Typical A-level offer
BBC with B in any subject
In choosing to study a Psychology and Criminology degree at Aberystwyth University you will be part of the long established and reputable Aberystwyth Law School and taught by talented and dedicated academics. The interrelated subjects of Psychology and Criminology (CM89) are combined so that you can benefit from the theoretical perspectives of crime with sociology, philosophy and psychology in mind. You will study the brain, the mind and behaviour to discover the reasons why people commit crime and the social cultural repercussions of crime. In studying Psychology and Criminology you will acquire a wide range of the skills and knowledge that employers are increasingly seeking.
Top in the UK for teaching quality and student experience for subject of Psychology. (The Good University Guide 2018, The Times & Sunday Times).
Department of Psychology: 3rd in the UK with 96% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)
98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Psychology graduates nationally. (HESA 2017)
Aberystwyth Law School: 90% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)
100% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 5% more than Law graduates nationally. (HESA 2017)
Why study Psychology and Criminology at Aberystwyth?
- We offer one of the highest quality student experience. In 2016, the University was rated as 1st in Wales and 4th in the UK for student satisfaction (NSS, 2016).
- All our degree schemes are designed with employability in mind and are accredited by the British Psychological Society – perfect for graduate-level careers or access to postgraduate training.
- This course is identical to its sister course A1C6, however you will have an additional year of funding to undertake your year industry. This sister course is perfect if you would like to study this course but also obtain the funding to undertake work experience. Students who take part in the year in industry will pay a discounted tuition fee, of which the information can be found here.
- Study in a supportive, student-focused environment – our academic, support and technical staff are here for you every step of the way.
- Innovative approach to learning and teaching – the Department houses modern and innovative research facilities and top-class student learning spaces.
- Both departments offer a number of modules, seminars or tutorials taught entirely or partially through the medium of Welsh. Check out the module tab for further information!
Department of Psychology’s teaching staff are all research active and all permanent staff are qualified to PhD level with most having either a PGCTHE or are fellows/senior fellow of the higher education academy. Over half of the staff also have the qualification CPsychol; an indicator of the BPS’ highest standard of psychological knowledge and expertise.
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).
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.
- Criminal Justice and the Penal System
- Criminal Law *
- Police, Policing and Society
- Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour
- Youth Crime & Youth Justice
- Contemporary Issues in Criminology
- Critical Criminology
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
- Cognitive Psychology
- Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences
- Psychology Research Project for Joint Honours *
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
What career options are available to me?
A degree in Psychology and Criminology from Aberystwyth University will prepare you for a range of careers, and access to wide range of further training opportunities, including:
- Clinical, Educational, Occupational, Sports and Exercise psychology
- Psychotherapy and Counselling
- Social Work
- Health Care
- Human Resources
- Careers Advisory Service
- Marketing, Publishing, Advertising
The skills you learn whilst studying here are highly sought after by employers and include:
- Research and Data analysis skills
- Effective problem-solving skills
- The ability to work independently and present material clearly and effectively
- Time management and organisational skills
- The ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner
- Self-motivation and independence
- Teamwork and project management skills
- Information technology skills
What opportunities are there as a student at Aberystwyth University?
The Psychology department offers a variant of its joint and single honours degrees.Students interested in undertaking a experience in a relative industry will be interested in the course Psychology and Criminology with integrated year in industry (A1C6) , this sister course is identical to this course CM89, however you will receive an additional year of student finance to undertake your placement.
Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.
Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department.
Teaching & Learning
What will I learn?
Psychology allows us insights into human behaviour. You will study the origins of the subject and how research has shaped and changed it and how it has developed into the modern science it is now.
The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.
During the first year you may:
- Discover modules which cover topics such as social and individual behaviour, psychobiology and cognition, and research methods and historical issues in psychology
- Tailor your degree to your interests and future career goals by choosing from our exciting range of specialist optional modules, such as:
- Health psychology
- Develop your understanding of the relationship between theory, research and criminal justice practice
- Psychology and Psychology of Counselling
- Coaching and Mentoring
- 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 final year you may:
- Forensic Counselling
- Drugs and Behaviour
- Police, Policing and Society
- Youth Crime and Youth Justice
- Psychology and Crime
- Psychology of Humor
- Evolutionary Psychology
- You may also will apply your research and analytical skills by completing a research dissertation on a topic of your own choosing, with support from your supervisor.
How will I be taught?
We deliver our courses through lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops. We offer our students specialist laboratory facilities for research including eye trackers, a sound attenuated chamber, an EEG and biological measurements lab and a dedicated developmental laboratory. You will gain hands-on experience using the very latest equipment.
Our modules are assessed in a number of ways which include examinations, presentations, essays and workshops.
You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree to help you through any issues you may have and direct you to any opportunities.
Our dynamic and enthusiastic staff are committed to a student focused approach to teaching, making your learning needs a priority in both what we teach and how we teach you. You can be confident that you will receive the best learning experience at the very forefront of the discipline.
The good thing about Psychology and Criminology is that both subjects complement one another; for example, psychology modules broaden your knowledge meaning you can go more in-depth when studying criminology modules, which in my opinion gives you an advantage over straight criminology students. Psychology modules focus more on theories and explanations, while criminology modules help you to use those theories and explanations to focus on the reasons for crime, almost like putting the theories and explanations into practice. Again I believe this gives you an advantage over straight psychology by using what you've learned in another context. Joshua Lyons
Criminology is amazing. All the lecturers are extremely helpful and enthusiastic, which makes the course a lot more interesting for me to want to succeed at it. Criminology sets out guidelines that are straightforward and easy to follow. The criminology lectures are fun and keep you entertained so you are never bored in them and you are constantly wide awake and ready to learn what the lecturer has to offer. Also in Criminology the lecturers seem more keen to get you involved with the university. Leah Rossiter
I'm taking the course for a joint honours degree in Psychology and Criminology. It's a great way to learn both subjects and to receive the attention and possibilities from both departments. It's great that we can always ask our lecturers/tutors about anything and they always help us find the answer or the person who can give it. Our teachers are our friends - students can feel that from the attitudes in the classroom and even out of it! One of the best things is that we are able to access and use articles, books and files on our computers thanks to Primo Central. It is really easy and helpful, and I miss it every time I'm away from the campus. Long live Aberystwyth University! Karina Djokova
Typical Entry Requirements
A Levels BBC with B in any subject
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics
BTEC National Diploma:
30 points overall
Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org