University of Greenwich

Course Introduction

**Please note that the information set out on this website relates only to the full'time programme that commences in September 2018**

The BSc Hons Criminology and Criminal Psychology degree at Greenwich offers a unique fusion of two of the most exciting and relevant contemporary academic disciplines on offer at British universities. It provides a clear introduction to, and rigorous grounding in, both criminology and criminal psychology (subjects that have grown significantly over the past decade and are now recognised as specialist areas of knowledge in their own right), together with social policy, criminal justice and social welfare. This multidisciplinary approach offers a critical socio'legal and international perspective.

You can study a varied range of issues, including offender profiling, stalking and psychopathology; representations of crime and detection in popular TV and film; imprisonment, prisoners and human rights; gender, race and discrimination; policing, drugs and organised crime; and security, terrorism, cybercrime and the criminology of war. You will gain an understanding of the nature, causes of, and reactions to crime and explore social and state responses and methods of control and prevention, encompassing major theoretical paradigms, applications and practices within the field of contemporary criminology. This is complemented by a comprehensive overview of criminal psychology.

The programme will appeal to those with a keen interest in criminology, criminal psychology, criminal justice and applied social sciences, as well as to those considering future employment within the developing fields of criminal psychology or criminal justice. Others more interested in policy, research, and the social care and welfare professions of social work, mental health, youth work or child protection will also benefit from this degree.

We currently offer two modules that you might decide to study; one based in prison (the ‘Inside and Outside Perspectives on Criminology and Criminal Justice’ module which runs in the second year of the full'time programme) and a work placement (the ‘Criminology, the Community and Work'Based Practice’ module which runs in the final year of the full'time programme). If you are selected for the ‘Inside and Outside Perspectives on Criminology and Criminal Justice’ course, you will study criminology alongside people currently serving sentences in prison at the prison itself. If you are selected for the work placement, ‘Criminology, the Community and Work'Based Practice’, you will volunteer in an agency that is either part of, or complementary to, the Criminal Justice System. Students selected for the work placement option will typically attend the placement for one day a week during the timetabled teaching weeks of the final year.

**PLEASE NOTE:** This degree programme does not provide British Psychological Society (BPS) recognition or accreditation. Currently, the university's Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling offers an MSc Psychology conversion degree that confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) to successful graduates from the BSc Hons Criminology and Criminal Psychology degree who are accepted onto, and who complete successfully, the university’s MSc Psychology degree.

Course Modules

From time to time we update our programmes, so the programme structure, mode, the courses and course structure and content can be subject to change from what is listed below. The availability of option courses also varies from year to year according to student preference, staff availability and may, for some courses, also depend on a student’s academic performance and/or educational background. Until the academic term immediately prior to the academic term in which an option is listed to run, we are not able to guarantee that an option listed will be available. In addition, please note that some courses may only be open to certain students and may also involve an application process which may include successfully passing a selection process to take the course. For these reasons, the structure (i.e. the mode(s), the courses and the course structure) of the programme shown in this information is shown for illustrative purposes only. Therefore, if your application is dependent upon studying a particular course (or courses), please contact the School of Law for advice at

Full'time programme starting in September 2018:

*Year 1*

* Introduction to Psychology for Criminology (30 credits)

* Foundations of Criminology (30 credits)

* Forensic Criminology (30 credits)

* Understanding Deviance (30 credits).

*Year 2*

* Criminological and Forensic Psychology (30 credits)

* Criminological Research Methods (30 credits)

* Criminological Perspectives (30 credits)

Plus 30 credits from:

* Crime, Discrimination and Society (30 credits)

* Crime and the Media (15 credits)

* Penology (15 credits)

* Forensic Mental Health (15 credits)

* The Criminologies of Disobedience (15 credits)

* Inside and Outside Perspectives on Criminology and Criminal Justice (15 credits).

*Year 3*

* Social Forensic Psychology (15 credits)

* Investigative Forensic Psychology (15 credits)

* Crime in the City, Crime and the State (30 credits)

Plus 60 credits from:

* Criminology Undergraduate Dissertation Project (30 credits)

* Policing (30 credits)

* Perspectives on Violence (30 credits)

* Women, Crime, Power and Justice (30 credits)

* Criminology, the Community and Work'Based Practice (30 credits).

**Please note:** From September 2018 onwards, it is likely that any psychology courses (i.e. modules) offered as part of this programme will be taught at the University’s Greenwich Campus, not the University’s Avery Hill Campus where they are currently taught.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £12,100 Overseas Fees