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Psychology with Criminology

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About this course

Accreditations and partnerships:

The British Psychological Society
  • Entry year: 2015/16
  • Course code: C8M9
  • Applications: UCAS
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Tariff points: 340
  • Department: Health and Social Sciences
  • Campus: Frenchay
  • Duration: Three years (or four with sandwich year option)
  • Delivery: Full-time, part-time, sandwich option
  • Programme leader: Dr Kris Kinsey
  • Key fact: BSc(Hons) Psychology with Criminology at UWE Bristol is accredited by the British Psychological Society and has a strong applied, practical focus designed to build relevant professional skills and enhance employability.


Why study BSc(Hons) Psychology with Criminology?

Psychology with Criminology combines the study of crime with a deep insight into human thought, action and behaviour. Blending the benefits of a scientific approach with the ability to think creatively, you will develop a set of skills essential for many interesting careers. Psychology graduates work in almost every area of society, adding value with their numeracy, IT literacy, communication and problem-solving capabilities.

Why study our course?

In the first year, you will study both subjects on an equal basis before specialising in one of the two areas. The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and confers the Society's Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) for psychology majors - the recognised initial standard for those wishing to become practitioner psychologists. Built around the core BPS curriculum, the course is geared to applying academic knowledge to real-world situations, training you in a range of advanced methods and transferable skills for a variety of careers. Taught by internationally recognised practitioners and mentored by a dedicated personal tutor, you will also have the opportunity to undertake work-based learning.

Real-world experience

The applied nature of the course provides opportunities to gain hands-on experience in practical-based sessions, developing your academic knowledge, strengthening your CV and enhancing your employability. Students can also participate in a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and staff research projects. Our focus on developing professional skills in work settings is reflected in placement opportunities in Year 2 and the option to choose a third year project with an applied framework. Our sandwich option provides a year of work-based learning in a public, private or voluntary sector organisation.  

Where it can take you 

The course equips you with the skills that today's leading employers value. From healthcare, law enforcement, finance, IT and research, to government, education, the creative industries and the legal sector, our students have the confidence, communication skills and team-working abilities that make a positive impact in any organisation.

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>> Structure



For the first couple of year the course covers 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).       

The following modules are indicative of the course structure.

Year 1

Students are 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.

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Research Design and Analysis 1
  • Introduction to Criminological Theory
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice

Year 2

  • Research Design and Analysis 2
  • Identities in Psychology
  • Mind, Brain and Development
  • One optional module from the list below:

Optional module

  • Criminal Psychology
  • Youth Crime, Youth Justice
  • Drugs, Crime and Society
  • Transgression

Final year

Students have the opportunity to select from a wide range of specialist topic modules in Psychology and Criminology that suits their interests while undertaking an independent research project of their choice supervised by a member of the academic staff. 

  • Social Sciences Project and Placement module
  • Select optional modules from the list below according to credit requirements:

Optional modules

  • 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
  • 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
  • Consciousness
  • Psychology of Work, Business and Organisations
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychology of Addiction

Plus one optional module from the list below:

  • Victims and Victiminology
  • Comparative and Transnational Crime
  • Terrorism
  • 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. 

This structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery the same modules will be studied however the structure will differ.

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.

>> Features

Special Features

Professional accreditation

BSc(Hons) Psychology with Criminology is accredited by the British Psychological Society and the degree confers the Graduate Basis for Chartership with the Society when Psychology is studied as the major subject.


In your second year, there's an opportunity to gain work experience and apply your expertise in real-word settings. During this year, you will undertake a work-based learning project, supervised by a member of academic staff. In your third year, you will tackle an independent research project that can also be work-based. Alternatively, you can choose our sandwich course option and spend 12 months on work placement in a public, private or voluntary sector organisation between your second and third years. These placements are normally paid and the majority of students are recruited by their employers after graduating.

Study facilities

Lectures and seminars are backed by an innovative virtual learning environment where you can engage with materials, students and staff, as well as access blogs, videos, podcasts and discussion boards. Our health and social care library is one of the largest in the UK, and exceptional onsite facilities include eye-tracking laboratories to investigate perception and eye-movements related to psychological experiences, and a state-of-the-art driving simulator designed to assess the impact of different factors on driving performance. Supported by dedicated psychology technicians, practical sessions in our undergraduate laboratory use advanced computing systems, software and analytic instrumentation to evaluate physiological data.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Learn from Experts

The course is taught by a dynamic, approachable and supportive team of internationally acclaimed professionals with interests in teaching, research, scholarship and professional practice. The Psychology department contributes to a wide range of scholarship and professional activities. Many operate within the faculty research centres including the Centre for Appearance Research.

Designed around you

Psychology at UWE Bristol can also be studied as either a major or minor accredited course in conjunction with Sociology or Law. Where Psychology is studied as a major, the degree confers Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC). 

>> Careers

Careers/further study

Our students graduate as well organised, confident communicators with excellent analytical and critical thinking abilities. Psychology with Criminology at UWE Bristol has an applied focus, providing you with a strong blend of knowledge, skills and experience essential for a career as a Chartered Psychologist or employment in a range of competitive industries from healthcare, law enforcement, finance, IT and research, to government, education, the creative industries and the legal sector. There are also many opportunities for postgraduate study and research degrees.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your graduate employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, graduate jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurs and access to employer events.

Graduate destinations

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.

See great graduate prospects for further information.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and UWE Bristol initiatives which nurture talent and encourage innovation, students gain valuable real world experience and graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Be inspired

Read how Sue set herself up as a freelance chartered psychologist.

Gurpal is a Graduate Management Trainee with Bristol City Council.

Useful links

UWE - careers in psychology

Guardian - what to do with a degree in psychology

>> Fees


Full Time Course

FeeAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Home/EU-Full Time-15 Credit Module Fee1125
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee11250
International-Full Time 15 Credit Module Fee1406
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Offshore-Full Time 15 Credit Module Fee1125

Full Time Course

FeeAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Home/EU-Full Time-15 Credit Module Fee1125
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee11250
International-Full Time 15 Credit Module Fee1406
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Offshore-Full Time 15 Credit Module Fee1125

Supplementary fee information

For information about fees and funding for courses please see our fees and funding pages.

>> Entry


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 340
  • GCSE: Grade C or above in English Language, Mathematics and Double Science or Biology, or equivalent.
    Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Grade B or above in at least one A2 subject. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: A minimum of DDD from the BTEC Diploma
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at distinction and 15 level 3 credits at merit; achievement of level 2 credits giving GCSE equivalence (where appropriate) in English Language, Mathematics and Science.
  • Baccalaureate IB: 28 points, with a minimum grade of 6 in a higher level subject

How to apply

UCAS Extra We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this programme from 25 February until 2 July 2015. Responses to UCAS Extra applications will be given within 14 working days.

Please see the general information about applications.

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