Learn how the mind works and how that relates to crime.
Three A-levels at grades CCC or above.
Or BTEC triple grades MMM or above.
Or Access with 23-45 D/M with a minimum of 6D.
And GCSE English Language at grade 4 or grade C or above and GCSE Maths or a Science at grade 4 or grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications).
UCAS points 96
UCAS code CRPS
Duration Three years full-time or up to six years part-time
Our BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology degree explores the causes of crime, the criminal justice system, the legal framework and responses to crime. It combines the sociology of crime and causes and responses, with the study of Psychology. Teaching and learning gives equal weight to the two core subjects of Criminology and Psychology, developing a deep understanding of human behaviour and how this relates to the criminal justice system.
During the course you'll be introduced to psychology and criminology theories with a focus on the social psychology of crime. You’ll investigate the common traits of actors in the criminal justice system in a criminal justice setting, such as a court or a crime scene. You'll also have opportunities to develop research techniques and to complete your own piece of social psychological research and to do 50 hours of work placement in a criminal justice organisation. You'll also develop a sound understanding of the ethics of criminology and take an in-depth look at the psychology behind crime.
Learn to apply criminological and psychological tools to any type of investigations, for example insurance, fire, mental health but with an emphasis on crime scene investigations.
Study in dedicated psychology lab spaces and at simulated crime scenes in our 'crime scene house' with the support of specialist tutors who are experienced in criminal behavioural analysis.
Small groups for teaching and learning allow you to have support to develop your individual projects.
Learn how to apply psychology to develop effective forms of crime deterrent, rehabilitation and victim support.
Visit real criminal justice environments.
Get a broad perspective by studying crime in the context of local communities, as well as nationally and internationally.
Who commits crime?
What drives an individual's offending behaviour?
What causes criminality and how does psychology explain it?
How can an understanding of psychology help us reduce criminal behaviour?
How best do we support victims and offenders to prevent crime?
How do we encourage resilience to loss and trauma?
BA (Hons) Criminology and Psychology prepares students for careers in offender management, civil service, youth services, community development and the police.
“ Your first year will see you develop an understanding of psychological perspectives as well as learning broad knowledge about crime and law in society. In the second year you will learn about the biology of emotion in the brain and how criminologists think differently about crime scenes. You will also take on a work placement to gain experience in the industry. In the third year you will learn about the mind of criminals and what underpins criminal behaviour. You will also develop communication skills and focus on the ethics of working in criminal justice.”
Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum
Fees for International students: £12,000 per annum
Includes lectures, seminars, visits to real crime scenes and practical learning at simulated crime scenes, some of which will occur in our on-campus 'crime scene house'.
Approx 30% of assessment is via exams and practical tests and 70% is via coursework.
Sam has spent over 10 years teaching criminal justice and sociology in Higher Education. Prior to that she worked for six years in administration at the South Carolina Department of Corrections, working with youthful offenders, victims and eventually in educational programming. She teaches a broad range of classes and has a variety of research interests including globalization, criminal and social deviance, social control, and immigration. She is the author of The Criminalization of Immigration: The Post 9/11 Moral Panic (2013) and co-author of the forthcoming publication: Security and the State in the Era of Globalization: Criminology in the XXI Century.View full profile
Programme leadView profile
Hazel is a chartered member and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a senior fellow of the HEA. She teaches psychology, mental health and wellbeing and neuropsychology. Her research focuses on identity, student engagement and hidden disabilities.
Lecturer - CriminologyView profile
Having been a practising solicitor here in Plymouth, Alex draws on her knowledge and experience of the English legal system to teach crime and criminal justice.
Senior Lecturer - CriminologyView profile
Senior LecturerView profile
Alister teaches psychology and its applications to sport, exercise, and health. His main research interest is how psychological interventions can be used to improve the performances of people who participate in endurance events, such as middle- and long-distance running, cycling, swimming, and triathlon events.
Associate LecturerView profile