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UDCRIPSY - BSc Criminology and Psychology

Course Specification


Validation status Validated
Highest award Bachelor of Science Level Honours
Possible interim awards Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Bachelor of Science
Total credits for course 360
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School School of Social Sciences
Subject Area Criminology and Sociology
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time    
Part-time    
Course leader  

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

The course is delivered through a range of pedagogic methods including formal lectures, seminars, workshops, project-based research activity and individual tutorials held in staff office hours. There is an emphasis upon the link between teaching and research so that staff research provides the basis for teaching on a range of modules.

The course integrates face-to-face with online learning. All modules use Weblearn/Blackboard facilities making key information available and also providing a convenient place for handbook information, calendars and class announcements. Some modules, for example Researching Crime and Deviance, focus specifically on the development of CIT skills. The course will also progressively examine ways of further developing the link between face-to-face and online learning as ideas and technology develop, and as resources permit. The course encourages contact between students and tutors and, in the course of this, encourages active learning. CIT and other media are used to encourage collaboration among students.

Course aims

The course aims to:

  1. provide a specialist programme within Psychology and an understanding of the historical and cultural specificity of the categories of crime and justice
  2. to engage students in the critical evaluation of a range of criminological and psychological theories
  3. enable students to demonstrate a grasp of the relation between theory and research methods within both psychological and criminological investigation
  4. to provide a programme that ensures that students develop an in-depth grasp of key areas and approaches in both disciplines
  5. offer the opportunity to explore specialist areas of interest culminating in the production of an in-depth piece of independent research at level 6
  6. to ensure that the wide range of skills that students develop may be generalised to a broader context.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry within Criminology and Psychology
  2. devise and sustain arguments, and/or solve problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of Criminology and/or Psychology
  3. describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, in Criminology and Psychology, recognising the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge
  4. manage their own learning, and make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources (for example, refereed research articles and/or original materials appropriate to Criminology and Psychology
  5. apply the methods and techniques they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects
  6. critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts, and data (that may be incomplete), make judgments, and frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution, or identify a range of solutions, to a problem
  7. communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
  8. exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts
  9. undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.

Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference

- Deploy accurately established techniques of
analysis and enquiry within Criminology and
Psychology:

SC4000 Introduction to Criminological Theory
(I)
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime (P)
SC5000 Crime in Context (P)
SC6000 Crime Control and Penology (A)
SC6001 Justice Punishment and Social Control
(A)
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice (A)
PC4002 Individual Differences and Social
Psychology 1 (I)
PC4003 Cognitive and Developmental
Psychology 1 (I)
PC5002 Individual Differences and Social
Psychology 2 (P)
PC5003 Cognitive and Developmental
Psychology 2 (P)
PC6002 Counselling, Health and Abnormal
Psychology (A)
PC6003 Work Psychology and Applied
Decision Making (P)
PC6P53 Psychology Joint Project (A)
PC6003 Applied Social and Developmental
Psychology (A)
PC6051 Forensic Psychology (A)

- Devise and sustain arguments, and/or solve
problems, using ideas and techniques, some of
which are at the forefront of Criminology and/or
Psychology:

SC4000 Introduction to Criminological Theory
(I) SC4001 Introduction to the Criminal Justice
System (I)
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime (P)
SC5002 Perspectives on Policing (P)
SC5050 Crime, Technology and Media (P)
SC6000 Crime Control and Penology (A)
SC6052 Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (A)
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice (A)
SC6P03 Criminology and Psychology Project
(A)
PC4002 Individual Differences and Social
Psychology 1 (I)
PC4003 Cognitive and Developmental
Psychology 1 (I)
PC5002 Individual Differences and Social
Psychology 2 (P)
PC5003 Cognitive and Developmental
Psychology 2 (P)
PC6002 Counselling, Health and Abnormal
Psychology (A)
PC6003 Work Psychology and Applied
Decision Making (P)
PC6P53 Psychology Joint Project (A)
PC6003 Applied Social and Developmental
Psychology (A)
PC6051 Forensic Psychology (A)

- Describe and comment upon particular aspects
of current research, or equivalent advanced
scholarship, in Criminology and Psychology,
recognising the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits
of knowledge:

SC4001 Introduction to the Criminal Justice
System (I)
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime (P)
SC5000 Crime in Context (P)
SC5051 Youth, Crime and Violence (P)
SC6000 Crime Control and Penology (A)
SC6051 Serious and Serial Offenders (A)
SC6052 Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (A)
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice (A)
SC6P03 Criminology and Psychology Project
(A)
SC6P03 Criminology and Psychology Project
(A)
PC4002 Individual Differences and Social
Psychology 1 (I)
PC4003 Cognitive and Developmental
Psychology 1 (I)
PC5002 Individual Differences and Social
Psychology 2 (P)
PC5003 Cognitive and Developmental
Psychology 2 (P)
PC6002 Counselling, Health and Abnormal
Psychology (A)
PC6003 Work Psychology and Applied
Decision Making (P)
PC6P53 Psychology Joint Project (A)
PC6003 Applied Social and Developmental
Psychology (A)
PC6051 Forensic Psychology (A)

- Manage their own learning, and make use of
scholarly reviews and primary sources (for
example, refereed research articles and/or
original materials appropriate to Criminology
and Psychology:

SC4001 Introduction to the Criminal Justice
System (I)
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime (P)
SC5000 Crime in Context (P)
SC6000 Crime Control and Penology (P)
SC6051 Serious and Serial Offenders (A)
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice (A)
SC6P03 Criminology and Psychology Project
(A)
PC6P53 Psychology Joint Project (A)

- Apply the methods and techniques they have
learned to review, consolidate, extend and
apply their knowledge and understanding, and
to initiate and carry out projects:

SC4001 Introduction to the Criminal Justice
System (I)
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime (P)
SC5051 Youth, Crime and Violence (P)
SC5050 Crime, Media and Technology (P)
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice (A)
SC6P03 Criminology and Psychology Project
(A)
PC5002 Individual Differences and Social
Psychology 2 (P)
PC5003 Cognitive and Developmental
Psychology 2 (P)
PC6002 Counselling, Health and Abnormal
Psychology (A)
PC6003 Work Psychology and Applied
Decision Making (P)
PC6P53 Psychology Joint Project (A)
PC6003 Applied Social and Developmental
Psychology (A)
PC6051 Forensic Psychology (A)

- Critically evaluate arguments, assumptions,
abstract concepts, and data (that may be
incomplete), make judgments, and frame
appropriate questions to achieve a solution, or
identify a range of solutions, to a problem:

SC4000 Introduction to Criminological Theory
(I) SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime
(P) SC5000 Crime in Context (P)
SC5002 Perspectives on Policing (P)
SC6001 Justice, Punishment and Social
Control (A)
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice (A)
SC6P03 Criminology and Psychology Project
(A)
PC5002 Individual Differences and Social
Psychology 2 (P)
PC5003 Cognitive and Developmental
Psychology 2 (P)
PC6002 Counselling, Health and Abnormal
Psychology (A)
PC6003 Work Psychology and Applied
Decision Making (P)
PC6P53 Psychology Joint Project (A)
PC6003 Applied Social and Developmental
Psychology (A)
PC6051 Forensic Psychology (A)

- Communicate information, ideas, problems and
solutions to both specialist and non-specialist
audiences:

SC4001 Introduction to the Criminal Justice
System (I)
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime (P)
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice (A)
SC6P03 Criminology and Psychology Project
(A)
PC6P53 Psychology Joint Project (A)

- Exercise initiative and personal responsibility,
including decision-making in complex and
unpredictable contexts:

SC4001 Introduction to the Criminal Justice
System (I)
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime (P)
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice (A)
SC6P03 Criminology and Psychology Project
(A)
PC6P53 Psychology Joint Project (A)

- Undertake appropriate further training of a
professional or equivalent nature:

SC4001 Introduction to the Criminal Justice
System (I)
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime (P)
SC5002 Perspectives on Policing (P)
SC6000 Crime Control and Penology (A)
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice (A)
SC6P03 Criminology and Psychology Project
(A)
PC6P53 Psychology Joint Project (A)
PC6002 Counselling, Health and Abnormal
Psychology (A)
PC6003 Work Psychology and Applied
Decision Making (P)
PC6051 Forensic Psychology (A)

Principle QAA benchmark statements

QAA statement for Criminology

QAA statement for Psychology

(http://www.qaa.ac.uk/AssuringStandardsAndQuality/subject-guidance/Pages/Honours-degree-benchmark-statements.aspx)

Assessment strategy

Students are assessed through a combination of essays, module-specific research projects, seen and unseen examinations and an individual largely self-directed project at level 6. At level 4 assessments seek to encourage students to specify and describe theories and institutions. At level 5 assessments require students to extend and critically to evaluate the knowledge they have encountered. Students at this level are also required to produce research reports including data analysis and interpretation. At level 6 assessments test students’ critical knowledge of applied areas of Criminology and Psychology and their ability to think and research independently.

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

There are opportunities for students to study for part of their degree in another European country. ERASMUS is part of the European Union SOCRATES programme for cooperation in the field of education. Under ERASMUS the university has student exchange agreements with 16 different European countries.

Course specific regulations

1 In order to qualify for the award of a BSc (Honours) Psychology a student must

(a) satisfy the requirements for the award of an Honours degree as specified in the University’s Undergraduate Regulations and

(b ) have passed each of the following modules:

PC4001 Studying Psychology
PC4002 Individual Differences and Social Psychology 1
PC4003 Cognitive and Developmental Psychology 1
PC4004 Biological and Experimental Psychology

PC5001 Research Design and Analysis in Psychology
PC5002 Individual Differences and Social Psychology 2
PC5003 Cognitive and Developmental Psychology 2
PC5004 Biological and Evolutionary Psychology

PC6P01 Project

2. Students must comply with the British Psychological Society's ethical standards in any course-related activity or assessment. These are covered in the following key documents
http://www.bps.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/code_of_human_research_ethics.pdf
http://www.bps.org.uk/system/files/Public%20files/inf206-guidelines-for-internet-mediated-research.pdf
Failure to comply with appropriate ethical standards, including failure to follow the University’s or School of Psychology’s specific procedures for gaining ethical approval, will result in an allegation of academic misconduct.

If attendance falls below 75% on a module, reassessment opportunities will not be available and instead the module will have to be retaken the following year with attendance and payment of fees. Mitigating circumstances cannot be claimed for missed classes; however Module Leaders will take account of absences that are a consequence of recorded disability or otherwise recorded as 'Authorised Absence' when applying the 75% threshold.

Modules required for interim awards

See the course structure

Career opportunities

A combined degree in criminology and psychology is useful in a variety of professions including policing, social work, the probation service, human resources, victim support services and local authority research.

Graduates often undertake further postgraduate academic study or vocational training.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National or Advanced Diploma)
  • GCSE English grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

Applications are welcome from mature students who have passed appropriate access or other preparatory courses or have appropriate work experience.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2013/14 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 01 Sep 2013 Last validation date 01 Sep 2013  
Sources of funding HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND
JACS codes L300 (Sociology): 50% , C800 (Psychology): 50%
Route code CRIPSY

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 04 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
PC4006 Personality and Social Psychology Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU PM
PC4007 Cognitive and Developmental Psychology Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI AM
SC4000 Introduction to Criminological Theory Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM FRI AM
          NORTH AUT+SPR THU AM
SC4001 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI PM
          NORTH SPR+SUM THU AM

Stage 2 Level 05 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
PC5005 Individual Differences and Social Psychology Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON AM
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON AM
          NORTH AUT+SPR MON PM
PC5006 Developmental Psychology and Cognition Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI PM
PC5050 Psychology and Employment Option 15 NORTH AUT+SPR MON PM
SC5000 Crime in Context Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU PM
SC5002 Perspectives on Policing Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI AM
SC5050 Crime, Media and Technology Option 15 NORTH AUT FRI PM
SC5051 Youth, Crime and Violence Option 15 NORTH SPR FRI PM
XK0000 Extension of Knowledge Module Option 15 NORTH SPR    
          NORTH AUT    

Stage 3 Level 06 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SC6W51 Criminology Work Experience Core 15 NORTH SPR TUE PM
PC6006 Clinical and Health Psychology Alt Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON AM
PC6051 Forensic Psychology Alt Core 15 NORTH SPR MON PM
PC6054 Counseling Psychology Alt Core 15 NORTH AUT WED AM
PC6055 Psychology of Learning and Education Alt Core 15 NORTH SPR WED AM
PC6056 Work Psychology Alt Core 15 NORTH SPR THU PM
PC6059 Social and Cultural Psychology Alt Core 15 NORTH SPR NA  
PC6060 Cognition and Emotion Alt Core 15 NORTH AUT MON PM
SC6000 Crime Control and Penology Alt Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI PM
SC6004 Social Control, Drugs and Organised Crime Alt Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED AM
          NORTH AUT+SPR MON AM
SC6P00 Criminology Project Alt Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE PM
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice Alt Core 15 NORTH SPR FRI AM
SC6051 Serious and Serial Offenders Option 15 NORTH AUT THU PM
SC6052 Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Option 15 NORTH SPR THU PM
SC6053 Victims and Crime Option 15 NORTH AUT TUE AM
SS6006 Gender and Sexuality Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU PM