Criminology with Psychology BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code

    BA: C8M9
    BA with Foundation: CM89

  • Level


    BA (Hons)
  • Duration

    Full Time: 3 Years
    Part Time: 4 - 6 Years
    Full Time with Foundation: 4 Years

  • Starting


  • BCC at A Level
    DMM at BTEC

  • UK Fees 24/25

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,540 per 20 credit module
    Foundation: £9,250

  • International Fees 24/25

    Full Time: £15,200
    Foundation: £15,200

  • Location

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 893981

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This newly re-developed Criminology with Psychology degree course invites you to combine the understanding of human behaviour, development, thoughts and emotions from psychology and develop this within the context of the study of crime, social order and social control that is central to the study of criminology.

The University of Northampton’s Criminology with Psychology course has a particular emphasis on criminal behaviour, law enforcement and crime prevention. It will also equip you with transferable critical and analytical skills that will enhance your employability.

Updated 03/07/2024


Every Criminology with Psychology student receives an undergraduate membership to the British Society of Criminology (BSC) for the entirety of their degree. Benefits of the membership include access to e-bulletins and newsletters, access to free BSC seminars and events, discounted rates to attend BSC events and many more. Check out the full Member Benefits list.

  • Flexible module choices to tailor your Criminology with Psychology degree to your needs
  • Multi-disciplinary approach to criminology and psychology
  • Guest speakers from criminology and psychology backgrounds
  • Use of dedicated psychology laboratories and computer suites
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
  • HP Laptop and software included with this course for eligible students. (See eligibility criteria, terms and conditions apply)


Course Content

  • The University of Northampton’s BA (Hons) Criminology with Psychology course will cover many of the criminological theories and research methodologies relating to the study of crime but will also incorporate some psychological dimensions. The course is designed for those who have a criminological curiosity but are keen to maintain and advance some of their psychological understanding.

    The curriculum and the modules offered cover all aspects of criminological enquiry. The progression path means that each year of study the students in this programme will be studying 4 criminology and 2 psychology modules, leading up to year three when they complete their Criminology with Psychology dissertation utilising knowledge from the previous two years.

    The focus is primarily criminological and all students on the course will be student members of the British Society of Criminology. All students will become familiar with ethical protocols and codes of conduct in applying criminology in social settings.

    This Criminology with Psychology course does not offer a graduate basis for chartered membership in the BPS, and it is not appropriate for those who wish to work solely in psychology.

    List of modules
    Stage 1
    • CRI1002 Crime and Society (20 Credits) (Compulsory)
    • CRI1011 Research Methods for Criminologists (20 Credits) (Compulsory)
    • CRI1007 The Science of Crime and Criminals (20 Credits) (Compulsory)
    • CRI1008 Becoming a Criminologist (20 Credits) (Compulsory)
    • PSY1003 Introduction to Psychology (20 Credits) (Compulsory)
    • PSY1012 Psychology for Life (20 Credits) (Compulsory)
    Stage 2
    • CRI2004 Research Methods for Criminology (20 Credits) (Compulsory)
    • CRI2001 Crime and Justice (20 Credits) (Compulsory)
    • CRI2009 Advanced Criminological Theory (20 Credits) (Compulsory)
    • CRI2010 Criminology, Ethics and Professional Practice (20 Credits) (Compulsory)
    • PSY2030 Development and Society (20 Credits) (Compulsory)
    • PSY2031 Personality & the Fundamentals of Psychology (20 Credits) (Compulsory)
    Stage 3
    • CRI4004 Criminology & Psychology Dissertation (40 Credits) (Compulsory)
    • CRI3001 Crime and Punishment (20 Credits) (Compulsory)
    • PSY3004 The Psychology of Mental Health (20 Credits) (Compulsory)
    • PSY3016 Forensic Psychology (20 Credits) (Compulsory)
    • CRI3007 Critiquing Criminalistics (20 Credits) (Designated)
    • CRI3010 Criminality Across the Lifespan (20 Credits) (Designated)
    • CRI3011 Global Perspectives of Crime (20 Credits) (Designated)
    • CRI3012 Social Injustices (20 Credits) (Designated)
  • A typical offer would for the Criminology with Psychology degree be:

    • BCC at A Level or
    • DMM at BTEC Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical or
    • Pass (C and above) at T Level.

    We welcome applications from students with a mix of A levels and BTEC/Cambridge Technical qualifications.

    In addition to the standard entry requirements, you will be expected to have achieved GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above.

    Integrated Foundation Year Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation programme is normally:

    • DEE at A-Level or,
    • MPP at BTEC/Cambridge Technical or
    • Pass (D or E) at T Level

    We welcome applications from students with a mix of A levels and BTEC/Cambridge Technical qualifications.

    Domestic equivalencies are not accepted, apart from Access applicants. These applicants must take 12 credits of Maths Level 2 or 6 credits of Maths Level 3 as part of their Access course. International equivalences will be reviewed on application.

    We welcome applications from anyone with a lively interest in psychology or issues of crime and justice who is prepared to pursue and develop that interest through reading and study.

    For more information on how to apply as a Home or EU student, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our International How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2024/25 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 2024/25 only. They may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,540 per 20 credit module
    • UK Foundation: £9,250
    • International – Full Time: £15,200
    • International Foundation: £15,200
    2023/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted for the Criminology with Psychology course relate to study in the Academic Year 2023/24 only. They may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK Full Time: £9,250
    • UK Part Time: £1,540 (per 20 credit module)
    • UK Foundation: £9,250
    • International Full Time: £14,750
    • International Foundation: £14,750
    Additional Costs

    Psychology and Criminology degree students who major in Criminology, studying The Beyond Justice module, will incur travel costs associated with a trip to a prison.

    Scholarships and Bursaries

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    For more information about possible funding options, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join our full-time BA Criminology with Psychology degree at the University of Northampton, you will receive a laptop when your course begins*. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks, visit our Student Perks page or dedicated International Perks page.

    *UK fee payers only (see Terms and Conditions for further details).

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

    Please see our Integrated Foundation Year page for more details.

  • How will I be assessed on the Criminology with Psychology degree?

    There will be a selection of assessments covering the wider spectrum of ability, including a variety of written assessments, oral presentation and poster activities, examinations and other year long projects, including the dissertation.

    Are there any special features?

    There are modules unique at different levels to this degree that allow students to explore research and undertake their dissertation in a Criminology/Psychology combined perspective.

    How will I be taught?

    The bulk of the teaching is face to face but there will be online instructions and material on our VLA (NILE) for students to work independently to enhance and advance their learning.



Careers and Employability

Armed with a combination of both disciplines from the Criminology with Psychology degree, the University of Northampton’s graduates can go on to employment in a range of different sectors and roles.

It covers a wide range of professions for people working with victims of crime, people who commit crime and those people who are at risk of becoming victims/offenders or both.  This could include working with victim support, offender rehabilitation and agencies working with young people or other populations at risk, including refugees, minorities etc. Some of the graduates could work in advocacy with the 3rd sector or further their studies in pursuing a career in research in academia. There are also career paths in the civil sector and in local government that focus on particular social issues, including, housing, support, and fraud detection. Graduates can also elect to continue their studies at master’s level to work in social work, youth offending, and youth leadership.

Master’s Opportunities

Campus Facilities

By studying a BA Criminology with Psychology degree at the University of Northampton, you will be able to take advantage of our on-campus facilities, study areas, and services.

Senate Building

The main reception for the University and additional teaching spaces.


Learning Hub

The Learning Hub is at the heart of the campus and home to the student information desk.