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BA (Hons) Criminology & Psychology Course Essentials

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What motivates people to behave the way they do? What constitutes a crime and what makes a criminal? If you want to become a social scientist with the ability to make sense of issues relating to crime and psychology, this is the course for you.

You’ll take a close look at criminal behaviour and the justice system, coming to understand and predict the many factors involved in human behaviour, as well as gaining valuable analytical and research skills that will boost your employment

Here, you get the chance to study two fascinating social science fields, spending equal amounts of time on each discipline.

You will learn all about the effects of social diversity and inequality on crime rates, develop an understanding of a range of research methods and data analysis skills, and acquire knowledge of a range of influences on psychological well-being.


Year 1 –

Skills for Interdisciplinary Study

Introduction to Social & Developmental Psychology

Introduction to Biological & Cognitive Psychology

Crime & Society

Criminal Justice System

Key Studies in Psychology

Year 2 –

Research and Ethics in Action

Personality and Intelligence

Social Psychology

Contemporary Debates in Criminology

Environmental Criminology

Policing & Police Powers

Year 3 –

Research Planning & Project

Contemporary Developmental Psychology

Cross-Cultural Psychology


Youth Justice

Please note that the modules listed are indicative and may be subject to change.


We use a wide variety of assessment methods, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in more ways than one. These could include:

  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios of work
  • Exams
  • Analysis and research projects

To support your development and ensure that you’re on the right track with your studies, you’ll receive tutor feedback for every assessment you submit.

If required, your tutor may be able to give you suggestions and tips for improvement and help you understand how to apply your newly acquired skills into real-life settings.

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