BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology

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Introduction

Explore the realms of psychology and criminology on our joint honours degree, with hands-on experience in our Science Centre in Cambridge.

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We are psychologists

Professional psychologists talk about the things that motivate, unite and inspire them.

How do our thoughts and feelings dictate our actions? And is there such a thing as the criminal mind?

These are fascinating questions, and psychology and criminology are equally fascinating fields. You might be interested in both, and wondering which area to specialise in. If that’s the case, our British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited Psychology with Criminology degree is made for you.

We start by looking at the main principles of psychology and criminology. Then, in Years 2 and 3, our optional modules give you the freedom to explore your own interests in more depth.

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Facilities and accreditation

Specialist labs

At ARU you’ll be based in our £45m Science Centre. It opened in 2018 and features a range of psychology labs including:

  • EEG Lab
  • Perception Lab
  • Neuroscience Lab
  • Developmental Lab
  • Psychometrics Lab.

Industry-standard equipment

Our labs house specialist psychological equipment such as:

  • PowerLab devices for monitoring emotional and physiological responses, and a portable Nexus device for use outside the lab
  • a Tobii Pro 300TX eye-tracker and portable eye-tracker glasses
  • a driving simulator
  • an Oculus Rift VR headset
  • visual and acoustic stimulation systems
  • a functional near-infrared spectroscopy device, for measuring brain activation
  • electroencephalography, for measuring the electrical activity of the brain
  • commercial software packages.

British Psychological Society

Achieve a second-class honours degree or above, and you’ll be eligible for graduate chartered membership of the British Psychological Society. It’s your first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist.

Careers

As a Psychology with Criminology graduate, a range of careers is open to you. With further study, you could specialise in disciplines such as forensic, occupational or educational psychology. Or as a criminologist you could work for the Probation Service, the police, the Prison Service, the Home Office or the Courts Service.

As a graduate chartered member of the British Psychological Society, you could undertake further training to become a counselling or clinical psychologist, or specialise in areas like health, educational or forensic psychology.

Whichever path interests you most, you can be sure that you’ll graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities that industry needs. We work with employers, and they help us review what we teach and how we teach it – offering 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, so you’ll have the opportunity to gain work experience while you’re studying.

Graduation doesn't need to be the end of your time with us. We offer a range of postgraduate degrees including MSc Foundations in Clinical Psychology, and MSc Clinical Child Psychology. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Keziah and Amber

“You look back on uni and say ‘Wow, I’m actually working in this field now.”

Keziah and Amber

Criminology graduates

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Foundation year available

This course offers a foundation year – an extra year of study to help you prepare for university, and build your knowledge and skills.

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