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Course summary

Crime is one of the major problems facing society today. To understand the complex issues surrounding it, we have brought together two areas of study that have a natural affinity, giving you a degree that will help you make a real difference. Psychology is about people and focuses on the study of the human mind and behaviour. Criminology involves analysing crime and deviance, exploring a wide range of issues from the nature of criminal justice systems to the role of the media in representing and influencing crime. Together these two areas will provide you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in a number of careers. The Psychology and Criminology course will equip you with a theoretical understanding of human behaviour and you will apply the skills you learn to a varied range of innovative assessments. The course has been designed with a clear emphasis on employability and incorporates valuable practical activities (e.g. courtroom observation, museum visit).


During your first year you will complete modules such as Criminal Justice and Human Rights, Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology and Crime and Society. Moving into your second year, you will build on the knowledge gained in your first year of studies. You will study a range of modules including Theoretical Criminology, Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences and Social Psychology. Your third year will allow you to tailor your studies to your area of interest. Examples of modules you can choose to take are: Forensic Psychology, Brain and Behaviour, Genocide and The Criminal Justice Process.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Five GCSEs at Grade C or 4 (or above) including English Language and Mathematics is required. Applicants with fewer than 5 GCSEs at grade C or above may be considered on a case by case basis, however GCSE English Language and Mathematics remain essential. UK Equivalencies (such as Key Skills Level 2/ Functional Skills level 2) are accepted. Applicants with non UK qualifications will need to meet the requirement with a satisfactory GCSE equivalent qualification.

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Psychology and Criminology at University of Salford - UCAS