The British Psychological Society

Faculty of Health Sciences

Psychology with Criminology

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: C8M9

What you'll study

Learn how to explore the psychological motivation behind the crime by studying these closely related subjects.

We offer a foundation year to boost your skills and knowledge if you don't quite meet our academic entry requirements.

First year

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

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.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • 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

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

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.

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

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • 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

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

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.

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

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • 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 modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sex Work, Policy and Crime

    Consider the cultural, social and political issues regarding involvement in the commercial sex industry. Though lectures and seminars, you will be introduced to new ways of considering why people buy and sell sexual services in the UK and internationally.

  • Cyberterrorism and Extremism

    Look closer at what’s happening in the world today, and learn what’s meant by key terms such as ‘cyber’, 'radicalisation', 'terrorism', ‘extremism’ and 'violent extremism'.

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More about this course

This course combines the related disciplines of psychology and criminology. It allows you to develop the psychologist's ability to analyse and evaluate, while also discovering the theoretical and policy issues relating to crime.

  • 96% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduating (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018).
  • Our degrees are fully accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), meaning that you'll be eligible for graduate chartered membership of the BPS.
  • Learn in a thriving, supportive environment, taught by staff who are professionals and research psychologists.
  • Facilities include electroencephalography (EEG) equipment for measuring brain activity. We also have an eye-tracking lab and a brain stimulation laboratory equipped with equipment for transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

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.

Teaching and learning

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.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.


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Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

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

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

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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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 with a 5 in Standard Level Maths
  • 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.

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: £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.

Additional costs

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. 

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 is able to provide a wealth of advice, information and guidance to help you prepare for the future, both during your degree and after graduation. The University of Hull is one of the few universities without a time limit for careers support access.

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

Common career paths for Criminology graduates include the police, prison and probation services, the legal professions and academic or Civil Service research. We hold an annual Criminal Justice careers event to introduce you to criminal justice and related organisations, helping you make vital career connections.