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Course summary

**Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University. Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.** Course summary:

  • Study in a department that has received the British Society of Criminology award for teaching excellence.
  • Gain a critical understanding of the core areas of criminology and psychology, whilst developing transferable skills that will support you in your future career.
  • Improve your employability by working on real-life work placements and case studies.
Gain a criminological and psychological perspective on the causes and consequences of crime and offending behaviour and consider ways of treating and managing offenders. By studying both criminology and psychology, you will gain a broad, multi-disciplinary understanding of the real life applications of criminological and psychological theory to life experiences, human behaviour and work experiences. How you learn:
  • lectures and seminars
  • class-based discussion and debate
  • group tasks
  • projects
  • simulation and case study analysis
You will benefit from teaching staff who are active in criminological and psychological research and supported through research centres such as the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice. Thanks to this involvement we can offer teaching and course content that is up-to-date and of a very high standard. The criminology and psychology staff group bring with them a breadth and depth of knowledge and skills, some from professional practice, from across the criminal justice and psychological sectors (including the police, prison service, probation, youth organisations, mental health settings and charity sectors), others from academic and research backgrounds. This enables us to provide high-quality learning of the core aspects of both disciplines, and also a range of specialist topics and areas of study. Applied learning - Work placements To maximise your career prospects in this area, you will have various opportunities for work-related learning during the course. Employability and placement opportunities are embedded across all three years of the degree course. These include student placement modules and activities with criminal justice/third sector agencies, project work with external agencies, simulation modules, and voluntary work through our employability fair. You will also have access to degree-specific careers advice and support. International opportunities You will have the opportunity to study abroad for the second semester of your second year, at institutions in Australia, USA or Canada. Networking opportunities This course benefits from its links with the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, which ensures that teaching focuses directly and indirectly on ethical and social justice issues related to the social exclusion/inclusion of a range of vulnerable groups, and on promoting social access to all available community resources. You are provided with career-related support from department specialists who help with access to graduate opportunities. Our teaching is developed to supply a 'real world' curriculum and is designed to embed key transferable skills that will help students with their search for future graduate employment or further study opportunities. In order to deliver this we work in partnership with employers and other key stakeholders to impact on important issues in the local area which enhances opportunities for student success by offering them the opportunity to work with prospective employers whilst applying their knowledge to the local community in order to positively impact a range of agencies and individuals. This can include opportunities aimed at young people, prison-related organisations, community justice organisations, substance misuse services, women's services, victim services, etc.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. Year 1 Compulsory modules Criminal Justice Criminological Landscapes Forensic Mental Health Graduate Research And Development 1 Graduate Research And Development 2 Psychology For Criminologists Year 2 Compulsory modules Deconstructing Research Living With Justice Offenders And Offending Elective modules Animal Psychology Cybercrime And Society Disorders Of Language And Reading Exclusion Rights And Justice Experiencing Criminal Justice Holistic Perception Human Sexual Behaviour Introduction To Counselling And Psychotherapy Life Beyond Crime, Substance Use And Offending Psychology In Everyday Life Real World Cutting Edge Research Methods Real World Enterprise And Entrepreneurship Real World Professional Practice Real World Project Management Real World Social Justice And Activism Studies Abroad In Criminology Witnesses And Victims: Forensic Psychology In Practice Year 3 Optional modules Placement Year Final year Compulsory modules Dissertation Elective modules 21St Century Crime: Threats, Responses And Human Rights Atypical Child Development Comparative Criminal Justice Counselling And Psychotherapy (Theoretical Perspectives) Crime And Justice In The Information Age Criminal Justice Compared Criminal Justice Realities Death, Dying And Bereavement Evolutionary Psychology Experiencing Custodial And Community Sentences Forensic Psychology Healthy And Clinical Ageing Making Desistance And Recovery A Reality Organisations Work And Psychology Policing And Crime Reduction Positive Psychology Sex Violence And Extremism Simulating Justice Practice The Psychology Of Education The Psychology Of Sexuality And Gender Weapons Of Influence

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Coursework, Exams, Practical

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Grade B from CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma. We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice. Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

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Additional entry requirements


Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in both reading and writing and 5.5 in all other skills, or equivalent

If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15860 Year 1
International £15860 Year 1

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Sponsorship information

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Criminology and Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS