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Course summary

This course is designed to give you an understanding of the study of human behaviour, the causes of criminal behaviour, public reactions to crime and the psychology of all those involved in and affected by crime. After a grounding in first year, you will specialise in a range of areas of crime, victimology, criminal justice, and crime prevention emphasising key transferable skills in preparation for graduate level employment in a global market. You will have the opportunity to:

  • Link major theoretical perspectives to contemporary issues and debates – putting theory into practice.
  • Reflect analytically and critically on a wide range of issues and emerging trends relating to crime, criminal behaviour, control, and criminal justice in local and global contexts.
  • Apply creative solutions to crime problems, and to systemic failures in dealing with crime.
Key Benefits
  • Applied approach designed to develop the skills required for graduate employment in various criminal justice roles
  • Expert speakers from agencies involved in criminal justice complement and contextualise your understanding
  • Explore international perspectives on crime
  • Opportunities to participate in international field trips – previous criminology trips have included South Africa, the USA, Finland, Estonia, and Poland*.
*For further information please check the course page on the Coventry University website.


This course has a common first year. The common first year enables you to work alongside students doing similar courses to you, to widen your knowledge and exposure to other subject areas and professions. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with other students, so you can share your insights and experience which will help you to develop and learn. If you discover an interest in a specific subject you have studied, upon successful completion of your first year, you could swap degrees with another course in your common first year (subject to meeting progression requirements). Common first year courses: Criminology BA (Hons) Criminology and Law BA (Hons) Criminology and Psychology BA (Hons) Year One Year one aims to give you a thorough grounding in the study of crime, criminal behaviour, justice, and the law in a global context. Working alongside students from Criminology, and Criminology and Law, you will not only develop the knowledge you need to progress in your degree, but also be encouraged to think critically about the issues, see crime from legal and moral viewpoints, and be creative in finding solutions to problems. Modules Crime and Society - 20 credits Criminal Behaviour - 20 credits Criminal Justice - 20 credits Crime Typologies - 20 credits Forensic Mental Health - 20 credits Legal Approaches to Crime - 20 credits Year Two In year two you will continue to build on your knowledge and understanding of crime and criminal justice by looking deeper into forensic psychology and at key institutions, such as policing, and systems of punishment. You will also be introduced to the concept of victimology. Finally, you will begin preparing for your final year research project by exploring methods and processes for researching crime. Modules Researching Crime - 20 credits Victims and Victimology - 20 credits Perspectives in Forensic Psychology - 20 credits Forensic Psychology in Context - 20 credits Policing and Society - 20 credits Punishment and Control - 20 credits Placement Year There’s no better way to find out what you love doing than trying it out for yourself, which is why a work placement can often be beneficial. Work placements usually occur between your second and final year of study. They’re a great way to help you explore your potential career path and gain valuable work experience, whilst developing transferable skills for the future. If you choose to do a work placement year, you will pay a reduced tuition fee of £1,250. For further information please check the course page on the Coventry University website. During this time you will receive guidance from your employer or partner institution, along with your assigned academic mentor who will ensure you have the support you need to complete your placement. Final Year In the final year you will apply the knowledge from your first two years in the more specialised areas of violence and exploitation and organised crime. You will also be able to develop specific interests and expertise to suit your career plans through options in Psychology including crime-related areas such as addiction or aggression, or other areas such as counselling or educational psychology. You will also take your research project in which you will produce a research paper on your own contribution to knowledge. Modules Global Organised Crime - 20 credits Violence and Exploitation - 20 credits Optional module - 20 credits. Choose one from the following: Criminal Behaviour and its Contexts Addictive Behaviours Child and Educational Psychology Optional module - 20 credits. Choose one from the following: Clinical Neuroscience Counselling Psychology Aggression and Violent Behaviour Research Project in Criminology - 40 credits We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated. For further information please check the course page on the Coventry University website.

Assessment method

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include for example: Short writing exercises such as abstracts, opinion pieces, and precis Extended writing exercises such as essays, reports, and research papers Group and individual presentations Posters and infographics Problem solving scenarios such as assessment centre exercises. The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate/BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that are equivalent to three A2 Levels. This may include subject specific requirements where necessary. If you are successful in receiving an offer, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and studying at Coventry University.

Unistats information

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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

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Criminology and Psychology at Coventry University - UCAS