BSc

Criminology with Applied Psychology

Key Facts

Code M9C8
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC

  • Course Length

    3 Years

Further details on entry requirements

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Our degree in Criminology with Applied Psychology focuses on the fundamental aspects of Criminology, but places special emphasis on the psychological approaches to understanding human behaviour.  The degree addresses crime causation and the impact of crime on individuals, communities and societies, and explores psychological explanations of criminal behaviour and the management of offenders.  Modules in criminology research methods will also provide you with key technical and analytical skills necessary to engage in contemporary debates surrounding policies and practices designed to prevent crime.  On completion of your degree, you will possess a repertoire of skills essential for pursuing a professional career in areas such as policing, prisons and youth justice. 

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

Aberystwyth Law School: 82% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

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

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Student Views

Overview

Why study Criminology with Applied Psychology at Aberystwyth University?

  • The degree provides a balanced coverage of theory, policy and practice issues in criminology and criminal justice studies.
  • The current teaching team comprises staff with expertise in the main disciplines that inform criminological study, such as psychology, sociology and law.
  • A number of key modules are dedicated to illustrating how psychological theory, methods and techniques can be used to understand criminal behaviour.
  • Our modules are continually revised and updated to reflect recent changes in patterns of criminal behaviour and crime policy responses.
  • You will be taught by criminologists who are actively engaged in research.
  • There are opportunities to undertake a criminal justice placement.
  • Students can undertake supervised independent criminological research.
  • We have an excellent working relationship with local criminal justice agencies.
Our Staff

Aberystwyth Law School 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).

Modules

Employability

On completion of your degree you will be in a strong position as potential candidate for;

  • Police and Prison Services
  • National Probation Services
  • UK Boarder Agency
  • Intelligence Analyst for the Security

Your future is important to us and our degrees will equip you with the following;

  • The ability to communicate clearly and concisely written and oral form
  • Effective problem solving and creative thinking skills
  • The ability to work independently and as a team
  • Time management and organisation skills
  • Self-motivation and Self-reliance
  • Research skills

What opportunities are there as a student at Aberystwyth Law School?

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Teaching & Learning

The teaching programme is designed to provide you with a detailed insight into the nature and causes of crime and help you develop a critical understanding of the role of psychology in the study of crime and the treatment of offenders.

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

In your first year you will be introduced to:

  • sociological and psychological approaches to the study of criminal behaviour;
  • criminal law and the workings of the criminal justice system;
  • basic research skills in criminology.

In your second and third years you will have the opportunity to:

  • develop your understanding of the relationship between theory, research and criminal justice practice;
  • enhance your criminology research skills;
  • further your understanding of the role of psychology in explaining criminal behaviour;
  • conduct independent research on a topic of your own choosing;
  • undertake  a voluntary work placement in a criminal justice setting;
  • choose from a long list of elective modules including:
  • Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour;
  • Psychopathology;
  • Psychology and Crime;
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders.

How will I be taught?

A wide variety of teaching methods are used. You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and practical classes.   High quality teaching and supervision will enable you to realise your full potential.  You will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning and work on projects both individually and in groups.

A number of different types of assessment are used throughout the undergraduate programme.  In addition to essays and written exams, you will undertake practical exercises (e.g. conducting a qualitative interview) and give individual and group presentations.  You will receive constructive feedback on all coursework assignments.

You will be assigned a personal tutor, who will be the key contact when you have issues or queries.

There is an 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.

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

Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
65% overall

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