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BSc (Hons)

Psychology & Criminology

3 Years
September 2022
Campus Taught
Foundation Entry

On our BSc (Hons) Psychology & Criminology degree you’ll study the nature of crime in society and gain an understanding of crime and criminal behaviour from two complementary perspectives.

On the Psychology & Criminology course you study the core Psychology modules alongside the related discipline of Criminology. Choose from a range of criminology and psychology optional modules, exploring issues such as violent and sexual offending, cybercrime, youth justice and the operation of the police and prison services. This provides you with the benefits of understanding perspectives from different disciplines on the same phenomena and provides you with a wide range of career options upon completion of the course.

Why study with us

  • Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology and Criminology is ranked 10th in England for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2021)
  • Complement your BPS-accredited Psychology degree with related criminological perspectives providing you with a broad understanding of the topics of interest.
  • Our flexible degree route enables you transfer to any of our other Psychology courses, such as Forensic Psychology, after Year 1, to add a greater degree of specialism to your undergraduate study.

What you'll do

  • Our Psychology & Criminology course enables you to gain the benefits of the breadth and depth of knowledge required for a BPS accredited Psychology degree whilst gaining a complementary perspective from criminological insights into the causes of crime, prevention and rehabilitation.
  • You will gain the added benefits from studying in a department with an international reputation for Forensic Psychology, the field of Psychology that considers psychological aspects of legal processes in courts.
  • On this course you’ll learn application of psychological theory to criminal investigation and crime prevention, as well as understanding psychological problems associated with criminal behaviour and the treatment and rehabilitation of those who have committed offences.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus aside from a small amount of online teaching where we have learnt it works best.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Future careers

Graduating on this BPS-accredited course enables you to gain entry requirements to further education and professional training in Psychology. We offer a range of BPS-accredited MSc courses (eg Forensic Psychology) which would be the first step towards achieving professional training in Psychology.

Graduates are involved in a range of roles related to law, order, crime and crime prevention. This includes the development and implementation of treatment programmes, modifying offender behaviour and improving the psychological wellbeing of prisoners and prison staff. They often provide the research evidence to support practice, conduct prisoner profiling and give evidence in court or at parole boards and mental health tribunals.

Our 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.

If you are interested in immediately entering employment after graduating, a year-long placement or placement module can be used to enhance your graduate prospects.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£9250 per year
Sandwich year£1000 for the sandwich year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£14000 per year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£14000 per year
Full-time£9250 per year
Sandwich year£1000 for the sandwich year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£14250 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Psychology and Computer Science located in the Faculty of Science and Technology

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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