Criminology and Neuroscience 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Criminology and Neuroscience.

Combined Honours

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.


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3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: BM19

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Course Overview

For the Criminology element of your course, you will learn from criminological researchers who specialise in areas such as policing, prisons and community justice, systems of justice and of punishment. Criminology is a rapidly developing field which draws on insights and methods from disciplines such as law, social science, cultural studies and psychology to explore crime, crime control and justice from a range of perspectives. You will examine such issues as the impact of crime on society and on its victims. You will be able to gain insights into how society responds to crime through systems of crime control, the workings of our criminal justice institutions, as well as through media representations. You will gain a critical understanding and detailed insight into the politics and development of criminal justice policy. You will learn about the nature and causes of crime and offending and also explore the methods used to collect and analyse criminological data, which are vital skills for a future career in criminal justice.

For the Neuroscience element of the course, you will explore the mystery of the human brain: the central nervous system, the impact of drugs upon it, and the molecular biology of diseases and disorders of the brain. Study Neuroscience at Keele and you’ll learn how the brain works – and why it sometimes doesn’t. You’ll discover how we learn and remember, how our brains control our body, and how the brain regenerates and repairs itself. You could study interesting disciplines such as neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology and neuropathology. Working in diverse ways, including in our superb labs, you’ll develop your independent research skills as you learn to acquire, interpret and analyse data from multiple sources. You’ll also understand how neuroscience can help us understand medical problems and improve the quality of life.

What will this mean for my future?

Whilst studying Criminology at Keele you may be able to apply for opportunities to gain hands-on experience through volunteering in the community and/or work experience with external agencies who work in criminal justice or resettlement. A Criminology degree from Keele opens up a wide range of career options in the fields of crime reduction, offender rehabilitation or community safety. It provides an entry to further study or training to allow you to work as a probation officer, social worker, youth worker, prison officer or a solicitor. You can also aspire to work in areas such as victim support, penal reform and advocacy, the courts or in local or central government.

Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. Your degree will open up exciting careers in sectors as varied as healthcare, scientific research, pharmacology, IT, publishing and more. You might choose to work as a research scientist in academia or the drug industry, or work as a clinical neuroscientist in the hospital sector. With or without further study, you might go on to become a clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, doctor, pharmacologist or systems analyst. If you choose to do a four year course, with a year’s industrial placement, you’ll have the added benefit of significant work experience to offer to employers.

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

Criminology - A minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. This document has information about Criminology modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

At Levels 4 and 5 you MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Criminology achieved by taking two compulsory modules and one optional module. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject.
Your remaining 30 credits may be selected from the list of Criminology optional modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of elective modules provided by other disciplines.

At level 6 you MUST take a minimum of 45 in credits in Criminology achieved by taking at least three optional modules. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject. Your remaining 30 credits may be selected from the list of Criminology optional modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of elective modules provided by other disciplines.

In year 3 there is the option to choose to specialise in one of your subjects, taking a minimum of 90 credits in this subject rather than taking modules from both subjects.

 

Neuroscience - A summary of the total credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. This document has information about Neuroscience modules only; please also see the document for your other subject. [Example credit split in the table below – please edit]

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

0

0

0

2

30

30

30

0

45

3*

15-30

45

45

0

0

* in year 3 there is the option to choose to specialise in one of your subjects, taking a minimum of 90 credits in this subject rather than taking modules from both subjects

 

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Criminology Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Understanding Crime

15

Psychology and Crime

15

Criminal Justice: Process, Policy, Practice

15

Murder

15

   

Investigating Crime: Criminological Perspectives

15

   

Punishment: Beyond the Popular Imagination

15

 

Neuroscience Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Introduction to Neuroscience

30

None

 

Physiology and Anatomy

30

   

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Criminology Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Crime and Justice in a Global Context

15

Mental Health and Offending

15

Research Methods in Criminology*

15

Working for Justice

15

   

Policing and the Police

15

   

Communities and Crime

15

 

* Students taking Criminology as one of their combined honours subjects must take the compulsory module in each semester. However, due to significant similarities between the year two Research Methods modules in Criminology and Sociology, students studying Criminology and Sociology must choose only one year two Research Methods module. This can be from either discipline but students are advised to consider this in connection with the ISP module they anticipate selecting in year three. Students should replace the other research methods module with an optional module from either discipline offered in the same semester.

 

Neuroscience Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

NB: students choose 2 modules from:

Credits

Neuroscience Research Methods

30

Study Abroad Modules

30

   

Research and Analytical Skills*

15

   

Neuron to Brain

15

   

Neurodevelopment

15

   

Learning and Memory

15

   

Neuropharmacology

15

*These modules are taken by Study Abroad students only in place of Neuroscience Research Methods; they feature as Electives in the Year credit table above. 

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Criminology Year 3 (Level 6)

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation for Criminology

30

Popular Culture and Crime

15

Prisons and Imprisonment

15

Risk and Criminal Justice

15

Environmental Crimes

15

Drugs: High Crimes or Misdemeanours

15

Living with ‘Aliens’: Immigration, Crime and Social Control

15

Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Desistance from Crime

15

The Politics and Cultures of the Death Penalty in the 21st Century

15

Criminology Work Placement

30

 

Students may choose to study elective modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the School of Social Science and Public Policy, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other subjects closely related to Criminology such as Sociology, Psychology, and Law.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest such as English, History, Politics or International Relations.
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for academic purposes.
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin).
  • Freestanding modules in subjects of general interest including ethics, contemporary religions and the politics, society and culture of some of Britain’s European neighbours.
  • Freestanding modules related to the development of graduate attributes, student volunteering, and studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme.

More information about electives is available online: http://www.keele.ac.uk/electives/

Neuroscience Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

NB: students choose 3 modules from:

Credits

Students taking Neuroscience and Biochemistry:

Life Sciences Double Experimental Project (with research skills assessment)

Or

Double Applied Life Sciences Placement1,2

 

30

 

30

Behavioural Neuroscience

15

Brain Disease

15

Students taking Neuroscience and a subject outside of the School of Life Sciences:

Life Sciences Single Experimental Project (with research skills assessment)

Or

Life Sciences Non-Experimental Project

Or

Life Sciences Dissertation

Or

Single Applied Life Sciences Placement1

 

15

 

15

 

15

 

15

Special Senses

15

Regeneration and Repair in the Nervous

System

15

Current Research Topics in Neuroscience

15

 

1 The Applied Life Sciences Placement modules may replace Life Sciences Experimental Project (with research skills assessment) modules if the nature of the placement is deemed suitable and the work carried out meets the criteria of the research project module.  

 

2 If a student fails the Life Sciences double experimental project module (or the alternative Double Applied Life Science placement module) but has it condoned, then they will not be eligible for an RSB accredited degree, but shall instead be eligible for the award BSc Studies in Biochemistry

 

 

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in Neuroscience in your final year you will study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Behavioural Neuroscience

15

None

 

Brain Disease

15

   

Special Senses

15

   

Current Research Topics in Neuroscience

15

   

Regeneration and Repair in the Nervous System

15

   

Life Sciences Double Experimental
Research Project (with research skills assessment)2

Or

Double Applied Life Sciences Placement1

30

 

30

   

Life Sciences Non-Experimental Project

Or

Life Sciences Dissertation

15

 

15

   

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az