BSc Criminology with Applied Psychology

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A group of BSc Criminology with Applied Psychology students listening in a lecture

In choosing to study Aberystwyth University's BSc Criminology with Applied Psychology Degree (M9C8) you will focus on all aspects of Criminology, but with a greater emphasis on "individual behaviour". It will allow you to gain a full understanding of the core criminology foundations that include legal principles, criminology theories, and crime control, whilst also gaining a firm understanding of the psychology of criminal behaviour. Career paths following successful completion of the Criminology and Applied Psychology degree are diverse and include the Police, HM Revenue and Customs and other Regulatory fields. The applied nature of the degree ensures that you graduate with the essential skills and attributes demanded by employers. Expand the links below to discover more...

Top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Psychology (NSS 2016)

Department of Law and Criminology: 82% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

100% of undergraduates who graduated from the Law Department at Aberystwyth University in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Overview

Why study Criminology with Applied Psychology at Aberystwyth?

The Department of Law and Criminology at Aberystwyth is the oldest Law School in Wales, founded in 1901, and has an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching and the expertise of its staff. Your learning is closely linked to the vigorous research activity carried out in the department, providing you with an outstanding, dynamic and up-to-date learning environment. You will benefit from a mature and well-stocked Law library, supplemented by generous electronic resources.

As well as being active in research and publication, our lecturers also participate in national and international debate and policy-making in legal, criminological and related fields. Recently, for example, our staff have been involved in the work of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA); the Countryside Commission for Wales; the Youth Justice Board; the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee; the Welsh Assembly Standing Orders Commission; and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The Department of Law and Criminology recently participated in the Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment. It found that 96.5% of publications submitted were of of an internationally recognised standard and that 98% of research activity in the department was rated as internationally recognised. 

We can offer you the opportunity to undertake work experience in one of the criminal justice agencies, which will greatly increase your employability upon graduation.

There is a strong international staff and student profile in the Department and there are frequent visits by academics and experts from other countries. There are also opportunities for you to study abroad at one of our partner institutions in Utrecht (Netherlands) Katowice and Wroclaw (Poland), Brno (Czech Republic) and Helsinki (Finland), all of which offer legal courses in English.

The Department also offers a number of degree schemes and modules taught entirely or partially through the medium of Welsh. Further details may be obtained from the Department

Our Staff

Department of Law and Criminology lecturers are mostly either qualified to PHD level or have professional experience and qualifications as practicing lawyers. Many staff also have a PGCE (Higher Education).

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Year 1 Core (40 Credits) Students must take the following modules during Part 1:

Semester 1

Foundations Of Psychology CR12320

Foundations Of Law LA15710

Semester 2

Readings In Psychology CR12510

Year 1 Options Core modules in Part I - Students must choose between these CR and TR modules based on language preference:

Semester 1

Elements Of Criminology CR12400

Elfennau Troseddeg TR12400

Semester 2

Elements Of Criminology CR12430

Elfennau Troseddeg TR12430

Year 1 Options Core modules in Part I - Students must choose between these CR and TR modules based on language preference:

Semester 1

Criminology Research Skills 1 CR12100

Sgiliau Troseddeg 1 TR12100

Semester 2

Criminology Research Skills 1 CR12130

Sgiliau Troseddeg 1 TR12130

Year 1 Options Core modules in Part I - Students must choose between these CR and TR modules based on language preference:

Semester 2

Crime Control And Prevention CR10320

Rheoli Ac Atal Troseddu TR10320

Year 2 Options Students must take the following modules (CR/TR dependant on language preference):

Semester 1

Criminology Research Skills 2 CR31420

Psychological Explanations Of Criminal Behaviour CR31720

Sgiliau Troseddeg 2 TR34220

Available both years Options COMPULSORY, BUT only available alternate years - students are required to take CR31220 PSYCHOLOGY AND CRIME in the year in which it is offered

Available both years Options During Part II (years 2 and 3) students MUST take a minimum total of 60 credits from the following list, to include at least one dissertation module (NB The Department offers some topics on an alternate year basis - therefore some modules will be replaced in the next academic year).

Semester 1

Empirically Based Criminology Dissertation CR30600

Criminology And Psychology Dissertation 1 (sem 1) CR32020

Criminology And Psychology Disseration 2 (sem 1) CR32220

Traethaed Estynedig Empiraidd TR30600

Traethawd Estynedig Troseddeg A Seicoleg 1 (sem 1) TR32020

Traethawd Estynedig Troseddeg A Seicoleg 2 (sem 1) TR32220

Semester 2

Empirically Based Criminology Dissertation CR30640

Psychopathology CR31920

Criminology And Psychology Dissertation 1 (sem 2) CR32120

Criminology And Psychology Dissertation 2 (sem 2) CR32320

Traethaed Estynedig Empiraidd TR30640

Available both years Options The remaining credits required to make up 120 per year should be taken from the following modules (again, some modules will be replaced in the following academic year):

Semester 1

Youth Crime & Youth Justice CR31520

Criminal Justice Placement CR32400

Police, Policing And Society CR32820

Cyfraith Troseddol GF33920

Criminal Law LA33920

Criminal Justice And The Penal System LA36320

Profiad Gwaith Cyfiawnder Troseddol TR32400

Semester 2

Victims CR30820

Criminology Of Human Rights Violations CR31120

Contemporary Issues In Criminology CR31620

Criminal Justice Placement CR32420

A History Of Crime And Punishment LA33310

Principles Of Evidence LA37410

Profiad Gwaith Cyfiawnder Troseddol TR32420

Available both years Options The optional credits may include up to 40 credits from the following list (again, some modules will be replaced in the following academic year):

Semester 1

Human Rights - Theories, Institutions & Remedies LA30510

Family And Child Law LA36420

Semester 2

Law And Society LA33710

Medicine, Ethics And Law LA36720

Available both years Options COMPULSORY, BUT only available alternate years - students are required to take CR31220 PSYCHOLOGY AND CRIME in the year in which it is offered

Available both years Options During Part II (years 2 and 3) students MUST take a minimum total of 60 credits from the following list, to include at least one dissertation module (NB The Department offers some topics on an alternate year basis - therefore some modules will be replaced in the next academic year).

Semester 1

Empirically Based Criminology Dissertation CR30600

Criminology And Psychology Dissertation 1 (sem 1) CR32020

Criminology And Psychology Disseration 2 (sem 1) CR32220

Traethaed Estynedig Empiraidd TR30600

Traethawd Estynedig Troseddeg A Seicoleg 1 (sem 1) TR32020

Traethawd Estynedig Troseddeg A Seicoleg 2 (sem 1) TR32220

Semester 2

Empirically Based Criminology Dissertation CR30640

Psychopathology CR31920

Criminology And Psychology Dissertation 1 (sem 2) CR32120

Criminology And Psychology Dissertation 2 (sem 2) CR32320

Traethaed Estynedig Empiraidd TR30640

Available both years Options The remaining credits required to make up 120 per year should be taken from the following modules (again, some modules will be replaced in the following academic year):

Semester 1

Youth Crime & Youth Justice CR31520

Criminal Justice Placement CR32400

Police, Policing And Society CR32820

Cyfraith Troseddol GF33920

Criminal Law LA33920

Criminal Justice And The Penal System LA36320

Profiad Gwaith Cyfiawnder Troseddol TR32400

Semester 2

Victims CR30820

Criminology Of Human Rights Violations CR31120

Contemporary Issues In Criminology CR31620

Criminal Justice Placement CR32420

A History Of Crime And Punishment LA33310

Principles Of Evidence LA37410

Profiad Gwaith Cyfiawnder Troseddol TR32420

Available both years Options The optional credits may include up to 40 credits from the following list (again, some modules will be replaced in the following academic year):

Semester 1

Human Rights - Theories, Institutions & Remedies LA30510

Family And Child Law LA36420

Semester 2

Law And Society LA33710

Medicine, Ethics And Law LA36720

Employability

Career prospects

Your BSc in Criminology with Applied Psychology opens up a range of exciting opportunities for employment and further training. You will be a strong candidate for the Police and Prison services, National Probation Services, UK Border Agency, or as an intelligence analyst for the Security Services. Regulatory fields such as Trading Standards and HM Revenue and Customs offer other appropriate career destinations. A recent study by HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) showed that almost 90% of Criminology graduates find paid employment or continue with further study upon graduation.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Criminology with Applied Psychology will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form

• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills

• the ability to work independently

• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines

• self-motivation and self-reliance

• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement

• research skills

In addition to these skills, you will benefit from the prestige of holding an BSc in Criminology with Applied Psychology from one of the UK's foremost universities. As part of broad discipline of Law, Criminology is rightly perceived as an academically demanding subject, and this puts you at an advantage over your competitors in any employment context

Year in Employment scheme (YES)
The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement.

GO Wales
GO Wales is administered by the University’s Career Service, working with local businesses to create paid work placements of a few weeks’ duration for students. It gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience which will enhance your CV and make you more attractive to potential employers

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This BSc Criminology with Applied Psychology degree scheme differs slightly from the straight criminology degree in that there is a greater emphasis upon individual aspects of offending behaviour. Although this programme does not provide the necessary training for you to become a psychologist, it will equip you with a more specialised knowledge base to pursue careers in fields such as the rehabilitation of offenders or the care of vulnerable people.

What will I learn?

In the first year you will be introduced to the basic principles of crime control, enforcement and prevention. You will also gain an understanding of key legal concepts and become familiar with legal method and argument. A compulsory module in criminology research skills will introduce you to some fundamental principles of research design, data handling and interpretation embracing both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and you will be encouraged to actively engage in the research process and undertake one-to-one interviewing. You will also be introduced to some of the central studies key to the sub-disciplines of psychology, including social, biological, cognitive and developmental, and will learn to apply these theories to an understanding of selected aspects of human development, behaviours, and functioning.

In the second and third years you will further develop your criminological research proficiencies, building upon the skills you developed in your first year. These will be invaluable when you come to write your dissertation in your chosen fields of criminology and psychology. Core modules in the Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour, and Psychology and Crime will address a number of psychological perspectives on criminal behaviour and the criminal justice process, including mental health and psychopathology, and cognitive psychology and offending. They will also posit explanations for specific crime "types" such as sexual offending, violence, gangs, and arson. A wide range of elective modules, including the History of Criminology; Crimes and Misconduct in Business, Politics and the Professions; Criminal Law; and Criminal Justice and the Penal System, will enable you to tailor your study to suit your own interests. You will also have the opportunity to undergo work placement training in one of the criminal justice agencies, giving your academic learning practical application.

How will I be taught?

The Department is committed to teaching through tutorials and small-group seminars alongside traditional lectures, and to delivering innovative and high quality teaching that will allow you to realise your potential, and will meet your learning expectations.

You will be assessed through a combination of essays, exams, reports, exercises in qualitative interviewing, and oral presentations.

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

The lectures, seminars and the Department's supportive staff will greatly assist you in your criminological training. You will also benefit from the many opportunities within the department and the university to develop your academic rigour and professionalism so that, upon graduation, you are perfectly positioned for the next stage of your career.

Student Views

I love how Criminology makes you question everything around you. It opens your mind to new ideas, concepts and theories which challenge the very foundations of previously held beliefs. It also ignites a passion for obtaining justice and bettering our current criminal justice system. The relevance of the subject within the rhetoric of the political climate highlights the role of criminologists and the reality of the impact that these individuals can make to society. Jenaya Smith

What do I love about Criminology with Applied Psychology? Well, I really do love it! It is amazing! The modules we are studying are great. Everything we study is so intriguing. At times it makes me puzzled because there are so many things and I just keep questioning which are the correct ones. However - and this is the biggest thrill about the course - it makes me keep reading and thinking, just to find the correct ones for myself. Moreover, there are the lecturers who are just so enthusiastic about what they are doing and I believe they succeed in passing this enthusiasm to us. Violeta Kunovska

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Key Facts

UCAS Code: M9C8

Please note that the tariff below may not apply during Clearing. Contact us on 0800 121 40 80 or fill in the form above for more information.

Tariff Required: 280

Entry Requirements: GCSE: Grade C in English or Welsh.

Course Length: 3 Years

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