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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

International fee

£13,250 per year (2019/20)

UCAS points

120 (September 2019 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start date



One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus

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Course description

Deepen your understanding of criminal behaviour and prepare for a career in criminal justice - with this exciting new 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.

Outstanding facilities

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.

Professional insights

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.

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What you will study

You'll study modules such as:

  • Biological and Social Criminal Psychology
  • Developmental and Cognitive Criminal Psychology 
  • Reporting Criminal Psychology
  • Does Psychology Matter
  • Research Methods and Analysis in Psychology
  • Introduction to Theoretical Criminology

You'll study modules such as:

  • Themes in Criminal Psychology
  • Applied Biological and Social Criminal Psychology
  • Victimology
  • Qualitative Methods: The Individual in Society 
  • Quantitative Methods and Individual Differences
  • Applied Cognitive and Developmental Criminal Psychology

You'll study modules such as:

  • Criminal Psychology Dissertation
  • Advanced Knowledge Production
  • Crime, Media and Culture
  • Cybercrime
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Hate, Ethnicity and Crime
  • Mentally Disordered Offenders
  • Murder: Dynamics, Pathologies and Investigation
  • Psychopathy
  • Sexual Violence, Exploitation and Abuse
  • Substance Misuse
  • Working with Offenders
  • Working with Young Offenders*
  • Youth Justice*

Available from 2019/20  you will be able to choose from the following optional modules: 

  • Addictive Behaviours
  • Autism, Asperger’s and ADHD
  • Human Behaviour and Evolution 
  • Schizophrenia
  • The Dark Side of Psychology 

*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. 

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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. 

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.

Entry requirements

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A

 Alternative entry qualifications:

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.

Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees


£9,250 per year



£13,250 per year


Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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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.

Programme leader

Dr Henriette Bergstrøm

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Teaching hours

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, 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

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.


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