Criminology and Criminal Psychology undergraduate courses

Why do people commit crime? How effective is sentencing and punishment? Can we prevent offending behaviour? Our courses are designed to take you into a career where you can tackle the big questions facing society and make positive changes in the criminal justice system.

Our courses are for you if you have an interest in crime, psychology and the criminal justice system. Each degree aims to analyse the nature of crime and the criminal mind, and understand what we can do to change these occurrences. You will also gain:

Top 10Criminology at Derby**The Guardian University Guide 2020
2ndfor teaching quality - BSc (Hons) Criminology **Times/Sunday Times 2019 University Guide
94.3%for overall satisfaction - BSc (Hons) Criminology **National Student Survey 2018

"I absolutely loved the course - it was really fascinating. We had experts from the police force, probation and prison service give guest talks which were thought provoking and engaging and allowed us to explore the criminal justice system  in many different ways. I was fascinated by every lecture I had". Ellen Hicken, Criminology Graduate.

Where can a degree in Criminal Psychology take you?

Discover what careers a degree in BSc Criminal Psychology and MSc Forensic and Criminal Psychology can lead to. This includes a step by step guide for you to get where you want to be.

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Undergraduate Live Online Event

While we’re not able to welcome you in person to our campuses at the moment, we’re not going to let that stop us showing you all the great things about studying at Derby.

We’re currently planning our autumn Open Events to bring you the best possible online and on-campus experience.

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Our graduates have gone onto a variety of different roles. Studying Criminology and Criminal Psychology could lead to:

*applicable to Criminal Psychology graduates only once all stages of training completed.


With opportunities for internships, volunteering and placements, our hands-on approach to study will ensure you are ready for the world of work. Our courses have a strong practical focus on solving real-world problems. Our thriving partnerships with the police, probation service, prisons, courts and other criminal justice agencies ensure you benefit from work-related learning experiences. 

Expert teaching

Supporting you all the way is our team of enthusiastic and experienced lecturers who are experts in their fields. They include chartered psychologists as well as sociologists, experienced police officers and lawyers. Several are still actively engaged with practice, which helps you keep up to date with the latest developments.

Our track record in delivering an outstanding learning experience was underlined when our Criminology team won the 2017 National Award for Teaching Excellence from the British

You’ll hear from guest speakers such as professionals who have pursued a career in the criminal justice sector and will share their own experiences.

Specialist facilities

Study at One Friar Gate Square, our dedicated centre for the study of law, criminology and policing. You will be able to build your practical experience in our specialist facilities which include a mock court room, student legal advice centre and replica custody suite.

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Final year Criminology student Danielle Poulter details her experience in Miami

Find out what our students got up to when they went on a fieldtrip to the USA to experience how the American Justice System differs to the UK Criminal Justice System

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International Centre of Excellence in Policing and Criminal Justice

The International Centre of Excellence in Policing and Criminal Justice provides effective thought leadership in the pursuance of policing and criminal justice excellence locally, nationally and internationally

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Virtual Open Day

Delve deeper into the course with our Virtual Open Day, packed with subject and course information to help you make your choice, including tours of facilities, 360° views of award-winning accommodation plus advice and insight from students and academics.

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Fast track to Clearing

If you don’t have a place at uni, have had a change of heart about your course, or maybe your gap year plans are on hold – don’t worry. Register with us today and fast forward to your future.

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Academic Achievement Scholarship

We’re offering eligible students a £1,000 scholarship to celebrate your hard work and success. 

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