BSc (Hons) Criminal Psychology
Why choose this course?
Deepen your understanding of criminal behaviour and prepare for a career in criminal justice - with this exciting new course.
- Study a fascinating combination of psychology and criminology
- Focus on real-life criminal justice problems and explore potential solutions
- Choose from a wide range of modules spanning everything from psychopathy to murder investigations, hate crime to domestic abuse
- Broaden your perspectives through a wide range of fieldtrips and a vibrant guest speaker programme
- Learn from leading experts who are conducting influential research in criminology and criminal psychology.
UCAS code: ML96
Start date: September
Course length: Full-time: three years
Campus: One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus
College: College of Business, Law and Social Sciences
This course is available to international students
About this course
This new degree will help meet the growing demand for professionals who can draw on knowledge of criminal psychology.
A rapidly expanding field, criminal psychology is the intersection between criminology and psychology, and can be applied within a wide range of contexts. It is increasingly used to inform practice within the criminal justice system, helping us to understand, reduce and prevent offending behaviour.
A fascinating subject
The course applies psychological theories, methods and research to some of the critical issues facing the criminal justice system. You will gain a thorough understanding of the field, including criminal profiling, investigative interviewing and rehabilitation of offenders.
Apply your knowledge
Your studies will emphasise the importance of evidence-based practice. You will learn how to research real-life criminal justice problems and how to develop pragmatic solutions to address those problems.
We will prepare you to become a competent researcher, equipped with the skills to analyse data and policies critically. You will also be encouraged to pursue independent research into areas matching your career ambitions and personal interests.
Interesting and challenging modules
Thought-provoking modules will not only develop your core knowledge but also improve your analytical skills and inspire original thought. You will cover fascinating topics ranging from psychopathy to youth justice, offender management to mental health and crime.
An experienced team to inspire you
You will be taught by enthusiastic lecturers who are experts in their fields. Our team includes criminal psychologists, sociologists, experienced police officers and lawyers. Several are still actively engaged with practice, which helps you keep up to date with contemporary criminological issues.
You will also have the chance to meet influential leaders in the profession. Our regular programme of guest speakers will keep you abreast of latest developments. We’ve also hosted events for The British Society of Criminology.
New frontiers for research
Our research active staff will present you with exciting contemporary material and thinking for all modules. We have a growing international profile for shaping understanding and practice in the criminal justice sector. Our projects cover everything from drug use, hate crime and human trafficking to psychopathy, organised crime and witness reliability.
Our aim is that you, as a student, will also become a producer of criminal psychology knowledge and contribute to the understanding of complex criminal justice issues.
We’ve invested heavily so that you can train in a realistic environment. We boast some of the country’s most up-to-date facilities, described as ‘exceptional’ by Skills for Justice. They include full-sized courtrooms, police interview suites, a crime scene house and forensic crime labs.
Your learning will be enriched by regular fieldtrips to courts, prisons and youth offender training centres, meeting professionals who have pursued a career in the criminal justice sector.
What you will cover
You'll study modules such as:
- Psychology for Criminologists
- Developing the Criminal Psychologist
- Investigating Criminal Psychology
- Offenders and Offending
- Crime, Justice, and Society
- Introduction to Theoretical Criminology
You'll study modules such as:
- Themes in Criminal Psychology I
- Themes in Criminal Psychology II
- Policing and Society
- Qualitative Criminal Justice
- Quantitative Criminal Justice
- Penology: Punishment and Rehabilitation
You'll study modules such as:
- Criminal Psychology Dissertation
- Advanced Knowledge Production
- Crime, Media and Culture
- Domestic Abuse
- Hate, Ethnicity and Crime
- Mentally Disordered Offenders
- Murder: Dynamics, Pathologies and Investigation
- Sexual Violence, Exploitation and Abuse
- Substance Misuse
- Working with Young Offenders*
- Youth Justice*
*By taking these two modules - Working with Young Offenders and Youth Justice - you also have the opportunity to gain the Youth Justice in Effective Practice Certificate (YJEPC).
September 2016 typical entry requirements UCAS points 280 (up to 40 from AS-levels) Specific requirements at A-level N/A Specific requirements at GCSE Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English Interview / Audition N/A Portfolio N/A
The way UCAS Tariffs are calculated is changing in 2017. The entry requirement below reflects this change. Read more about these changes.
September 2017 typical entry requirements UCAS points 112 (up to 16 from AS-levels) Specific requirements at A-level N/A Specific requirements at GCSE Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English Interview / Audition N/A Portfolio N/A
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How to apply
- Full-time students applying in September should apply for this course through UCAS
- Part-time students should apply directly to the University
- Students applying in September should apply for this course through UCAS.
Information for international applicants
Fees and finance
Full-time Part-time UK/EU
£9,000 per year
£1,125 per module
£11,500 per year
For students starting their course in 2017/18, the full-time undergraduate fees will be £9,250 per year for all courses (or £1,155 per module if a part-time option is available).
Further information for 2017/18 fees will be released January 2017.
How you will learn
Teaching and learning
Our teaching entails a compelling combination of lectures, seminars, role plays and workshops. You will be taught by our dedicated and inspiring lecturers as well as current and former criminal justice professionals.
You will be assessed via a wide range of methods including essays, research reports, presentations and case studies.
Supporting you all the way
We offer a high level of support to students, including a unique personal tutor system to help steer your academic and professional development.
Who you will meet
You’ll be taught by our team of engaging, passionate and inspiring subject experts:
Programme Leader Dr Henriette Bergstrøm specialises in the psychology of criminal investigations and psychopathy.
Head of Criminology Dr Philip Hodgson has over 30 years’ experience of research and practice in the criminal justice sector. He has worked for the police, probation, the youth court and the voluntary sector and his research interests include policing, drugs, young people, partnership working, and probation.
Head of the School's Research Group and Reader in Criminal Investigation, Dr David Walsh, is Editor of Investigative Interviewing: Research and Practice and on the editorial board for the Journal of Forensic Psychology. His research interests include the interviewing of victims, witnesses, and suspects.
Michael Teague is a qualified Probation Officer and Social Worker. His research interests centre on probation, imprisonment, and the politics of criminal and community justice.
Dr Helen Clarke has an interest in men’s and women's experiences of crime, with a particular focus on the areas of equality and diversity. Her doctoral research explored women's experiences of sexual violence.
Charlotte Hargreaves is a youth justice expert with research interests in young people in the youth justice system, social exclusion, drug and alcohol misuse, mental ill health, school exclusion and disaffection.
Jayne Noor Mohammed specialises in themes of cybercrime, hi-tech crime, international criminology and research methods. Her particular research interests include e-fencing, counterfeiting and copyright infringement.
Nick Howe was formerly a Police Chief Superintendent and is currently undertaking doctoral studies in policing and partnerships but has a research interest in all aspects of policing, investigation and criminal justice.
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will be communicated after enrolment on your course.
Careers and employability
A broad range of career paths
Through this course you will develop skills and tools that you can use in a wide range of careers, including the probation service, the prison service, youth justice and youth offending teams.
You could also consider roles in research and policy-making within the criminal justice system or you could pursue a career in teaching and academia.
Postgraduate study opportunities
You can go on to postgraduate study at Derby, with MSc qualifications in subjects such as Criminal Investigation. These expand your knowledge into specialist areas and accelerate your progression to more senior and leadership roles. Some of our students also use their degree as a springboard into academic research.
Ensuring you’re ‘work-ready’
Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure you leave Derby as a ‘work-ready’ graduate - industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you’ll also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions. The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.
What our students say
“Most of the lecturers have had careers in the criminal justice system and I feel this had a positive effect on our learning as it made you more driven to participate in best practice in the field. You were given real life stories of how the system actually worked and how it should work, which gave you motivation to improve it to ensure the clients you work with receive the best service.” Hannah Smith, Criminology graduate, now working for the National Offender Management Service
“I’ve absolutely loved my time at Derby. The course gave me a lot of skills that can be transferred to the workplace.” Michelle Cunliffe, Criminology graduate, now pursuing a career in teaching Criminal Justice
“My course gave me an essential understanding of the day-to-day functioning of the criminal justice system and built my knowledge of how difficult situations can be dealt with effectively.” Sadie O’Kine, Criminology graduate, now working for Derbyshire Probation Trust
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