Criminology with Psychology BSc (Hons)

Overview

Understand the mind of offenders, victims and witnesses, and learn about the theories of crime and criminality on this combined BSc (Hons) Criminology with Psychology degree course.

You’ll get a foundation in the psychology of crime, and enhance your studies by exploring the causes of offending behaviour, responses to crime, and how rehabilitation works.

This course prepares you for a career in areas such as the prison or probation service, criminal justice agencies and victim support.

What you'll experience:

  • Study in one of the largest criminology departments in the UK, with teaching drawn from the latest research in criminology and psychology
  • Tailor your degree to your interests and career ambitions, and hear from recent graduates who are working in the field
  • Interact with practitioners from criminal justice agencies, businesses and charitable organisations
  • Get out of the classroom by using our forensic interviewing facilities
  • Make the most of our networks with agencies such as youth offender teams, the probation service, prisons, and Hampshire Fire and Rescue.What you'll experienceOn this Criminology with Psychology degree course, you'll:
    • Study in one of the largest criminology departments in the UK, with teaching drawn from the latest research in criminology and psychology
    • Tailor your degree to your interests and career ambitions, and hear from recent graduates who are working in the field
    • Interact with practitioners from criminal justice agencies, businesses and charitable organisations
    • Get out of the classroom by using our forensic interviewing facilities
    • Make the most of our networks with agencies such as youth offender teams, the probation service, prisons, and Hampshire Fire and Rescue.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.

What you'll study:

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Essential Skills for Criminologists
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Psychology for Criminologists
  • Understanding Criminology

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Psychological Science
  • Psychology and Criminal Justice
  • Questioning Criminology
  • Researching Criminology

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Community Justice
  • Crimes of the Powerful
  • Foundation of Economic Crime
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation
  • Global, State and Corporate Security
  • Hate Crime
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Key Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Law and Legal Skills
  • Learning from Experience
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Missing Persons: Issues and Investigation
  • Penology and Prison
  • Police, Law and Community
  • Policing a Diverse Society
  • Principles of Economic Crime Investigation
  • Victims of Crime: Key Players in Criminal Justice
  • Wildlife Crime: Threats and Response
  • Youth Crime, Youth Justice

Optional placement year

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Dissertation / Major Project (Criminology)
  • Psychology in the Community
  • Psychology of Criminal Conduct

Options you can choose in this year currently include:

  • Contemporary Criminologies
  • Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response
  • Crime, Exclusion and Mental Health
  • Cybercrime: Deviance, Crime and Terror
  • Dangerous Offenders and Public Protection
  • Forensic Psychology: Investigation
  • Gender and Crime
  • Green Crime and Environmental Justice
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Learning from Experience
  • Management of Criminal Investigations
  • Miscarriages of Justice
  • Money Laundering and Compliance
  • Political Extremism
  • Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
  • Social Policy, Justice and Crime 
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • coursework
  • examinations
  • presentations
  • group projects
  • a dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 18% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 75% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 17% by written exams and 83% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 33% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 59% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

This course opens up career opportunities in areas related to psychology and criminology.

What can you do with a Criminology with Psychology degree?

Organisations you could work in include:

  • the police force
  • the probation service
  • the prison service
  • academic research
  • victim and offender support charities

You could also work in third sector organisations and charities that work towards improving the lives of those in or leaving the criminal justice system.

What jobs can you do with a Criminology with Psychology degree?

Our graduates have gone on to jobs such as:

  • investigative data analyst
  • police officer
  • probation officer
  • youth offending support officer
  • offender case administrator

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the field. You'll also get support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

 

BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

96-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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