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Psychology and Criminology (BSc)

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Our new BSc Psychology and Criminology programme provides students with the opportunity to combine two popular subjects in order to develop an understanding of human behaviour and the mind alongside the study of the causes, consequences and prevention of crime.


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BSc Psychology and Criminology
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Tuition Fees 2022/23:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

With accreditation being sought from the British Psychological Society*  this degree will enable you to gain a critical understanding of criminal behaviour, human development, individual differences, cognition and social processes. You will also develop a range of research and employability skills across the degree.   

Criminology modules will explore why criminal behaviour occurs, how the criminal justice system operates, and how we can try and prevent crime. Psychology modules will explore personality and intelligence, attitude formation, aggression, forensic psychology, prejudice and discrimination. Throughout your degree you will be taught by experts in the areas of psychology and criminology, combining expertise from both the Academic Discipline of Psychology and Counselling and The Blue Light Academy.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The proposed programme will attract students who are fascinated by both psychology and criminal justice as it aims to provide an excellent grounding for those looking to pursue careers within forensic psychology, criminal justice, social justice and social policy.

Module Topics

Year One (Cert HE, Dip HE & BSc)

  • Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to Criminology (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to Individual Differences (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Legal Process (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Research Methods I (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Two (Dip HE & BSc)

  • Brain Biology and Cognition (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Changemakers: Building your Personal Brand for Sustainable Employment (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Research Methods II (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Social Inclusion, Victimisation and Welfare (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Understanding Crime, Justice and Punishment (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Three (BSc)

  • Crime and Vulnerability (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Empirical Project (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Forensic Psychology (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Gender, Race, Religion and Crime (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Prejudice & Discrimination (20 credits; compulsory).

The programme uses a range of different assessment methods to provide students with the opportunity to extend their practical and academic skills and encourage independent learning.

These include innovative assessment methods such as academic posters, in-class skills assessments, group and individual presentations, research reports and research proposals, as well as traditional assessments such as academic essays and exams.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Entry Criteria

Typical offers are made for 112 tariff points.

We place great importance on encouraging non-standard entry students with relevant life skills and academic potential to join our course.

Additional Costs

Students may be required to apply for and obtain a UWTSD Enhanced Disclosure Barring Check (DBS). The fee for this is dependent on the DBS; it is currently approximately £44.