Criminology and Criminal Psychology

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Key Facts

  • UCAS Tariff

    96 - 120

  • Course Length

    3 Year

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Criminology & Criminal Psychology focuses on the fundamental aspects of Criminology but places special emphasis on the psychological approaches to understanding human behaviour and criminality.

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.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

91% overall satisfaction for the Department of Law and Criminology (NSS 2020).

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


Why study Criminology & Criminal 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

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).


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.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Essential Skills For Criminologists * LC13120 20
Introduction To Criminology * LC12220 20
Legal And Criminal Justice Systems * LC10120 20
Crime Control And Prevention * LC10320 20
Criminology In Action * LC14120 20
Foundations Of Psychology * LC13620 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Criminology Research Skills 2 * LC25120 20
Psychological Explanations Of Criminal Behaviour * LC28120 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Criminal Justice And The Penal System * LC26320 20
Humanitarian Law * LC27620 20
International Law * LC26920 20
Introduction To Criminology * LC22220 20
Police, Policing And Society * LC21020 20
Youth Crime And Justice * LC26120 20
Animal Abuse And Wildlife Crime * LC22120 20
Company Law * LC27220 20
Crime And The Media * LC24320 20
Drugs And Crime * LC28220 20
Environmental Law * LC27720 20
Principles Of Evidence * LC26520 20
Tort * LC21120 20
Victimology * LC20820 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Animal Abuse And Wildlife Crime * LC32120 20
Company Law * LC37220 20
Crime And The Media * LC34320 20
Criminal Justice And The Penal System * LC36320 20
Critical And Radical Criminology * LC37120 20
Drugs And Crime * LC38220 20
Empirically Based Criminology Dissertation * LC30140 40
Employability Skills For Professionals * LC36620 20
Environmental Law * LC37720 20
European Law * LC30720 20
Humanitarian Law * LC37620 20
International Law * LC36920 20
Introduction To Criminology * LC32220 20
Police, Policing And Society * LC31020 20
Principles Of Evidence * LC36520 20
Psychological Explanations Of Criminal Behaviour * LC38120 20
Public Law * LC30620 20
Victimology * LC30820 20
Youth Crime And Justice * LC36120 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


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

  • Police and Prison Services;
  • National Probation Services;
  • UK Border Agency;
  • Intelligence Analyst for the Security.
Your future is important to us and our degrees will equip you with the following:
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely written and oral form;
  • Effective problem solving and creative thinking skills;
  • 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 the Department of Law & Criminology?

Learning & Teaching

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; and 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.

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? 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 what the correct ones are. 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

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120

A Levels BBB-CCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:

International Baccalaureate:

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact

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