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Bachelor's Degree in Criminology and Psychology

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2022

Program description

Bachelor's Degree in Criminology and Psychology

Explore the fascinating worlds of crime, the criminal mind and deviant behaviour. Examine the different, and sometimes contradictory, views on the psychology behind our nature and the choices we make. These are complementary subjects, which often feature in the media and popular culture.

Criminology looks at the origins and patterns of criminality, the justice system and the reasons for committing crime. Psychology examines the mind to try to explain and predict human interaction and behaviour choice.

On this criminology and psychology course, you’ll study:

  • criminal behaviour
  • victimisation and society's reaction
  • the socio-legal context of crime
  • the future of social control

You’ll also examine the major views and topics within psychology, including:

  • cognitive psychology
  • developmental psychology
  • social psychology

Admission requirements



International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 34 points overall with 17 points at Higher Level


  • D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AA from two A levels
  • DD in the BTEC Diploma plus A grade from one A-level
  • DDD in the BTEC Extended Diploma

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

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

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Program content

Year 1

  • Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Criminal Justice Studies
  • Individual Differences
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Research Methods & Data Analysis II (& Empirical Studies)
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis I
  • Understanding Everyday Life

Year 2

  • Crime and Criminal Justice: Historical Perspectives
  • Criminological Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Perspectives in Criminology
  • Qualitative Research: Foundations, Principles and Skills
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis III

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • Children and Society
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Cosmology, Ritual and Belief
  • Gender & Society
  • Globalisation, Inequalities & Power

Year 3

  • Current issues in Clinical Psychology
  • Dissertation (CrimPsych)
  • Issues in Law Enforcement and Social Control

You must also choose from the following modules in year 3:

  • Advanced Quantitative Research Skills
  • Attachment & Personal Relationships
  • Childhood Maltreatment and Mental Health
  • Children and Society
  • Class Structure and Social Inequality
  • Comparative Sociology
  • Comparing Welfare States - Evolution, Politics & Impact
  • Current & Emerging Issues in Psycho-Oncology & Pain Research
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Intergroup Relations and Interpersonal Influence
  • Introduction to Educational Psychology
  • Penology
  • Perspectives in Human Animal Interactions
  • Project-Based Introduction to Web Programming for Behaviour Researchers
  • Psychology of Advertising
  • Sexuality and Intimacy
  • Social and Affective Neuroscience
  • Social and Psychological Approaches to Understanding Sexual Health
  • The Deserving and Undeserving: Victims and Scroungers in Criminology and Social Policy
  • Violent and Sexual Offenders

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • The full tuition price for local/UK students is £9,250
  • The price for International/Non-UK students is £19,300


  • Final award: Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons))
  • Name of Award: Criminology & Psychology
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

You’ll develop the knowledge and skills required for criminological and psychology research, including:

  • methods and techniques
  • ethical principles
  • evaluation of results
  • communication
  • problem solving

Career opportunities

This course can lead to management, planning and delivering social and public services and criminal justice. It also offers an excellent foundation for professional training or postgraduate study.

Our graduates embark on diverse career pathways including:

  • academia
  • clinical, forensic and occupational psychology
  • criminal justice
  • government
  • health and occupational psychologies
  • police
  • research and education
  • social services and welfare

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