Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

The Centre for Criminology and Sociology has an excellent reputation for high quality research and teaching, and for its engagement in policy and practice, through active involvement with government bodies and voluntary and statutory agencies.The Department of Psychology is consistently ranked in the top 10 for student satisfaction out of around 100 UK Psychology departments in the National Student Survey, and also ranks near the top of independent surveys of teaching quality such as newspaper league tables (Independent, Guardian, Times). It is accredited with the British Psychological Society which means it gives graduates the opportunity to gain Graduate and/or Chartered Membership of the Society. We offer high quality teaching with small tutorial groups, between 8 ' 12 contact hours a week, and the opportunity to undertake an independent dissertation in an area of your choice. You will find both departments dynamic, friendly and engaging, and students appreciate the accessibility of our staff. You will study and have the chance to contribute to topics at the cutting'edge of research in both Criminology and Psychology ' our research is rated as internationally excellent. Psychology was ranked within the top 10 UK Psychology departments in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). We have one of the best'equipped Psychology departments in the country. You will benefit from the experimental set'up available in Psychology such as video equipment and software and hardware for running computer based studies, as well as having links with the Centre for Criminology and Sociology with policy makers and service providers. You will be able to gain a wide variety of transferable skills such as critical reading, report writing, interviewing, survey research, observation, measurement, experimentation, and the ability to use statistical methods to assess research findings.

Course Modules

Criminology Year 1: introduction to criminology; criminal justice system. Year 2: key perspectives and debates in criminology; research methods for social scientists; violent crime; crime and the law. Year 3: youth in society (deviance, and delinquency); youth in society (culture, subculture and transgression); crime and the media; crime and literature; critical readings in criminology; race and ethnicity in contemporary society; race, crime and justice; risk insecurity and terrorism; dissertation (criminology). Psychology Year 1: self and society; biological foundations of psychology; introduction to abnormal psychology; learning and memory. Year 2: cognitive psychology; social psychology; developmental psychology; personality and individual differences; brain and behaviour; conceptual issues in psychology. Year 3: psychology of language; advanced developmental psychology; health psychology; perception and awareness of the world and the self; the ageing brain; advanced and applied social psychology; adult psychological problems; developmental disorders; human neuropsychology; clinical and cognitive neuroscience; occupational and organisational psychology; human performance (work, sport, and medicine); criminal and forensic psychology; dissertation (psychology).

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £15,200  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • SQA Advanced Higher AA
  • Course specific
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD*
  • SQA Higher AAABB

Key Course Information

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94% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 97%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 84%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 71%

£18,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

84% Go on to work and/or study

In work 61
Studying 18
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 12
Unknown 3

16% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 40%

Total Coursework: 58%

Total Practical: 2%

£4,300 - £5,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
Typical cost of private accommodation