Criminology and Psychology 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

Criminology and Psychology will allow you to study the human mind and behaviour, and gain an understanding of crime, criminals, and how society defines and responds to them. You’ll graduate with a Psychology degree accredited by
the British Psychological Society, plus in-depth knowledge of Criminology.

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 placement

UCAS code: CM81

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Course Overview

Crime, deviance, harm and disorder are taxing issues in most societies. The Criminology and Psychology programme o ers an opportunity to explore answers to these matters from the perspective of both disciplines. Criminology is broadly concerned with how crime and deviance are understood, the efforts made to control crime, and the consequences of crime for offenders, victims and society. Psychology is a large and varied discipline dealing with the systematic investigation of mind and behaviour. There is a natural overlap between Criminology and Psychology which offers the opportunity to acquire a fuller understanding of these questions than would be gained by studying either subject on its own. This popular combination is therefore ideal for students wishing to study the relationship between human behaviour and the social context and structures in which crimes, harms and victimisation occurs. You will learn about the social, legal and historical construction of crime and ‘deviance’ alongside psychological aspects of behaviour with regard to individual di erences, social, developmental, cognitive and biological perspectives.

What will this mean for my future?

Our programme makes for well-rounded, highly skilled and marketable graduates with substantive knowledge across two disciplines of particular contemporary signi cance. Many students who study this combination and their degree useful for careers in probation, community work, victim support, drugs and addiction centres and other occupations across the public and private sectors. Many graduates also go on to further study at master’s level and beyond.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Understanding Crime
  • Criminal Justice: Process, Policy and Practice
  • Individuals and Society
  • Research Methods
  • Biological and Cognitive Psychology

Second year

  • Research Methods in Criminology
  • Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Biological Psychology, Perception and Cognition
  • Survey and Quantitative Research Methods

Third year

  • Risk and Criminal Justice
  • State Crimes and Crimes against Humanitiy
  • The Politics and Cultures of the Death Penalty
  • Environmental Crimes
  • Criminology Work Placement
  • Psychology Project
  • Individual Differences and Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology