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BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology

The BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology brings together our practical expertise in both Psychology and Criminology. This course will provide you with evidence-based knowledge and experience in the fundamentals of psychological theories and issues, as well as a critical understanding and real-world application of contemporary criminology concepts. You’ll gain insight into society and the associated pressures and influences, while exploring what motivates people to commit crimes, the effect crime has, and how it could be prevented. It will also allow you to pursue further education in specialist areas, such as forensic psychology.


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Key Facts

Entry requirements

A Level: BBC


UCAS Tariff Points*: 112

GCSE: Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Maths, or equivalent

*From three A Levels or equivalent.

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Next start date

September 2024

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Course Details

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology

UCAS code: C1M8

If you have an interest in Psychology and are considering working in the criminal justice system or exploring a career in forensic psychology, then our BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology is a great place to start.

This course will provide you with evidence-based knowledge and experience in the fundamentals of Psychological theories and issues, as well as a critical understanding and real world application of contemporary criminology concepts.

Our degree is designed and taught by lecturers with varied professional experience who are actively researching subjects relevant to society today, to deliver cutting-edge course content. You’ll develop a broad range of transferable skills through our varied assessment methods and use of our state of the art Psychology lab equipment.
With competencies from scientific reasoning and analytics to communication and creative problem solving, you’ll gain the ability to see things differently and make critical judgements in your everyday life and a professional setting.

Why study BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology with us?

  • For a career that gives back: This specialist subject combination will open doors to a range of career choices that enable you to make a difference in society.
  • Employability embedded: Our Applications of Professional Psychology module helps to prepare you for your future, setting you up for success in your chosen career path.
  • Learn from expert lecturers: Delivered by specialists, including forensic psychologists and practicing criminologists, the unique journeys and active research of our lecturers offers relevant and thought-provoking content tailored to your unique interests and ambitions.
  • Practical learning: We keep class sizes small so we can personalise teaching to your unique career goals.
  • Award-winning Employability support: From day one to beyond graduation, you’ll have access to one-to-one support from our dedicated Employability Service.

Foundation Year

UCAS code: C1M9

You can choose to take an additional Foundation Year before you start your course. This introductory year will help you to develop focuses on developing the key skills required to study at degree level and covers the same six modules as on our law and business other social sciences degrees. The modules covered will initially enhance your communications skills, digital and information literacy and ability to think critically. You then have the added flexibility of switching your degree programme if another discipline captures your interest, subject to availability and entry requirements.

Entry requirements for the Foundation Year are different from our three-year degrees. For full details, check our Entry Requirements page.

Semester 1

Communication Skills

You will develop communication skills and understanding of different methods and styles of communication. You will consider appropriate methods of communication in both formal and informal environments. You will develop your understanding of social media and how to use it effectively. By looking back at previous activities and considering the choices you made and how you may do things differently in the future, you will enhance your skills on reflection.

Digital and Research Skills

You will learn how to navigate responsibly around the internet using different search engines and resources, including AI, and will develop your understanding of how to stay safe online and create an appropriate online presence. Learn about interpreting information you find; how relevant and accurate it is and how to present it. Discover a variety of learning resources and understand the importance of academic integrity. 

Sustainability and Society

You will explore the UN Sustainable Development Goals and how sustainability has a wider impact on society. A problem-solving approach to global sustainability will be adopted and you will be encouraged to think about the role you and others play in addressing sustainability issues and an understanding of who is accountable. Also looking at both the broad concepts of sustainability and the aspects which are relevant to your chosen discipline.

Semester 2

Foundation Year Project

Develop your research skills by learning how to choose, plan and carry out an investigation into a chosen topic. Discover the importance of ethics when conducting research and practice presenting research. This module helps prepare you for entry onto Level 4 of the degree programme through the formative e-portfolio containing a log of activities, your 2000 word written project and your video presentation.

Shaping Skills for Success

This module will enable you to develop wider skills that are needed to succeed during your studies and beyond. You will be introduced to different types of skills and how to track and reflect on your skills development. You will develop your skills by participating in sessions focused on specific skills and hearing from a variety of guest speakers. You will take part in a group challenge designed to develop your teamwork and communication skills and reflect on the skills you develop during this module as part of your Foundation Year Project.       

Core Concepts of Psychology

Introducing you to some of the key theoretical concepts in psychology. In addition, you will be encouraged to reflect on some of these areas and think critically about some of the implications of the theories. You will also be given the opportunity to develop your research skills and group work in preparation for planning and completing coursework.

Choose one*:

  • Core Concepts of Law
  • Core Concepts of Computer Science
  • Core Concepts of Criminology and Policing
  • Core Concepts of Business

*Options available are indicative and available subject to numbers and the campus chosen. Students will also complete the Shaping Skills for Success programme.

  • The Psychology of Mental Health
  • Understanding the Person
  • Foundations of Criminology
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Applications of Professional Psychology
  • Neuroscience of Behaviour
  • Lifespan Development
  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Social and Critical Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Dissertation

Optional modules* (choose three):

  • Urban Criminology
  • Migration
  • Cybercrime
  • Media, Crime and Control
  • Zemiology (Social Harms)
  • Terrorism


*All options are indicative and subject to availability.

Course Start Dates

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology
    • Full-time: Leeds

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Course Information


September 2024

  • Full-time: Leeds, London Bloomsbury


We use a variety of formative and summative assessments designed to meet the overall course and individual module learning outcomes, as well as allow you to demonstrate your knowledge in a variety of innovative formats. Assessment methods may include:

  • Written assignments
  • Research proposals
  • Practical reports
  • Presentations
  • Reflective assignments
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In years one and two you’ll study set taught modules. In year three you’ll study some taught modules, including your choice of three optional modules, as well as researching and writing a dissertation.

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Employability We Set You Up For Success

We care about your career, which is why we offer support with job applications and other work experience opportunities as soon as you accept your place.

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Fees and Applying


Applications are now open for September 2024.

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UK - £9,250 per year

International (London) - £17,550 per year

International (non-London) - £16,700 per year

If you need to fund your studies with a student loan you can apply via Student Finance.



We have students from over 120 different countries throughout our campuses, with a dedicated team to help international students.

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