BSc

Psychology and Criminology

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Key Facts

CM89
  • UCAS Tariff

    96 - 120

  • Course Length

    3 Year

Further details on entry requirements

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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 and knowledge that employers are increasingly seeking.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

100% of our CM89 Psychology/Criminology students agreed that staff made the course interesting and were good at explaining things. (NSS 2019)

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)

92% overall student satisfaction for the Department of Psychology (NSS 2020).

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

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

Overview

Why study Psychology and Criminology at Aberystwyth?

Student Satisfaction

At Aberystwyth, we work with you to help you become informed and curious thinkers. We use our teaching and research experience to inspire you and to give you the skills and confidence to do whatever you wish to do in the future. This is why, in 2019, 96% of our students are satisfied overall. (NSS 2019)

Equipping you for life

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. “96% of our graduates are in work or further study within 6 months of graduation, 4% more than Psychology graduates nationally” (HESA 2018)

Friendly and Inclusive

It is important for you to study in a supportive, student-focused environment. Our staff work hard to provide the guidance and encouragement you will need, which is why 99% of our students agree that staff are good at explaining things in the Department of Psychology. (NSS 2019

Exceptional Resources

The department’s modern research facilities and outstanding student learning spaces are in addition to excellent central university facilities. These resources allow us to provide you with an innovative approach to learning and teaching. This is why 99% of students agree they have been able to access course-specific resources when they needed to in the Department of Psychology” (NSS 2019

Welsh Language

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.


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).

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.

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 * LC10320 20
Introduction To Core Topics In Social And Individual Behaviour PS11420 20
Introduction To Criminology * LC12220 20
Introduction To Research Methods In Psychology PS11320 20
Legal And Criminal Justice Systems * LC10120 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

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

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Criminal Justice And The Penal System * LC26320 20
Criminology Research Skills 2 * LC25120 20
Humanitarian Law * LC27620 20
International Law * LC26920 20
Introduction To Criminology * LC22220 20
Police, Policing And Society * LC21020 20
Psychological Explanations Of Criminal Behaviour * LC28120 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
Trosedd A Chosb O Safbwynt Hanesyddol CT23020 20
Victimology * LC20820 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Behavioural Neuroscience PS32120 20
Developmental Psychology PS34320 20
Psychology Research Project For Joint Honours PS34120 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Criminal Justice And The Penal System * LC36320 20
Humanitarian Law * LC37620 20
International Law * LC36920 20
Introduction To Criminology * LC32220 20
Police, Policing And Society * LC31020 20
Psychological Explanations Of Criminal Behaviour * LC38120 20
Youth Crime And Justice * LC36120 20
Animal Abuse And Wildlife Crime * LC32120 20
Company Law * LC37220 20
Crime And The Media * LC34320 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
Law And Criminology Dissertation * LC39020 20
Principles Of Evidence * LC36520 20
Trosedd A Chosb O Safbwynt Hanesyddol CT33020 20
Victimology * LC30820 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

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. 

Learning & Teaching

What will I learn

The interdisciplinary nature of Psychology and Criminology work in partnership so that you gain the theoretical perspectives of crime with sociology and philosophy, whilst gaining necessary psychological principles. You will study why people commit crime and the social cultural repercussions of crime, with a close reference to the psychological mind, to gain and develop the crucial skills needed to enter this field of work. Your British Psychological Society accredited degree is built around essential core topics in psychology, which work alongside your specialised Criminology focused modules.

During your first year, you will:

  • Begin to transform yourself into a Psychologist, by developing core knowledge in areas such as social and individual behaviour, Brain and cognition and historical issues in psychology
  • Start to develop a wide range of skills by using methods and techniques that will enable you to investigate psychological phenomena whilst exploring the key criminological theory which underpin many current penal policies.

In your second and third years, you will:

  • Shape your degree by choosing from our distinctive range of criminology option modules. These modules are designed to develop critical thinking skills, paying close attention to causes of deviant behaviour, treatment options, and social policy intended to reduce criminality
  • Apply skills learnt throughout your degree by constructing your own research dissertation, built around your personal ideas and interests within a psychological context.

How will I be taught?

Your academic and intellectual development are at the heart of the Aberystwyth Psychology experience. Our 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. When you join us, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will support you throughout your degree and is there to advise and guide you on a range of academic and personal matters.

From traditional lectures to small group work, we deliver inspirational teaching through a wide variety of different formats. You will also get to apply your knowledge in lab-based workshops and practicals, where you will be able to benefit from our wide range of specialists research equipment and facilities. Your development will be assessed in a broad variety of ways including; traditional exams, essays, wikis, blogs, observations and presentations.

At Aberystwyth you can be confident that you will receive the best learning experience at the very forefront of the discipline.

Student Views

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

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120

A Levels BBB-CCC

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

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-26

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 ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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