Full-time: 3 years
£9,250 per year (2023/24)
£14,900 per year (2023/24)
120-128 (September 2024 entry)
Kedleston Road and One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus
The best bits
- Combining two subjects boosts your employability and gives you the opportunity to develop knowledge and expertise in two subject areas, making you a more versatile graduate
- The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society if you major in Psychology
- Specialist facilities include our observation suite, eye-tracker equipment, Babylab, Crown Court, Custody Suite and Student Legal Advice Centre
- Learn from lecturers at the forefront of psychological research
- You'll have opportunities to contribute to research projects and conduct your own research
- You will explore various areas of the legal sector and explore pathways available after you graduate
Top20in the UK for overall student satisfaction*
Top20for student satisfaction in Psychology*
Psychology and Law at Derby
This course has research at its heart, designed to help you become an effective, skilled and forward-thinking psychologist whilst developing all the key skills required to succeed in the legal sector - including drafting, advocacy, interviewing and negotiation.
We aim to broaden your understanding of how the human mind works, while equipping you with skills and knowledge of the legal sector. We're networked into the legal profession, which opens up exciting opportunities for work internships and professional mentoring.
Student Legal Advice Centre and Pro Bono work
Students studying Law at Derby may have access to our Student Legal Advice Centre - our dedicated space for real-world learning. Volunteering in the Centre provides you the opportunity to develop transferrable skills that will assist you in gaining the skills required once you graduate.
The Centre offers assistance in the following areas:
- Family law
- Criminal injuries compensation authority claims
- Immigration family reunion (in partnership with British Red Cross and Paragon Law)
The Centre also offers support to Litigants in Person in Family Law matters at the Family Court at Derby. In Autumn 2022, a Business Clinic and Legal Triage Clinic (exclusively for University of Derby students) was launched.
The Centre also has a Policy Clinic and Justice Project. The Justice Project promotes the teaching of law to all members of the community, including school children, by informing them of their legal rights and responsibilities.
The Centre was shortlisted for Best Contribution by a Law School at the LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards 2022, and was highly commended at the LawWorks Pro Bono Awards 2021 for Best contribution in relation to the Centre’s Immigration Family Reunion Clinic.
You'll be taught by expert staff who are conducting influential studies into areas of psychology such as mental health and wellbeing, compassion and mindfulness, autism and maths anxiety. And you’ll have guest lectures by world-class researchers. You’ll also conduct your own research and be able to contribute to cutting-edge psychological research projects at the University.
This course is supported by visiting professors and guest lecturers who are leading authorities in their fields. Our celebrated Public Lecture Series also brings influential figures to the University to shed new light on the legal system.
Our Psychology facilities are used for both teaching and research. They include computing labs with specialist software for designing experiments and research. You'll use a range of psychological recording equipment such as the latest eye-tracker equipment for analysing eye movement and our Babylab for ethical research with babies and young children.
Our Law facilities are based One Friar Gate Square in the heart of Derby’s city centre, featuring a replica Crown Courtroom, Custody Suite and Student Legal Advice Centre.
British Psychological Society accreditation means we're delivering a high standard of psychology education. It shows we've met BPS standards for course content and design, and student development. It also means you can apply for BPS student membership. This provides:
- Access to networking opportunities
- The BPS student online community
- Discounts on books
- Events and e-learning
- Academic journals
- The chance to transfer to graduate membership free of charge after completing your degree
And you will have the opportunity to progress to accredited postgraduate qualifications and training to gain chartered membership of the BPS.
For students to receive the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS), students need to do the following:
- Choose a Psychology major pathway with all prescribed modules
- Obtain at least a 40% overall for the Independent Study in Psychology
- Obtain at least a lower second-class degree
Choose your pathway
Studying a Psychology and Law Joint Honours degree allows you to choose whether you major in one subject or study them both equally.
You begin this degree by studying both subjects equally in your first year. By the end of your first year, you will then decide whether you would like to major or minor in a chosen subject or continue to study them both equally.
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology with Law
In this pathway, Psychology is the major subject and includes all prescribed credit bearing modules. Law is the minor subject. Students receive BPS accreditation with this pathway. If students majoring in Psychology do not pass all prescribed credit bearing Psychology modules, the title of the degree will alter to say Psychological Studies.
What is a Joint Honours degree?
A Joint Honours degree offers students the opportunity to study two subjects.
A Joint Honours degree is a great option if:
- You want to study two subjects you’re passionate about
- You’ve got a specific career in mind and want to create a tailored degree to prepare you for the future
- You want to study a new subject alongside one you’re already familiar with
The modules below indicate the range of modules you may study as part of this combination, however prescribed and optional modules will vary depending on whether you choose to study both subjects equally, or choose to major or minor in a subject. To find out exactly which modules you would study as part of your chosen combination please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
For Psychology modules, you will learn from lecturers and tutors who have a wealth of knowledge and experience, and are carrying out research designed to offer fresh perspectives on issues that are significant at every stage of life, from birth to old age, including:
- Maternal health and the development of new-borns, to help improve health care during childhood
- Mental health and wellbeing such as maths-induced anxiety, eating disorders, addiction and irrational thinking
- Compassion and mindfulness, tackling self-esteem issues and fostering sensitive support for others
- The psychological aspects of pain
- Emotional processing
- The positive benefits of engaging with the natural environment
Your lecturers bring their latest thinking to your studies. And, in some cases, you’ll have opportunities to get involved in research projects yourself. Quality inspectors have commended us for being “at the forefront of technology-enhanced learning” in Psychology.
For Law modules, you will engage in real or simulated legal practice and build a range of the key skills required to succeed in the legal sector, including:
- case preparation
- mooting - where you present a legal issue against opposing counsel in a mock court case
You will also develop skills in legal scholarship, with the chance to undertake problem-based research and original academic enquiry. If our teaching team consider the work you produce to be of sufficient quality, it could be published in the Derby Law School Journal.
Through our peer assisted mentoring scheme, students from later years of the course also give helpful guidance and support to first year students.
Mooting forms part of certain modules and you can develop your expertise further through regional and national competitions. We have an excellent record of success in these challenges.
We also help run a schools’ debating competition in partnership with Derby & District Law Society and Enterprise for Education where you can mentor local secondary school pupils.
How you are assessed
For Psychology modules, you’ll be assessed mainly through assignments, via essays, posters, presentations, and reports. You may also have to take some exams. These can include essay questions, multiple choice and short answer questions.
For Law modules, assessments may include group work, oral presentations, written coursework and examinations.
Who will teach you
You will be taught by our team of engaging, passionate and inspiring subject experts.
Personal academic tutoring
Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.
Find out more about personal academic tutoring
These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2024 entry. Contextual offers may apply to students who meet certain criteria.
|What we're looking for
|Merit - Distinction
|GCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
|Access to HE
|Access to HE: Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15, Merit: 24, Pass: 6
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each skills area)
How to apply
Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.
If you are in Year 13 and applying for a full-time undergraduate course (including our joint honours courses), we recommend that you apply through UCAS.Apply through UCAS
If you are applying to study part-time, or already have your qualifications, or wish to join at Year 2 or 3, you should apply directly to the University.Apply directly to the University
Please note direct applications for this course are not currently available. Please check back for further updates.
Studying psychology opens doors to many different sectors and professions - anywhere an understanding of people is valued - so your career options will be broad. Our Psychology graduates have gone on to successful roles in sectors such as:
- Psychological research
- Scientific or clinical research
- Charity leadership
- Mental health support and management
- Health services and therapeutic care
- Probation service and police
- Human resources
- Health psychology
- Educational psychology
- Occupational psychology
- Forensic psychology
- Clinical psychology
Through our Professional Development Package, you'll gain valuable transferable skills, including:
- Written and verbal communication
- Research and analytical
- Personal motivation, organisation and self-reflection
- IT literacy
- Critical awareness
If you want to become a Psychologist or progress to Postgraduate study in Psychology, we advise that you major in Psychology including all prescribed credit bearing modules. This means you will receive accreditation from the British Psychological Society.
This degree also allows graduates to engage in careers in business, banking and human resources – any profession that welcomes an exposure to studying law.
You can go on to study at postgraduate level and achieve an LLM or complete a qualifying Solicitor exam.
Careers and Employment Service
Our Careers and Employment Service can help you boost your employment skills by connecting you with employers for work placements, part-time jobs, and volunteering. They can also offer guidance on career options, CV writing, or starting your own business.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
Additional information about your studies
You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.
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 usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.
Included in your fees
- Access to essential software (SPSS and NVivo)
- Access to any materials included in taught areas such as biopsychology, research methods and related optional modules
- DBS check if you are undertaking a placement facilitated by the course
- Visit to the British Psychological Society's Psychology4Graduates national event
- Home and International trips if applicable
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Purchasing formal business attire for mooting assessments (costs can vary between £75 - £300 depending on source of purchase)
- Printing of trial bundles for mooting assessment - around 80 pages (approx. cost £4)
Optional costs not included in your fees
- You may wish to purchase optional textbooks or e-books to support your studies - costs for these are dependent on your choice
- Printing costs of course materials if hard copy desired - approximate cost is 5p per sheet
- Student membership of the British Psychological Society - approximate cost is £30
- Membership of the Students Union Law Society
- Students will be invited to black tie events which will require the wearing of formal attire (£50-100 depending on source of purchase)
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.
Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.
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