Course overview Psychology with Criminology BSc (Hons)
You will develop a strong understanding of 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.
Learning from research-active staff and practitioners across two academic departments, you will have the opportunity to study topics combining your two specialisms, including: forensic psychology, memory and the law, and judgement and decision making.
- Acquire criminological expertise and skills to give you the competitive edge in applying for careers in crime and crime control, criminal justice system and related fields
- Develop the research expertise to investigate crime and criminal justice data, applying technical skills to carefully appraise evidence
- Gain analytical skills to engage critically with real-world criminal justice policy debates
- Study a broad range of topics within the discipline of psychology, including the application of psychological knowledge in a range of professional areas
- Shape your studies to suit your interests, with a very wide range of elective modules
- Boost your employability with BPS-accreditation and highly sought-after data literacy skills.
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.
During your three-year Psychology with Criminology degree, you will study in two research-based departments. You will develop analytical and critical thinking skills, as well as study a broad range of fascinating topics.
Cognitive Approaches to mind and behaviour (15 credits)
This module will provide you with an introduction to some of the diverse areas of Cognitive Psychology, such as the nature of perception, information processing, attention and memory, and enable you to evaluate theory and research findings.
History and Theory of Psychology (15 credits)
This module introduces some major historical and theoretical issues in psychology, and place modern psychology in its historical context. You will learn about the philosophical origins of Psychology, introspection, behaviourism, psychodynamic theory, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology and the rise of neuroscience.
Biological approaches to mind and behaviour (15 credits)
This module introduces the biological bases of behaviour including the role of the nervous system, the structure of nerve cells, the organisation of the nervous system, the brain and behaviour, physiological mechanisms and the role of neural bases.
Lifespan Psychology (15 credits)
This module introduces you to a) the main concepts in life-span developmental psychology b) biological, physical, and psychological changes across the lifespan c) questions such as the nature versus nurture debate and theories of developmental change.
Research Design and Analysis (Quantitative Methods) (15 credits)
This module provides you with an initial grounding in the nature and principles of research, experimental methodology and application of statistical techniques in psychological research.
Research Design and Analysis (Laboratory Methods) (15 credits)
This module provides an initial grounding in the nature and principles of research. You will gain an understanding of a range of methodologies in psychology with a focus on practical research methods.
Introduction to Criminology (15 credits)
Criminal Justice (15 credits)
This module provides an introduction to key perspectives, policies and practices in criminal justice. You will examine different theories and models of criminal justice and explore how these theories shape the state’s reaction to criminal offending and victimisation.
Research Methods in Psychology (30 credits)
Research methods are integral to Psychology and you need to be familiar with a range of techniques. You will learn the principles of sound data collection, and gain an understanding of the role of experimental design for testing psychological theories. The experience you will gain will complement the statistical methods module (PS2010).
Statistical Methods in Psychology (15 credits)
An understanding and use of a range of statistical methods is integral to the field of Psychology. You will develop the skills and knowledge to best analyse a given data set, to test various psychological theories. The skills you will learn will complement the research methods module (PS2009).
Cognitive Psychology (15 credits)
This module provides you with an overview of some of the diverse and developing areas of cognitive psychology and enables you to evaluate theory and research findings in cognitive psychology.
Biological Psychology (15 credits)
This module will introduce you to the biological foundations of behaviour. You will learn about: the electrochemical basis of behaviour, the structure of the nervous system, and the neurophysiological basis of perception, action, memory and learning
Victimology (15 credits)
The aim of the course is to allow you to develop an in depth understanding of criminal victimisation, and some of the economic, cultural, psychological, political and social factors that shape both the phenomenon and the response to it.
Developmental Psychology (15 credits)
This module provides an understanding of theory and research in the field of child development, develops your ability to reflect critically upon the nature of theories of child development, as well as the methods used in developmental psychology
Social Psychology (15 credits)
This module provides a) a critical overview of theory and empirical work within social psychology b) an understanding of contemporary questions in social psychology c) an ability to reflect critically upon different social psychological theories and empirical research.
Personality and Differential Psychology (15 credits)
This module explores theories of personality, the notion of intelligence, ways of measuring intelligence and personality, extremes of normality and the concept of abnormality as well as theories of learning and models of personality.
Project in Psychology (30 credits)
This module gives you the opportunity to learn about the research process through individual development of a research project, from the initial formulating of a research question through to the final written report.
Memory and the law (15 credits)
This module will provide you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge of current research and theories in the psychology of memory while applying it to practical situations involving the law.
How the Neurosciences inform Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (15 credits)
This module aims to a) help you understand, analyse and critically assess the biological models of mental disorders and appreciate their role in diagnosis and treatment b) encourage you to think about mental disorders and their treatment using a multidisciplinary approach.
Introduction to Counselling Psychology (15 credits)
This module provides an overview of theoretical approaches to counselling psychology and the implications of these to our understanding of human nature, change, and potential. In addition you will evaluate psychotherapy outcome research, and ethics will be presented and discussed.
Forensic Psychology (15 credits)
The role of psychology in a number of forensic applications will be considered, and the relevance, utility and validity of key psychological research and theory within these applications will be examined.
Decision Making and Behavioural Economics (15 credits)
This module will a) provide you with knowledge and understanding of psychological research in the field of judgment and decision making b) enable you to reflect critically on different psychological theories c) introduce approaches from other areas of cognitive science.
Approaches to Autism (15 credits)
This module uses the phenomenon of autism to illustrate ways in which a range of existing psychological theories can be used to increase our understanding of autism, yet can also be modified by the constraints made of their application to autism.
Health Psychology and Behaviour Change (15 credits)
This module introduces you to key debates, theoretical perspectives and research methodologies in health psychology. It enables you to think critically about key issues in health psychology, use theory to help solve real-world problems and evaluate practical applications of health psychology.
Organisational Psychology (15 credits)
This module explores ways in which managers and employees manage motivation, behaviour and development and places individual and organisational behaviour in the broader context of social, economic and political forces.
Social and Cognitive Neuroscience (15 credits)
This module builds on the knowledge and conceptual approaches acquired in 2nd year Cognitive Psychology and Biological Psychology courses. You will be encouraged to extend and deepen their knowledge of selected theoretical issues in the emerging field of social and cognitive neuroscience.
Introduction to Educational Psychology (15 credits)
This module will explore the application of psychological theory and research to education. You will learn about what educational psychologists do, and explore a range of special educational needs, as well as the concept of inclusion. We will cover themes relating to cognition, learning and teaching, as well as social, emotional and behavioural issues.
Social Psychology for Behaviour Change (15 credits)
In this module, you will learn how to translate and apply the knowledge derived from empirical evidence to build tools to change behaviour, focusing on social behaviour.
Emotions (15 credits)
This module aims to a) provide you with up-to-date knowledge and understanding of scientific research in the field of emotion b) develop your ability to reflect critically upon different theoretical perspectives on the nature of emotions and their function.
Critical Psychology: Opportunities for a Progressive Discipline (15 credits)
This module introduces a critique of Western models of knowledge and explores critical perspectives in Psychology. The aims of the module are to invite you to reflect on the assumptions and bias in Mainstream Psychology, and how mainstream practices and assumptions may sustain unjust political, economic and societal structures.
Clinical Skills (15 credits)
Many psychology students have a strong interest to work in clinical settings. This module provides you with an introduction to applied clinical core skills, including skills for clinical assessments and treatment techniques, that are relevant to careers in various mental health services. The module ‘Introduction to Clinical Psychology’ (PS2008) must be taken as pre-requisite in the first term of Year 3.
From Genes to Behaviour (15 credits)
The aim of the module is to understand how factors in the past interact to make us who we are today. By studying everything from genes to behaviour, this module will bridge the different branches of psychology, from developmental psychology to clinical.
Practicing Psychology: Voluntary Experience (15 credits)
The module seeks to enhance career exploration and the development of relevant professional experience through voluntary work. This elective will introduce you to a series of competencies and employability skills that will enhance your career readiness. It will also raise your awareness of career options related to psychology.
Youth Crime (15 credits)
This module introduces the origins and development of youth justice, enables you to discuss and analyse youth and childhood within a sociological and criminological context, develops your understanding of youth crime and introduces you to emergent and contemporary issues in youth crime.
Policing (15 credits)
This module explores the shifts that are taking place in policing and security. From role and function, to the socio- criminological context within which contemporary policing happens, to operational methodologies and the issues that will define the future of policing.
Criminal Behaviour (15 credits)
This module develops an understanding of a) why and how human behaviour is criminalised b) types of criminal behaviour and the processes through which people become defined as criminals c) different methods of controlling criminal behaviour and the future forms of such behaviour.
Crime, Culture and the City (15 credits)
This module introduces you to advances in research on urban crime and culture. We will consider 150 years of relevant scholarship as well as cutting-edge developments in research and theory that illuminate contemporary debates and controversies.
Property and Crime (15 credits)
The majority of crime results from the illegal acquisition of property. This module examines the various offence types that fall within this significant category, including: burglary, shoplifting, fraud, robbery, and vandalism as well as the varied motivations for these crimes.
Criminal Justice in Crisis (15 credits)
This module focuses on emerging developments and key areas of ‘crises’ in the criminal justice policy field. It will enable you to evaluate research on, and critically discuss, key issues in the politics of crime control in both their historical and contemporary contexts.
Leisure, the Body and Deviance (15 credits)
The aims of the module are to address knowledge and seek an understanding of the body in the contexts of leisure and deviance with particular reference to violence, drugs, risk, pain and injury.
Micro-Placement (15 credits)
The module seeks to enhance career exploration and will provide you with professional level experience in the form of a self-contained project with one of City’s external employer partners.
Industry Projects (15 credits)
Using knowledge and skills gained through your degree, you will work in small multi-disciplinary groups on real-life professional level practical projects for employers, choosing between 5 sector streams, such as policy, finance, community, business and arts and culture.
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Teaching and assessment
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.
You will be assessed on a mixture of:
- Problem-based assessments
- 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.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
he balance of assessment will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2019/20 entry is as follows:
Approximate study time based on 2019/20 entry is as follows:
Fees and funding
Fees for year 2022/23
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/23 academic year only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase, which is normally 2%.
- Fee waivers are available for this course.
- Means tested support is available for 2022/23 entry.
Some of our degrees may involve additional expenses which are not covered by your tuition fees. Find out more about additional expenses.
This degree equips you with skills for employment in psychologist roles within criminal justice institutions such as:
- the Home Office
- Ministry of Justice
- police forces
- third sector organisations that work with victims or offenders.
Your research, data and analytical skills will also be highly desirable for research and policy-making roles with these employers, 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.
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