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.  

Key Information

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Choose from a range of criminology and psychology optional modules, exploring Interpersonal Violence, Drugs and Society, Terrorism and Human Rights.
  • Whilst this course adds an understanding of criminology to your knowledge of psychology, the course is still BPS accredited.
  • This flexible degree route enables you to transfer to any of the Psychology courses, including Forensic Psychology, to add a greater degree of specialism to your undergraduate study.

Course Overview

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Methods and Practice of Psychological Inquiry
  • Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychobiology and Cognition

Optional modules:

  • Crime and Justice in Society
  • Key Approaches in Criminology: Socio-Cultural Perspectives
  • Morality and Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice in Action

Year 2

Compulsory modules

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

Optional modules:

  • Perspectives on Prison and Society
  • Understanding Policing and Security
  • Youth Justice

Placement Year

At the end of Year 2 you may choose to spend a year on placement to develop your work place skills and enhance your employment prospects.  Alternatively, you may take a placement over the summer between Year 2 and 3 as one of your final year modules. 

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Forensic Psychology Project
  • Individual Differences

Optional modules:
Choose two from:

  • Psychology Placement Module
  • Violent and Sexual Offending
  • Crime: Impacts and Consequences

Plus one from:

  • Perspectives in Cybercrime
  • Crimes of the Powerful
  • Diversity, Discrimination and Justice in the UK
  • Gendered Violence, Crime and Justice
  • Trafficking in Vulnerable Persons


More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

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

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112-128 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112-128 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 112-128 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

Applications for advanced entry to the course will be considered on an individual basis.  We can recognise prior learning from other institutions but must ensure all our graduates have covered the curriculum required by the British Psychological Society for the award of Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). No exemptions can be made against the empirical project.

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Further Information

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, 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) 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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

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

The course is accredited by the British Psychology Society which is the learned and professional body, incorporated by the Royal Charter, for Psychology in the United Kingdom. This means that the course quality, leadership, design and content, the resources (physical and staffing) and the selection and admissions policies have all been found to meet the standards demanded by the BPS. Consequently the course fulfils the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS for those students who successfully complete the empirical project and graduate with a Lower Second Class Honours Degree or better. Thus enabling progression to postgraduate training in psychology, and therefore enables graduates to pursue, in due course, eligibility for Chartered Membership of the Society (CPsychol).

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Fantastic Facilities

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

Brain Imaging Laboratory (BIL)

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Psychology

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.