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 social policy, criminal justice and social welfare. This multidisciplinary approach offers a critical socio-legal and international perspective. What you will studyYou can study a varied range of issues, including offender profiling, 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 social policy, criminal justice and social welfare. This multidisciplinary approach offers a critical socio-legal and international perspective.

What you will study

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.

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 an 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.

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 onto, and who complete successfully, the university's MSc Psychology degree.

What you'll study

For information on courses for this programme click here.

Entry requirements

For entry in September 2017 you should have:

128 UCAS points OF WHICH at least 112 UCAS points should come from A2 A-Level. (Please note that General Studies is not accepted). In terms of the A2 A-Level points, we are happy to consider 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
  • Entry requirements may be subject to change. Please check with the School of Law's admissions team before making your application.

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. Activities may include role play, real-world problem solving, speed debates, presentations, project supervision, work-based placements and tutorials, and, where possible and depending on the courses studied, one field trip or more (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.

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.

PLEASE NOTE:

1)  All of the information set out below about this programme relates only to the programme that commences in September 2017

2)  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 below. 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. 

3)  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 onto, and who complete successfully, the university's MSc Psychology degree.

If you would like more information on this programme, please contact us.

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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