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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
48 months

Domestic course fees
GBP 18480 per total

How you will study
distance, online

Course starts
January

International course fees
GBP 18480 per total

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About Criminal Psychology at University of Essex Online

Study the rapidly-expanding field of criminal psychology with this internationally-focused undergraduate programme. This ever-evolving discipline focuses on the intersection between criminology and psychology, allowing you to apply theories, methods and research to reach an understanding of some of the critical issues facing today’s criminal justice system.

Created by subject experts, this programme gives you the opportunity to study alongside fellow professionals and classmates to take part in thought-provoking modules covering topics such as offender profiling, risk management and offender rehabilitation. The course emphasises the importance of evidence-based practice along with the integration of psychological theory to understand, reduce and prevent offending behaviour. You’ll also study the core areas of psychology including cognitive, social and developmental psychology.

Looking to progress in your career? Or maybe you want to start a new role? Our BSc (Hons) Criminal Psychology will allow you to fit your education around your work and family commitments as you study 100% online and part-time. Graduates of the course will also have a holistic understanding of both criminology and psychology in addition to a wide range of transferable skills including critical thinking, research, self-motivation and communication.

Please note: This course is not accredited with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Course structure

The BSc (Hons) Criminal Psychology is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 360 credits.

Level 4 modules:

  • Fundamentals of Effective Learning in Psychology (15 credits)*
  • Introduction to Social Psychology (15 credits)*
  • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (15 credits)*
  • Introduction to Research Methods (30 credits)*
  • Crime & Society (15 credits)*
  • Introduction to Offender Profiling (15 credits)*
  • One optional module from the list below**

Level 5 modules:

  • Biological Psychology (15 credits)*
  • Advanced Cognitive Psychology (15 credits)*
  • Psychological Development through the Lifespan (15 credits)*
  • Quantitative Psychology (15 credits)*
  • Individual Differences, Emotions and Behaviours (15 credits)*
  • Forensic Psychology (15 credits)*
  • Two optional modules from the list below**

Level 6 modules:

  • Critical Social Psychology (15 credits)
  • Developmental Science (15 credits)
  • Investigative Psychology (15 credits)
  • Final Criminal Psychology Project (30 credits)*
  • Criminal Behaviour and Deviance (15 credits)
  • Victimology and Criminal Victimisation (15 credits)
  • One optional module from the list below**

 

Level 4 optional modules:

  • Dealing with Offending Behaviour (15 credits)
  • Personality and Intelligence (15 credits)

Level 5 optional modules:

  • Criminology (15 credits)
  • Risk Assessment and Management (15 credits)
  • Criminal Investigation (15 credits)
  • Youth Crime and Justice (15 credits)
  • Prisons and Penology (15 credits)
  • Substance Misuse and Crime (15 credits)
  • Probation and Community Justice (15 credits)

Level 6 optional modules:

  • Policing (15 credits)
  • Economics of Crime (15 credits)
  • Criminal Justice in the Information Age (15 credits)

 

* These modules are core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.

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Notes about fees for this course

Tuition fee: £18,480 (learn more)

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