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.
Be a part of the British Psychological Society
This course has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), a qualification recognised by major employers throughout the country. All our compulsory modules take you through the core BPS requirements. Once you graduate, with a 2.2 or above, you’ll be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). From there, you’ll be able to take the next steps towards being a Chartered Psychologist.
UCAS CODE: CM89
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 from expert psychologists using specialist software
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 to use specialist equipment such as Biopac©, allowing measurement of the activity of the cariovascular system, brain, autonomic nervous system and more, Tobii eye tracking equipment and HTC Vive, virtual reality software.
Study in our well-designed facilities – both online and offline
Our library is packed with all the information you 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.
Teaching and Learning
Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning. The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.
Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.
Year 1: 28 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||336 hours|
|Independent learning:||864 hours|
Year 2: 27 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||324 hours|
|Independent learning:||876 hours|
Year 3: 20 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||245 hours|
|Independent learning:||955 hours|
You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.
Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.
Balance of assessment
The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose. Assessments are broken down into coursework, written exams or practical. Coursework covers both written work such as essays and reports and practical work such as the preparation of a portfolio and project outputs completed on many art and design programmes. Exams include both formal written exams and in-class time-constrained assessments or TCAs. Practical assessments largely consist of oral presentations and contributions to seminars, and competency-based activities such as clinical or lab skills.
|40 percent coursework||60 percent written exams||0 percent practical|
|45 percent coursework||45 percent written exams||10 percent practical|
|55 percent coursework||20 percent written exams||25 percent practical|
Please note: The percentages above do not include any pass/fail elements as these do not contribute to the overall degree classification. All modules must be successfully completed for credit to be awarded.
You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.
Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 96 -112.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Year 1 Modules
- Criminal Law and Justice
- Introduction to Criminology
- Introduction to Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology
- Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
- Psychological Research Methods
Year 2 Modules
- Contemporary Criminology
- Issues in Criminology
- Cognitive Processes in Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
- Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology
Year 3 Modules
- Cyber Crime (optional)
- Disability, Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System (optional)
- Empirical Dissertation
- Historical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology
- Interpersonal Violence
- Investigative and Forensic Psychology (optional)
- Issues in Personality and Individual Differences
- Social Psychology
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full Time International: £10,500 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.
For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow