Available through Fast Track to Clearing
Full-time: 4 years
£9,250 per year (2019/20)
£13,250 per year (2019/20)
72 (September 2019 entry)
One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus
Go behind the news headlines and explore some of the most pressing issues confronting society today. This is a distinctive and intellectually stimulating course which delivers all the skills, knowledge and practical insights you need to become a highly effective professional in the criminal justice system.
- Criminology is ranked Top 20 in the Guardian University League Tables 2018, taught by our teaching team who won the National Award for Excellence in Teaching Criminology 2017
- If you have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly on to the Honours degree programme, you can choose to start at Foundation Year stage
- Examine the causes and consequences of crime, how crime is measured and defined, and how criminals are managed and controlled
- Explore intriguing real-life case studies - from the psychological profiling of offenders to hostage negotiations
- Visit courts, prisons, police custody suites and youth offender training centres to learn more about working life in the criminal justice system
- Tailor your course to match your personal interests and career ambitions - with our choice of specialist pathways in your final year
- Achieve additional qualification 'Youth Justice Effective Practice Certificate' as part of your degree
- Learn from experienced practitioners and influential academic researchers
- From Alcatraz to Hollywood - our current students recently visited the USA where they gained first-hand experience about the realities of life behind bars at correction facilities, city jails and the infamous Alcatraz. They also learnt about reintegration programs, gang prevention and intervention services at Los Angeles City Hall and the secrets of loss prevention from a leading expert in Hollywood.
This new degree will help meet the growing demand for professionals who can draw on knowledge of criminal psychology.
Studying Criminal Psychology with a Foundation Year is for you if you have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly on to the Honours degree programme.
It provides you with a firm grounding in the skills and knowledge you need and introduces you to the subject of criminology, enabling you to achieve your full honours degree in four years.
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.
At Derby, you don’t just study criminology - you do it! This course gives you an in-depth understanding of the challenges and dilemmas facing criminal justice professionals today - in the police, courts, prison and probation services, youth offending teams and victim support groups.
A broad perspective
As a Criminology student you’ll embrace disciplines such as sociology, law, psychology and philosophy which endeavour to offer explanations for crime and criminal behaviour.
This is a fascinating and socially necessary academic discipline. You’ll debate major philosophical ideas about retribution, rehabilitation and punishment, exploring fundamental questions surrounding why people commit crime, why laws are created and broken, the effectiveness of sentencing and punishment, and the impact of crime on victims, communities and wider society.
Throughout your degree, you’ll be encouraged to think creatively, challenge established beliefs and develop your own research interests.
Choice and flexibility
We take flexible, innovative approaches to ensure we deliver a course which responds to your aspirations. You can construct your own bespoke final year, tailored to reflect the areas in which you’re most interested. You can specialise in:
- Working with Offenders
- Criminal Investigations
- International Criminology
- Criminology: Theory and Practice
As well as selecting your specialism, you will be offered a diverse range of optional modules taught by our experts. These span everything from murder, psychopathy and hate crime to cybercrime, substance misuse and representations of crime in the media.
Put your skills into practice
You’ll make links between complex theories of criminology and the day-to-day demands of working practice. Thanks to our strong professional partnerships with the police, probation service, prisons and other criminal justice agencies, we offer exciting opportunities for you to apply your skills and knowledge to ‘real-world’ situations. This could include formulating practical solutions to genuine problems facing criminal justice agencies.
Our students have taken part in mock murder hunts, gained an insight into offender management in prisons, contributed to hate crime scrutiny panels, investigated miscarriages of justice, joined riot training with the constabulary, and observed how cases are taken from crime scene to courtroom.
Enhance your CV
If you choose certain specialisms, this course offers you the opportunity to gain additional professional qualifications alongside your degree, giving you a head start in your career.
For those students selecting the Working with Young Offenders and Youth Justice modules, there is the chance to gain the Youth Justice in Effective Practice Certificate (YJEPC). Since it was launched in 2012, the YJEPC has been adopted by over half of Youth Offending Teams across the country to improve the skills of their staff.
We’ve invested heavily so 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.
Expertise and inspiration
Our teaching 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’ll also have the chance to meet influential leaders in the profession. Our regular programme of guest speakers will keep you abreast of latest developments in policy and practice. We’ve also hosted events for The British Society of Criminology.
The course is aligned to the research activities of our staff, who 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.
As part of your studies, we will prepare you to become a competent researcher yourself, equipped with the skills to analyse data and policies critically. You will also be encouraged to pursue independent research.
Broaden your horizons
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. We are committed to studying in the field.
You can choose to study part of your degree at one of our partner universities in America:
- Eastern Michigan University
- Keene State College in New Hampshire
- Longwood University in Virginia
- Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
This is a great way to improve your academic experience, enhance your personal development, boost your confidence and expand your career opportunities.
You can also choose to study Criminology through the Joint Honours scheme where you can combine it with another subject.
You will study modules such as:
- Study skills
- Political Studies
If you don’t have either English or Maths GCSE, you will need to substitute one or two of the above for a module in English and/or Maths.
You will study modules such as:
- Biological and Social Criminal Psychology
- Developmental and Cognitive Criminal Psychology
- Reporting Criminal Psychology
- Does Psychology Matter
- Investigating Criminal Psychology II
- Introduction to Theoretical Criminology
You will study modules such as:
- Themes in Criminal Psychology
- Applied Biological and Social Criminal Psychology
- Applied Cognitive and Developmental Criminal Psychology
- Qualitative Methods: The Individual in Society
- Quantitative Methods and Individual Differences
You will 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 Offenders
- 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).
Please note: modules are subject to availability, and may change to suit the needs of industry.
During your foundation year you will be assessed mainly by coursework, and with some in-class tests.
For the rest of your degree 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.
Dr Karin Spenser a Chartered Psychologist, experienced Magistrate, specialising in domestic violence and family matters.
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.
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.
Joanna Adhikari a trustee at the Rosalie Ryrie Foundation in Wakefield, a charity who aims to break the cycle of controlling, abusive and conforming behaviours in families. Joanna's research specalises in perpetration and victimisation in domestic abuse, coercive control, safeguarding, aggression, impulsivity, and risk assessments.
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.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level||N/A|
|Specific requirements at GCSE|
GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - MPP
- Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
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.
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Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art 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.
Included in your fees
- DBS check if required for research purposes.
- International trips if appopriate. Local trips to visit criminal justice organisations (eg courts, police stations)
- Youth Justice Effective Practitioner Certifcate (YJEPC)
- Access to online learning materials
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.