Criminology with Psychology
Study the workings of the mind and criminal behaviour
Why take this course?
This degree course is designed to provide you with an opportunity to study the interdisciplinary nature of criminology as a major subject, whilst taking psychology as a minor subject. This course benefits from two complimentary disciplines that work in parallel to one another. Whilst there are opportunities during the course to integrate subject themes and disciplines (including law, criminal justice and sociology), there is a distinct differentiation between psychological and criminological study. This means that you can explore a range of interesting topics and build a full appreciation of the two disciplines.
What will I experience?
On this course you can:
- Engage with and evaluate current critical debates surrounding the ways in which social, criminological, psychological and cultural factors affect offending behaviour
- Discuss career options with our panel of recent graduates working in the criminal justice sector
- Study languages or gain work experience placements alongside your degree study
What opportunities might it lead to?
The course will equip you for careers in the police service, probation service, prison service and the legal profession. Other areas you could go into include crime and safety partnerships, criminological research and crime analysis, as well as careers in other public and private industries.
The lecturers have a wealth of experience and knowledge in both areas of study.
Vanessa Williams, BSc (Hons) Criminology with Psychology student 2013
Apply for September 2016
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- UCAS Course Code:
- 3 years full time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
- 240-320 points from 3 A levels or equivalent, to include a minimum of 100 points in a relevant subject. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5. Other qualifications
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2016/17 entry: full time: £9,000 p/a*
2016/17 entry: full time: £12,000 p/a**
*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.
**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.
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- Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
- Programme specification
Structure & Teaching
- Researching Criminology
- Skills for Criminologists
- Psychological Science in Action
- Introduction to Criminal Justice
- Introduction to Psychology
- Introduction to Criminology
Study of Languages (0 credits) - which if combined with Year 2 Languages Study, leads to a Certificate.
- Researching Criminology 2
- Questioning Criminology
- Contemporary Issues in Applied Psychology
- Biological and Cognitive Psychology
- Biological and Cognitive Psychology
- Social and Developmental Psychology
- Individual Differences and Psychometrics
- Key Issues in Criminal Justice
- Punishing Offenders
- Police, Law and Community
- Crime, Media and Culture
- Learning from Experience (Faculty Wide Option)
- Police a Diverse Society
- Crimes of the Powerful
- Substance Use and Misuse
- Victims of Crime: Key Players in Criminal Justice
- The Fraud Problem
- Anti-Fraud Strategies
- Wildlife Crime: Threats and Responses
- Youth Crime, Youth Justice
- Global State and Corporate Security
- Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation
Year-long language Option for credit which, if combined with Year 1 Languages Study, leads to a Certificate.
- Language and Communication
- Issues in Clinical and Health Psychology
- Introduction to Forensic Psychology
- Hate Crime
- Dangerous Offenders and Public Protection
- Contemporary Criminologies
- Cyber Crime: Deviance, Crime and Terror
- Forensic Psychology
- Gender and Crime
- Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders
- Crime, Exclusion and Mental Health
- Miscarriages of Justice
- Sexual Offences and Offender Behaviour
- Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response
- Professional Skills in Criminal Justice
- Criminal Justice Clinic
*It is important to note that the psychology units included as the minor route in the programme are not intended to meet the British Psychological Society (BPS) criteria for accreditation.
Teaching and Assessment
Our teaching approach involves your participation in lectures, seminars, tutorials, group discussions, practical workshops and forensic crime scene examinations. We support your learning experience by teaching the skills necessary for degree level work through study skills tutorials in year one and two, and focus on dissertation supervision in year three. You will also be introduced to the software and web-based learning materials that will support your educational experience.
How are you assessed?
Assessment is through a combination of coursework, practical crime scene assessments and examinations. These include open, pre-seen papers and closed traditional examinations. Coursework involves seminar papers, presentations, group projects and the 10,000-word dissertation. Full support is given to help students develop the techniques necessary for their assessed work.
Through their studies students can also gain professional accreditation that will directly assist them in the development of their employability prospects. For example:
- in undertaking the Optional unit Police, Law and Community, students can additionally gain professional accreditation from the College of Policing with the Certificate of Knowledge in Policing (exempting them from parts of police training), subject to any additional requirements set down by the College of Policing.
- in undertaking the Optional unit The Fraud Problem, students can additionally gain professional accreditation from the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board as an Accredited Counter Fraud Technician (ACFTech), subject to additional requirements set down by the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board
- in undertaking the Optional unit Anti-Fraud Strategies, students can additionally gain professional accreditation from the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board as an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS), subject to additional requirements set down by the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board.
Dr Sarah Lewis, Course Leader
Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
This degree offers you a great choice of units that will allow you to gain a rich understanding of criminological theory and key psychological issues. We have worked hard to design an innovative and stimulating programme that suits the needs and interests of students, with a range of assessments that will enable you to meet your potential. With the new sandwich year in place from 2014, you will get a rich flavour of criminology on an international level with experiences and opportunities that are not to be missed.
Facilities & Features
The Institute of Criminal Justice Studies was founded in 1992 and has since grown to comprise 50 academic staff and more than 1,800 students. Now an internationally-renowned focal point for the study of crime and criminal justice processes, it draws together expertise in criminological analysis, applied psychology, police governance and management, victimology, penology, risk and security.
Our extensive experience and close professional relationships with the police service and criminal justice agencies ensure that our courses reflect the changing needs of the profession. You may benefit from these links by hearing guest speakers, listening to leading-edge research and being helped to find professional work placements.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
Guest speakers add so much to the course, providing for a really valuable and eye-opening experience, which enables learning about topics from a personal perspective.
Starie Uwins, BSc (Hons) Criminology with Psychology student
Budgeting for your studies
There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.
Other costs to consider
For placements abroad, you will be required to pay for additional costs. These will vary depending on the placement and length of stay, ranging from £50 - £1,000 to cover travel, accommodation or subsistence.
Careers & Opportunities
You can expect to work within the police, probation and prison services, in the fields of community safety, crime prevention and criminological research, or the forensic science services.
Our graduates have gone on to jobs as:
- paralegal executive
- investigative data analyst
- police officer
- probation officer
- youth offending support officer
- emergency planning officer
- offender case administrator
This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option, which lets you earn credits toward your degree for work/research placements, volunteer roles or internships undertaken alongside your studies. This gives you the opportunity to enhance your employability skills, reflect on the ways in which you've done so and learn to express this to potential employers.
To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.
Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.
Outside of lectures, I am a student representative and I volunteer as an Appropriate Adult where I sit in on police interviews of vulnerable individuals to ensure their rights are being respected. It is a great opportunity which I gained through applying to another volunteer role which the university helped me find.
Starie Uwins, BSc Criminology and Psychology student 2011