Find out about the causes and consequences of criminal behaviour and discover appropriate methods of managing behaviour and reducing crime.
What you study
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 psychology and criminology, you gain a broad disciplinary perspective of why people behave in the way that they do and how society and government respond to a variety of crimes and consider whether treatment, rehabilitation or punishment is the most appropriate response.
You study in a department that has received the British Society of Criminology award for teaching excellence.
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.
To maximise your career prospects in the area, you have access to a range of industry opportunities 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.
You also have the opportunity to study abroad. You may be able to study in Europe as part of the Erasmus programme. International academic exchanges take place in the second semester of your second year.
2017 entry requirements
GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C or grade 4 or above. We do not accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following
• 112 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept up to two AS levels. We accept general studies.
• 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept general studies.
New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.
• 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.
Three years full-time
Typical modules may include
|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||
|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 • civil service and local government.
Roles include • mental health support worker • assistant psychologist • youth offending • service project worker • offender advocates.
Many of our students have progressed to postgraduate study.
Home / EU student
Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)
For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.
2016/17 academic year
Typically £12,250 a year
2017/18 academic year
Typically £12,750 a year
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.
Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.