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City, University of London

Criminology and Psychology

UCAS Code: L3C8

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

AAB or ABB with a relevant EPQ A level General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship are not accepted

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or equivalent are also required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

including no less than 5, 5, 5 in three Higher Level subjects

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

Check with the Department for acceptable subjects

UCAS Tariff

136
65%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Criminology

Psychology

This interdisciplinary degree is BPS accredited and provides a solid foundation in psychology as well as criminology.  Psychology is the fourth most popular degree subject to take in the UK (Complete University Guide 2017). With thousands of students graduating with a degree in Psychology each year, this degree will set you apart from the crowd, if you have an interest in criminology and a career in the criminal justice field.

This course offers a route to a graduate basis for chartered membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) to become a charted psychologist in any field of psychology.

The programme is also excellent preparation for further study in psychology or criminology at Masters level and is well suited for those interested in pursuing careers across a broad range of sectors. City's BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology course encourages analytical and critical thinking, the careful appraisal of evidence and the application of various technical skills.

The course will equip you with a wide range of transferable skills and you will develop the research expertise to investigate crime and criminal justice data, and the proficiency to engage critically with real-world criminal justice policy debates.

Through the study of a broad range of topics within the discipline of psychology, including the application of psychological knowledge in a range of professional areas, you will learn to appreciate how the subject progresses through the careful use of research methods.

You will acquire criminological expertise and skills to give you the competitive edge in applying for careers in government departments concerned with crime and crime control, the core professions allied to the criminal justice system and related fields, or for postgraduate studies

Modules

The first year introduces the main areas of psychology: cognition, development, biology and the history of psychological theories, as well as key theories and concepts of criminology and criminal justice. In addition, a specialist module focuses on the education and skills needed to pursue a degree and a career as a professional psychologist.

Core modules include:
- Biological approaches to mind and behaviour
- Cognitive approaches to mind and behaviour
- History and theory of psychology
- Lifespan psychology
- Research design and analysis (laboratory methods)
- Research design and analysis (quantitative methods)
- Criminology
- Criminal justice

The second year advances knowledge of core psychology subjects to meet the requirements for British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation and deepens understanding of key topics in criminology.

Core modules include:
- Biological psychology
- Developmental psychology
- Personality and differential psychology
- Research methods in psychology
- Social psychology
- Key Issues in Criminology
- Victimology

You can then choose one of the following modules:
- Memory and action (cognitive elective 1)
- Perception and reasoning (cognitive elective psychology 2).

Final year students conduct their own empirical research project and select six specialist modules from a wide range of modules led by expert academic staff and practitioners.

Core modules:
- Psychology Research Project
- Elective modules:

- Memory and the law
- Psychological illnesses, brain damage and dreams
- Abnormal and clinical psychology
- Introduction to counselling psychology
- Forensic Psychology
- Youth crime
- Policing
- Victimology
- Crime and media
- How the Neurosciences inform Clinical Psychology and - Psychotherapy
- Introduction to Clinical Psychology
- Judgement and Decision Making
- Approaches to Autism
- Health Psychology and Behaviour Change
- Organisational Psychology
- Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience
- Coaching Psychology
- Cognitive Development
- Programming for Psychologists
- Topics in Behavioural Economics
- Building evidence-based-tools to change social behaviour
- Emotions

Assessment methods

You will be assessed on a mixture of:

Essays
Problem-based assessments
Presentations
Class tests
Lab reports
Lab classes
End-of-year exams.

In your final year, you will be required to submit a dissertation based on your own empirical research, conducted under the close mentorship of an expert researcher.

The Uni


Course location:

City, University of London

Department:

Psychology

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

66%
low
Criminology
71%
low
Psychology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

Teaching and learning

65%
Staff make the subject interesting
74%
Staff are good at explaining things
71%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
61%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

80%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
42%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

72%
UK students
28%
International students
14%
Male students
86%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

61%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
68%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
51%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

87%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
70%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
15%
Male students
85%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
81%
low
Employed or in further education
74%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
15%
Childcare and related personal services
11%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

Psychology (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,802
high
Average annual salary
88%
low
Employed or in further education
60%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Childcare and related personal services
18%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
13%
Public services and other associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

20 years ago, this was a specialist degree for would-be psychologists but now it is the model of a modern, flexible degree subject. One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the second most popular subject overall (it recently overtook business studies), one in 23 of all graduates last year had psychology degrees. As you'd expect with figures like that, jobs in psychology itself are incredibly competitive, so to stand a chance of securing one, you need to get a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate in most fields, especially clinical psychology) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates — far more than there are jobs in psychology, and over 13,800 in total last year — this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business and other industries across the economy. Everywhere there are good jobs in the UK economy, you'll find psychology graduates - and it's hardly surprising as the course helps you gain a mix of good people skills and excellent number and data handling skills. A psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes — but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Criminology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£28k

£28k

£25k

£25k

£29k

£29k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Psychology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£21k

£21k

£28k

£28k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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