Criminology and Psychology

City, University of London

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  • BScFull-time3 - 4 yearsGBP 16830 year
Course Information

City is a UK top 20 university (Guardian University Guide 2017) and 13th in the UK for starting salaries (The Times Good University Guide 2015). Combined studies provide students with distinctive pathways to many of the most important areas of the social sciences. Students are encouraged to develop a mixture of transferable skills and competencies such as critical thinking, communication, research design and data analysis, problem-solving and interpersonal skills and graduate from this course with a comprehensive understanding of the ways in which the various disciplines relate to and inform each other.

Why study this course

This BSc in Criminology and Psychology is taught within two strong, research-based departments. It 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 be taking 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.

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. 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.

Who is this course for?

Psychology is the forth 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.

The department of Psychology at City, University of London was ranked 2nd in London (Guardian University Guide 2017). 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.

Modular structure

The first year covers the main areas of psychology: cognition, development, biology and the history of psychological theories. In addition, a specialist module focuses on the training and skills needed to pursue a degree and a career as a professional psychologist.

First year core modules include: Biological psychology, Developmental psychology, Personality and differential psychology, Research methods in psychology, Social psychology, Key Issues in Criminology. You can then choose one of the following modules: Memory and action (cognitive elective 1) or Perception and reasoning (cognitive elective psychology 2). The second year advances knowledge of core subjects in psychology to meet the requirements for British Psychological Society accreditation. Second year core modules include: Biological psychology, Developmental psychology, Personality and differential psychology, Research methods in psychology, Social psychology, Key Issues in Criminology. You can then choose one of the following modules: Memory and action (cognitive elective 1) or Perception and reasoning (cognitive elective psychology 2). 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. The final year core module is the Psychology Research Project. Elective modules: Abnormal and clinical psychology, Introduction to counselling psychology, Memory and the law, Psychological illnesses, brain damage and dreams, Forensic Psychology, Policing and Crime and Media.

Skills and experience gained

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.

Though 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.

After the course

An accredited Psychology degree allows for graduate basis for chartered membership to become a charted psychologist in any field of psychology including, but not limited to, criminal psychology.

Although a fiercely competitive field, criminal psychologists usually work within the criminal justice system. They must have an accredited degree in Psychology and typically go on to obtain a doctorate in clinical or counselling psychology. Students then specialise in criminal or forensic psychology.

Graduates with a degree in Criminology & Psychology could work across public and third sector organisations in the field of criminal justice. This includes the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office, Probation Service, police forces, Police and Crime Commissioner Officers (in London: the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime), the College of Policing. With regard to third sector organisation this includes organisations such as the Victim Support, Women's Aid, refuge, ADVANCE, Narco, or Mind.

The interdisciplinary nature of the degree, combining criminology and psychology gives graduates a well-round profile and uniquely qualifies graduates to work in psychologist roles within criminal justice organisations. This includes working with victims and witnesses, offenders, as well as in research and policy making roles where the solid methodological training a BPS accredited degree affords or of great advantage.

In sum, the interdisciplinary BSc Criminology & Psychology degree equips you for a career across a broad range of sectors in the fields of criminology and psychology, and its' intersections. The programme is also an excellent preparation for further study in psychology or criminology at MSc level, but is also very well suited for those interested in pursuing careers across a broad range of sectors.

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