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Bachelor of Science

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology*

Psychologists have long collaborated with criminal justice professionals to understand the behaviours of those who choose to carry out criminal acts, as well as how the mentally ill are treated within the system.

Bringing together our practical expertise in both Psychology and Criminology, this course offers you the opportunity to build an in-depth understanding of psychological skills, knowledge and values, while also exploring its applications in the criminal justice system. 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.

Successful completion of this fascinating subject will enable you to see things from multiple perspectives, giving you a competitive advantage in a range of career opportunities, such as within policing, intelligence services, civil service, charities or prisons. It will also allow you to pursue further education in specialist areas, such as forensic psychology.

*Subject to Approval

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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.

Full requirements


Leeds and London Bloomsbury

Next start date

September 2024

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Learn more about the process for applying to us and where to get started.


Our Applications of Professional Psychology module and work-based learning in Year 3 will enhance your future career prospects.

We have an overall 5 Star rating from QS World University Rankings and 5 stars in Teaching, Employability, Online Learning, Academic Development and Inclusiveness.

Learn practical Psychology principles in our upcoming lab at our Leeds Campus. Equipped with experiment cubicles, an observation suite and VR equipment.

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 tutors 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 tutors: 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.

  • Citizenship
  • Academic and Report Writing
  • Numeracy Skills in Context
  • Foundations of Business Management
  • Foundations of Law
  • Foundations of Social Sciences
  • 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

Course Start Dates

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

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Course Information


September 2024

  • Full-time: Leeds


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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