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Psychology and Criminology

Buckinghamshire New University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
High Wycombe
English

About this program

Psychology and Criminology

This three-year course combines both Psychology and Criminology, giving you the chance to become an expert in both areas. You’ll look at psychology as its own discrete discipline and then delve into the implications for the criminal mind set.

Unlock the secrets behind the criminal mind

Criminology sheds light on the contexts in which crime and social life are discussed. Having criminology as a secondary discipline brings a sociological perspective on crime to core areas of psychology, which can be applied to understanding criminal behaviour.

The course will give you insights into social diversity and inequality. You’ll understand their implications for crime and the criminal justice system. You’ll also learn about the ethical issues related to working with vulnerable people in the criminal justice system or researching issues related to crime and victimisation.‬‬‬

This course is also available part-time.

Be a part of the British Psychological Society

This course has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), a qualification recognised by major employers throughout the country. All our compulsory modules take you through the core BPS requirements. Once you graduate, with a 2.2 or above, you’ll be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). From there, you’ll be able to take the next steps towards being a Chartered Psychologist.

Admission requirements

What are the course entry requirements?

For this course, you'll need at least two A-levels and a GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4. Our offers usually require a minimum of 96 UCAS points.

For more information about admission requirements, Please visit the university website.


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Program content

Year One Modules

  • Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychological Research Methods
  • Introduction to Criminology: The Concept of Crime
  • Introduction to Criminology: The History of Punishment
  • Criminal Law & Justice

Year Two Modules

  • Contemporary Criminology
  • Issues in Criminology
  • Cognitive Processes in Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • BioPsychology
  • Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology

Year Three Modules

  • Empirical Dissertation
  • Victimology
  • Interpersonal Violence
  • Historical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology
  • Critical Social Psychology
  • Issues in Personality and Individual Differences
  • Investigative and Forensic Psychology (optional)
  • Cyber Crime (optional)
  • Disability, Mental health and the Criminal Justice System (optional)

Tuition

Academic Year 2020-2021 Full-time Fees

  • Home and EU: £9,250 per year
  • International: £12,500 per year

Career paths

What are my career prospects

Taking this course will make you eligible (subject to achieving a 2:2 or above) to apply for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. It’s the first step to starting postgraduate study in any area of practice (including clinical, educational, forensic, counselling, health, cognitive neuropsychology and sports psychology).

We’ll help you find the sort of career that suits you with advice and talks that cover both voluntary work and full-time employment. Additionally, a number of speakers will be invited to talk about their experience in Forensic, Clinical and Counselling Psychology (eg MSc students, Forensic Psychologists in Training etc.).

After you graduate, you won’t be limited to psychology careers. The skills that you gain are wonderfully transferable skills for diverse areas such as health, education, sports, and local government.

Students on this Program, however, benefit from being able to move into a range of roles suitable for Criminology graduates or Psychology graduates. Specifically, given the 50/50 split between Psychology & Criminology, graduates are ideally suited for a career with Probation given the new Probation Qualifications Framework which requires a relevant honours degree with a minimum of 50 per cent in Criminology, Police Studies, Community Justice or Criminal Justice. In addition to this ideal career possibility there are other opportunities in the public and ‘not for profit’ sector. Some of the key employers may be the Civil Service, Local Government, NGOs, the NHS, Probation Service (NPS and CRCs), Prison Service, Social Services, Housing Associations, social research, the education sector and legal system.

About this institute

Buckinghamshire New University

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Contact info

Buckinghamshire New University

Queen Alexandra Road
HP11 2JZ High Wycombe Buckinghamshire
United Kingdom

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