Working in fields like local government, youth services, criminal and social justice, our BA Criminology with Psychology course offers a challenging and fulfilling career.
Criminology degrees have risen in popularity in recent years and by choosing to study for a BA Criminology with Psychology with us, you’ll be choosing an established programme from a department that’s been running for over 30 years. All our lecturers are actively involved in research, which informs their teaching.
This course helps you to make the connection between the wider criminal justice issues and how the individual psychology of subjects can play a part in it. You'll take general courses in both criminology and psychology, making you a specialist in both areas. While you dive deep into the criminal justice system and how and why people commit crimes, you'll also learn a variety of psychological theories including sports psychology, social psychology and more.
We invite industry professionals, such as probation officers, clinicians and youth offending managers, to give guest lectures. This provides students with first-hand perspectives of the criminal justice and mental health systems.
BA Criminology with Psychology integrates the study of both disciplines on practical and theoretical levels so you can apply the skills and knowledge gained to the understanding of criminal behaviour. It’s a deeply fascinating intersection of subjects with plenty of real-world applications.
The programme is specifically designed by academics who are active researchers in the Crime and Conflict Research Centre (CSCR), drawing on subject areas like youth crime, crime and deviance, plus many others.
You'll have the option to extend the course by a year through a paid work placement (depending upon the context, either virtual or face-to-face) relevant to your studies in the third year to help you develop your areas of interest.
We have excellent links with criminology-focused organisations in London, which means you’ll have access to prestigious placement opportunities throughout your studies. For example, previous graduates have gone on to intern with the Executive Directorate Police Services at Interpol, as well as working as an Operational Support Officer at HMP Bronzefield.
During your course, you’ll get personalised support from your Personal Tutor, Student Learning Assistant, and Graduate Academic Assistant. Their first-hand experience in your subject area means they understand how to best support you.
This course gives you the unique opportunity to make a positive impact in society, directly helping to improve communities and contributing to improving the lives of others.
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This module introduces a number of key criminological concepts and issues as well as the factors that influence official definitions and societal perceptions of crime and deviance. You'll explore the differing involvement of identifiable social groups in crime and deviance, the differing levels of victimisation amongst such groups, and the main reasons behind these differences. You'll also investigate the sources of information on crime, deviance and victimisationa and a number of specific types of crimes.
Through engagement with key issues in crime, deviance and crime control, this module introduces the core skills required for successful engagement in criminological debates. These are essential for the completion of your degree and your life beyond university – formulating and exploring criminological ideas, how to communicate and engage with evidence, and how to work in academic contexts.
This module introduces the major theoretical perspectives that have emerged in the discipline of Criminology over the past 200 - 300 years. You'll be engaged to apply these theories to concrete examples of crime. You'll consider 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. You'll also explore the academic research that underpins different theories and begin to understand the key arguments and reflect upon the relative merits of each theory through engagement with relevant literature.
This module introduces social research and enquiry as a way of seeing and interpreting the world we live in, and the behaviours and lifestyles in the cities and communities our lives are embedded within. You'll focus on qualitative research in criminology and the different ways qualitative studies are carried out to examine and form understandings of crime and deviance.
This module introduces the diversity and breadth of approaches in the discipline of psychology and the many ways psychologists study the human mind and behaviour. Topical introductions will be provided in selected areas of individual differences, developmental, cognitive, biological, and social psychology. The characteristic approaches adopted within these areas of psychology are explored and you'll be encouraged to adopt a reflective and critical perspective on the subject matter covered. Throughout the module, you'll consider both commonalities and diversities in human thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
This module examines a range of key criminal justice institutions and analyses contemporary issues and debates relating to them. You'll build on your knowledge of current policy and practice issues impacting on the operation of criminal justice institutions, including the police, the courts, prisons and probation, immigration detention, youth justice and the forensic mental health system.
This module introduces the English Legal System and aims to create a critical awareness of how the English Legal System provides a framework for the workings of criminal justice and state responses to crime, deviance and public insecurity. You'll examine a selection of criminal offences and the defences relevant to these offences.
This module introduces the basic components of quantitative social science research for Criminology. You'll focus on experiential approaches to developing key research and academic skills, and adopts a developmental style through individual and small group assessments including a range of skills-based tasks, an excel-based report and a small group or pair presentation.
This module gives you the knowledge and skills to use SPSS for data analysis and thematic analysis to analyse qualitative data. You'll have the opportunity to propose a methodological research project on a topic of interest and produce a mixed method project. Part of the project involves forming a conversational guide, collecting and analysing data, and writing a report. You'll be prepared to undertake qualitative and quantitative research for your dissertation and study advanced research methods during your studies.
This module explores cutting edge research and contemporary ideas in applied psychology. Evolutionary and biological concepts will be explained and defined in terms of their relevance to current theory and application. The module will also deliver a critical reflection of recent research in these areas. Alternative aspects of applied psychology will also be reviewed. These will include forensic and clinical aspects of applied psychological research and theory. You will be encouraged to evaluate and disseminate this information through the application of policy design and psychological reasoning.
This module introduces the areas of employment that can be considered for criminology career pathways. You'll engage with various forms of crime control, offending and support services and be able to explore the knowledge and skills required to perform in various positions.
Starting from the point that human rights are more than just a legal framework but also a powerful moral discourse, this module applies a human rights lens to contemporary criminological policy. This will allow you to reflect on what putting issues such as power and rights at the centre of criminological practice might mean for social justice.
This module will enable you to examine the historical context of policing. You'll develop an understanding of how the modern police service and wider policing family have evolved. Using current theories, knowledge and practice, you'll explore, assess and analyse the contemporary issues faced in policing.
This module introduces the prison system in England and Wales, with a particular focus on the aims of imprisonment and key developments in penal policy and practice. You'll build on your ability to apply theoretical perspectives to prison issues and analyse the impact of policy on the experiences of those who are imprisoned as well as the work of the key professionals and practitioners working in the prison system.
This module will allow you to engage with recent theoretical developments and trends influencing criminological discussion, debate and research. These developments and trends are assessed in relation to emerging social, political and cultural patterns. Building on prior learning in Year 1, you'll be able to apply theoretical knowledge to a range of contemporary issues and trends of prominent criminological interest and concern.
This module supports your personal and professional development by providing opportunities to gain practical experience within a community-based setting. You'll explore the links between academic study and community engagement in order to integrate and apply theoretical knowledge to real world issues. You'll understand the processes for structured reflection and gain an understanding of community concerns, cultural competence and ethical and social responsibilities. You'll gain a range of skills and knowledge useful for further studies and employment.
This module develops your understanding of the complex function of criminal law and legal processes within contemporary criminal justice as well as state responses to crime, deviance and public insecurity. You'll gain an appreciation of the legal and human rights issues arising from different punishment measures and criminal justice responses can give rise to.
This module will allow you to develop an understanding of theoretical perspectives on race and social justice in relation to lived realities. You'll explore race, power and privilege along with detailed discussions of white power and privilege across different spaces, racism and intersectional oppression. You'll then focus on the power of the state and legislation, providing a critical reflection through interdisciplinary scholarship. This module will prepare you for engagement with race and social justice topics for your dissertation and/or if you want to pursue a career in a related field.
The module will expand your thinking around victimisation and consider this topic from a broader perspective, assessing societal responses to victimisation and who we consider to be a victim. You'll explore multiple crime types such as sexual and domestic violence, homicide, sex work, hate crime, financial crime and state crime, and you'll compare and contrast different theories and perspectives in relation to the concept of victimisation.
One of the key challenges to mainstream criminology is that it often fails to consider gender as a factor of criminal and deviant behaviour. Gender impacts all aspects of crime and criminal justice as well as the regulation of people’s actions. This module develops your knowledge and skills to assess the gendered nature of crime and deviance.
This module will allow you to analyse the relationship between youth, crime and justice by situating contemporary debates about youth offending and victimisation within historical and comparative perspective. You'll explore the different settings in which young people are involved in or affected by crime, including the home, the school, the street and online spaces.
Cybercrime is becoming more sophisticated and widespread, as an increasing number of crimes are carried out online or have a link to cyber-space, the internet or social media. This module will create a foundation for understanding different cybercrime areas. The students will be introduced to criminological theories, legal and methodological issues around various types of cybercrime.
This module introduces key questions in urban sociology and criminology and covers the main approaches which have developed in these fields. You'll be able to engage with the evolution of cities and what it implies for those who live in the communities, exploring questions of intra-urban inequalities, crime, disorder and social harm. At a time of planetary urbanisation, it's essential to engage with the complexity of the social institutions and the physical infrastructures that make up their fabric, considering questions around urban insecurity, gentrification and social housing in these debates.
This module will allow you 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. You'll consider how individuals and groups become involved in, and perpetuate, these problematic behaviours. You'll also consider the consequences for victims, government and justice responses, and approaches to prevention.
This module aims to synthesise learning from previous criminology modules and gives you the opportunity to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity; an inquiry-based approach, and the employment and application of research skills thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising.
You can choose to study this module OR Learning at Work
This module uses the workplace as a site of learning and inquiry. It supports the integration of theory and practice and provides opportunities to apply methods of inquiry to practice related problems in order to recommend solutions and improve work practice. You'll also be immersed in a process of reflection, cultivates knowledge of ethical and professional behaviours and builds some of the key understandings associated with the worker-researcher.
You can choose to study this module OR Dissertation
This module will allow you to explore the psychology of lifespan development using theoretical and research orientated approaches. You'll consider how psychological knowledge in the ways in which development can be investigated and observed can be undertaken from a variety of perspectives, as well as how it can be understood using models of cognitive, biological, socio-ecological, psychodynamic and developmental psychology. You'll also develop your understanding of how theoretical, empirical and personal examples arising in the fields of academia, research and clinical practice contribute to understanding of lifespan development and can be practically applied to lifespan investigation.
This module introduces the ways in which psychological theories and methods contribute to our understanding of elite sport performance. You'll gain an understanding in the psychological, behavioural and social determinants of elite sport performance and explore the applications of sport psychology, from a practitioners perspective, to working with skilled performers.
This module introduces the area of occupational psychology, particularly in relation to stress, motivation and work-life balance. You'll investigate theories which underlie stress with a strong focus on the role of stress in the workplace. You'll gain an understanding of work-life balance and the real-world applications of promoting good work-life balance. The topics will be covered in a variety of ways, allowing you to engage with some of the critical debates around area, ranging from the complexities surrounding the conceptualisation of work-life balance to the impact it can have on the health of employees, whilst also incorporating the role of the employer. You'll be able to critically engage with an emerging and increasingly popular area of occupational psychology. This optional module is ideal if you have an interest in occupational psychology, specifically the links between work and home life, and how psychology has helped to shape this discipline. Work based stress, motivation and work-life balance are all employment based topics and so the knowledge and undestanding you'll gain will be relevant beyond your degree especially if you're planning to go into Human Resources, Occupational Psychology or wish to pursue a postgraduate course in this area.
This module will introduce the core aspects of evolutionary theory. You'll understand the application of evolutionary theory to behaviour and be able to demonstrate how behaviour can be regarded as the product of biological evolution. You'll discuss how evolutionary approaches complement other frameworks and add another level of explanation to scientific understanding. You'll cover various evolutionary approaches including ethology, behavioural ecology and evolutionary psychology, and be able to discuss key findings and methodological differences.
This module considers the ‘big’ questions about intimate relationships. You'll take a scientific approach to investigating topics such as closeness, trust, love, partner selection, issues in relationships (conflict, betrayal, infidelity, jealousy and power) and relationship maintenance and dissolution (including separation and loss). You'll develop knowledge and understanding of theories and models of intimate relationships and the research that has contributed to this. With its emphasis on ‘science’, you'll go beyond the classic psychological approach of intimate relationships (e.g. theories of attachment, interpersonal attraction and love) to consider relevant theory and research from the broader behavioural sciences (e.g. evolutionary biology, physiology, cybernetics and artificial intelligence). You'll take a research and practice lead perspective and examine how theory, research tools and data have been translated into practice. You'll also have the opportunity to hear from practicing clinicians, bringing real world examples to illustrate theory. This module is ideal for those who wish to further their understanding into how and why intimate relationships are a defining feature of human experience.
This module introduces music psychology. This new field studying human psychological responses to music includes emotion regulation, cognitive benefits, inter-personal coordination and empathy. The study of music as part of human communication and cognition has long eluded the psychological disciplines, yet music is universal. In the last twenty years the amount of published studies and applications has blossomed, making music psychology a very topical area with significant ramifications in educational and rehabilitative contexts as well as health, wellbeing and developmental disorders. The module also introduces aspects of music as they have been studied within different psychological fields, including behavioural neuroscience.
This module will develop your ability to understand the application of therapeutic theory to clinical practice. You'll advance your capacity for reflection and critical analysis in relation to working with mental health issues. In doing so, you'll demonstrate the application of theory in order to formulate clinical material based on clinical case studies. You'll be introduced to critical consideration of various psychological intervention strategies in relation to clinical case studies as well as to the inner workings of everyday therapeutic practice through the lived experiences of practising clinicians (e.g. the module leaders). Further examples will be given in class in the form of case studies and role-play.
This module will develop your understanding of how theoretical, empirical and personal examples arising in the fields of academia, research and clinical practice contribute to understanding life experience and psychology. You'll be encouraged to think reflectively about the psychological relevance of social norms, expectations, stereotypes and issues of personal identity and nurture on life experience and development.
This module will enable you to undertake comparative criminal justice analysis across jurisdictions. You'll learn how to justify the relevance and importance of the data used in a country (case) study approach. The module takes a comparative approach to understand the similarities and differences in criminal justice systems, penal policy, sentencing approaches and ‘cultures of punishment’ across jurisdictions.
This module gives you the unique experience of studying alongside people accommodated in prison. You'll use the criminal justice system as a point of reference to examine contemporary issues and debates relating to crime control and theories of punishment, in which ideas of rehabilitation, system reform, and social justice are embedded.
This module will develop your understanding in a range of digital and visual methods for conducting research and analysing data primarily through digital ethnography, semiotics and content analysis. You'll begin to look at innovative digital methodologies that are being developed in order to study digital media problems from a methodological and ethical position. You'll gain the practical skills needed to undertake visual and digital research and the knowledge to do this in an ethical way; useful for work and study environments in the future.
This module will allow you to critically review sociological perspectives on gender and sexuality. Drawing upon a range of theoretical frameworks, you'll critically review the ways in which gender and sexuality have been positioned within sociology. You'll be encouraged to critically analyse everyday experiences using theoretical material. You'll explore the ways in which gender and sexuality are intertwined with race, religion, age, dis/ability, class as well as other categories, and enables you to draw on sociological theory to evaluate the social world.
This module provides a critical understanding of violence as an organised form of action involving both state and non-state actors. From the work of the likes of Marx, Tilly, Mann, Arendt and Fanon, organised violence emerged as a key element in modern state-building, in Western countries and the global South. You'll look at how, in today’s world, organised violence is equally central, not only to the forging of political entities but also to their reproduction. You should choose to study this module if you want to work in human rights, conflict and peace, and terrorism areas.
This module aims to discuss the dynamics of violence from a gender-informed perspective, how it is used by perpetrators, controlled, and used to control. The module highlights the interconnections between violence, gender, sexuality and crime, and illustrates the blurred boundaries between interpersonal, self-inflicted, community and structural violence.
This module enables you to evaluate the various interventions used to reform or rehabilitate offenders. You'll critically assess key agencies involved in rehabilitation and punishment, analysing the experiences of those subject to community justice. You'll also learn to critically analyse the various barriers to successful re-entry, desistance and rehabilitation of lawbreakers and the role risk plays in assessing offenders.
This module provides an overview of models of investigation from a theoretical and practical perspective. You'll critically examine existing and evolving legislation, policies, processes and developments in investigative practice. You'll explore the role of investigations as a fact-finding exercise and the search for ‘truth’ within criminal, civil and administrative justice contexts.
This module will facilitate your critical engagement with crimes of the powerful, defined as illegal conducts perpetrated by offenders who hold an exorbitant degree of resources (both material and symbolic) as well as power when compared to those they victimise. The module follows the tradition of study established by Edwin Sutherland. However, the focus moves from the generic interest in white collar crime onto the crimes of the powerful (or power crimes).
This module uses the workplace as a site of learning and professional development. It fosters the growth of key employability skills and a critical understanding of work place policies and practices. A central theme of this module is reflective practice and you'll be encouraged to engage in a process of action and reflection. You'll be supported in the meaningful integration of theoretical knowledge and placement practice as well as a critical awareness of ethical and professional behaviours. You'll gain a range of skills and knowledge useful for further studies and employment.
This module introduces the key theoretical perspectives surrounding mental health and offending. You'll gain a familiarity with the key legislation, policy and practice in this area. You'll also develop a practical understanding of the current legal framework and service provision in England for ‘mentally disordered offenders’, and be able to critically evaluate the key debates and controversies in the field.
This module will allow you to examine the relevant theories, literature and public discourses surrounding the concept of children as victims and the child protection system. You'll learn about the range of challenges surrounding child protection, including situations leading to failures in multi-agency approaches, child safety and protection strategies.
This module introduces the key debates in drugs policy, particularly focusing on the interface with the criminal justice system. You'll develop your abilities to critically analyse and evaluate the laws, policies and institutions of drugs control and their social, political and economic contexts.
The module will give you an in-depth approach to cybercrime challenges from a criminological cyber-security perspective. You'll be introduced to specific cybercrime methods, pathways and platforms as well as cyber-security responses in relation to financial, personal and political cybercrime.
Gangs and youth violence are a ‘hot’ topic in the media and a major concern of government and police, and joint enterprise has emerged as a significant issue of justice. Drawing on a rich history of gang research and theory, you'll explore debates over how these social problems should be understood and addressed.
This module explores a green perspective on crime and criminal justice as well as the implications of crime and criminal behaviour involving the environment and non-human animals. You'll explore perspectives on green criminology as a sub-discipline of criminology and examine crimes against the environment, crimes against animals, corporate environmental harm and ecological justice and species justice.
This module explores and critiques the globalisation of crime and the extent to which a ‘globalised’ response to transnational crime exists. You'll discuss, evaluate, engage and critically analyse various topics including corruption (corporate and public), democracy, legitimacy, the drugs trade, arms trade, and smuggling and trafficking in humans and body parts.
See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:
Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
BA Criminology with Psychology
Studying Criminology with Psychology at Middlesex was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The course from start to finish was interesting, engaging and challenging, and I gained invaluable skills throughout the course and made friends with other like-minded individuals! We also had some fascinating speakers come and engage with us, such as Metropolitan police superintendents, a reformed ex-gang member, and social service professionals, who we could ask questions and refine our knowledge with.
The academic assistants and course leaders that have also helped me aim high and achieve my potential have been an essential component throughout my degree, and have always been an email or conversation away from getting invaluable and tailored help.
It is also really sad to near the end of a fabulous three years, but they have been such fun and testing times which have enabled me to constantly challenge myself to achieve as high as I can. I will cherish my University days dearly.
We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.
Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.
Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.
At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.
Start: October 2023
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement, 4 years part-time
Start: September 2023
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement, 5-6 years part-time