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BSc (Hons)Criminology and Criminal Psychology

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The BSc Hons Criminology and Criminal Psychology degree at Greenwich offers a unique fusion of two of the most exciting and relevant contemporary academic disciplines on offer at British universities. It provides a clear introduction to, and rigorous grounding in, both criminology and criminal psychology (subjects that have grown significantly over the past decade and are now recognised as specialist areas of knowledge in their own right), together with social policy, criminal justice and social welfare. This multidisciplinary approach offers a critical socio-legal and international perspective.

You can study a varied range of issues, including offender profiling, stalking and psychopathology; representations of crime and detection in popular TV and film; imprisonment, prisoners and human rights; gender, race and discrimination; policing, drugs and organised crime; and security, terrorism, cybercrime and the criminology of war. You will gain an understanding of the nature, causes of, and reactions to crime and explore social and state responses and methods of control and prevention, encompassing major theoretical paradigms, applications and practices within the field of contemporary criminology. This is complemented by a comprehensive overview of criminal psychology.

The programme will appeal to those with a keen interest in criminology, criminal psychology, criminal justice and applied social sciences, as well as to those considering future employment within the developing fields of criminal psychology or criminal justice. Others more interested in policy, research, and the social care and welfare professions of social work, mental health, youth work or child protection will also benefit from this degree.

We currently offer two placement-based modules that you might decide to study; one based in prison (which runs in the second year of the programme) and a work placement (which runs in the final year of the programme). If you are selected for the prison course, you will study criminology alongside people currently serving sentences in prison at the prison itself. If you are selected for the work placement you will work in an agency that is either part of or complementary to, the Criminal Justice System. Students selected for the work placement option will typically attend the placement for one day a week during the timetabled teaching weeks of the final year.

Programme structure

Year 1
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Introduction to Psychology for Criminology (30 credits)
Foundations of Criminology (30 credits)
Forensic Criminology (30 credits)
Understanding Deviance (30 credits)

Year 2
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Criminological and Forensic Psychology (30 credits)
Criminological Research Methods (30 credits)
Criminological Perspectives (30 credits)

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Crime, Discrimination and Society (30 credits)
Crime and the Media (15 credits)
Penology (15 credits)
Forensic Mental Health (15 credits)
The Criminologies of Disobedience (15 credits)
Inside and Outside Perspectives on Criminology and Criminal Justice (15 credits)

Year 3
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Social Forensic Psychology (15 credits)
Investigative Forensic Psychology (15 credits)
Crime in the City, Crime and the State (30 credits)

Students are required to choose 60 credits from this list of options.

Criminology Undergraduate Dissertation Project (30 credits)
Policing (30 credits)
Perspectives on Violence (30 credits)
Women, Power, Crime and Justice (30 credits)
Criminology, the Community and Work Based Practice (30 credits)

Career opportunities

A BSc in Criminology and Criminal Psychology opens the door to a wide variety of careers. Some graduates go on to postgraduate study or an applied professional diploma, while many have found employment in the Criminal Justice Sector working for public, private or voluntary organisations. Directly programme-related career opportunities include the National Offender Management Service, police and prison services, court systems and forensic services, as well as UK Visas and Immigration and HM Revenue and Customs. Employment involved with youth justice, social work, community safety, crime reduction, child protection and mental health may offer alternative career paths.

In addition, since the programme develops easily transferable problem-solving, research and communication skills, BSc Hons Criminology and Criminal Psychology provides a good foundation for other occupations in both the public and private sectors.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 15, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States