City, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate

Criminology and Psychology

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Course summary

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This interdisciplinary degree is BPS accredited and provides a solid foundation in psychology as well as criminology.  Psychology is the fourth most popular degree subject to take in the UK (Complete University Guide 2017). With thousands of students graduating with a degree in Psychology each year, this degree will set you apart from the crowd, if you have an interest in criminology and a career in the criminal justice field. This course offers a route to a graduate basis for chartered membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) to become a charted psychologist in any field of psychology. The programme is also excellent preparation for further study in psychology or criminology at Masters level and is well suited for those interested in pursuing careers across a broad range of sectors. City's BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology course encourages analytical and critical thinking, the careful appraisal of evidence and the application of various technical skills. The course will equip you with a wide range of transferable skills and you will develop the research expertise to investigate crime and criminal justice data, and the proficiency to engage critically with real-world criminal justice policy debates. Through the study of a broad range of topics within the discipline of psychology, including the application of psychological knowledge in a range of professional areas, you will learn to appreciate how the subject progresses through the careful use of research methods. You will acquire criminological expertise and skills to give you the competitive edge in applying for careers in government departments concerned with crime and crime control, the core professions allied to the criminal justice system and related fields, or for postgraduate studies

Course details


The first year introduces the main areas of psychology: cognition, development, biology and the history of psychological theories, as well as key theories and concepts of criminology and criminal justice. In addition, a specialist module focuses on the education and skills needed to pursue a degree and a career as a professional psychologist. Core modules include:

  • Biological approaches to mind and behaviour
  • Cognitive approaches to mind and behaviour
  • History and theory of psychology
  • Lifespan psychology
  • Research design and analysis (laboratory methods)
  • Research design and analysis (quantitative methods)
  • Criminology
  • Criminal justice
The second year advances knowledge of core psychology subjects to meet the requirements for British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation and deepens understanding of key topics in criminology. Core modules include:
  • Biological psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Personality and differential psychology
  • Research methods in psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Key Issues in Criminology
  • Victimology
You can then choose one of the following modules:
  • Memory and action (cognitive elective 1)
  • Perception and reasoning (cognitive elective psychology 2).
Final year students conduct their own empirical research project and select six specialist modules from a wide range of modules led by expert academic staff and practitioners. Core modules:
  • Psychology Research Project
  • Elective modules:
  • Memory and the law
  • Psychological illnesses, brain damage and dreams
  • Abnormal and clinical psychology
  • Introduction to counselling psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Youth crime
  • Policing
  • Victimology
  • Crime and media
  • How the Neurosciences inform Clinical Psychology and - Psychotherapy
  • Introduction to Clinical Psychology
  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Approaches to Autism
  • Health Psychology and Behaviour Change
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Coaching Psychology
  • Cognitive Development
  • Programming for Psychologists
  • Topics in Behavioural Economics
  • Building evidence-based-tools to change social behaviour
- Emotions

Assessment method

You will be assessed on a mixture of: Essays Problem-based assessments Presentations Class tests Lab reports Lab classes End-of-year exams. In your final year, you will be required to submit a dissertation based on your own empirical research, conducted under the close mentorship of an expert researcher.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • British Psychological Society

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome Access course applications from 'mature' students. These applicants will be considered on the basis of their own merits. Other UK qualifications; BTEC National Diploma (DDM required) Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects Advanced Diploma (plus appropriate A Levels) Scottish Advanced Highers Welsh Diploma (plus appropriate A Levels) International; We accept a wide range of international qualifications for direct entry to our programmes.

Fees and funding

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