Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: CMV1
Academic year: 18 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

Our exciting and versatile Psychology and Criminology degree will broaden your knowledge of the key psychological approaches, towards understanding and explaining criminal behaviour and the justice system.

You'll learn about the social context of crime, criminal behaviour and the criminal justice system from sociological, legal and psychological perspectives. And you'll learn how this relates to victimology, punitive justice, treatment and rehabilitation.

Our emphasis on key learning practices will ensure that you are well prepared for careers in Criminology and/or Psychology  or for postgraduate study.

The course is delivered by specialist staff teaching in our multi-million-pound purpose-built Science Centre, equipped with industry standard facilities.

On successful completion of study, we will issue one of the following awards dependent on your chosen pathway: BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology, BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies - Students who choose not to, or who are unable to, follow an accredited route can transfer to BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies.

Professional body accreditation

The BSc (Hons) Psychology programme is accredited with the British Psychological Society (BPS) meaning that successful completion of this programme (with a minimum of a 2:2 degree) will enable you to claim Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) after graduation, which is the first stage towards becoming a professional psychologist.

Course content

Through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and practical laboratory work, you’ll be encouraged to develop your critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills.

Assessment is varied and interesting and is aimed at developing you for prospective work and further study. In Year 3, you’ll have the opportunity to focus on a specific area of interest, where you can apply the skills that you’ve developed throughout the course and contribute to existing research in the field.

Throughout your studies, your Psychology modules will pay great attention to unravelling the intricacies of the mind and will help you to explore why different people act the way they do, whilst your criminology modules will focus on the different relationships between crime victimisation and the justice system.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Foundations of Psychology Compulsory
Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology Compulsory
Psychological Contexts of Crime and Punishment Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Perspectives in Psychology Compulsory
Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology Compulsory
Psychological Contexts of Crime and Punishment Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Cognitive and Biological Determinants of Behaviour Compulsory
Understanding the Social World Compulsory
Criminology Compulsory
Childhood – Contexts Optional
Voluntary Work Experience: applications of psychology Optional
Psychology of Crime Optional
Psychology Research Assistantship Optional
The Psychology of Social Perception Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Cognitive and Biological Determinants of Behaviour Compulsory
Understanding the Social World Compulsory
Criminology Compulsory
Further Research Methods in Psychology Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Psychology Project Compulsory
Typical and Atypical Development Compulsory
Forensic Psychology Applications Compulsory
Advanced Research Methods Optional
Psychology of Empowerment and Oppression Optional
Behavioural Medicine Optional
Criminal Justice Optional
Psychological Interventions Optional
Cyberpsychology Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Psychology Project Compulsory
Typical and Atypical Development Compulsory
Forensic Psychology Applications Compulsory
Health Psychology Optional
Neuropsychological Disorders Optional
Criminal Justice Optional
Children and Pictures Optional

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.