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Psychology with Criminology BSc (Hons)

Accredited by the British Psychological Society, this programme looks at how crime impacts people and society through detailed study of the criminal justice system alongside psychology and human behaviour.

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Overview

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Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), this course helps to give you an understanding of the human mind and how it shapes and influences our behaviour. The programme explores human behaviour using sound scientific methodology – observation, measurement, and testing – to understand how and why people function in the way they do. Alongside studies in psychology, you will also explore the study of crime, how psychological theories can be applied to criminal behaviour, and social reactions to crime.  

Gaining a professionally accredited psychology degree by BPS is an essential first step to a career as a psychologist or to progress to postgraduate study.  Our programme helps to equip you with transferable skills in critical thinking and communication, as well as more industry specific competencies such as scientific research methods, data analysis and data presentation skills.  

Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers where an understanding of societal issues is key – such as in criminal justice, education, social work, research, advertising, human resources and healthcare.

On our programme you’ll study core areas of psychology including biological, cognitive, developmental and social psychology, and you’ll cover personality and intelligence, research methods, and historical perspectives. Through elective modules in the second and third years, you will have the opportunity to tailor your learning to align with your chosen area of specialism within psychology with criminology; be it counselling psychology, work psychology, cyberpsychology plus many more.

Key features

  • Our course is accredited by the BPS, which ensures our teaching is continually relevant to the latest developments and challenges in the sector.
  • Benefit from dedicated computer laboratories with the latest analysis software, individual research cubicles, interview rooms, and an observation suite, all supported by our psychology technicians team.
  • The expertise of our staff spans across four main research clusters, which are Health Psychology, Cognition and Neuroscience, Psychology and Technology, and Self and Identity.
  • Graduates from this course can gain the skills to pursue careers across a variety of sectors, such as healthcare, research, social work, marketing, police services, teaching and human resources.
  • Enrich your studies with an international experience through our DMU Global programme. Students have previously explored the history of mental health and neuropsychology in Paris and cross-cultural factors within psychology in Kuala Lumpur. Criminology students have also gained a more detailed understanding of state crime at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, explored sub-cultures in Chicago, and visited Bosnia and Herzegovina to explore the experiences of victims of the Bosnian genocide.
  • Tailor your learning with optional modules that enable you to pursue your individual passions or career aspirations.
  • You’ll be taught by a team of expert criminologists who are involved in teaching and research, and many have worked within criminal justice or allied fields and have strong links with the British Society of Criminology and the British Sociological Association which ensure teaching is current and relevant.

 

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  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: C8L3 

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time

Start date: September 2021

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: 

2021/22 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

Our dedicated DMU Global High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a DMU Global opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

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: C8L3

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time

Start date: September 2021

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:

2021/22 tuition fees for international students: £14,750

2021/22 tuition fees for EU students: £9,250 with our EU undergraduate transitional scholarship (T&Cs apply).

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 4 or above including English and Maths

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A minimum of 120 points from at least two A levels

BTEC

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

International Baccalaureate

  • 30+ points

Access course 

  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE overall 120 UCAS tariff with at least 30 L3 credits at Merit. English GCSE required as separate qualification. Equivalency not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

Interview: No

Work experience: No

Personal statement selection criteria

  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence

 

International Students

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.0 in each band (or equivalent) when you start the course is essential. English language tuition delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning is available at DMU both before and during the course if required.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise

 

 

First Year

  • Introductory Research Methods in Psychology
  • Core Areas of Psychology
  • Historical Perspectives in Psychology
  • Introduction to Criminology

Second Year

  • Further Research Methods for Psychologists
  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Personality and Intelligence
  • Social Psychology
  • Elective Module: Domestic Abuse or Drugs, Substance Use and Crime

Third Year

  • Psychology Project
  • Conceptual Issues and Critical Debates in Psychology
  • Employability Skills and Psychology
  • Criminological and Forensic Psychology
  • Elective Modules

Teaching will be in the form of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials

Lectures are primarily presentation-based. Some lectures may have only 10-20 students whereas others may have up to 100-300 students.  Seminars and workshops typically involve more interactive or practical exercises and demonstrations and commonly have around 10-20 students. Tutorials may be one-to-one or to small groups. In addition to timetabled teaching you are expected to engage in approximately 20-25 hours of self-directed study, including library research, group work and report or essay writing.

Assessment combines various methods including:

  • Essays
  • Written exams
  • Multiple choice exams 
  • Presentations
  • Critical Reviews

As well as more innovative methods such as oral presentations, research reports, critical reviews of research papers and portfolio assignments.  In your final year you will also complete an 8000-10,000 word dissertation. Modules use different assessment methods, although most employ a combination of examinations and coursework.

Teaching contact hours

Contact hours in a typical week will depend on your year of study and the optional modules chosen. However, typically you will have between 10-15 contact hours of teaching per week. As an example, within the second year of your studies you might typically have:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: approx. 1-3 hours of tutorials per semester, and as per request

Medium group teaching: approx. 5 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Large group teaching: approx. 7 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: approx. 20-25 hours each week

Teaching across the programme is informed by the research interests and expertise of our staff group.  Four key research clusters exist within the division: Health Psychology, Cognition and Neuroscience, Self and Identity and Psychology and Technology.  Staff members have diverse research interests including areas such as decision making, language, vision, eating behaviours, reproduction, identity processes, cybersecurity and cybercrime.  

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 and learning zones

 

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.


 

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

As part of the final-year Employability Skills and Psychology module, you will complete a self-sourced work experience placement, building a bridge between academic theory and its practical application. Students will be encouraged to source opportunities from different schemes and providers that are in line with their own career ambitions.

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Graduate careers

Graduates from this course have gone on to work in a variety of roles across a range of well-respected sectors including the police service, criminal justice, education, teaching, social work, human resources, healthcare, research, and advertising. Graduates have also continued their professional development with a range of postgraduate courses and research opportunities at DMU including Health Psychology MScPsychological Well-being MSc.

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DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons, helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK-based activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 

Psychology students have previously had opportunities to explore the history of mental health and neuropsychology in Paris and cross-cultural factors within psychology in Kuala Lumpur. Criminology students have gained a more detailed understanding of state crime at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, explored sub-cultures in Chicago, and visited Bosnia and Herzegovina to explore the experiences of victims of the Bosnian genocide.

 

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“I chose to study Psychology with Criminology at DMU after doing research into the course. My dream job is to become a forensic psychologist, so I immediately thought this would be a perfect match for me. All the modules were extremely appealing to me, especially because in the country I come from there is nothing that combines these two subjects together.  

“My first year was full of new experiences. Being in a new country by myself made me become much more independent. I enjoyed discovering the city, taking part in volunteering experiences, meeting new people and learning about two topics which I loved, Psychology and Criminology.”

Irene Ferri, Psychology with Criminology graduate

 

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Accommodation

We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with 13 halls of residence and around 4,100 rooms, all of which are a short distance from our campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.

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Run by students for students, DSU offers more than 150 societies and almost 40 different sports clubs. You can also get involved in the award-winning Demon Media group, volunteer to help in the community, become a course or faculty rep, and take part in DSU’s annual elections. Find out more.

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