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Criminology and Psychology

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

Grades AAB or ABB plus an acceptable EPQ. A Level General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies are not accepted.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of 4/C in each of GCSE mathematics and English language is required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

Including a minimum of 5 in each higher level subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

Contact Admissions team to confirm acceptable subjects.

UCAS Tariff

136

136 UCAS tariff points from combination of acceptable level 3 qualifications (eg. BTEC diploma and OCR Cambridge technical extended certificate) equivalent to three A Levels.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Full-time including placement abroad | 2022

Subjects

Psychology

Criminology

You will develop a strong understanding of the main areas of psychology – cognition, development, biology and the history of psychological theories – as well as key theories and concepts of criminology and criminal justice.

Learning from research-active staff and practitioners across two academic departments, you will have the opportunity to study topics combining your two specialisms, including: forensic psychology, memory and the law, and judgement and decision making.

- Acquire criminological expertise and skills to give you the competitive edge in applying for careers in crime and crime control, criminal justice system and related fields

- Develop the research expertise to investigate crime and criminal justice data, applying technical skills to carefully appraise evidence

- Gain analytical skills to engage critically with real-world criminal justice policy debates

- Study a broad range of topics within the discipline of psychology, including the application of psychological knowledge in a range of professional areas

- Shape your studies to suit your interests, with a very wide range of elective modules

- Boost your employability with BPS-accreditation and highly sought-after data literacy skills.

Modules

In year 1 you will develop core knowledge in biology, psychological theories, concepts in criminology, and research design.

Core modules include:
- Cognitive Approaches to mind and behaviour
- History and Theory of Psychology
- Biological approaches to mind and behaviour
- Lifespan Psychology
- Research Design and Analysis (Quantitative Methods)
- Research Design and Analysis (Laboratory Methods)
- Criminology
- Criminal Justice

In year 2 you will deepen your understanding of the subject with core psychology modules that meet the requirements of the British Psychological Society, alongside criminology and victimology.

Core modules include:
- Research Methods in Psychology
- Cognitive Psychology
- Biological Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Victimology
- Social Psychology
- Personality and Differential Psychology

In year 3 you will conduct your own in-depth research project in psychology. Select six specialist modules from our expert staff, who are active researchers and practitioners.

Core modules include:
- Project in Psychology

Elective modules include:
- Memory and the law
- How the Neurosciences inform Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
- Introduction to Clinical Psychology
- Introduction to Counselling Psychology
- Forensic Psychology
- Decision Making and Behavioural Economics
- Approaches to Autism
- Health Psychology and Behaviour Change
- Organisational Psychology
- Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience
- Coaching Psychology
- Topics in Typical and Atypical Psychological Development
- Programming for Psychologists
- Social Psychology for Behaviour Change
- Emotions
- Critical Perspectives in Psychology
- Psychology of Music
- Youth Crime
- Policing
- Criminal Behaviour
- Crime, Culture and the City
- Property and Crime
- Criminal Justice in Crisis
- Leisure, the Body and Deviance

Assessment methods

You will be assessed on a mixture of:

- Essays
- Problem-based assessments
- Presentations
- Class tests
- Lab reports
- Lab classes
- End-of-year exams.

In your final year, you will be required to submit a dissertation based on your own empirical research, conducted under the close mentorship of an expert researcher. The assessment weighting for year one is 10%, year two is 30% and year three is 60%.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£18,220
per year
International
£18,220
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

City, University of London

City, University of London

Department:

Department of Psychology

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

66%
low
Psychology
67%
low
Criminology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

74%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
68%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
58%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

74%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
74%
Course specific equipment and facilities
53%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
11%
Male students
89%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
12%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

Sociology

Teaching and learning

70%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
74%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
63%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

74%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
75%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
16%
Male students
84%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
22%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Psychology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,802
high
Average annual salary
88%
low
Employed or in further education
45%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Childcare and related personal services
18%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
13%
Public services and other associate professionals

20 years ago, this was a specialist degree for would-be psychologists but now it is the model of a modern, flexible degree subject. One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the second most popular subject overall (it recently overtook business studies), one in 23 of all graduates last year had psychology degrees. As you'd expect with figures like that, jobs in psychology itself are incredibly competitive, so to stand a chance of securing one, you need to get a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate in most fields, especially clinical psychology) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates — far more than there are jobs in psychology, and over 13,800 in total last year — this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business and other industries across the economy. Everywhere there are good jobs in the UK economy, you'll find psychology graduates - and it's hardly surprising as the course helps you gain a mix of good people skills and excellent number and data handling skills. A psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes — but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.

Sociology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
81%
low
Employed or in further education
50%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
15%
Childcare and related personal services
11%
Business, research and administrative professionals

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Psychology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£25k

£25k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£29k

£29k

£30k

£30k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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