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Criminology and Psychology

BSc (Hons) |
This interdisciplinary degree is BPS accredited and provides a solid foundation in psychology as well as criminology.

Key Information

Start date

September 2018

Duration

3 years

4 years with a work placement year or study abroad year, to be undertaken between Part 2 and Part 3 of the course.

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,250 for the first year of study (2017/18 fee; 2018/19 fee to be confirmed)*

Non-EU

Full-time: £16,500 for the first year of study (2017/18 fee; 2018/19 fee to be confirmed)**

UCAS code

L3C8

Application period

From September 2017

Until 15th January 2018

Who is it for?

Psychology is the fourth most popular degree subject to take in the UK (Complete University Guide 2017). With thousands of students graduating with a degree in Psychology each year, this degree will set you apart from the crowd, if you have an interest in criminology and a career in the criminal justice field.

This course offers a route to a graduate basis for chartered membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) to become a charted psychologist in any field of psychology.

The programme is also excellent preparation for further study in psychology or criminology at Masters level and is well suited for those interested in pursuing careers across a broad range of sectors.

Objectives

City's BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology course encourages analytical and critical thinking, the careful appraisal of evidence and the application of various technical skills.

The course will equip you with a wide range of transferable skills and you will develop the research expertise to investigate crime and criminal justice data, and the proficiency to engage critically with real-world criminal justice policy debates.

Through the study of a broad range of topics within the discipline of psychology, including the application of psychological knowledge in a range of professional areas, you will learn to appreciate how the subject progresses through the careful use of research methods.

You will acquire criminological expertise and skills to give you the competitive edge in applying for careers in government departments concerned with crime and crime control, the core professions allied to the criminal justice system and related fields, or for postgraduate studies.

Accreditation

The British Psychological Society Accredited logo

British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation leads to a Graduate Basis for Registration of the BPS (GBR) if you obtain at least a lower second class honours degree and successfully complete the psychology project in the third year of your degree.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Typical requirements:

  • 'A' Level: AAB (no specific subjects required)
  • Tariff: 136 UCAS tariff points (typically 'A' Level AAB or ABB with a relevant Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)). See the UCAS website for information on the new tariff.
  • BTEC: DDM
  • EPQ: We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' Level offer reduced by one grade.
  • IB: 33 points.

In addition, the following is required:

  • GCSE: A minimum of grade 6 (B) in GCSE English and Mathematics.

English requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • Cambridge ESOL: CPE grade C or above
  • PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 50 in each component.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

www.ucas.com

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an ‘invisibility of choices’ policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2018 should arrive at UCAS between September 2017 and 15th January 2018. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2018 will be considered only at City’s discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Website: www.ucas.com
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

2nd
City is ranked 2nd in London for Criminology (Guardian University Guide 2017).
BPS
Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

More about fees

* The current tuition fee for UK and EU students for the 2017/18 academic year is £9,250. However, as a result of recent UK Government legislation, this fee will be subject to an inflationary increase for students commencing their studies in 2018. The size of this increase will be limited to the Student Fees Inflation Index as determined by the UK Government’s Office for Budget Responsibility. This index is derived from the All Items Retail Prices Index. We will confirm the fee for the first year of your studies (2018/19) to you in writing as soon as we receive confirmation of the revised fee: this is likely to be in early 2018. Fees in each subsequent year of study will similarly be subject to an annual increase limited to the Student Fees Inflation Index and we will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee for each of your subsequent years of study to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study.

** The current tuition fee for Non-EU students for the 2017/18 is £16,500. This first year fee may increase for the academic year 2018/19 and fees in each subsequent year of study may be subject to annual increase, as detailed above for UK and EU students.

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Placements

You can spend four years completing your degree by undertaking a work placement between completing Part 2 and entering Part 3. The degree title awarded would be: BSc Criminology and Psychology with Integrated Professional Training.

Study abroad

You may have the opportunity to undertake a study abroad year between completing Part 2 and entering Part 3. The degree title awarded would be: BSc Criminology and Psychology with Study Abroad.

Discover more about study abroad options at City.

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Teaching and learning

We encourage the development of independent learning skills, requiring you to take responsibility and initiative for your own learning. We use lectures to provide facts, commentary and explanation of key content areas, and lab-based teaching to develop your skills and understanding of research methodology, statistics and report writing. Self-directed tutorials are used for development of general skills in ICT and web-based information use. Throughout the course you will have a mixture of group project work, student-led seminar presentations and problem-based assessments.

Assessment

You will be assessed on a mixture of:

  • Essays
  • Problem-based assessments
  • Presentations
  • Class tests
  • Lab reports
  • Lab classes
  • End-of-year exams.

In your final year, you will be required to submit a dissertation based on your own empirical research, conducted under the close mentorship of an expert researcher.

Assessment weightings by year

  • Year 1: 10%
  • Year 2: 30%
  • Year 3: 60%

Modules

This BSc in Criminology and Psychology is taught within two strong, research-based departments and encourages analytical and critical thinking, the careful appraisal of evidence and the application of various technical skills. You will learn about a broad range of topics within the discipline of psychology, including the application of psychological knowledge in a range of professional areas, and you will learn to appreciate how the subject progresses through the careful use of research methods.

A wide range of transferable skills are also incorporated into the programme to enhance your employment prospects. In addition to modules in psychology, you will take criminology modules taught by criminologists in the Department of Sociology. Through these modules, you will develop a 'criminological imagination', as you are introduced to the different theoretical and applied approaches to understanding crime, criminal behaviour and criminal justice.

Year 1

The first year introduces the main areas of psychology: cognition, development, biology and the history of psychological theories, as well as key theories and concepts of criminology and criminal justice. In addition, a specialist module focuses on the education and skills needed to pursue a degree and a career as a professional psychologist.

Core modules include:

  • Biological approaches to mind and behaviour
  • Cognitive approaches to mind and behaviour
  • History and theory of psychology
  • Lifespan psychology
  • Research design and analysis (laboratory methods)
  • Research design and analysis (quantitative methods)
  • Criminology
  • Criminal justice.

Year 2

The second year advances knowledge of core psychology subjects to meet the requirements for British Psychological Society (BPS) accrediations and deepends understanding of key topics in criminology.

Core modules include:

  • Biological psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Personality and differential psychology
  • Research methods in psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Key Issues in Criminology.

You can then choose one of the following modules:

  • Memory and action (cognitive elective 1)
  • Perception and reasoning (cognitive elective psychology 2).

Year 3

Final year students conduct their own empirical research project and select six specialist modules from a wide range of modules led by expert academic staff and practitioners.

Core:

  • Psychology Research Project

Elective modules:

  • Memory and the law
  • Psychological illnesses, brain damage and dreams
  • Abnormal and clinical psychology
  • Introduction to counselling psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Youth crime
  • Policing
  • Victimology
  • Crime and media.
  • Academic expert
    Lecturer in Criminology working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Professor of Criminology and Head of Department of Sociology working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.

Career prospects

The interdisciplinary nature of this Criminology and Psychology degree course gives graduates a well-rounded profile and uniquely qualifies them for employment in psychologist roles within criminal justice institutions (e.g. the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, police forces) as well as third sector organisations that work with victims or offenders.

The solid methodological education acquired through this degree is highly desirable for research and policy-making roles within criminal justice organisations and the third sector, as well as think tanks and research organisations working on the topics of crime and criminal justice.

Furthermore, this BPS-accredited degree gives a graduate basis for chartered membership required to become a chartered psychologist in any field of psychology including, but not limited to, criminal psychology.

Criminology and Psychology

UCAS code: L3C8

Application Deadline

15th January 2018


Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

www.ucas.com

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an ‘invisibility of choices’ policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2018 should arrive at UCAS between September 2017 and 15th January 2018. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2018 will be considered only at City’s discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Website: www.ucas.com
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

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