Criminology with Psychology BA (Hons)

The Criminology with Psychology degree examines the causes, legal framework and responses to crime, combined with the study of psychology.

It provides students with practical knowledge and transferable skills to become active citizens who critically reflect on, and challenge, established institutions and practices to contribute to their community and build a more just society. It will focus predominantly on the sociology of crime, while also consulting the study of psychology in the areas of philosophy, social policy, law and jurisprudence. This will assist students in developing a critical awareness of contemporary issues in criminology in local, national and global contexts, alongside the development of a holistic approach to criminal justice. Students will have the opportunity to develop a suite of professional and personal skills to enhance their employability including: reflexivity, critical thinking, ethics and professional conduct, alongside theoretical and practical skills to enter a diverse range of career pathways within criminal and social justice roles.  The programme provides students with skills to support learning for life through inquisitive and reflective practice, and the confidence to respond to the complexity and ambiguity of social change.

The majority of this course is led by the Criminology team and so is suited to those with a predominant interest in society as a whole – please see the module breakdown for more detail.

Key features

  • Learn alongside a skilled team of criminologists actively involved in teaching and research, many of whom have worked within criminal justice or allied fields and have strong links with the British Society of Criminology and the British Sociological Association.
  • Study a variety of topics delivered through a block-taught process that encourages active and experiential learning to engage a diverse student population.
  • Develop key personal, professional and practical skills that enhance employability upon course completion.
  • Gain knowledge and insight into local, national and global criminological contexts from experienced academics working at the edge of criminological research and working to promote SDG16 (for which DMU is the global hub) on Peace, Justice and Stronger Institutions.
  • Participate in in-depth learning experiences through our DMU Global programme. Previous trips include the study of state crime at Auschwitz, subcultures in Chicago, and genocide education in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Discover your individuality within the field of Criminology by conducting a self-designed research project from beginning to end that channels your creativity and aligns with your own world views
  • Benefit from Education 2030, where a simplified ‘block learning’ timetable means you will study one subject at a time and have more time to engage with your learning, receive faster feedback and enjoy a better study-life balance.
BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
3 years Duration
L3C8 UCAS Code

Entry Requirements For This Course


  • Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A minimum of 112 points from at least two A levels 

T Levels

  • Merit


  • BTEC National Diploma - Distinction/Merit/Merit
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - Distinction/Merit/Merit

Access to HE Diploma

  • Pass in QAA accredited Access to HE overall 112 UCAS tariff with at least 30 Level 3 credits at Merit.

We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

International Baccalaureate: 24+ points

English language requirements

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 5.5 in each band (or equivalent) when you start the course is essential.

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Interview: No

Work experience: No

Personal statement selection criteria

  • An ability to work independently and take a pro-active approach to learning
  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence

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