About this course
Accreditations and partnerships:
The BSc(Hons) Psychology with Criminology degree at UWE Bristol is a three year full-time major/minor combination course accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and confers the society's Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC). The teaching faculty include internationally recognised academics with interests and activities spanning teaching, research, scholarship and professional practice. Students who complete the course will be trained in a wide range of advanced psychological methods, a strong understanding of Criminology and transferable skills that are essential for a career as a Chartered Psychologist or employment in a range of competitive industries.
The design of the course is built on the core BPS curriculum covering the theoretical principles human thought, action and behaviour with a strong emphasis of academic knowledge application in real-world contexts. Students on the course have the option of a part-time study pathway or may choose a four-year "sandwich" option, which offers a valuable opportunity to extend work-based learning experience to a full year placement between Levels 2 and 3. At each level, students are assigned a Personal Tutor from the academic staff who provides tailored support and guidance throughout the year.
A unique feature of this course is that at Level 1, students study Psychology and Criminology in equal measure. From there students have the opportunity to decide whether to continue the study of Psychology as a major or minor to Criminology (see course entry for Criminology with Psychology for full details).
Years one and two of the course cover the core BPS content areas in psychology. These include social, developmental and cognitive psychology, individual differences, biological psychology, conceptual and historical issues, statistical analysis and research design (qualitative and quantitative).
In Year one students are also introduced to Criminology covering methods and theoretical approaches along with the structures that constitute the UK criminal justice institution such as crown and magistrate courts, police services, prisons and young offenders' institutions.
In Year two students are enrolled on the core BPS modules and choose a 30 credit Criminology module.
In Year 3, students have the opportunity to select from a wide range of specialist topic modules in Psychology (60 credits) and Criminology (30 credits) that suits their interests while undertaking an independent research project of their choice supervised by a member of the academic staff.
The following modules are indicative of the course structure:
- Introduction to Psychology
- Research Design and Analysis 1
- Introduction to Criminological Theory
- Introduction to Criminal Justice
- Developmental and Cognitive Psychology
- Individual Differences and Biological Psychology
- Theoretical and Social Psychology
- Research Design and Analysis 2
One option from the following modules in Criminology:
- Criminal Psychology
- Social Psychology of Individual and Group Processes
- Youth Crime, Youth Justice
In the final year, all students complete an independent research project in Psychology (30 credits) under the supervision from a member of academic staff who also acts a personal tutor for the year. Three further 20-credit options are also taken based on the wide range of research and scholarly interests of our Academic Staff. Module titles currently include:
- Advanced Developmental Psychology
- Anomalous Experiences and Mental Health
- Psychology of Appearance and Embodiment
- Applied Developmental Psychology
- Cognitive Neuropsychology
- Counselling and Psychotherapy Theory and Research
- Developing Self and Society
- Health Psychology in Practice
- Psychology and Social Justice
- Psychology and the Arts
- Psychology in the Community
- The Arts and Mental Health
- Working with Difference in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Atypical Development
- Genders, Sexualities and Society
- Human Sexuality
- Methods in Neuroscience
- Psychological Approaches in Mental Health
- Psychology of Work, Business and Organisations
- Psychology of Addiction
Students also select one option of the following module titles in Criminology.
- Victims and Victiminology
- Comparative and Transnational Crime
- Protest, Policing and Public Order
- Childhood Disorders, Disordered Childhood
- Real and Virtual Worlds
- Representations of Crime and Deviance
- The Family, Community and Crime
Please note course content and structure can change from year to year. As a result there can be variation between information shown here and the course when it is delivered.
Learning and Teaching
The course uses a mixed model of instruction that includes traditional lectures and seminars along with interaction through a virtual online learning environment, Blackboard. Students are able to engage with learning materials, other students and members of staff through this system in addition to using the various functionalities built into the system (e.g. online assignment submission, interactive quizzes, blogs, videos, podcasts, discussion boards, etc.) Instructors on the course form a collegiate academic community comprising of some 40 permanent academic staff who are readily accessible to students for questions and support.
Throughout the course of study, students have extensive opportunities to gain hands-on experience with psychological topics and approaches in practical based sessions. Many of these sessions are taught in our large undergraduate teaching laboratory, which features advanced computing systems, software and analytic instrumentation. Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and staff research projects.
For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
The course makes use of a variety of formative and summative assessment methods across the three levels of study. Examples of coursework assessment include essays, journal articles and book reviews, research reports, literature reviews, computer based tests, personal reflective journals and group presentations. Controlled assessments can include unseen and seen examinations, timed assignments, group and individual presentations.
For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.
The BSc(Hons) Psychology course is a professional course accredited by the to British Psychological Society (BPS) and the degree confers the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the Society.
Psychology at UWE can also be studied as either a major or minor accredited course in conjunction with Criminology, Sociology or Law. Where psychology is studied as a major the degree confers Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC).
- BSc(Hons) Psychology with Criminology
- BSc(Hons) Psychology with Sociology
- BSc(Hons) Psychology with Law
- BSc(Hons) Criminology with Psychology
- BSc(Hons) Sociology with Psychology
- BSc(Hons) Law with Psychology
The Psychology faculty contributes to a wide range of scholarship and professional activities. Many operate within the faculty research centres including:
Students and staff enjoy excellent facilities, with well-equipped labs, teaching spaces, library and other learning resources underpinned by an effective IT infrastructure. Examples of labs and psychology rooms include:
- Psychology Undergraduate Lab
- Psychophysiology and EEG Lab
- Sports and Exercise Research Lab
- Human Interaction Lab
- Developmental Lab
- Perception Lab
- Driving Simulator
- Counselling Suite
- Project, Study and Training Rooms (x12)
Psychology at UWE has an applied focus and will provide you with a strong blend of knowledge, skills and expertise essential for a career as a Chartered Psychologist or employment in a range of competitive industries.
The Department works closely with UWE Careers to ensure that students get the best possible information, advice and support. If you are considering a future as a professional psychologist postgraduate study and further training will be necessary and can be pursued at UWE Bristol.
Graduate Destinations and Employable Students
Find out what our graduates are doing six months after graduating - includes examples of careers, employers and further study. Download a PDF from graduate destinations.
UWE places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level to nurture talent and encourage innovation. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and other UWE initiatives, students gain valuable real world experience and graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market. See great graduate prospects for further information.
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