in all other skills

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course content

Year one modules

• graduate research and development 1 and 2 • criminological landscapes • criminal justice • cognitive processes and individual differences • the psychology of development and behaviour

Year two core modules

• (de) constructing research • exploring placements • the psychology of offenders and offending • living with justice

Year two options

• rights, justice and exclusion • life beyond crime, substance use and offending • extending crime control in the community • animal psychology • cognition in action: from theory to practice • developmental disorders of reading and language • holistic perspectives • counselling and psychotherapy • witnesses and victims: forensic psychology in practice

Year three core module

• dissertation

Year three options

• sex, violence and extremism • making desistance and recovery a reality • policing and crime prevention • simulating criminal justice practice • enacting human rights • crime and justice in the information age • experiencing custodial and community sentences • supported practice initiative • atypical child development • counselling and psychotherapy • death, dying and bereavement • forensic psychology • organisations, work and psychology • the psychology of sexuality and gender • weapons of influence


You can find careers in areas such as • the police service • the probation service • the prison service • youth work • victim support work • citizens advice work • community liaison work.

Roles include • mental health support worker • assistant psychologist • youth offending • service project worker • offender advocates.

Progression courses

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