Swansea University

Criminology and Psychology Swansea University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Psychology is the scientific study of the relationship between the mind, brain and behaviour. Students will study the psychological and neuro-scientific processes that underpin activities such as thinking, reasoning, memory and language, learn the consequences of brain injury and explore ways to improve health-related behaviour.

Criminology offers the opportunity to acquire detailed knowledge and understanding of the most important explanatory theories of crime and deviance and their relevance to contemporary criminal justice policy, research and practice. Reflecting a developing and ever-changing area of policy and thought, new topics are introduced through regular review of course content (e.g. Serious Crime and Social Harm, including terrorism and trafficking).

As a BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology graduate, you will tend to be highly numerate and possess high-quality essay writing and critical analysis skills. You will develop effective team working and problem-solving skills, good ICT abilities, the skills needed for independent research and excellent oral communication skills. With these transferable and valuable attributes, you will have much to offer to a variety of employers.

As more businesses recruit from a global pool of talent, we are finding new ways to help our students stand out from the crowd. We support and encourage you to take advantage of opportunities for studying and working abroad which could:

  • Reward you with an international outlook and cultural awareness.

  • Help you gain confidence and become more self-reliant.

  • Give you independence and initiative for the best possible start to your career.

Students commencing the three-year BSc (Hons) Criminology & Psychology undergraduate degree have the option to apply to transfer to the Criminology and Psychology with a Year abroad Undergraduate Programme. Popular destinations include: Hong Kong, Germany, The Netherlands, North America, Australia, Poland, and Ireland.

  • The Department of Psychology is ranked 5th in the UK for Graduate Prospects by 2018 The Times and Sunday Times University League Tables.

  • Criminology is ranked 7th in the UK (Times Good University Guide 2020)

  • ACCREDITATION: The Psychology Degree is validated by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and (providing that a minimum of a Second Class Honours Degree, Division Two is achieved) confers eligibility for Graduate Membership of the BPS and for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). The first step to becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Visit our employability pages to read our graduate success stories: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/humanandhealthsciences/employability/

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Course details


Year 1 compulsory:
Study Skills in Criminology
Cognition I: Basic Processes
Social & Developmental Psychology
Biological Psychology
Individual and Abnormal Psychology
Statistics and Research Methods for Joint Honours

Year 2 compulsory:
Cognition II: Higher Level Processes
Brain and Behaviour
Research and Experimental Methods I

Year 2 optional:
Penology and Punishment
Criminological Theory: Content and Application
Crime, Drugs and Alcohol
Understanding Policing
Media, Crime & Criminal Justice

Year 3 compulsory:
Development Across the Lifespan
From Individuals to Society
Independent Research Project - Joint Honours

Year 3 optional:
Applied Behaviour Analysis
Cognitive Neuropsychology
Cognitive Neuroscience Approaches to Vision, Memory and Consciousness
Contemporary Issues in Eating Behaviour Research
Drugs and Behaviour
Evolution and Human Behaviour
Forensic Developmental Psychopathology
Investigative Psychology
Nutrition and Behaviour
Personality and Sexual Disorders
Philosophy of Psychology
Behaviour Change: Health, Organisations and Advertising
Psychopathology: Anxiety Disorders
Sleep and Dreaming
Psychology of Sport and Exercise
Understanding and Managing Criminal Behaviour
Work Psychology

Modules are subject to change and departments reserve the right to change the details.

Assessment method

In each year students are assessed through a combination of coursework and exams. Methods include written examinations (MCQ, short- and long-questions), essays, research reports, blog posts, case formulations, and presentations (oral and poster).

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code 5S26
Institution code S93
Campus name Singleton Park Campus
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

"We welcome applications from international students and consider a wide range of international qualifications. Details of our facilities, support and qualification equivalencies/requirements can be found on our dedicated international student pages - www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/ International English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 in reading and 5.5 in writing. For further information email: study@swansea.ac.uk

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level BBB - ABB For applicants offering at least one of the following subjects at A level: Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics, the typical offer will be BBB.

Please note: Whilst it is not essential to have studied any particular subjects at A-level, desirable A-Level subjects include: Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Maths, English Language or Literature, History, Law, Sociology, Psychology, Geography or Philosophy. We do not accept General Studies.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM In a related subject (e.g., Law, Uniformed Public Services)
Access to HE Diploma D: 27 credits
M: 15 credits
P: 3 credits
Extended Project We recognise the EPQ as an excellent indicator of success.

If you are predicted a Grade B or above in the EPQ, you will receive an offer with a one
grade reduction, to include your EPQ with a grade B.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 33 - 32 points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 360-375 points.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Welsh Baccalaureate requirements are as for A-Levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade

GCSE profiles need to include a minimum of 5 passes at Grade A*-C, including Welsh/English Language and Mathematics.

Fees and funding

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