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BSc (Hons)
Psychology and Criminology

We have many Psychology courses and Criminology courses - but this one is special. It's a combination of both disciplines, giving you the chance to uncover the criminal psyche and delve deep into sociological perspectives on crime.

Qualification: BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: CM89

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September


Is this course for me?

This three-year course combines both Psychology and Criminology, giving you the chance to become an expert in both areas. You’ll look at psychology as its own discrete discipline and then delve into the implications for the criminal mind set.

Unlock the secrets behind the criminal mind
Criminology sheds light on the contexts in which crime and social life are discussed. Having criminology as a secondary discipline brings a sociological perspective on crime to core areas of psychology, which can be applied to understanding criminal behaviour.

The course will give you insights into social diversity and inequality. You’ll understand their implications for crime and the criminal justice system. You’ll also learn about the ethical issues related to working with vulnerable people in the criminal justice system or researching issues related to crime and victimisation.‬‬‬

This course is also available part-time.

At Bucks, we explore every aspect of psychology on our wide range of courses. Our department is home to a fantastic community of Psychology and Social Science students who may collaborate with you on projects - providing a rich supply of volunteers when you run your own experiments. With Psychology, learning doesn’t just take place in the lecture hall – you’ll have the chance to learn in labs and seminar rooms, gaining the skills that you’ll need for your career.

Learn about the human mind from expert psychologists
In workshops and lectures, we’ll take you through the various techniques you need to analyse data. You’ll focus on the practical use of the statistics software package SPSS, used by social scientists to analyse and present quantitative data. And you’ll have the opportunity to use the observation laboratory and measure psycho-physiological responses with Biopac©, a specialist research software tool.

Study in our well-designed facilities – both online and offline
You’ll study on our High Wycombe Campus where everything is only a walk away. Our library is packed with all the information you’ll need for your assessments and there’s plenty of room to knuckle down for some quiet study. We also sign you up with our Virtual Learning Environment which grants you access to e-Journals and resources wherever you are.

Year One

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Criminal Law and Justice
  • Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychological Research Methods

Year Two

  • Issues in Criminology: Discrimination
  • Contemporary Criminology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
  • Cognitive Processes in Psychology

Year Three

  • Cybercrime
  • Disability, Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System
  • Investigative and Forensic Psychology
  • Victimology
  • Interpersonal Violence
  • Empirical Dissertation
  • Historical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Issues in Personality and Individual Differences

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 240-280.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Full-time Home and EU: £9,000 per year
Full-time International: £9,500 per year

For information on fees and finance, please view our fees and funding section.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

For fees for international students, visit our international section.

Visit our Why Bucks? section to discover what studying at Bucks could mean for you.

How do I apply?

Applications for full-time undergraduate courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Information on making an application through UCAS is available on our Applicants' pages.

If you are an international student, visit our international students section.

What are my career prospects?

Taking this course will make you eligible (subject to achieving a 2:2 or above) to apply for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. It’s the first step to starting postgraduate study in any area of practice (including clinical, educational, forensic, counselling, health, cognitive neuropsychology and sports psychology).

We’ll help you find the sort of career that suits you with advice and talks that cover both voluntary work and full-time employment. Additionally, a number of speakers will be invited to talk about their experience in Forensic, Clinical and Counselling Psychology (eg MSc students, Forensic Psychologists in Training etc.).

After you graduate, you won’t be limited to psychology careers. The skills that you gain are wonderfully transferable skills for diverse areas such as health, education, sports, and local government.

Students on this programme, however, benefit from being able to move into a range of roles suitable for Criminology graduates or Psychology graduates. Specifically, given the 50/50 split between Psychology & Criminology, graduates are ideally suited for a career with Probation given the new Probation Qualifications Framework which requires a relevant honours degree with a minimum of 50 per cent in Criminology, Police Studies, Community Justice or Criminal Justice. In addition to this ideal career possibility there are other opportunities in the public and ‘not for profit’ sector. Some of the key employers may be the Civil Service, Local Government, NGOs, the NHS, Probation Service (NPS and CRCs), Prison Service, Social Services, Housing Associations, social research, the education sector and legal system.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.