Is there such a thing as a criminal mind? What is the relationship between criminology and psychology? Explore both subjects in parallel on our fascinating, Cambridge-based course and learn from practising forensic and clinical psychologists. You’ll attend the Old Bailey in London, sit in on live trials at Crown Court and visit Auschwitz in Krakow. Our strong industry links and your dual Honours degree will open up career opportunities in psychology, criminology, and the police, prison and probation services.
Explore the realms of psychology and criminology on our fascinating degree course. We start by looking at the main principles of psychology and criminology. Following that, you can choose from a huge range of optional modules, giving you the freedom to explore your own interests in more depth.
You’ll learn about criminal profiling and how it offers insights into youth offending, gendered violence, genocide, rape, abuse and other types of crime. You’ll look at media representations of crime, and the promotion of fear. You’ll also focus in detail on social and development psychology, which allows you to understand how we develop and how others impact on our thoughts, emotions and behaviours.
Our specialist laboratories give you the chance to gain extra insight, as well as practical skills. Measure electrical currents in the brain by using electrodes on the scalp in the EEG (electroencephalography) lab; and analyse hair and saliva samples and use them to investigate the relationship between psychological and physical health in the psychoneuroimmunology lab.
As part of this course you will have the opportunity to engage in field trips, such as visits to the Old Bailey in London and Auschwitz, Krakow. You will also understand the dynamics of the court room and sit in on live trials at the local Crown Court. In your final year you have the option to select Forensic Psychology, a module that allows you to learn about theories of offending and offender rehabilitation first hand from forensic psychologists-in-training drawing in the prison service. You can also decide whether to conduct your final year project in criminology or psychology.
Our staff are active researchers and you’ll be in regular contact with them via taught and extra-curricular activities.
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We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
We have strong links with the local probation service and the police. You’ll have the opportunity to add experience to your CV by working as a volunteer, or even in a part-time paid job, while you’re studying. We’ll encourage you to set up work placements in areas that interest you as part of your personal development plan.
As a graduate, you’ll be able to choose from a wide range of careers in both psychology or criminology. If you would like to pursue a career in psychology you can go on to complete a Conversion Masters and gain BPS (British Psychological Society) accreditation before specialising in a number of disciplines such as forensic psychology, occupational psychology or educational psychology. You can also pursue a career in criminology and consider working for the National Probation Service, the police, the Prison Service, the Home Office or the Court Service.
The skills you’ll learn are highly transferable, so you won’t be limited to a career in psychology or criminology. The ability to write well, analyse data and understand human behaviour will benefit you whichever career path you choose.
Our staff are engaged in research and while you’re studying, you’ll have the opportunity to take part, and make links with local employers.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses including Masters in Foundations in Clinical Psychology, Clinical Child Psychology, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience and Research Methods in Psychology.
Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to measure your progress. These include written and practical exams, essays, research reports, oral presentations and lab reports. You’ll also write a dissertation on a subject of your choice.
The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
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