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Criminology with Psychology (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Health and Social Sciences
Four years full-time; part-time
Full-time; part-time
Programme leader:
Dr Anne Foley
Key fact:
BSc(Hons) Criminology with Psychology at UWE Bristol gives you the applied knowledge, practical experience and transferrable skills to rapidly progress in the career of your choice.

Page last updated 13 September 2017


Why study BSc(Hons) Criminology with Psychology?

Criminology with Psychology brings together the study of crime and the science of the mind to better understand how crime impacts on individuals and society. Drawing on a range of other disciplines including sociology, law and philosophy, you will explore the theories, policies, processes and relationships that influence attitudes, beliefs and behaviour. You will also develop a range of skills that enhance your employability, such as critical thinking and data interpretation, how to evaluate evidence and write reports, presenting reasoned arguments and making ethical judgments.

Why study our course?

In the first year, you will study both subjects on an equal basis before majoring. BSc(Hons) Criminology with Psychology at UWE Bristol provides a deep understanding of crime, criminal justice, offenders and victims,allowing you to apply theories and research to real-world contemporary issues. Supported by inspirational staff who are leading practitioners and active researchers, our course provides the opportunity to explore criminology from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Graduates are valued by employers for their research and IT skills, their literacy and numeracy, and their incisive understanding of individuals, social institutions and processes.

Real-world experience

You will benefit from a forward-thinking course that encourages knowledge exchange, community engagement, professional engagement and work-based learning. We have strong connections with organisations including the Bristol Young Offenders Scheme, Bristol Youth Education Service and the local police forces. Throughout the course, you will have the chance to undertake your own research, focussing on real-world issues in areas that interest you for future employment. With opportunities in year 2 for work-integrated learning, volunteering roles and international study, you will graduate with all the knowledge and transferable skills you need to get ahead in your chosen career.

Where it can take you

Criminology with Psychology graduates often enter careers in government, the police and prison services, the court services, the NHS, educational institutions and non-government organisations working with young offenders or victims of crime. Opportunities also exist in a range of social welfare positions and in the private sector with, for example, private security firms and law practices.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



Foundation year (Year 0)

You will study the following modules:

  • Academic Skills for Social Sciences
  • Exploring the Social World and the Problems of Crime
  • From Plato to Nato
  • People and Social Science

You will study the Foundation Year alongside students from our other Social Science courses, and so you may be able to transfer to a course in one of these areas at the end of the Foundation Year.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year 0 modules before progressing to Year 1.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Criminology Theory
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Research Design and Analysis

At the end of year 1, students choose whether to major in Criminology or to major in Psychology and continue with Criminology as a minor subject (see course entry for Psychology with Criminology for full details). Students wishing to gain a degree recognised by the British Psychological Society should opt for the Psychology major option.

Year 2

  • Nature and Use of Research
  • Prisons and Policing
  • Developing Self and Society
  • One optional module from the list below:

Optional modules

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

Plus one optional module from the following:

  • Identities in Psychology
  • Mind, Brain and Development

Final year

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

Optional modules

  • Comparative and Transnational Crime
  • Protest, Policing and Public Order
  • Terrorism
  • Victims and Victiminology
  • The Family, Community and Crime
  • Representations of Crime and Deviance
  • Childhood Disorder and Disordered Childhood

Plus select optional modules from the list below according to credit requirements:

  • Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • Anomalous Experiences and Mental Health
  • Appearance and Embodiment
  • Applied Development 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 Couselling and Psychotherapy
  • Atypical Development
  • Gender, Sexualities and Society
  • Human Sexuality
  • Methods in Neuroscience
  • Psychological Approaches in Mental Health
  • Consciousness
  • Psychology of Work, Business and Organisations
  • Pschopharmocolgy
  • Psychology of Addiction

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

We use a variety of traditional and non-traditional methods of teaching from formal lectures, seminars and workshops to one-to-one tutorials and ICT based learning technologies. It is of significant benefit to the quality of teaching that seminar numbers are kept to a maximum of twenty students.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

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Forms of assessment are equally varied and seek to develop numerous academic and practical skills. Assessment includes essays, seminar presentations, projects, literature reviews, and 'unseen' and 'seen' examinations.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

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Criminology with Psychology at UWE Bristol offers opportunities for work placements, volunteering and other work-based experiences. In year 2 you will benefit from work-integrated learning opportunities, which combine work experience with critical self-reflection on what you have done. There's also an option to study for a year at Virginia Commonwealth University, USA.

Throughout the course, you will have the chance to undertake your own criminological research, focussing on real-world issues in areas that interest you for future employment. In year three, you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge on a work placement with a local organisation such as Avon and Somerset Police, Bristol City Council or Victim Support.

Study facilities

You will be taught by an experienced, enthusiastic and supportive team who incorporate their own leading-edge, real-world research into the curriculum. With a stimulating programme of lectures, seminars, workshops, online tutorials, media presentations, independent project work and reflective diaries, you will develop the academic knowledge and practical skills that will make a big difference to your career and your life. The psychology modules use well-equipped labs for practical sessions, featuring advanced computing systems, software and analytic instrumentation. 

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

Real-world engagement

Our commitment to applied criminology, knowledge exchange and community engagement is reflected in students' on-going interaction with a range of organisations and social groups. Our staff are active researchers involved with many different organisations that enhance our teaching by arranging special events and activities and providing regular guest speakers. We have active connections with organisations including the Bristol Young Offenders Scheme, Bristol Youth Education Service, Gloucester Community Services, the Institute of Psychotherapy and local police forces.


Careers / Further study

Criminology with Psychology at UWE Bristol involves the study of people society in all its forms so the range of real-world applications is wide and varied, providing the ideal basis for many careers. Our graduates are increasingly valued by employers for their research and IT skills, their literacy and numeracy, their critical thinking abilities, and their communication skills. In recent years students have pursued careers in research, education, social work, counselling, charity work and healthcare, the police, prison and court services, as well as 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 employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

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

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Useful links

Guardian - what to do with a degree in psychology


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Double Science, 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. 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 one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BSc(Hons) Criminology with Psychology course.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

International students will be requested to take part in a telephone interview.


How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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