Faculty of Health Sciences

Psychology with Criminology

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: C8M9

What you'll study

Teaching in the first two years of our BSc Psychology with Criminology degree covers core areas of Psychology alongside introductory modules in Criminology. 

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • 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 are subject to availability

In the second year, selected topics in the four themes will be developed in more depth with an emphasis on current developments in psychological theory and practice. 

Core modules

  • 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 and 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 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.

  • 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 are subject to availability

In your final year, you can select your choice of modules from a wide range of Psychology and Criminology options. Psychology modules include: Psychology and Health, The Social Brain and Autism, Neuropsychology, Educational Psychology, and Forensic Psychology. Criminology options include: Crime and Media, Evil, Policing, Organisations of Violence, and Contemporary Policing. These modules will allow you to explore topics that interest you in depth and they are linked to the research interests of our teaching staff. You will also plan and carry out an individual research project on a topic of your choice under the supervision of a member of staff.

Core modules

  • Research Project (Psychology)

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

Optional modules

  • Study Abroad

    This module is only available to students who take part in the Study Abroad option of the programme. This module is a container for all credits earned during the semester abroad, after having been converted to the University of Hull marking scale.

  • 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 & Peace Making Criminology

  • Transitional Organised Crime

  • 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 from Crime

  • 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

Accredited by the British Psychological Society, this degree enables you to become a graduate member of the BPS – an essential step towards qualifying as a Chartered Psychologist. The course combines the interrelated disciplines of psychology and criminology, allowing you to develop the analytical and evaluative skills required of a psychologist, while exploring the theoretical and policy issues relating to the fascinating study of crime. Psychology in Hull has been going strong since 1928 and we have one of the longest-established departments for the study of criminology.

You will develop practical and technical skills under professional psychologists with a superb record of teaching and research expertise and learn how to employ specialist techniques and technical equipment in our state-of-the-art research laboratories. One of the main aims of this degree is to give you the skills to gather, analyse and evaluate data about people’s behaviour and thoughts. With regard to criminology and the understanding of how crime is dealt with, your studies will draw upon a number of disciplines such as social policy, sociology, psychology and law.

The skills that you will acquire on our degree courses readily transfer to many areas of employment making our students highly employable. You will learn to think critically and to solve problems, to communicate confidently and effectively, how to work independently and in groups. The option of a foundation year enhances your language and writing skills, preparing you for the BSc Honours in which you can choose specialist options to suit your interests.

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Where you'll study

Hull Campus

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

Find out more

Qualify faster, have your fees paid and receive an NHS salary in a unique link between BSc Psychology and our Clinical Psychology Doctorate.

Graduates of our accredited programmes are eligible for chartered membership of the British Psychological Society.

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

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.

  • GCSE: Maths at Grade 4 or C

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 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.

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £16,600 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

With a degree in Psychology with Criminology, you will be equipped with skills for a variety of careers. As a scientist, your analytical and problem-solving skills and experience in research will be sought-after by employers. You will be eligible to work in the fields of clinical, professional, educational, occupational, forensic, sports and health psychology.

The criminology aspect of your degree will qualify you to work in local government, the NHS, educational institutions and charities that work with young offenders or victims of crime. You can also work in a range of social welfare posts such as mental health support, drug rehabilitation, housing, victim support and counselling. Graduates have also gone on to successful careers in teaching, the Civil Service, broadcasting and banking.

The University Careers Service are able to provide a wealth of advice, information and guidance to help you prepare for the future, both during your degree and upon graduation. The University of Hull is one of the few universities which do not place a time limit after which careers support is withdrawn.

Many students have also stayed on to study for higher degrees - both Masters and PhD level.