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Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Criminology with Psychology

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: M9C8

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Becoming a Criminologist

    This module focuses on supporting you to develop the skills and principles necessary to be successful in the academic study of Criminology. Essentially, criminologists look at four things; definitions of crime, patterns of crime, causes and explanations for crime, and responses to crime.

  • Criminal justice institutions

  • Crime, Deviance and Society

    Look back to the origins of criminology by focusing upon the concepts and study of deviance. The module brings you up to the present day by tracing how crime and deviance have, and continue to be, deeply intertwined, e.g. in how rapidly and completely our ideas about what is and is not criminal can change drastically over time, and how this is reflected in society and in the law.

  • Collecting Social Data

    The module takes an integrative approach to research ethics and design. This provides a foundation for critical skills in understanding research, as well as the practical skills to conduct independent research.

  • Development of Criminological Theory

    You will study the development of criminological theory, ranging from biological and psychological theories of the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries, to the emergence of new deviancy theory, radical perspectives, and rational choice theories.

  • Social Psychology and Individual Differences 1

    The module introduces you to the historical and conceptual underpinnings of social psychology and individual differences. You'll explore social psychological theories at individual and group levels. You'll also gain insight into how psychologists have identified consistent patterns of human behaviour, emotion and ability across time and situations.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Representations of crime

    You will explain and evaluate the impact that media theory and research has on public and popular understandings of crime, victimisation and on the main agents and institutions which respond to crime and deviance. This module provides you with the opportunity and the skills needed to engage 'first hand' with media representations of crime, victimisation and punishment through critical analysis of media texts including - films, documentaries, games and music.

  • Policing and criminal investigation

  • Psychology of Offending and Victimisation

    You will learn about the decisions made by offenders in committing crime - such as why burglars choose one house over another - and how the attitudes, emotions and behaviours of victims are affected by those crimes.

  • Criminology in Late Modernity

    You will look at how contemporary social theory has been used to understand recent developments in crime and crime control, taking in Left and Right Realism, Cultural Criminology, Contemporary Feminist Perspectives and Advanced Marginality.

  • Analysing Social Data

    This module builds on the research methods module Collecting Social Data, and focuses on the next stages of social research, involving analysis and interpretation of research data. You will cover a range of approaches for analysis and interpretation of a variety of qualitative and quantitative social research data.

  • Social Psychology and Individual Differences 2

    Build on the introduction to key areas of social psychology and individual differences. Topics will be covered in greater depth by focusing on specific research studies form recently published journal articles. The module looks at recent developments in social psychology and individual differences, the applied nature, and the overlap with other disciplines of the two fields.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Psychology and Health

    You'll study health psychology, which is the application of psychology to the many social, psychological, and clinical factors surrounding health, illness, health-related behaviours (e.g., smoking, physical exercise), and the functioning of health care systems such as the National Health Service.

  • Neuropsychology

    Explore the effects of brain lesions and neurological diseases on cognition and behaviour. You will be taught on the major neurological deficits and syndromes found with central nervous system malfunctions including their assessment and treatment.

  • Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Wellbeing

  • Forensic Psychology

    Learn about the psychological origins of crime, how psychology can inform crime detection and what psychologists can do to reduce offending.

  • Clinical Applications of Neuroscience: Theory and Practice

    Gain a deeper understanding of a selective range of neuroscience techniques. You'll learn through studying the theoretical background, and through first-hand practical experience in application and data analyses methods.

  • Drug Use Today

    You will be introduced to the study of ‘the drug problem’, in Western society from sociological and psychological perspectives. You'll also explore the range of theoretical perspectives used to explain drug using behaviour.

  • Histories of punishment

    You will study the history of punishment and penal policy between the mid-eighteenth and the early twentieth century. You will examine public punishments, notably execution, transportation overseas, the birth of the prison, the operation of the Victorian penal system and the ways in which different offenders have been punished and how this has changed over time (e.g. female offenders, juvenile offenders).

  • Prostitutes, Pickpockets and Peelers: Crime and Policing, 1750-1950

    You will study how society has conceived of the ‘problem of crime’ and public perceptions of crime and responses to it from 1750 to 1950. You will examine crime, offending and crime control mechanisms examining for example, the 'criminal classes', juvenile delinquency, prostitution, rural crime and the development of policing.

  • Evil

    Study the topic of evil from a number of diverse disciplinary perspectives, including theology, religion, philosophy, race and gender studies, narratology, culture and literary /film studies, psychoanalysis, politics, social psychology, anthropology, sociology and criminology. This is an interesting, challenging module that requires a lot of reflection.

  • Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Criminology

    You will examine the origins and development of restorative justice and peacemaking criminology, and critically analyse their key concepts, values, principles, practices and controversies surrounding them.

  • Transnational Organised Crime

    Become familiar with the historic and contemporary theories and concepts that inform our understanding of Transnational Organised Crime (TOC). You will work on an individual and a group basis to consider a range of contemporary areas of transnational crime, including the trade in illegal drugs and arms, people trafficking for the sex trade and forced labour, cybercrime and online child abuse, terrorism, corporate crime, environmental and wildlife crimes.

  • Understanding Animal Minds

    Explore the mind and behaviour of human and nonhuman animals from a perspective adopted by naturalists, biologists, cognitive neuroscientists and experimental psychologists. We will examine the biological principles underlying brain evolution. The seminars will unpack these different elements, while a field trip will allow you to observe and record behaviour in a semi-natural environment.

  • The Social Brain and Autism

    You will gain an understanding of the intricate ways in which psychology, philosophy and neuroscience contribute to the current insights about how the brain enables social cognition and how that helps us understand autism.

  • Memory in the Real World

    This module will provide students with an understanding of human memory and its importance in everyday life. Topics covered include autobiographical memory, prospective memory, false memories, long-term knowledge, and memory for emotional events.

  • Learning in Humans, Animals and Androids

  • Surveillance and Social Control

    You will study a wide range of competing theoretical perspectives on the emergence of a 'surveillance society' and examine what impact this transformation is having on policing, criminal justice and social justice.

  • Desistance

  • Green Criminology

    Green Criminology is the study of environmental crime, corporate/white collar, and state crime. It includes crimes against animals and also transnational organised crime, in addition to food crime and food security, the illegal trades in wild flora and fauna, and the impacts of climate change upon all types of crime, to name just a few.

  • Contemporary Imprisonment

    You will study broad themes in the contemporary sociology of imprisonment. You'll examine current controversies in the use of imprisonment and consider the effects of incarceration on a range of offenders, including women, young people and children, the elderly and BME groups.

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More about this course

Combine Criminology and Psychology at one of the country’s most prestigious centres for criminology, where we pioneered this popular area of study more than 30 years ago. If you’re interested in a career in the field of crime and criminal justice, this combined degree will give you the knowledge and skills to gain an edge in the employment market. Criminology modules will give you a thorough understanding of crime, criminal justice and punishment and through your study of psychology, you'll develop an understanding of human behaviour, performance and decision making. The two disciplines meet in our criminal psychology modules, Psychology of Offending and Victimisation and Forensic Psychology.

Our strong links with local, regional and national criminal justice agencies mean fantastic openings for work experience, work placements and job opportunities.

Teaching and Learning
Scheduled
Placement
Independent

First year

20%

80%

Second year

20%

80%

Final year

13%

87%

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

29%

71%

Second year

37%

63%

Final year

100%

Our teaching staff

Hull pioneered this exciting area of study more than 30 years ago and is one of the UK's leading criminology centres.

Work alongside police officers on placement, applying your theoretical knowledge to real-life situations.

Master specialist techniques under the guidance of professional psychologists in cutting-edge facilities.

Find out more

Friendly, accessible, expert staff from a diverse range of backgrounds, each with their own unique approach.

Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 45 credits at merit.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

 

Future Prospects

Demand for Criminology graduates has increased significantly in recent years and our degree equips you with the knowledge and skills that are invaluable for a career in the field of crime and criminal justice. Common career paths for Criminology graduates include the police, prison and probation services, the legal professions and academic or Civil Service research. Our Psychology graduates are celebrated for their analytical and critical thinking as well as their communication and management skills – all of which are valued by employers in fields as diverse as broadcasting, social work, and personnel management.

We hold an annual Criminal Justice careers event to introduce you to criminal justice and related organisations, helping you make vital career connections.

Once you have started studying at Hull, we are here to guide you at any point of your studies or subsequent career. This is one of the factors that distinguishes us from other universities and the reason our Careers Service was one of the first to be accredited against the new matrix standards. Matrix is the UK mark for advice, information and guidance services.

There's a range of services to assist you in development of skills looked for by employers, including skills workshops, practice interviews and practice ability tests. We offer one-to-one advice and guidance – and you will have a named careers adviser for your subject.