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Year of Entry 2021/22
BSc (Honours)

Criminology and Psychology

Full-time Criminology

Find out about the causes and consequences of criminal behaviour and discover appropriate methods of managing behaviour and reducing crime.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £13,995 per year
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? MC98
When do I start? September 2021
Placement year available? Yes

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Student satisfaction

This course scored 91% for overall satisfaction in the 2020 National Student Survey.

Course summary

  • Study in a department that has received the British Society of Criminology award for teaching excellence.
  • Improve your employability by working on real-life work placements and case studies.

Gain a criminological and psychological perspective on the causes and consequences of crime and offending behaviour and consider ways of treating and managing offenders. By studying both criminology and psychology, you will gain a broad, multi-disciplinary understanding of the real life applications of criminological and psychological theory to life experiences, human behaviour and work experiences. The course aims to provide students with:

 

  • A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the core areas of criminology and psychology and how these relate to other disciplines.
  • Knowledge of practice to enhance their own understanding of the disciplines of criminology and psychology.
  • Involvement in authentic work experience opportunities, placement, and scholarly research.
  • Personal and transferable skills for enhancing employability and graduate attributes, through embedded academic, personal and professional development.
  • The skills necessary to research and enhance the disciplines of criminology and psychology.
  • An active and student-centred approach to learning, enabling students to tailor their studies to reflect specialist interests and enhance autonomy.
Student View
Watch student Emma Higgs talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

Your lecturer's view
Watch the Head of Criminology Shawna McCoy talk about this course.

You will benefit from teaching staff who are active in criminological and psychological research and supported through research centres such as the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice. Thanks to this involvement we can offer teaching and course content that is up-to-date and of a very high standard. The criminology and psychology staff group bring with them a breadth and depth of knowledge and skills, some from professional practice, from across the criminal justice and psychological sectors (including the police, prison service, probation, youth organisations, mental health settings and charity sectors), others from academic and research backgrounds. This enables us to provide high-quality learning of the core aspects of both disciplines, and also a range of specialist topics and areas of study.  

You learn through

  • lectures and seminars
  • class-based discussion and debate
  • group tasks
  • projects
  • simulation and case study analysis

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus programme following the Brexit transition period).

Course leaders and tutors

Nicholas Addis
Nicholas Addis
Lecturer in Criminology

I joined Sheffield Hallam University as a Lecturer in February 2016, having previously worked as a teaching assistant at the University of Leeds, and as a Psychologi … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

To maximise your career prospects in this area, you will have various opportunities for work-related learning during the course. Employability and placement opportunities are embedded across all three years of the degree course. These include student placement modules and activities with criminal justice/third sector agencies, project work with external agencies, simulation modules, and voluntary work through our employability fair. You will also have access to degree-specific careers advice and support.

International opportunities

You will have the opportunity to study abroad for the second semester of your second year, at institutions in Australia, USA or Canada. You will choose modules that you wish to study, and get the chance to learn about different cultures and learning styles, as well as travel to new places and meet new people.

Networking opportunities

This course benefits from its links with the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, which ensures that teaching focuses directly and indirectly on ethical and social justice issues related to the social exclusion/inclusion of a range of vulnerable groups, and on promoting social access to all available community resources. You are provided with career-related support from department specialists who help with access to graduate opportunities.

Our teaching is developed to supply a 'real world' curriculum and is designed to embed key transferrable skills that will help students with their search for future graduate employment or further study opportunities. In order to deliver this we work in partnership with employers and other key stakeholders to impact on important issues in the local area which enhances opportunities for student success by offering them the opportunity to work with prospective employers whilst applying their knowledge to the local community in order to positively impact a range of agencies and individuals. This can include opportunities aimed at young people, prison-related organisations, community justice organisations, substance misuse services, women's services, accommodation service, victim services, etc.

We also host a range of regular events and lectures from both national and international guest speakers, including police officers, forensic psychologists, probation officers and prison governors.

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Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • mental health
  • psychology
  • social justice
  • social research
  • service projects
  • offender rehabilitation
  • academia
  • charity sector

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for:

  • the police service
  • the probation service
  • the prison service
  • youth work
  • victim support
  • citizens advice
  • civil service and local government
  • drug and alcohol charities

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

Collegiate campus

Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Collegiate Crescent
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Learn more about your department

The Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice has brought Sheffield Hallam's law and criminology departments international esteem.

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • BBC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4
  • Mathematics at grade C or 4

• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

• Grade B from CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in both reading and writing and 5.5 in all other skills, or equivalent

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.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

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. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Criminal Justice Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: Criminological Landscapes Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Forensic Mental Health Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Graduate Research And Development 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Graduate Research And Development 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Psychology For Criminologists Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Deconstructing Research Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Living With Justice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Offenders And Offending Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Animal Psychology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Cybercrime And Society Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Disorders Of Language And Reading Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Exclusion Rights And Justice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Experiencing Criminal Justice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Holistic Perception Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Human Sexual Behaviour Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Inspiring Real World Criminology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Introduction To Counselling And Psychotherapy Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Investigating Cutting Edge Criminology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Life Beyond Crime, Substance Use And Offending Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Practice On Placement Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Psychology In Everyday Life Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Social Enterprise For Justice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Studies Abroad In Criminology Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Witnesses And Victims: Forensic Psychology In Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Dissertation Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: 21St Century Crime: Threats, Responses And Human Rights Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Atypical Child Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Comparative Criminal Justice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Counselling And Psychotherapy (Theoretical Perspectives) Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Crime And Justice In The Information Age Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Criminal Justice Realities Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Death, Dying And Bereavement Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Evolutionary Psychology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Experiencing Custodial And Community Sentences Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Forensic Psychology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Healthy And Clinical Ageing Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Making Desistance And Recovery A Reality Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Organisations Work And Psychology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Policing And Crime Reduction Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Positive Psychology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sex Violence And Extremism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Simulating Justice Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Psychology Of Education Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Psychology Of Sexuality And Gender Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Understanding Social Justice And Community Action Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Weapons Of Influence Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Criminology courses (PDF)

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