“I am currently on placement at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. It’s an amazing experience and has taught me a lot.” Mathilde Bouedron, BSc Psychology with Criminology
Forensic psychology is a growing field and skilled graduates are in high demand. Tailored towards students with ambitions to work in the criminal justice system, our degree offers unrivalled psychology teaching facilities coupled with excellent tutor support.
Our specialist degree allows you to study, integrate and apply criminology to psychology to gain an expert understanding of criminal behaviour. We focus on providing work based placements with forensic psychologists, police forces and prisons to build your professional experience while you study. We welcome students who can demonstrate the skills to confidently support and investigate the psychological elements of legal proceedings in court and apply psychological theory to criminal investigation.
You will examine a broad range of theoretical and methodological approaches to psychology, criminology and human behaviour and develop the expert knowledge and skills which are essential to professional practice. You will gain an expert understanding of the psychological issues associated with criminal behaviour and the treatment of those who have committed offences.
Alongside an in-depth study of psychology, one quarter of your course will contain modules from our Department of Criminology. In your third year you can choose options from areas as diverse as policing, violent crime, organised crime, drugs and criminal justice.
You will gain a wealth of additional skills to support you in your future career or further studies, including research and analytical skills and advanced communications skills which will give you a thorough understanding of human communication methods.
This module is designed to introduce students to the major theoretical perspectives that have emerged in the discipline of Criminology over the past 200 - 300 years and enable students to apply these theories to concrete examples of crime. It considers how historical context, political influence and basic philosophical differences on such questions as what it is to be human have influenced the development of criminological perspectives. It will introduce students to the academic research that underpins different theories and help them to understand the key arguments and reflect upon the relative merits of each theory through engagement with relevant literature.
This module aims to introduce students to the five core areas of Psychology as set down by the BPS, Cognitive, Social, Biological Basis, Developmental and Individual Differences. In addition we will also explore ideas concerned with definitions of Psychology and how Psychology developed as a separate discipline by considering its historical and philosophical beginnings and current issues.
Module aims: to introduce students to statistical and qualitative analysis as they are employed in psychological research. Students will gain experience in a range of analytic techniques and learn to use relevant software. Students will also be required to engage in extensive hands-on computer use in order to develop skills in data collection, input and analysis, using SPSS.
The module aims to introduce students to the principles and practice of quantitative and qualitative psychological research. Students will develop skills in searching literature and generating hypotheses with a sound rationale, understand the principles of sound research design and data collection and be able to interpret findings and critically assess research output in psychology. They will also be provided with opportunities to develop skills in the dissemination of research results with the conventions, styles and critical approach of academic work.
The module enables students to understand, evaluate and conduct applied psychological research to understand how research design relates to research questions. It provides students with skills in a variety of analytical methods and enables them to conduct ethical psychological research utilising quantitative qualitative methods. It provides the foundation for interpretation critical discussion of published psychological research.
Module aims: to give students an overview of the biological bases of behaviour and the cognitive approach to psychology. After initial study of the anatomy physiology of the nervous system, attention is focused on aspects of behaviour that have a clear biological component. Through a series of practical laboratory sessions students will investigate specific central and peripheral nervous system variables and their relation to behaviour. In the second half of the module, the nature of the cognitivist approach to psychology will be outlined and key theories relating to major cognitive faculties explored. Understanding of these is enhanced through a series of interactive seminars.
The module aims to give students an overview of the current research and core theoretical aspects of developmental psychology. In addition to the main topics, student will have opportunities to learn about extended topics of atypical developments, developments throughout the lifespan and applications to educational issues, as well as contemporary topics in applied developmental psychology. Understanding of these topics is enhanced through a series of interactive seminars.
This module provides an introduction to key criminal justice institutions and agencies and an understanding of contemporary criminal justice issues. The main focus of the module is on the criminal justice system in England and Wales, though other material is drawn upon for European and international comparative purposes. At the end of the module students should be familiar with recent and current policy issues and debates relating to the different criminal justice institutions, such as pluralised policing and the extended police family, contemporary crime investigation, sentencing in the criminal courts, and reform of the prison and probation systems.
The module aims to explore the application of psychology to social problems in the areas of crime, conflict and violence, taking into account individual, group and social factors. It considers how individuals and groups become involved in, and perpetuate, these problematic behaviours, and also considers the consequences for victims, government and justice responses, and approaches to prevention. The module aims a to extend students understanding of social psychology through its application to social problems facing modern societies; b to develop students aptitudes for identifying pathways for social change through the understanding the psychological processes implicated in social problems.
Students pursue independent study with a designated supervisor on a topic not offered in-depth among the normal range of modules. The student will be expected to carry out an original investigation using a recognised psychology or cognitive science research method, and produce a dissertation based on that research. The title and methodology of this dissertation must be agreed with the supervisor in advance. Undertaking this module will enable participants to develop their methodological and statistical knowledge acquired through previous research methods training; it will develop their competence in the production of coherent written reports which are clearly presented and which have an analytic and critical orientation, and it will provide the opportunity for final year students to become competent and self-sufficient researchers.
The module begins by introducing students to the variety of different ways in which mental health has been classified, understood and responded to. We start by tracing the history of the asylums and psychiatry through to the deinstitutionalisation of the mentally ill and move towards 'care in the community'. Subsequent political and public responses to a small number of high profile offences by the mentally ill in the 1990s are considered before the current framework of services for mentally disordered offenders is outlined.
This will enable students to critically engage with the development of criminal justice and health responses to mentally disordered offenders and consider the theoretical and practical challenges that are raised by our attempts to identify and target so called 'dangerous' people. The problems surrounding treatment and making accurate predictions of risk will also be explored. Key themes of the module will be drawn out through the use of key case studies including severe personality disorder and drug misuse.
This module will introduce students to the process of serious crime investigation and critically examine whether it is an art form, relying on the humanistic approaches of intuition and personal experience, or as a science through the expansion of forensic techniques. It will further develop the student s knowledge of this process through the causational theories of homicide and other serious crimes. It aims to facilitate a critical analysis of policy and practise of criminal investigation.
This module will introduce students to the critical debates on Organised Crime and Corporate Offenders. They also become acquainted with the issues of defining these areas of criminality and the problems of conducting meaningful research. The programme will begin with explanations of how social, political and economic conditions allowed organised crime to develop and discuss the links with 'White Collar and Corporate' Crime.
This module aims to develop the depth and breadth of students understanding of theory and research in social psychology and personality psychology. In term 1, students are introduced to the social dimension of human psychology, through topic-focused lectures combined with small-group collaborative research projects. In term 2, students will cover mainstream concepts and theories of personality and the application of personality dispositional theory in assessment including employability . There will be a strong emphasis on critical consideration of the strengths and limitations of comparative models along with the conceptual links. The application of psychometrics and underlying principles of factor analysis will be explained in context and statistical analysis conducted by hand to facilitate understanding.
This module aims to discuss the dynamics of interpersonal violence and its control. This module will enable students to explore and learn about the social and spatial parameters of violent crime; the possible causes and explanations for why violent crime happens; theoretical and layperson perspectives on violence; the forms that violence can take; and how violence can be gendered.
You will attend lectures and practical classes, where you will explore ideas through class discussions, work on written assignments and give presentations. You will supplement all this with your own independent research, and will work on a dissertation in your final year. You can opt to extend the course by a year, and spend your third year doing a work placement.
You will be assessed through exams and coursework, including your dissertation, essays and practical reports.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3, of which all 45 must be at Merit or higher
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for our Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree. For more information see our Psychology foundation page.
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
You could find yourself working in the police, probation and prison services, courts, or youth services; or within community safety, crime prevention, criminological research, or the forensic science services. Our students have forged a range of rewarding careers within the criminal justice system as chartered forensic psychologists, counsellors, social workers and academics.
Typical employers include the Met Police, Home Office, security industry, Her Majesty's Prisons and local authorities. Our 2012 BSc Psychology & Criminology graduates have also gone on to work for organisations including: Camden & Islington Council, Olympia House, Oaklands College, Middlesex University, Institute of Psychiatry, and MHRA.
In roles such as: Clinical Support Worker, Professional Ambassador, Expert Community Support Officer, Support Worker, and also in sales.
Additionally, you can go on to do further study. The courses that our BSc Psychology with Criminology graduates are now undertaking include: MSc Psychology and MSc Forensic Psychology. Graduates with a Lower Second Classification, or higher, are eligible to apply for BPS accredited Masters & Doctoral programmes leading to careers such as a Forensic Psychologist.
We encourage our students to undertake an expenses-based work placement during their studies as a year long assignment between year two and three. Furthermore, depending on the organisation you are on placement with, you may be entitled to apply for a maintenance grant.
The year-long work placement exempts you from paying tuition fees for the full academic year; ensuring you gain the necessary practical skills to embark on your chosen career.
A wide range of influential and established organisations are involved with the placement course, for example Great Ormond Hospital School, St Georges Hospital, Priory Hospital, Institute of Psychiatry, Institute of Education, University College London, Holloway Prison, and the Metropolitan Police.
Students' involvement in such organisations includes engaging in everyday activities for example classroom education within the hospital school and running of anger management courses for the prison inmates. In addition, placement students have been engaged in a wide range of clinical and educational research, for example eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, autism and stuttering, and investigating the psychological factors in relation to male and female rape.
During the placement year, students are required to keep a log-book for each week's activity, to produce a critical review of their placement year and to make a presentation to the university organised placement conference.
Work experience in the form of placements and internships greatly improve graduate employment prospects, and students who take part achieve excellent academic results through applying their learning in a professional setting.
Our specialist Employability Service and London location ensure that every year our students and graduates gain prestigious placement opportunities.
Find out more about the Psychology Work Placements Scheme here.
The degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). The British Psychological Society is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK
Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews, networking and so on. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business. Find out more here.
"I really wanted to gain knowledge of diverse areas of psychology and the scientific approach to the course convinced me.
"This course taught me how to think independently, and how to be critical in the analysis of my work. I am currently on a placement; the internship at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children is an amazing experience and has taught me a lot.
"After I graduate I would like to work in a psychiatric hospital, maybe with children or teenagers. I am confident that all the experience and the degree I gained from Middlesex will make the difference and help me stand out."
Jessica now works as a Clinical Research Worker at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London
"I enjoyed the practical elements of my course which included conducting experiments and observations, along with carrying out my end of year project. I also enjoyed the combined aspect of the course which enabled me to learn about two separate subjects simultaneously.
"My time at Middlesex enabled me to learn and develop skills that have helped me in my hectic but enjoyable working life. These include organisation and communication skills, especially written communication skills. It also equipped me with a vast amount of knowledge pertaining to psychology and I have been able to apply this in my current job.
"I thoroughly enjoyed my entire experience at Middlesex. I have particularly fond memories of the diverse friendships I made and the overall support network these offered me. Several of the lecturers on my course were fantastic teachers and also offered a great amount of support."