Criminology and Criminal Psychology, BSc Hons

The BSc Hons Criminology and Criminal Psychology degree at Greenwich offers a unique fusion of two of the most exciting and relevant contemporary academic disciplines on offer at British universities. It provides a clear introduction to, and rigorous grounding in, both criminology and criminal psychology (subjects that have grown significantly over the past decade and are now recognised as specialist areas of knowledge in their own right), together with law, social policy, criminal justice and social welfare. This programme operates within a multidisciplinary framework drawing on psychology, law and sociology, and offers a critical social-legal approach and an international perspective. read more

Overview

Overview

The BSc Hons Criminology and Criminal Psychology degree at Greenwich offers a unique fusion of two of the most exciting and relevant contemporary academic disciplines on offer at British universities. It provides a clear introduction to, and rigorous grounding in, both criminology and criminal psychology (subjects that have grown significantly over the past decade and are now recognised as specialist areas of knowledge in their own right), together with law, social policy, criminal justice and social welfare.

This programme operates within a multidisciplinary framework drawing on psychology, law and sociology, and offers a critical social-legal approach and an international perspective.

You can study a varied range of issues, including:

  • Offender profiling, stalking and psychopathology
  • Youth crime, gangs and violence
  • Representations of crime and detection in popular TV and film
  • Imprisonment, prisoners and human rights
  • Gender, race and discrimination
  • Policing, drugs and organised crime
  • Security, terrorism, cybercrime
  • The criminology of war.

You will gain an understanding of the nature, causes of, and reactions to crime, and explore social and state responses and methods of control and prevention. You studies will encompass major theories, applications and practices within the field of contemporary criminology, and give you a comprehensive overview of criminal psychology.

The programme will appeal to those with a keen interest in criminology, criminal psychology, criminal justice and applied social sciences, as well as to those considering future employment within the developing fields of criminal psychology or applied criminal justice. Others more interested in policy, research, and social care and welfare professions such as social work, mental health, youth work or child protection will also benefit from this degree.

Work placement

You will have the opportunity to apply to be selected to undertake a work placement in your final year of the full-time programme. If you are selected you will work in agency that is either part of, or complementary to, the criminal justice system. Students selected for the placement option will typically attend the placement for one day a week during the timetabled teaching weeks of the final year of the full-time programme.

Module options

From time-to-time we update our programmes to reflect changes in knowledge and industry standards, so the programme structure, mode and the modules and module structure can be subject to change from what is listed below. The availability of optional modules also varies from year to year according to student preference, staff availability and may, for some courses, also depend on a student's academic performance. Until the academic term immediately prior to the academic term in which an option is listed to run, we are not able to guarantee that an option listed will be available. In addition, please note that some courses may only be open to certain students and may also involve an application process which may include successfully passing a selection process to take the course. For these reasons, the structure (i.e. the mode(s), the modules and the module structure) of the programme shown in this information is shown for illustrative purposes only.

Ranking

Our psychology degrees are ranked within the top five in London for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2017.

We combine high-quality teaching with world-class research and a vibrant student experience. We offer well-equipped laboratories and facilities to support all your activities. We pride ourselves in creative teaching methods and assessment techniques and are consistently rated highly in the National Student Survey.

What you'll study

For information on courses for this programme click here.

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

128 UCAS points of which at least 112 UCAS points should come from A2 A-Level. (Please note that General Studies is not accepted). 

We also accept qualifications including:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Access to Higher Education Diplomas (in relevant subjects) 
  • Scottish and Irish Highers.

You will also require GCSEs at grade C or above in English language and mathematics.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

International applicants will need to show qualifications equivalent to those required for UK student entry requirements. Further to this, if you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score MUST be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 20 8331 8136.

In addition

  • We welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds
  • Applications are considered based on potential
  • You may be invited to interview.

Extra information

Assessment

The programme employs a range of innovative teaching and learning methods. Lectures and seminars are dynamic and interactive. Teaching and learning activities may include: 

  • Role play 
  • Real-world problem solving 
  • Speed debates
  • Presentations
  • Project supervision
  • Work-based placements and tutorials.

Where possible and depending on the courses studied, one or more field trip (please note that any field trip will be a day-time trip only, not an overnight or multi-day trip).

Assessment of learning is usually based on a mixture of examination and coursework and can include presentations/group work, the submission of essays and the sitting of examinations.

Professional recognition

This programme does not provide British Psychological Society recognition. Currently, the university's Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling offers an MSc Psychology conversion degree that confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society to successful graduates from the BSc Hons Criminology and Criminal Psychology degree who are accepted on to, and who complete successfully, the MSc Psychology degree.

Careers

A BSc in criminology and criminal psychology opens the door to a wide variety of careers. Some graduates go on to postgraduate study or an applied professional diploma, while many have found employment in the criminal justice sector working for public, private or voluntary organisations. Directly programme-related career opportunities include the National Offender Management Service, police and prison services, court systems and forensic services, as well as UK Visas and Immigration and HM Revenue & Customs. Employment involved with youth justice, social work, community safety, crime reduction, child protection and mental health may offer alternative career paths. In addition, since the programme develops easily transferable problem-solving, research and communication skills, BSc Hons Criminology and Criminal Psychology provides a good foundation for other occupations in both the public and private sectors.

If you would like more information on this programme, please contact us at law@gre.ac.uk.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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