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Year of Entry 2020/21
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.

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What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
International: £13,650 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 2020
Placement year available? Yes

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Student satisfaction

This course scored 90% for overall satisfaction in the 2019 National Student Survey.

Course summary

  • Study in a department that has received the British Society of Criminology award for teaching excellence.
  • Become prepared for a career in criminology, criminal and community justice areas.
  • 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.

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 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.

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.

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 the area, you 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, 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.

International opportunities

You have the opportunity to study abroad.

Networking opportunities

This course benefits from its links with the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice - a leading centre for social justice and human rights situated within the Department of Law and Criminology, which provides a vibrant environment at the cutting edge of legal and criminal justice practice and helps to place research-informed teaching at the heart of the course.

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Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • mental health
  • psychology
  • youth offending
  • service projects
  • offender advocation

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

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus

Collegiate campus

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

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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.


  • 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'.


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
Module: Graduate Research And Development 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Psychology For Criminologists Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam

Year 2

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

Final year

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

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

† 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 students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 per year.

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Financial support for home/EU students

How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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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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