BSc

Psychology and Criminology (with integrated year in industry)

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Key Facts

Code A1C6
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC with B in any subject

  • Course Length

    4 Years

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In choosing to study Psychology and Criminology at Aberystwyth University, you will be part of the long-established and reputable Aberystwyth Law Department and taught by talented and dedicated academics.

Psychology and Criminology combine to provide insights into the social and psychological perspectives of crime. We will study the brain, mind and behaviour to discover people’s motivation to commit crime and the sociocultural repercussions of their actions.

In studying Psychology and Criminology, you will acquire a wide range of skills, with the year in industry giving you additional insight, knowledge and experience employers look for.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

2nd in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Psychology (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

Department of Psychology: 95% student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

96% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 1% more than Psychology graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Law (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

Department of Law and Criminology: 92% student satisfaction for the subject of Law (NSS 2018

Overview

ACCA Accredited Programme

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 (CM89), however you will have an additional year of funding to undertake your year industry. If you are unable to obtain a work placement, you can simply transfer to our three year sister programme. 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 state-of-the art research facilities and top-class student learning spaces.
  • Broaden your horizons beyond Aberystwyth with the opportunity to spend a year in industry or studying abroad.
Our Staff

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).

Modules

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.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Brain, Behaviour And Cognition PS11220 20
Crime Control And Prevention * CR10320 20
Elements Of Criminology * CR12430 30
Foundations Of Law LA15710 10
Introduction To Core Topics In Social And Individual Behaviour PS11420 20
Introduction To Research Methods In Psychology * PS11320 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Cognitive Psychology PS21820 20
Qualitative Research Methods PS21410 10
Quantitative Research Methods PS21310 10
Social Psychology PS20220 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Criminal Justice And The Penal System LA36320 20
Criminal Law * LA33920 20
Police, Policing And Society CR32820 20
Psychological Explanations Of Criminal Behaviour CR31720 20
Youth Crime & Youth Justice CR31520 20
Contemporary Issues In Criminology CR31620 20
Critical Criminology CR30720 20
Psychopathology CR31920 20
Victims CR30820 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Placement Year PSS0060 60

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Cognitive Psychology PS34220 20
Developmental Psychology And Individual Differences PS34320 20
Psychology Research Project For Joint Honours * PS34120 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

Your year in industry:

In the 2016 Highflyers report, 32% of graduate vacancies are taken by those who have previously worked for a company on a placement or/ a internship.  Make no mistake, you will develop confidence and gaining experience in the industry will stimulate your enthusiasm for the subject.

 Completing a year in industry will allow you to:

  • Apply the learning from your course to the work environment;
  • Make industry contacts;
  • Develop practical skills related to your area of study;
  • Apply your practical skills and technical knowledge after returning to study;
  • Enhance your CV and better prepare yourself for a job after graduating.

Students on this scheme should note that the department institute does not have automatic placements for every applicant. You will be responsible for finding securing the work experience, however, you will have the assistance of our institute Work Experience Coordinator and our dedicated careers advisor (Anna McAdam, anm43@aber.ac.uk). If you fail to find work experience you will be able to convert your course to the three-year version of your subject.

What career options are available to me? 

A degree in Psychology 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? 

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 four year degree scheme.

During your 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
In your second year, you may:
  • 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 third year you will undertake your work experience in an industry that is relative to this degree BSc Psychology and 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. 

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Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC with B in any subject

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

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM

International Baccalaureate:
30 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
65% overall

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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