psychology

Undergraduate Available in Clearing

BSc Psychology with Criminology

Explore the psychological motivation behind crime by studying these two closely related subjects.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

120 points

A Level grades: BBB

UCAS code

C8M9

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Course overview

Crime begins in the mind. As do responses to it. Gain a thorough understanding of the human mind, developing a psychologist's ability to analyse and evaluate, while also discovering the theoretical and policy issues relating to crime. 

One of the aims of this degree is to give you the skills to gather, analyse and evaluate data about people’s behaviour and thoughts. In coming to understanding how crime is dealt with, your studies will draw on disciplines such as social policy, sociology, psychology and law.

You'll benefit from cutting-edge facilities such as electroencephalography (EEG) equipment for measuring brain activity.

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6 reasons to study Psychology with Criminology at Hull

  1. Accredited by the British Psychological Society
  2. 96% employability rating#
  3. Staff are professionals and research psychologists
  4. Opportunity to spend a semester abroad
  5. Learn alongside prisoners at HMP Hull
  6. Benefit from brain activity and eye-tracking labs
The British Psychological Society - Accredited Undergraduate Psychology

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

  • Core

    Research Skills 1

    This module will introduce you to the process of psychological research. You will develop skills in quantitative data processing and presentation of descriptive statistics.

    Cognition and Development 1

    Explore the key ideas, research methods and findings that have shaped modern cognitive and developmental psychology. Core topics include: processes involved in attention and perception in adults and infancy; memory and memory development; language and language development; thinking and reasoning; processing of social stimuli and social development.

    Brain and Behaviour 1

    Explore the relationship between the brain and human behaviour, including how we sense the world, how we act in the world and how we think and feel about the world.

    Research Skills 2

    Further develop your research skills with a focus on how we make inferences about the world using data. This module provides practical experience with research methods through the design and running of a group-based experiment.

    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.

    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.

Second year modules

  • Core

    Research Skills 3

    Building on the Research Skills 2 module, you will learn about experimental designs involving multiple conditions and independent variables. You will gain a practical and theoretical understanding of how to analyse data generated by these more complex designs.

    Cognition and Development 2

    In this module we look at recent research into cognition in children and adults - how they reason with and remember information, and how they understand the emotional and social life of other people.

    Brain and Behaviour 2

    Build on the foundations of the knowledge developed in Brain and Behaviour 1. The module covers more advanced topics including cognitive neuroscience and clinical neuropsychology. The module will also introduce you to issues in comparative psychology and animal intelligence.

    Research Skills 4

    Research Skills 4 is focused on non-experimental methods. The first half of the module is focused on the development of qualitative data collection and analysis skills. The second half has a focus on psychometrics and the ability to process complex real-world secondary data sources, as well as how to apply more advanced statistical methods.

    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 from recently published journal articles. The module looks at recent developments in social psychology and individual differences, their applied nature and the overlap with other disciplines of the two fields.

    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.

Final year modules

  • Core

    Research Project (Psychology)

    This module offers you the experience of undertaking psychological research grounded in empirical approaches. You'll develop your research skills working alongside a supervisor and engaging in independent empirical work.

  • Optional

    Study abroad - Psychology

    Students have an opportunity to spend a semester abroad at one of our selected European partner universities. Students will complete the equivalent of 40 credits, or two modules, at the overseas University, which will be converted to Hull credits upon return.

    Psychology and Health

    You'll study health psychology, which is the application of psychology to the many social and clinical factors surrounding health, illness and health-related behaviours. The functioning of health care systems, such as the National Health Service, is also considered.

    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.

    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 select range of neuroscience techniques. You'll learn through studying the theoretical background, and through first-hand practical experience in application and data analysis 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.

    Cyberterrorism and Extremism

    The work you will do reflects real-world practice as you look closer at what’s happening in the world today, and discuss and debate key terms such as ‘cyber’, 'radicalisation', 'terrorism', ‘extremism’ and 'violent extremism'. 

    Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Criminology

    You will examine the origins and development of restorative justice and peacemaking criminology, critically analysing 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; and 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.

    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.

    Learning Together - Desistance from Crime

    ​Delivered off-campus, this module involves a unique learning environment where prisoners and students share the same learning space, course materials and learning objectives. You'll attend weekly lectures at HMP Hull where you will study ‘desistance’ – how and why people stop offending - alongside prisoners.

    Modern Day Slavery in the UK

    Modern Slavery in the UK has risen exponentially over the past 20 years, from a few thousand victims at the turn of the Millennium, to an estimated 136,000 today (Global Slavery Index, 2018).  You will consider internationally recognised definitions of modern slavery and of how its incidence and scale is measured. 

    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 black and minority ethnic (BME) groups.

    Understanding and Interpreting Quantitative Data

    This module provides valuable quantitative research skills required for the dissertation and the job market. You will learn how to present quantitative results in a meaningful and informative way and to develop skills that allow you to accurately interpret and critically assess statistical output.

    The Ageing Brain

    Gain an understanding of ageing within the human brain. You'll explore the environmental, behavioural, psychological, and neurobiological underpinnings of normal and abnormal ageing, including age-related brain diseases and disorders, particularly dementia.

    Advanced Topics in Cognitive Development

    This module covers core areas of theoretical debate in cognitive development, in particular modularity and domain-specificity. You will study how these debates inform current developmental psychology research into topics such as the understanding of the physical world, theory of mind and executive functions.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Overall workload

240 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

960 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

78%
22%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

240 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

960 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

68%
32%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

180 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

1020 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

30%
2%
68%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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Entry Requirements

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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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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.

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Fees & funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year*

International

£16,600 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Attainment
Scholarship

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points

from three A levels or equivalent, you could receive a reward of

£1,200

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Forensic psychologist
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Prison officer
  • Probation officer
  • Victim support officer
  • Counsellor

With a degree in Psychology with Criminology, you'll be equipped with skills for a variety of careers. As a scientist, your analytical and problem-solving abilities and experience in research will be sought after by employers. 

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