Psychology with Criminology BSc (Hons)


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Please note that the last intake to the first year of this course was in the academic year beginning in September 2015. The course has since been revalidated, and if you are interested in starting the first year in 2016/17 or later please follow this link to the latest version.

However, we are still considering applications for from suitably qualified applicants who may want to begin their studies in the second year. Please contact Admissions for advice.

What makes a person commit a crime? Is this something that is within us all? Or is this something that develops via external pressures from society?

On the BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology you will develop knowledge on a wide range of subjects including contemporary policing, crime and punishment, with the opportunity to assess both domestic to national and global issues, considering both villain and victim.

You will also study psychological theory and research to understand human motivations, mental processes and behaviours across a wide variety of contexts.Towards the latter part of the course you have the opportunity to study psychological processes in a criminal context.

Teaching comprises a wide variety of lectures, workshops and practical sessions delivered by our approachable, research-engaged staff. Psychology modules are complemented by a cluster of criminology modules which analyse the area in theoretical, research and practical contexts.

In your final year you will produce your own original piece of research enabling you to graduate with not only a degree but also valuable transferrable skills in problem solving and critical thinking. The course is supported by a professional yet informal study environment coupled with online support and feedback.

In developing your understanding of BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology, you will be well-placed for a career in research, education or specialisms in psychology, as well as the ability to work within the criminal justice system.

94% of students are staisfied with this course overall (Unistats 2015)

Upon graduation, you can apply for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society* (BPS); the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist**.

*Provided you reach the minimum standard of a second class honours degree
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Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) to provide Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).


FacilitiesWhen you want to get hands-on experience within Psychology we can support you. The Department of Psychology provides students with the use of a number of dedicated specialist and flexible teaching laboratories for both practical work and to support students in their studies.


Discover MoreAlmost three quarters of Northumbria’s psychology research is judged to have outstanding reach and significance for its impact, placing us top 20 in the UK (REF 2014).

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Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Psychology

Location Northumberland Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2016

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