Psychology and Criminology

Psychology and Criminology BSc (Hons)

Study the nature of crime in society and gain an understanding of crime and criminal behaviour from a number of different perspectives on this truly fascinating course. Psychology and Criminology are completely separate topics that complement each other well. You can study both together, graduating with a degree that gives professional body recognition from the British Psychology Society and the knowledge and skills you’ll need for a career in either area. Alternatively, after Year 1 you can choose to specialise, by transferring to any one of our other Psychology routes or by pursuing a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. 

All our psychology degrees share a common first year, with the opportunity to start specialising from Year 2. You can choose BSc routes in Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Neuropsychology, Sport & Exercise Psychology, Psychology with Psychotherapy and Counselling and Psychology and Criminology.

The Psychology syllabus is informed by the professional body, the British Psychological Society (BPS). All core modules are completed by Year 2, after which you can choose your specialism and, if you like, progress straight onto a specialist BPS-accredited master's, which provides stage 1 of your training towards becoming a professional psychologist.

Year 1 introduces you to the main areas of Psychology and Criminology. At Years 2 and 3, what you study depends on the route you take. You can choose to stay as a Joint student, studying both Psychology and Criminology in roughly equal amounts, or you can study more of one subject than the other (Major/Minor), or you can decide to drop one subject and continue with either a BSc (Hons) Psychology or a BA (Hons) Criminology. Students who complete the Major 'Professional Route' in Psychology qualify for the British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist (provided a minimum standard of qualification of second class honours is achieved). This level of recognition is required for entry to postgraduate courses for those wishing to train as professional psychologists. Those students who complete a non-professional Major route or a Joint route with a Psychology project will be eligible for Graduate Membership of the BPS.

During Year 1, you build up your basic knowledge and skills in both Psychology and Criminology, which are quite distinct subjects that involved developing different, though related, skills. Psychology is an investigate science, involving practical classes and report-writing, as well as acquiring knowledge and critically examining evidence. Criminology is a social science and so you will be expected to read independently for seminars, and contribute to discussions and debates.

In Years 2 and 3, the flexibility of the scheme means you can specialise in one of these two areas, or continue on a joint route. You will examine psychological and criminology theory and issues in more depth and have the opportunity to choose areas of particular interest. Investigating issues that inform current research debates in both Psychology and Criminology should prepare you well to select a topic for your Year 3 project, which may have either a psychological or criminological focus.


Graduating on this BPS-accredited course will enable you to gain entry requirements to further education and professional training in Psychology. At UCLan, we offer a range of BPS-accredited MSc courses (e.g. Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology) which would be the first step towards achieving professional training in Psychology.

You can get involved in the research carried out by our staff, both as a participant and as a researcher, and not just through your classes and final year projects - there are paid research student internships and part-time research assistant positions available. You can also take part in conference talks, research publications and research grants - our current students regularly publish themselves, or become members of the editorial panel of ‘Diffusion’, UCLan’s own undergraduate research journal.

Some of our graduates pursue a career in psychology by undertaking postgraduate training to become professional psychologists, including our BPS-accredited Master’s programmes. However, UCLan graduates are valued more broadly, and others utilise the skills that our degree encourages to take graduate-level positions in a range of organisations, including the Police, Prison Service, NHS, social and community services, health authorities and in the pharmaceutical industry, and in education and training.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Four years minimum.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:

    CMV9; Short form: BSc/PsyCri

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

112 -128 points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access to HE with 112 - 128 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate and obtain 112 - 128 UCAS Points
IELTS 6.0 with no component lower than 5.5
5 GCSE at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent.

Courses at a glance

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Methods and Practice of Psychological Inquiry
  • Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychobiology and Cognition
  • Crime and Society
  • Key Thinkers in Criminology

Optional modules:

  • Crime and Morality
  • Introduction to Criminal Process and Procedure
  • An Introduction to Evolutionary Psychology
  • Topics in Forensic and Criminal Psychology
  • Psychology of the Media
  • Mind Games: Topics in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Psychological Research 1: Design and Quantitative Methods
  • Psychological Research 2: Qualitative Methods
  • Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive and Physiological Psychology
  • Individual Differences

Optional modules:

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Critical Thinkers in Criminology
  • Understanding Interpersonal Violence
  • Understanding Policing
  • Youth Justice

Year 3

  • Compulsory Options
  • Forensic Psychology Project
  • Violent and Sexual Offending
  • Crime: Impacts and Consequences

Optional modules:

  • Sex, Violence and Strategies
  • State Crime and Genocide: State Terrorism and Denial
  • Drugs and Society
  • Why Prison?
  • Terrorism and Human Rights
  • Crime and New Technologies
  • Human Trafficking and ‘Modern Day’ Slavery
  • Diversity, Crime and Justice

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Our Industry Links

We continuously engage with employers to make sure our curriculum delivers the skills and knowledge industry needs. These include a number of professionals from various sectors, including NHS Trusts, patient groups, medical practitioners, allied health professionals, the Prison Service, police forces, local education authorities, schools and professional sports organisations.

Professional Accreditation

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Society with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, provided a minimum standard of qualification of second class honours is achieved.

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Learning Environment

You’ll be taught by academics that produce first-class research, which has an impact not just in academia but in our working and everyday lives. Much of our psychological research was rated as ‘internationally excellent’ and ‘world-leading’ in the last research assessment exercise.

Enjoy regular visits from renowned guest speakers - previous speakers have included Prof. Richard Dawkins, Sir Nicholas Humpfrey and Prof. Bruce Hood.

You will be assessed by coursework and Multiple Choice Question exam, essay exams and the project. Percentage of coursework to exams is roughly 50/50.

Fantastic Facilities

Study in our state-of-the art purpose-built psychology building, Darwin, with its specialist labs :


Important Information

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

* Tuition Fees

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated. Currently the 2018/19 fee level, which is due to increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rates has not been announced by the Government.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.