London Metropolitan University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Criminology and Psychology

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Course summary

Why study this course? This joint honours degree in criminology and psychology is ideal if you’re interested in the relationship between crime and social issues such as ill-health, poverty and discrimination, and gaining an understanding of the workings of the human mind. More about this course Unravel the debates surrounding the causes of crime from the perspectives of both sociology and psychology in this programme taught by expert staff. The combination of criminology and psychology will give you an expertise in theories and approaches from both disciplines, allowing you to critically evaluate the causes and effects of crime and deviant behaviour. Gain a solid grounding in developmental, social and cognitive psychology, as well as study how the individual develops through infancy, childhood and early adult life, the development of personality, social factors that influence behaviour, and the development of perception and human thought. You’ll also be introduced to criminological theory, including the assumptions that underlie intervention and control, and to the criminal justice system including the police, judiciary and prisons where you'll examine the concept of justice and sentencing. You’ll learn the research skills needed to measure and interpret crime, including both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and through optional modules in your second and third year, you’ll begin to pursue the areas that most interest you. Options are wide-ranging and include terrorism, victimology, serial offenders and forensic psychology. Visit the criminology subject hub for news and events from the University. If you don't have traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Criminology, Policing and Law Extended Degree (including Foundation Year) BSc (Hons).

Course details


Example Year 1 modules include: Introduction to Criminological Theory (core, 30 credits); Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (core, 30 credits); Child Development and Behaviour (core, 15 credits); Personality (core, 15 credits); Social Influences on Thinking and Behaviour (core, 15 credits); Cognition and Behaviour (core, 15 credits); Introduction to Criminological and Sociological Theory (core, 30 credits). Example Year 2 modules include: Measuring and Interpreting Crime (core, 30 credits); Crime in Context (option, 30 credits); Perspectives on Policing (option, 30 credits); Crime, Media and Technology (option, 15 credits); Youth, Crime and Violence (option, 15 credits); Individual Differences (core, 15 credits); Development Across the Lifespan (option, 15 credits); Cognition (option, 15 credits); Social and Cultural Understanding of Us and Others (core, 15 credits); Extension of Knowledge (option, 15 credits). Example Year 3 modules include: Criminology Work Experience (option, 15 credits); Crime Control and Penology (alt-core, 30 credits); Social Control, Drugs and Organised Crime (alt-core, 30 credits); Criminological Research Practice (alt-core, 15 credits); Criminology Project (alt-core, 30 credits); Serious and Serial Offenders (option, 15 credits); Victims and Crime (option, 15 credits); Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (option, 15 credits); Gender and Sexuality (option, 30 credits); Counselling Psychology (option, 15 credits); Clinical Psychology (option, 15 credits); Work Psychology (option, 15 credits); Forensic Psychology (option, 15 credits); Specific Learning Differences (option, 15 credits); Special Topics in Personality and Social Psychology (option ,15 credits); Health Psychology (option, 15 credits); Cognition and Emotion (option, 15 credits).

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through essays, seen and unseen examinations, research projects and a final dissertation.

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For up to date English language requirements please see:

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English Language and Maths GCSEs at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent). We accept a broad range of equivalent level qualifications, please check the UCAS tariff calculator or contact us if you are unsure if you meet the minimum entry requirements for this course. We encourage applications from international/EU students with equivalent qualifications. We also accept mature students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

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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
EU £15576 Year 1
International £15576 Year 1
Channel Islands £15576 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £15576 Year 1

Additional fee information

These fees are for the 2022/23 academic year. Fees for new and returning students may change each year by an amount set under the government’s regulation. For further information about our undergraduate fees, please visit: Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be extra costs for things such as equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees. There may also be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but that you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
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