Criminology and Psychology at Swansea University - UCAS

Course summary

Studying a BSc in Criminology and Psychology will give you expert scientific training in the relationship between the mind, brain, and behaviour together with an in-depth understanding of criminal justice theory and the links between these two areas. You will study the psychological and neuro-scientific processes that underpin activities such as thinking, reasoning, memory and language, learn about the effects of brain injury, and explore ways to improve health-related behaviour. You will gain a detailed knowledge and understanding of the most important theories of crime and deviance and their relevance to contemporary criminal justice policy, research, and practice. You will develop excellent research, written, and critical analysis skills, as well as a high degree of numeracy and ICT ability. Our approach to teaching, which includes lectures, personal tutorials, academic seminars, workshops, and practical research classes, encourages effective team-working and high-quality oral communication skills. This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and, providing you achieve at least a 2:2 in your degree, you will be eligible for Graduate Membership of the BPS and for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), the first step to becoming a Chartered Psychologist.


Year 1 • Victims and Victimology • Study Skills in Social Sciences • Academic Skills and Foundational Concepts in Statistics and Research Methods • Cognition I - Basic Processes • Biological Psychology • Individual and Abnormal Psychology • Law, Criminal Justice and Human Rights • The Sociological and Criminological Imagination • Social and Developmental Psychology Year 2 • Criminological Theory - Content and Application • Brain and Behaviour • Research and Experimental Methods • Penology and Punishment • Crime, Drugs and Alcohol • Cognition - Higher Level Processes Year 3 • From Individuals to Society • Independent Research Project • Development Across the Lifespan • Cognition and Education • Positive Psychology • Applied Behaviour Analysis • Evolution and Human Behaviour • Forensic Developmental Psychopathology • Cyberpsychology • Cognitive Neuropsychology • Understanding and Managing Criminal Behaviour • Sexual Crimes • Organised Crime: Concepts, Patterns, and Responses • Cybercrime and Digital Investigation • Critical Challenges in Justice for Children • Understanding and Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism • Work, Crime, Punishment

Assessment method

You will have around 10 hours of scheduled lectures and practical classes each week with additional module related seminars and personal tutorials scheduled throughout each semester. Independent and self-directed study is an integral part of each module to support your learning and development, you will also learn through lectures, personal tutorials, academic seminars, workshops and practical research classes. During your final year, you will work collaboratively with psychology staff on an independent research project. Some of our students even go on to publish their independent research projects in academic peer-reviewed journals and present their findings at national and international research conferences.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

This Course is Open to UK, EU and international students.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE requirements: To include a minimum of five passes at Grade A* - C/9-4 including Welsh or English language and Mathematics. For applicants whose first language is not English we require a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in each component.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English we require a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in each component.

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Criminology and Psychology at Swansea University - UCAS