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  2. 2020
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BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology

Entry Year:
This interdisciplinary degree is BPS accredited and provides a solid foundation in psychology as well as criminology.

This course has now closed for September 2020 applications through Clearing.

You may be interested in applying for our BSc Sociology with Psychology or BSc Criminology instead.

Key information

Start date

September 2020

Academic year dates


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.


Full-time: £9,250 *


Full-time: £17,510 for your first year of study **

UCAS code


Application period

From September 2019


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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.


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.


The British Psychological Society Accredited

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

We may demonstrate some flexibility of entry requirements in Clearing. This will depend on the results we receive and the number of spaces we have available and may be considered on a case by case basis.

Details of the standard entry requirements for 2020 are shown below.

Standard requirements

  • 'A' Level: Grades AAB or ABB with relevant EPQ or 136 UCAS tariff points
  • IB: 30 points, 5,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects
  • GCSE: a minimum of grade 4 (C) in GSCE English and Mathematics is required.

For help with the new UCAS tariff please visit the UCAS Tariff Calculator

Other suitable qualifications

Access to Higher Education

We welcome Access course applications from 'mature' students. These applicants will be considered on the basis of their own merits. Please be aware that Access students are often asked for further information to supplement their application, this is normally in the form of a questionnaire.

A typical offer for an Access applicant would be: Pass 60 credits, 45 Level 3 including at least 27 at distinction and the remaining 18 at merit. The Access qualification should be supplemented by at least a grade 4 (C) in Mathematics and English Language at GCSE.

INTO City, University of London

INTO City, University of London offers pathway programmes in a range of academic subjects and English language to help you prepare for degree-level study at City. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

Learn more about the International Foundation in Humanities and Law. and the International Foundation programme in Business and Economics with Society and Culture

INTO City courses are validated by City, University of London providing assurance of the quality and standards of education.

Kaplan International College (KIC) London

City works in partnership with KIC London to provide a range of preparatory courses for international students. KIC London courses offer comprehensive support to students - including regular one-to-one tuition. Students who successfully complete the KIC London Foundation course at the required level have a guaranteed progression route to City, University of London degree courses.

English requirements

Cambridge ESOL: CPE grade C or above

PTE Academic: 59 overall with a minimum of 59 in each component

IELTS: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

English language programmes

Don’t meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.

Visa requirements

International Students (EEA and Non EEA) coming to study in the UK, 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:

  • EEA nationals joining the programme in 2020 and EEA nationals joining from January 2021
  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Limited places on this course for September 2020 may be available through Clearing and Adjustment this summer.

Applying through UCAS

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

  • The UCAS institution code for City, University of London is C60.
  • The UCAS course code for this programme is L3C8.

You can contact UCAS for further information using the following details:

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.

Clearing enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process at City through Clearing, visit our Clearing hub for more information. Our online Clearing Service Desk will be open from 8am on Thursday 13th August to help you with your application.

Accredited Course
large range of third year modules
in London for Psychology (The Guardian 2019)
During your course

More about fees

* The fee for this course is £9,250 for each year of study.

** In 2020/21 the fee is £17,510 for the first year of study. The institution reserves the right to increase your tuition fees annually to take account of the institution's increased costs of delivering educational services. The increase will normally be 2% but this is kept under review with reference to the RPI. If the institution intends to increase your tuition fees you will be advised of this alongside the published entry fee.


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.

The Lord Mayor of London Scholarship


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.


We operate a Guarantee Scheme for first year undergraduates which means you will be offered place in one of City's affiliated Halls if you meet the Scheme's criteria.

Read more about our undergraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

Find out more about private accommodation.

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We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

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Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

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Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

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Course content and assessment

To make sure that you can begin or continue your studies with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and adapted our courses to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We have modified the way some of our courses are delivered, with many programmes being made available online.

Contact us to find out more about how our programmes will be delivered.

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.


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.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The balance of assessment  will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:

Year 1

Written examination: 45% Coursework: 55%

Year 2

Written examination: 32% Coursework: 68%

Year 3

Written examination: 25% Coursework: 75%

Assessment weightings by year

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


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.
  • Victimology

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.


  • 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
  • Crime and media.
  • How the Neurosciences inform Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
  • Introduction to Clinical Psychology
  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Approaches to Autism
  • Health Psychology and Behaviour Change
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Coaching Psychology
  • Topics in typical and atypical psychological development
  • Programming for Psychologists
  • Topics in Behavioural Economics
  • Social psychology for behaviour change
  • Emotions,
  • Micro-placement.

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

Overall workload

  • Modules vary in contact hours but usually involve one 2-hour lecture per week and an associated tutorial/clinic hour.
  • Research methods modules have more contact time; typically one 2-hour lecture, one statistics workshop, 1 laboratory class per week.
  • In addition, you will be expected to undertake self-directed study hours for each module of approximately 10 hours per week.

Approximate study time based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:

Year 1

Scheduled learning: 18% Independent learning: 82%

Year 2

Scheduled learning: 18% Independent learning: 82%

Year 3

Scheduled learning: 11% Independent learning: 89%
After you graduate

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.

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