Criminology and Criminal Psychology, BSc Hons

  • Provides a clear introduction to, and rigorous grounding in, both criminology and criminal psychology
  • 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 criminal justice
  • Opportunity to apply for two placement-based courses

Overview

Overview

Why study this programme?

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 social policy, criminal justice and social welfare. This multidisciplinary approach offers a critical socio-legal and international perspective.

You can study a varied range of issues, including offender profiling, stalking and psychopathology; representations of crime and detection in popular TV and film; imprisonment, prisoners and human rights; gender, race and discrimination; policing, drugs and organised crime; and security, terrorism, cybercrime and 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, encompassing major theoretical paradigms, applications and practices within the field of contemporary criminology. This is complemented by 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 criminal justice. Others more interested in policy, research, and the social care and welfare professions of social work, mental health, youth work or child protection will also benefit from this degree.

Can I study a placement?

We currently offer two placement-based modules that you might decide to study; one based in prison (which runs in the second year of the programme) and a work placement (which runs in the final year of the programme). If you are selected for the prison course, you will study criminology alongside people currently serving sentences in prison at the prison itself. If you are selected for the work placement you will work in an agency that is either part of, or complementary to, the Criminal Justice System. Students selected for the work placement option will typically attend the placement for one day a week during the timetabled teaching weeks of the final year.

What will you study?

Full-time programme starting in September 2017:

Year 1

  • Introduction to Psychology for Criminology (30 credits)
  • Foundations of Criminology (30 credits)
  • Forensic Criminology (30 credits)
  • Understanding Deviance (30 credits).

Year 2

  • Criminological and Forensic Psychology (30 credits)
  • Criminological Research Methods (30 credits)
  • Criminological Perspectives (30 credits)
  • Plus 30 credits from:
    • Crime, Discrimination and Society (30 credits)
    • Crime and the Media (15 credits)
    • Penology (15 credits)
    • Delinquency, Psychopathy and Forensic Mental Health (15 credits)
    • The Criminologies of Disobedience (15 credits)
    • Inside and Outside Perspectives on Criminology and Criminal Justice (15 credits).

Year 3

  • Social Forensic Psychology (15 credits)
  • Investigative Forensic Psychology (15 credits)
  • Crime in the City, Crime and the State (30 credits)
  • Plus 60 credits from:
    • Criminology Undergraduate Dissertation Project (30 credits)
    • Policing (30 credits)
    • Perspectives on Violence (30 credits)
    • Women, Crime, Power and Justice (30 credits)
    • Criminology, the Community and Work-Based Practice (30 credits).

What you'll study

Entry requirements

For September 2017 entry, you will need 128 UCAS points overall which should include 112 UCAS points from A2 A-Level. (Please note that A2/AS General Studies is not accepted). In terms of the A2 A-Level points, we are happy to consider points from appropriate qualifications that are equivalent to A2 A-Levels including BTECs, the International Baccalaureate, Access to Higher Education Diplomas (in relevant subjects) and Scottish and Irish Highers.

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

Please note that 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.

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

Extra information

Assessment

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

Professional recognition

This degree programme does not provide British Psychological Society (BPS) recognition or accreditation. 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 (BPS) to successful graduates from the BSc Hons Criminology and Criminal Psychology degree who are accepted onto, and who complete successfully, the university's 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 and 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.

From time to time we update our programmes, so the programme structure, mode, the courses and course structure and content can be subject to change from what is listed. The availability of option courses 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 and/or educational background.

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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