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Criminology with Psychology BA (Hons)

The Criminology with Psychology degree examines the causes, legal framework and responses to crime, combined with the study of psychology. Students will be asked to engage with criminological, sociological and psychological theories and approaches to crime.

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Overview

The Criminology with Psychology degree examines the causes, legal framework and responses to crime, combined with the study of psychology.

Students will cover a range of material to develop a holistic appreciation of criminal justice matters. For example, whilst students will explore a range of theoretical perspectives on causes of crime and philosophical justifications of punishment, they will also develop a solid understanding of how the criminal justice system works in practice. We encourage our students to develop as critical thinkers engaging with the world around them and preparing them for life after university.

The majority of this course is led by the Criminology team and so is suited to those with a predominant interest in society as a whole – please see the module breakdown for more detail.


Key features

  • Experienced academics work at the cutting edge of criminological research and support you by keeping up-to-date with the latest knowledge from industry
  • Tailor your learning with a wide range of optional modules to choose from in year three
  • We have strong industry links with the British Psychological Society and the British Society of Criminology
  • Enrich your student experience through the DMU Criminology Society and join in with stimulating seminars and social events with fellow students
  • Student have gained international experience through our DMU Global programme which has enabled students to investigate state crime at Auschwitz concentration camp, consider inequality and segregation in New York, and support refugees in Berlin

 

Scholarships

DMU offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships and bursaries to help you realise your academic ambitions.

International student scholarships

Find out about available international scholarships or visit our fees and funding page for more information.

 

 

  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: L3C8

Duration: Three years full-time

Start date: September 2023

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: 

2023/24 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: L3C8

Duration: Three years full-time

Start date: September 2023

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK 

Fees and funding:

2023/24 tuition fees for international students: £15,250

Find out more about available funding for international students.

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

Entry criteria

GCSEs

  • Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A minimum of 112 points from at least two A levels with a subject at grade C or above

BTEC

  • BTEC National Diploma - Distinction/Merit/Merit
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - Distinction/Merit/Merit

Access to HE Diploma

  • Pass in QAA accredited Access to HE with at least 30 Level 3 credits at Merit.

We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

International Baccalaureate: 24+ points

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

Interview: No

Work experience: No

Personal statement selection criteria

  • An ability to work independently and take a pro-active approach to learning
  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence

 

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Teaching contact hours

 

 

First Year

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Researching Crime and Justice
  • The Criminal Justice System and its Legislative Context
  • Core Areas in Psychology

Second Year

  • Research for Effective Practice
  • Crime, Risk and Community Safety
  • Punishment and Society
  • Personality and Intelligence
  • Social Psychology

Third Year

  • Dissertation
  • Young People and the Criminal Justice System
  • Critical Criminology

Elective modules from:

  • Criminological and Forensic Psychology
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Cyberpsychology

Click here for more detailed module information 

Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

Your precise timetable will depend on your modules, however, timetabled, taught time is on average 8-10 hours per week, which includes:

  • Lectures
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Personal tutorials

You are also expected to engage in an additional 24 - 26 hours independent study each week, and you will be allocated a personal tutor.

Assessment methods include:

  • Essays
  • Group and individual presentations
  • Research
  • Exams
  • Phase tests
  • Case study project

 

Contact time is normally 8 hours per week (2 hours per module) for lectures, seminars and classroom study in the first year and second year. In the third year, the dissertation module is supervised one-to-one. Throughout the course, contact time is supplemented by extra-curricular lectures, employability events, group meetings, meetings with tutors, optional trips and other activities. As a full time student, you will be expected to devote a considerable amount of time to independent study, voluntary placements and extra-curricular activities. 

Contact hours in a typical week will depend to some extent on the optional modules you choose to study. However, typically you will have up to 10 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: approx. 1 hour of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week

Medium group teaching: approx. 1 hour of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Large group teaching: approx. 8 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: approx. 24-26 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.

Staff at DMU come from a variety of backgrounds so students will be taught by a team with varied interests, experiences and skills.

Indeed, some of our teaching team have professional experience working in and around the CJS whilst others have developed through teaching and research.  

We are passionate about what we do and hold memberships with various professional and research bodies. 

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilities

Substantial investment has developed our teaching and learning facilities to help you expand your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.

Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff to ensure that you develop a precise and accurate practical ability in the clinical skills suites.

Library

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

Find the people who will open doors for you

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CCJ Placements

Placements

We have a team of practice-based criminologists, helping you develop the knowledge and skills required to work within the criminal justice sector.

Volunteering and research opportunities, develop your practical and professional skills, and enhance your employability upon graduation, and are available in local criminal justice agencies, including prison, probation, youth offending services, and victim support. Students are also encouraged to visit the local magistrates’ courts and prisons.

CCJ Policing Graduate

Graduate Careers

Graduates from this programme find work in a number of fields, including:

  • Policing
  • Youth justice
  • Community safety
  • Crime prevention
  • Victim Support
  • Prison Service
  • National Probation Service and probation partner organisations
  • Substance misuse services
  • Social work
  • Teaching
  • Policy related employment 

We also offer a range of postgraduate opportunities, to continue your professional development.

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DMU Global

International experiences can help you differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. We offer fantastic opportunities throughout Europe and further afield which will help you gain invaluable educational, work-related and cultural experiences through our DMU Global and Erasmus schemes.

Previous global experiences have included summer schools in Turkey, Japan and South Korea, giving students the opportunity to learn alongside students from around the world, study unique modules and explore the cities of Istanbul, Fukuoka and Seoul.

 

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