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Criminology and Criminal Psychology, BSc Hons

Our criminology and criminal psychology degree is aimed at anyone interested in crime, psychology and the criminal justice system.

Study topics provide a clear introduction to criminology and criminal psychology. You will cover a range of issues, including offender profiling, stalking, psychopathology, gender, race and discrimination, crime scene investigation, and terrorism. You also have the option to put your learning into practice through a work placement in a prison setting or with an agency connected to the Criminal Justice System.

Popular careers for our criminology graduates include policy, research, the police force, social care and welfare. Our graduates have also gone on to work for UK Visas and Immigration and HM Revenue and Customs.

UCAS points

112 (view full requirements)(full requirements below)

Course/institution codes

MC98 G BSc/CrCP

Campus

Greenwich

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time

Start month

September

Home/international fees

2021/2022 fees

2021/2022 fees

What you should know about this course

  • This course offers a unique fusion of two of the most exciting contemporary academic disciplines
  • It covers the understanding of the nature, causes and reactions to crime, alongside a comprehensive overview of criminal psychology.
  • You will explore social and state responses and methods of control by integrating major theoretical paradigms in the field of criminology.
  • Optional modules offered include one where students study in a prison alongside serving prisoners and another which is a placement with an agency that is part of / complementary to the Criminal Justice System
  • This degree does not provide British Psychological Society (BPS) recognition or accreditation. However, graduates of this course who are accepted on to and then successfully complete our MSc Psychology conversion degree will receive Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS. (The MSc has specific entry requirements.)

BSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology


Want to find out what studying Criminology and Criminal Psychology at the University of Greenwich is like? Hear from the course leader, Dr Giulia Zampini.

What you will study

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Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

About the course team

You will be taught by an experienced team which includes academics and practitioners who are active researchers and use this research to inform their teaching. Where appropriate, you may also have guest talks given by criminal justice professionals. Teaching is informed by our research and consultancy work, and more than 90 per cent of our lecturers hold a teaching qualification.

Come and meet us

Given the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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To find out more about our Open Days and Campus Tours or if you need any assistance, please email opendays@gre.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

If you are

For entry in September 2021, you will require:

  • 112 UCAS points from A-Levels (we also accept UCAS points from alternative Level 3 qualifications including: BTEC Nationals, the International Baccalaureate and Scottish and Irish Highers)

AND YOU WILL ALSO REQUIRE:

  • GCSE English (Language or Literature) AND GCSE Maths at grade 4/C or above. We also consider equivalent qualifications in English and Maths at Level 2, in place of GCSEs.

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

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Further information about entry

If you have any query on - and for more information about - our entry requirements, please contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or call 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

For entry: applicants with non-traditional qualifications or appropriate professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Direct Entry: We will consider applications for direct entry to Year 2 of this degree from those currently studying on Year 1 (i.e. Level 4) of a criminology undergraduate degree at a UK/EU university (or equivalent at a recognised overseas university).

The Level 4 content of the degree must compare to that of our BSc Hons Criminology and Criminal Psychology degree. Applicants must also complete and pass, at their first attempt, 120 CATS credits at Level 4 with an overall grade in the upper-second class (i.e. 60% or above).

Please note that we do not take any direct entrants into Year 3 of any of our criminology degrees.

How you will learn

Covid safe teaching and learning

We are looking forward to welcoming students to our campuses for 2021/22 and we are committed to delivering as much of our teaching, learning and student activity as possible face-to-face and on campus for the 2021/22 academic year. Please note that UK Coronavirus policy continues to adapt to ongoing changes. Our plans may need to change and we may need to move activity online at short notice in response to any changes in Government guidance and Covid safety requirements.

Teaching

In a typical week* learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Timetabled learning
  • Independent study

Learning takes place through a combination of timetabled learning and independent study.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Timetabled learning may fall between 9am and 9pm depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

You can view more information about how each module is taught within our 'What you will study' section.

Class sizes

The typical student intake per year averages 20. Lectures usually are attended by larger groups, and seminars/tutorials by smaller groups. This can vary more widely for modules that are shared between degrees.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you are also expected to dedicate around 20 hours per week to self-study. This may involve further reading and research, preparing coursework and presentations, watching and analysing relevant films and documentaries, and preparing for tests and exams.

You can use Stockwell Street library and online resources to support you in these activities

Scheduled teaching activity is supported by an active extra-curricular programme of events that students can take part in. These can include activities organised by student societies, guest lectures on subjects of criminological interest, and field trips.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. Your learning activities may include: role play, real-world problem solving, speed debates, presentations, project supervision, work-based placements and tutorials.

Each module you study towards this degree is worth 15 or 30 credits. These represent around 150 or 300 study hours respectively. If you receive 72 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 228 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.

Assessment

On this course, on average*, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Students are assessed through a combination of course work, exams and practical assessment where relevant. You can view more information about how each module on this course is assessed within our 'What you will study' section.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assignments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

We aim to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

* Calculated as an average of compulsory and optional modules (where applicable each year). You can find out more detail about how individual modules are taught within the 'What you will study' section.

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Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2021/2022 fees

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Fees information International fees

Fees are assessed based on your country of domicile, with students domiciled in the EU charged international fees. If you are unsure, find out more about how your fee status is assessed.

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive. EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Trips: The cost is activity dependant. Some may be free, while others may require a contribution. For the Level 6 module, 'Crime in the City, Crime and the State', trips form part of the timetabled session. These are either free or heavily subsidised by the university. You are not obliged to pay for field trips in order to complete your course.

Resources: Course texts and other study resources are available from Stockwell Street Library and/or Moodle, but you may wish to purchase your own copies. If you take the dissertation module, you pay for the printing and binding of two copies.

Travel: For the Level 5 module, 'Inside and Outside Perspectives on Criminology and Criminal Justice', we provide your transport. For the Level 6 module, 'Criminology, the Community and Work-Based Practice', you face an added cost of attending your placement one day per week.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

You will have the option to select a module for which you will be required to undertake a short-term placement. The placement will help you to transfer the skills learnt in the classroom to real life issues. Many placements are found through our existing network of industry contacts and alumni, and students are supported in securing these.

How long is my placement?

Placements are normally one day a week for either one or two terms depending on the number of credits available from the module.

What are the financial arrangements?

Placements are usually unpaid.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

The skills you acquire through studying our courses will prepare you for careers in a wide range of industries and jobs.

Graduates of this course have gone on to careers with the National Offender Management Service, the Police, Probation Service, Prison Service, court systems and forensic services. They have also worked for UK Visas and Immigration and HM Revenue and Customs.

Please note: This degree does not provide British Psychological Society (BPS) recognition or accreditation. However, graduates of this course who are accepted on to and then successfully complete our MSc Psychology conversion degree will receive Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS. (The MSc has specific entry requirements.)

Are internships available?

Students are encouraged to take up Summer internships during the Summer holidays, though it is up to the student to find them. Support is available to students from the Employability and Careers Service when applying for placements and internships.

Do you provide employability services?

Employability activities take place all the time at Greenwich and students are encouraged to take part in as many opportunities as possible. The central Employability and Careers Service provides support for students preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles, such as CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops. In addition, your School has a dedicated Employability Officer who will be organising work-related activities throughout the year which will help you to build you industry knowledge and networks.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Accommodation information

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If you are a UK or EU student and want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK or EU student and want to study part-time then you apply to the university directly.

If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.