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Psychology with Criminology

Entry requirements


128 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of 2 A2 subjects.

Our Access requirements are currently under review. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information.

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

DDM

128 points including at least two subjects at Advanced Higher Level with one subject at grade C or better.

UCAS Tariff

128

Must be from a minimum of 2 A2 subjects or equivalent.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Psychology

Criminology

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), this course helps to give you an understanding of the human mind and how it shapes and influences our behaviour. The programme explores human behaviour using sound scientific methodology – observation, measurement, and testing – to understand how and why people function in the way they do. Alongside studies in psychology, you will also explore the study of crime, how psychological theories can be applied to criminal behaviour, and social reactions to crime.

Gaining a professionally accredited psychology degree by BPS is an essential first step to a career as a psychologist or to progress to postgraduate study. Our programme helps to equip you with transferable skills in critical thinking and communication, as well as more industry specific competencies such as scientific research methods, data analysis and data presentation skills.

Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers where an understanding of societal issues is key – such as in criminal justice, education, social work, research, advertising, human resources and healthcare.

On our programme you’ll study core areas of psychology including biological, cognitive, developmental and social psychology, and you’ll cover personality and intelligence, research methods, and historical perspectives. Through elective modules in the second and third years, you will have the opportunity to tailor your learning to align with your chosen area of specialism within psychology with criminology; be it counselling psychology, work psychology, cyberpsychology plus many more.

Key features

- Our course is accredited by the BPS, which ensures our teaching is continually relevant to the latest developments and challenges in the sector.

- Benefit from dedicated computer laboratories with the latest analysis software, individual research cubicles, interview rooms, and an observation suite, all supported by our psychology technicians team.

- The expertise of our staff spans across four main research clusters, which are Health Psychology, Cognition and Neuroscience, Psychology and Technology, and Self and Identity.

- Graduates from this course can gain the skills to pursue careers across a variety of sectors, such as healthcare, research, social work, marketing, police services, teaching and human resources.

- Enrich your studies with an international experience through our DMU Global programme. Students have previously explored the history of mental health and neuropsychology in Paris and cross-cultural factors within psychology in Kuala Lumpur. Criminology students have also gained a more detailed understanding of state crime at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, explored sub-cultures in Chicago, and visited Bosnia and Herzegovina to explore the experiences of victims of the Bosnian genocide.

- Tailor your learning with optional modules that enable you to pursue your individual passions or career aspirations.

- You’ll be taught by a team of expert criminologists who are involved in teaching and research, and many have worked within criminal justice or allied fields and have strong links with the British Society of Criminology and the British Sociological Association which ensure teaching is current and relevant.

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- **DMU’s careers and employability service, known as DMU Works, was awarded the Best University Careers/Employability Service at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards in February 2021. We understand university is a huge investment, and our careers commitment to you is not simply to help you secure a job, but to equip you with the skills to thrive, adapt and innovate in our ever-changing world.**

Modules

YEAR ONE: Introductory Research Methods in Psychology; Core Areas of Psychology; Historical Perspectives in Psychology; Introduction to Criminology. YEAR TWO: Further Research Methods for Psychologists; Biological Psychology; Cognitive Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Personality and Intelligence; Social Psychology; Domestic Abuse or Drugs, Substance Use and Crime. YEAR THREE: Psychology Project; Conceptual Issues and Critical Debates in Psychology; Employability Skills and Psychology; Criminological and Forensic Psychology; Optional Modules.

Assessment methods

Teaching will be in the form of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. In addition to timetabled teaching you are expected to engage in approximately 20-25 hours of self-directed study. Assessment combines various methods including essays, written exams and multiple choice exams as well as more innovative methods such as oral presentations, research reports, critical reviews of research papers and portfolio assignments. In your final year you will also complete an 8000-10,000 word dissertation. Contact hours in a typical week will depend on your year of study and the optional modules chosen. However, typically you will have between 10-15 contact hours of teaching per week.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Leicester Campus

Department:

Health and Life Sciences

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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
44%
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

64%
Staff make the subject interesting
74%
Staff are good at explaining things
74%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
66%
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

67%
Library resources
68%
IT resources
70%
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?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
16%
Male students
84%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
11%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
E

Sociology

Teaching and learning

46%
Staff make the subject interesting
57%
Staff are good at explaining things
54%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
54%
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

47%
Library resources
65%
IT resources
43%
Course specific equipment and facilities
38%
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?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
20%
Male students
80%
Female students
58%
2:1 or above
15%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
26%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
13%
Business, research and administrative professionals
10%
Health 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
96%
med
Employed or in further education
35%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
13%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
12%
Protective service occupations

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.

£15k

£15k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

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.

£17k

£17k

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

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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