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Psychology with Criminology BSc Honours

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October 2018
3 years full-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Nicholas LeBoutillier

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.

Why study BSc Psychology with Criminology at Middlesex University?

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.

Course highlights

  • We are proud to offer some of the UK's best student facilities within our award-winning Hatchcroft Building, which include psycho-physiology, social observation, virtual reality and auditory cognition laboratories
  • Our course is accredited by the British Psychological Society; you gain the highest level of industry standard training
  • We offer a year-long, paid-work placement option between Year 2 and Year 3, related to counselling, clinical, education, health or forensic psychology. You will be exempt from paying tuition fees
  • Upon successful graduation you can apply for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership to the British Psychology Society, a crucial step for those to pursue psychology postgraduate study
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BSc Psychology with Criminology Degree?

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.

What will you gain?

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.


  • Year 1

    • Explaining Crime (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is designed to introduce the major theoretical perspectives that have emerged in the discipline of Criminology over the past 200 - 300 years and enable you 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 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.

    • Foundation Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the five core areas of Psychology as set down by the BPS, Cognitive, Social, Biological Basis, Developmental and Individual Differences. In addition, you 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.

    • Psychological Data Analysis (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the statistical and qualitative analysis as they are employed in psychological research. You will gain experience in a range of analytic techniques and learn to use relevant software. You will also be required to engage in extensive hands-on computer use to develop skills in data collection, input and analysis, using SPSS.

    • Research Methods and Design in Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to introduce the principles and practice of quantitative and qualitative psychological research. You 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. You will also have opportunities to develop skills in the dissemination of research results with the conventions, styles and critical approach of academic work.

  • Year 2

    • Applied Psychology and Research Methods Ethics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module enables you to understand, evaluate and conduct applied psychological research to recognise how research design relates to research questions. You will gain skills in a variety of analytical methods and will be enabled to conduct ethical psychological research utilising quantitative qualitative methods. The module provides the foundation for interpretation critical discussion of published psychological research.

    • Biological Cognitive Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to give 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, you 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.

    • Developmental Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to give you an overview of the current research and core theoretical aspects of developmental psychology. In addition to the main topics, you 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.

    • Institutions of Criminal Justice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces key criminal justice institutions and agencies, and you will gain 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, you 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.

  • Year 3

    • Applied Social Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to explore the application of psychology to social problems in the areas of crime, conflict and violence, considering individual, group and social factors. It considers how individuals and groups become involved in, and perpetuate, these problematic behaviours, and considers the consequences for victims, government and justice responses, and approaches to prevention. The module aims to extend your understanding of social psychology through its application to social problems facing modern societies, and develop your aptitude for identifying pathways for social change through the understanding the psychological processes implicated in social problems.

    • Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      You will pursue independent study with a designated supervisor on a topic not offered in-depth among the normal range of modules. You 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 you to develop your methodological and statistical knowledge acquired through previous research methods training. You will develop your competence in the production of coherent written reports which are clearly presented and which have an analytic and critical orientation. This module will also provide the opportunity for you to become competent and self-sufficient researchers.

    • Social Psychology and Individual Differences (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop the depth and breadth of your understanding of theory and research in social psychology and personality psychology. You will be introduced to the social dimension of human psychology, through topic-focused lectures combined with small-group collaborative research projects. You 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.

    • Forensic Mental Health and Offending (30 credits) - Optional

      The module begins by introducing you to the variety of different ways in which mental health has been classified, understood and responded to. You will 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 module will enable you 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 using key case studies including severe personality disorder and drug misuse.

    • Homicide and Serious Crime Investigation (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will introduce 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 your 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.

    • Organised Crime and Corporate Offenders (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will introduce the critical debates on Organised Crime and Corporate Offenders. You will become acquainted with the issues of defining these areas of criminality and the problems of conducting meaningful research. The module 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.

    • Violent Crime (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to discuss the dynamics of interpersonal violence and its control. This module will enable you to explore and learn about the social and spatial parameters of violent crime; the probable 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 can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

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How can the BSc Psychology with Criminology support your career?

This degree prepares you for a multitude of careers and professionals. Previous students have forged a range of rewarding careers within the criminal justice system as chartered forensic psychologists, counsellors, social workers and academics. 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.

You could find a successful career in many varying roles such as a Clinical Support Worker, Professional Ambassador, Expert Community Support Officer, Support Worker, and also in sales. Typical employers include:

  • Met Police
  • Home Office
  • the security industry
  • Her Majesty's Prisons
  • local authorities
  • Oaklands College
  • Middlesex University
  • Institute of Psychiatry
  • MHRA

Additionally, you could continue your studies into an MSc Psychology or an MSc Forensic Psychology. You might be eligible to apply for BPS accredited Masters & Doctoral programmes which can lead to careers such as a Forensic Psychologist.

What support is available?

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.

  • Mathilde Bouedron

    Psychology with Criminology BSc student

    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.

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    Jessica Faulkner

    Psychology with Criminology BSc graduate

    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.

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