Criminology and Criminal Psychology, BSc Hons Undergraduate prospectus

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

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3 years full time

6 years part time

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
  • 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.

Among the range of courses offered, the programme includes the opportunity to be selected, separately, for the:

  • 'Inside and Outside Perspectives on Criminology and Criminal Justice' course in which students study a criminology course in a prison, alongside serving prisoners;

and the:

  • 'Criminology, the Community and Work-Based Practice' - a work-placement course which involves students volunteering in an agency that is either part of or complementary to the Criminal Justice System (typically, full-time, students on this course attend their work placement one day a week during the timetabled teaching weeks the course runs in).

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Entry requirements during Clearing

The University of Greenwich is taking applications for a range of courses during Clearing 2018. If you are not already holding an offer you can apply through Clearing now, call us on 020 8331 9000.

You can find all the programmes available during clearing on our clearing listings page.

What people say

Now I am in my final year and the time has flown by, I know now that studying Criminology & Criminal Psychology at Greenwich was the right choice for me.

Holly Dempsey
BSc (Hons) Criminology & Criminal Psychology

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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.

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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
  1. Programme structure, courses, content and mode of study are subject to change. Study options are subject to some restrictions and limitations. Please contact the School of Law for more information and advice.
  2. All employability and extra-curricular opportunities listed may only be open to certain students and may involve an application process which may include successfully passing a selection process.
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