Criminology and Psychology

Course Introduction

On our popular combined course we’ll give you an expert insight into the causes and consequences of crime – and how it is dealt with by the criminal justice system. You’ll gain a thorough understanding of the main criminological theories, and we’ll help you develop the psychological knowledge you’ll need to apply your insights to real-world issues and problems. You’ll take a social sciences approach to criminology by studying and classifying crime, and you’ll also learn how society responds to criminal behaviour by examining institutions and roles such as the police, courts, prisons and probation service. In the psychology part of the course, you’ll study behaviour and its causes in biology, social contexts, mental processing and development. And you’ll use your knowledge to explore how criminal behaviour might be explained by understanding the factors that motivate people to commit crime.

Course Modules

Year 1:

Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice (core)

Contemporary Issues of Youth Justice and Criminology (core)

Perspectives on Behaviour: Biological, Social and Differential (core)

Introduction to Cognitive and Developmental Psychology (core)

Year 2:

Research Methods in Criminology (core)

Applied Criminology & Professional Practice (core)

Applications of psychobiology, individual differences and social psychology (core)

Topics in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology (core)

Year 3:

Forensic Psychology: Criminal Conduct (optional)

Project (optional)

Global Illicit Drug Trafficking (optional)

Mentally-disordered Defendants & Suspects (optional)

Preventing and Correcting Offending Behaviour (optional)

Prison Studies (optional)

Terrorism Studies (optional)

Psychological Criminology (optional)

Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Justice (optional)

Youth Crime and Sub-culture (optional)

Work-based learning (optional)

Football Hooliganism (optional)

Surveillance, Technology and Society (optional)

Psychosocial Perspectives on Criminal Behaviour (optional)

Occupational Psychology (optional)

Health Psychology (optional)

Psychological Perspective on Power Politics and Political Violence (optional)

Psychology of Choice: Decision Making and Risk Perception (optional)

Applied Child Psychology (optional)

Applied Child Psychology with Placement (optional)

Drugs and Addictive Behaviours (optional)

Psychoneuroimmunology (optional)

Psychology of Emotions (optional)

Mental Distress in Context (optional)

Evolutionary Psychology (optional)

Frontiers in Cognitive Science: Issues in the study of mind, embodiment, and consciousness (optional)

Psychology, Identity and Society (optional)

Wellbeing and Resilience in the face of conflict disaster (optional)

Psychology of Belief (optional)

Anomalistic Psychology (optional)

Start Date


Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £13,320 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £13,320 Overseas Fees