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Psychology and Criminology (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

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    3 years full time
    4-6 years part time

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 894503

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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

Updated 24/11/2020


  • British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation.*
  • British Criminology Society (BSC) membership**
  • Flexible module choices to tailor your degree to your needs.
  • Progression courses available.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

Course Content

  • Through the application of theoretical understanding and practical experience this course aims to debate and resolve questions such as:

    • What is crime and what drives people to commit crime?
    • How laws are enforced and how does this affect behaviour?
    • Why is crime concentrated in particular areas? How can crime be prevented?

    The course is able to offer students 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 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.

    Stage one

    You will be introduced to the core disciplines that underpin the academic analysis of both courses. Year one explores the introduction of Psychology and Criminology and provides an excellent foundation of knowledge for students to advance to year two.

    The other modules in this stage enable students 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.

    Students are required to take three compulsory 20 credit modules from each of your chosen courses to attain a total of 120 credits.

    Stage two

    Modules take you into more detailed and developed areas, considering the wider issues and debates surrounding Psychology and Criminology.

    In stage two, Psychology major if you are seeking Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) undertake four modules covering, social, developmental, biological, cognitive and personality psychology, plus the key debates within psychology and psychological research methods. But Minor and Joint courses can also choose to study Positive Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology and Educational Psychology.

    Within Criminology, you are introduced to issues and methods in social science research, whilst a focus on crime and justice forms the broader organising theme at this stage, taking students through the levels of criminal justice procedures, from point of arrest to disposal of criminal cases at court.

    You will need to consider a deeper analysis of their modules using professional theoretical research in their subject areas to supplement learning, growth, development and knowledge.

    Stage three*

    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.

    You can select from the wide range of advanced Psychology modules on offer. There are modules on 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 Transpersonal Psychology and Positive Psychology. Psychology majors typically undertake an empirical dissertation with one-to-one guidance from a Psychology lecturer.

    In Criminology, the core module for stage three is 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, who have an even split on their courses, can choose to write a dissertation on any topic within their Joint Honours 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, applicants require GCSE Mathematics at grade C or above. A typical offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. However, we welcome international applications and applications from those with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications. 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.

  • 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
    Additional costs

    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 joint honours programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)* and can be the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

    Every Criminology** student (Single and Joint Honours) receives an undergraduate membership to the British Society of Criminology (BSC) for the entirety of their degree. Check out the full Member Benefits list.

    *Accreditation applicable to Undergraduate Single Honours Psychology degrees and Joint Honours degrees where Psychology is the major subject.

    **Membership is available for Criminology students on a Single or Joint Honours programme only.

  • 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.

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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.