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This interdisciplinary degree is BPS accredited and provides a solid foundation in psychology as well as criminology.
Who is it for?
Psychology is the fourth most popular degree subject to take in the UK (Complete University Guide 2017). With thousands of students graduating with a degree in Psychology each year, this degree will set you apart from the crowd, if you have an interest in criminology and a career in the criminal justice field.
This course offers a route to a graduate basis for chartered membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) to become a charted psychologist in any field of psychology.
The programme is also excellent preparation for further study in psychology or criminology at Masters level and is well suited for those interested in pursuing careers across a broad range of sectors.
City's BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology course encourages analytical and critical thinking, the careful appraisal of evidence and the application of various technical skills.
The course will equip you with a wide range of transferable skills and you will develop the research expertise to investigate crime and criminal justice data, and the proficiency to engage critically with real-world criminal justice policy debates.
Through the study of a broad range of topics within the discipline of psychology, including the application of psychological knowledge in a range of professional areas, you will learn to appreciate how the subject progresses through the careful use of research methods.
You will acquire criminological expertise and skills to give you the competitive edge in applying for careers in government departments concerned with crime and crime control, the core professions allied to the criminal justice system and related fields, or for postgraduate studies.
British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation leads to a Graduate Basis for Registration of the BPS (GBR) if you obtain at least a lower second class honours degree and successfully complete the psychology project in the third year of your degree.
Requirements and how to apply
In addition, the following is required:
If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:
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How to apply
Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.
You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.
Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.
UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.
You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.
When to apply
Your application for entry in September 2018 should arrive at UCAS between September 2017 and 15th January 2018. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2018 will be considered only at City's discretion.
When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.
For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.
If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
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Teaching and learning
We encourage the development of independent learning skills, requiring you to take responsibility and initiative for your own learning. We use lectures to provide facts, commentary and explanation of key content areas, and lab-based teaching to develop your skills and understanding of research methodology, statistics and report writing. Self-directed tutorials are used for development of general skills in ICT and web-based information use. Throughout the course you will have a mixture of group project work, student-led seminar presentations and problem-based assessments.
You will be assessed on a mixture of:
In your final year, you will be required to submit a dissertation based on your own empirical research, conducted under the close mentorship of an expert researcher.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The balance of assessment will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2016/17 entry is as follows:
62% written, 0% practical, 38% coursework
65% written, 5% practical, 30% coursework
28% written, 3% practical, 69% coursework.
Assessment weightings by yearType%Year 110Year 230Year 360Year 3
This BSc in Criminology and Psychology is taught within two strong, research-based departments and encourages analytical and critical thinking, the careful appraisal of evidence and the application of various technical skills. You will learn about a broad range of topics within the discipline of psychology, including the application of psychological knowledge in a range of professional areas, and you will learn to appreciate how the subject progresses through the careful use of research methods.
A wide range of transferable skills are also incorporated into the programme to enhance your employment prospects. In addition to modules in psychology, you will take criminology modules taught by criminologists in the Department of Sociology. Through these modules, you will develop a 'criminological imagination', as you are introduced to the different theoretical and applied approaches to understanding crime, criminal behaviour and criminal justice.
The first year introduces the main areas of psychology: cognition, development, biology and the history of psychological theories, as well as key theories and concepts of criminology and criminal justice. In addition, a specialist module focuses on the education and skills needed to pursue a degree and a career as a professional psychologist.
Core modules include:
The second year advances knowledge of core psychology subjects to meet the requirements for British Psychological Society (BPS) accrediations and deepends understanding of key topics in criminology.
Core modules include:
You can then choose one of the following modules:
Final year students conduct their own empirical research project and select six specialist modules from a wide range of modules led by expert academic staff and practitioners.
Approximate study time based on 2016/17 entry is as follows:
18% scheduled learning, 82% independent learning, 0% placement
18% scheduled learning, 82% independent learning, 0% placement
11% scheduled learning, 89% independent learning, 0% placement
The interdisciplinary nature of this Criminology and Psychology degree course gives graduates a well-rounded profile and uniquely qualifies them for employment in psychologist roles within criminal justice institutions (e.g. the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, police forces) as well as third sector organisations that work with victims or offenders.
The solid methodological education acquired through this degree is highly desirable for research and policy-making roles within criminal justice organisations and the third sector, as well as think tanks and research organisations working on the topics of crime and criminal justice.
Furthermore, this BPS-accredited degree gives a graduate basis for chartered membership required to become a chartered psychologist in any field of psychology including, but not limited to, criminal psychology.
Notes about fees for this course
More about fees
*The tuition fee for UK and EU students is determined by the UK Government and was £9,250 for the first year of study at City in 2017/18. The tuition fee for students commencing their studies in 2018/19 has not yet been confirmed: we will update these pages as soon as we receive confirmation. Fees in each subsequent year of study may be subject to an annual increase limited to the Student Fees Inflation Index as determined by the UK Government's Office for Budget Responsibility. However, this is subject to confirmation. The index is derived from the All Items Retail Prices Index. If fees do increase in each subsequent year of study, we will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study. Fees in each subsequent year of study will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index.
** The tuition fee for Non-UK/non-EU students was £16,830 for the first year of study in 2018/19. Each subsequent year of study may be subject to annual increase, as detailed above for UK and EU students, but this is also subject to confirmation.
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You can spend four years completing your degree by undertaking a work placement between completing Part 2 and entering Part 3. The degree title awarded would be: BSc Criminology and Psychology with Integrated Professional Training.
You may have the opportunity to undertake a study abroad year between completing Part 2 and entering Part 3. The degree title awarded would be: BSc Criminology and Psychology with Study Abroad.
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