Psychology and Criminology (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
3 years full time
4-6 years part time
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This course is well-established which invites you to combine the understanding of human behavior, 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.
We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.
*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher
- British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation.**
- British Criminology Society (BSC) membership**
- Flexible module choices to tailor your degree to your needs
- Multi-disciplinary approach to psychology and criminology
- Guest speakers from psychology and criminology 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)
**BPS and BCS accreditation/membership is dependent upon module choices in the second and third years of the programme. Further details below.
You will learn new ways of understanding how and why people think and act as they do, with particular emphasis on criminal behaviour, law enforcement and crime prevention. This course will also equip you with transferable critical and analytical skills that will enhance your employability. Studying Psychology and Criminology offers you considerable flexibility and choice within a supportive environment, through teaching staff and your personal academic tutor.
The course offers you access to excellent facilities and resources for research in social, cognitive, biological, developmental and personality psychology. In addition, highly experienced and professional staff deliver engaging and relevant course content.
Within Psychology and Criminology, you will learn new ways of understanding how and why people think and act as they do. As the ‘problem’ of crime has increasingly become a matter of public and political concern, so the prevention of crime has been prioritised as a matter of social policy. The programme addresses each of these issues and many others in a systematic and methodical manner.
You will be introduced to the core disciplines that underpin the academic analysis of both areas. Year one explores the introduction of Psychology and Criminology and provides an excellent foundation of knowledge for you to advance to year two.
The other modules in this stage enable you to acquire skills in the design and execution of a range of psychological and academic research methods, the analysis and interpretation of data and technical report writing.
You will build on the fundamentals of Psychology and Criminology, exploring the basics of biological, cognitive, social and developmental psychology. This is combined with exploring modules on Crime and Society, True Crime and Other Fictions and The Science of Crime and Criminals with the aim of introducing key themes, historical perspectives and debates that surround crime.
You are required to take six compulsory 20-credit modules to attain a total of 120 credits:
- PSY1003 Introduction to Psychology
- CRI1007 The Science of Crime and Criminals
- CRI1002 Crime and Society
- PSY1006 Becoming a Psychologist
- PSY1012 Psychology for Life
- CRI1006 True Crime and Other Fictions
These modules take you into more detailed and developed areas, considering the wider issues and debates surrounding Psychology and Criminology. In stage two, most students will choose to major in one or other of the two areas covered in this degree.
The Psychology major route is required if you are seeking Graduate Basis for Chartered membership of the British Psychological Society (GBC). Psychology majors will undertake four modules covering research methods and the core areas of the psychology curriculum as required by the BPS: social, developmental, biological, cognitive and personality psychology, plus the key debates within psychology:
- PSY2005 Research Methods in Psychology
- PSY2029 Cognitive and Biological Psychology
- PSY2030 Social and Developmental Psychology
- PSY2031 Personality & the Fundamentals of Psychology
Psychology majors will then choose 40 credits (two modules) from the Criminology modules designated for them.
Criminology Major students have a focus on crime and justice forms the broader organising theme at this stage, taking you through the levels of criminal justice procedures, from point of arrest to disposal of criminal cases at court. You will do 80 credits of criminology modules and 40 credits of psychology modules. There are two compulsory criminology modules at this:
- CRI2004 Research Methods for Criminology
- CRI2001 Crime and Justice
It is also possible to choose not to major in either subject: in this case, you will need to select a choice of modules that includes one research methods module and ensure that your load is evenly split between the two subjects in this year. Note that third year subjects may have prerequisites that are needed in this year, so plan your choices carefully.
At this stage, you will have the opportunity to develop specialised and intensive study on areas and aspects of Psychology and Criminology that you find particularly interesting.
This will involve undertaking a 40-credit dissertation in the subject you are majoring in, and then taking two 20-credit modules from each subject alongside the dissertation. You will be allocated a dissertation supervisor with expertise in your major subject.
You will choose two of the list of psychology modules available, which includes one from each of the applied psychological professions such as forensic psychology and clinical psychology. There are also modules reflecting the research expertise of our staff, for example the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality and Positive Psychology.
All students will take the core criminology module for stage three, CRI3001 Crime and Punishment, which provides an overview of the philosophy and theories of punishment as well as an examination of the institutions responsible for the punishment of offenders. You will then also choose one of the remaining modules to round out your curriculum for your final year.
It is possible for students to avoid majoring in either subject. These students can choose to write a dissertation on any topic within the programme. The dissertation builds on and expands your prior knowledge of research methodology acquired at stage one and two. It aims to foster the development of expertise in methodology and skills in the planning, conduct and write-up of research reports. This form of independent, experiential learning will require you to ask logical questions to diagnose and define problems, generate and implement solutions and evaluate the effectiveness of their action-outcomes.
In addition to the standard entry requirements, you will be expected to have achieved GCSE Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Domestic equivalencies are not accepted, apart from Access applicants who 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.
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.
- IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
2021/22 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK – Full Time: £9,250
- UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
- International – Full Time: £13,000
2020/21 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK and EU – Full Time: £9,250
- UK and EU – Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
- International – Full Time: £12,900
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.
This programme functions as a Joint Honours programme for purposes of accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Accreditation, known as GBC, can be the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and is dependent on your choosing the major route described above.
Every student receives an undergraduate membership to the British Society of Criminology (BSC) for the entirety of their degree. Check out the full Member Benefits list. Additionally, all students are also eligible to apply directly to the British Psychological Society for student membership.
Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.
Careers and Employability
With the combination of Psychology and Criminology our graduates go on to employment in education, the health service, the police force, youth offending teams, human resources management, marketing, the civil service, broadcasting, social work and many other professions.