University of Southampton

Degree level: Undergraduate

Criminology and Psychology

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Course summary

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This degree combines two naturally complementary subjects to provide you with a thorough psychologically-informed understanding od criminal behaviour. Notably, this degree confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society, enabling you to proceed directly to postgraduate professional training. Crime, deviance and criminal justice are endlessly fascinating. By studying Criminology at the University of Southampton, you will be engaging in a discipline that is one of the oldest in the Social Sciences, and with the topic of crime, a central feature of human behaviour. Do you want to uncover the reasons behind certain behaviours? Graduates of our Criminology and Psychology degree programme can go on to establish successful careers in areas such as the criminal justice system, social services or in the security services.

Course details


This course is 3 years and the content is as follows. In each year, you will study modules in criminology and psychology as well as tailor-made modules that span both disciplines. In year three you can choose modules from other subject areas, including languages, or from a range of interdisciplinary modules. Core module examples include Perspectives in Criminology, Criminology Psychology and Victimology. Our first year programme will introduce you to criminology and psychology as academic disciplines; students will explore how "social problems" are constructed and how policies are chosen to address them. "Crime" is a key social concern and theories and methods have been developed over many years to understand the problem. You will also start your thorough study of research methods. The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society. In these modules you will study core psychological topics and qualitative and quantitative methods in order to be well prepared for your final year when you will conduct your own research as part of your dissertation. You will also study criminology modules that will illuminate how crime and deviance have been perceived and addressed in modern society. In year three you will be able to deepen your understanding of the psychological and criminological responses to offending and the reactions to it. Modules allow you to build upon your understanding of the topics presented earlier in your degree. You will also conduct your individual research project in a double-module dissertation.

Assessment method

Assessment methods designed to test your achievement of the learning outcomes in the areas of knowledge and understanding, subject-specific intellectual skills and key skills. For our core and compulsory modules, these include: Essays Review papers (in which you are required to critically review one chapter-long article of relevance to the module using a range of additional sources). Formal, unseen end of module examinations A library exercise in the core module “Social Science Perspectives” (designed to ensure that you have attained basic skills of library usage and appropriate presentation of academic material) Statistical exercises (to assess your understanding of statistical concepts and practical techniques) Dissertation proposal (which will assess your ability to formulate an appropriate research question, identify appropriate method(s) of data collection and present a short literature review of selected sources likely to be relevant to the research topic) Dissertation (which assesses your ability to undertake independent, in-depth study of an area of criminology and psychology) Group research projects (which assess your ability to work with others in the production of a shared output) • Case study review (in which you are asked to interpret or critically comment on the material contained in the case study)

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeLC68
Institution code S27
Campus nameMain Site - Highfield Campus
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAB Typical offer: AAB. If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A-level offer: ABB, to include grade A in the EPQ. Contextual Offer: ABB We are committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD DDD in the BTEC National Extended Diploma
Access to HE Diploma D: 39 credits M: 6 credits P: 0 credits Typical offer: 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 39 must be at Distinction and 6 credits at Merit
Scottish Higher Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD DD in the BTEC National Diploma plus A from one A-level
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D D in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus AA from two A levels
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) DDD DDD in the BTEC Extended Diploma
Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF) DD DD in the BTEC Diploma plus A grade from one A-level
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) D D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AA from two A levels
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 34 points Typical offer: Pass, with 34 points overall with 17 points at Higher Level International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP): Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) B Typical Offer: AA from two A levels and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
Extended Project A The University of Southampton values the Extended Project Qualification. Applicants taking the EPQ in addition to three A levels, will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ. For more information on the University of Southampton’s EPQ Admissions Policy, please see our EPQ Admissions Policy webpage.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H1, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, D3, M2 Typical offer: D3 D3 M2 in three Principal subjects Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

We welcome applicants with other qualifications eg. European Baccalaureate, Foundation Programmes. You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard to the A level applicant. English Language proficiency for international students: All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. For more information on the University of Southampton’s English Language entry requirements, please see the English Language Proficiency webpage at For more details on the suitability of your qualifications or foundation programme please contact the Admissions Team at [email protected]

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

International £17560 Year 1
EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note that the Fees shown are those charged for entry in September 2020. Fees for entry in September 2021 will be available at the end of August 2020. Please see our website for further details and updates :
Criminology and Psychology at University of Southampton - UCAS