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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
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.

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

Demonstrate confidence, resilience, ambition and creativity and will act as inclusive, collaborative and socially responsible practitioners/professionals in their discipline.

Course aims

This course features core modules from both criminology and psychology so that graduates will have developed key skills and knowledge from both disciplines. The course includes core modules where students learn research methods, how to analyse and read data, as well as core substantive modules where students learn around key issues as well as critical skills. In the second year there is the option of studying a module from outside of criminology and psychology which can broaden students’ knowledge. Finally, all students much complete a final year research project where as well as gaining research skills they also gain detailed knowledge on a topic of their choice

Course learning outcomes

The following learning outcomes incorporate and depend on systematic understanding of the key aspects of the knowledge base of Criminology and Psychology, including a coherent and detailed knowledge of some specialist areas in depth.

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 to solve problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of Criminology and 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 to 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 that 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), to make judgements, and to 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

Please check the latest Course Handbook for further information.

Principle QAA benchmark statements


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

During the 3rd year there is a core work placement module

Course specific regulations

Part-time structure

Year 1: Level Four
SC4000 (30 credits)
PC4053 (15 credits)
PC4054 (15 credits
SC4006 (30 credits)
PC4053 (15 credits)
PC4054 (15 credits)

Year 2: Level Four
SC4001 (30 credits)
PC4052 (15 credits)
PC4055 (15 credits)
SC4001 (30 credits)
PC4052 (15 credits)
PC4055 (15 credits)

Year 3: Level Five
SC5001 (30 credits)
PC5056 (15 credits)
PC5067 (15 credits)

Year 4: Level Five
SC5000 (30 credits)
PC5055 (15 credits)
PC5054 (15 credits)

Year 5: Level Six
SC6000 (30 credits)
SC6051 (15 credits)
PC6051 (15 credits)

Year 6: Level Six
SC6P00 (30 credits)
PC6054 (15 credits)
PC6070 (15 credits)

Modules required for interim awards

At level 6 students must complete at least 2 30-credit modules and a total of at least 30 credits of modules labelled as Alternative core (3)

Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development

In the first year students begin processes of personal development planning in core modules and start to build up a record of achievements. They are encouraged to reflect in workshop contexts and individually on specifically what they have learned from modules and the ways in which this knowledge may be used in, or applied to, the wider social world. Specific modules focussed on research methodologies provide a forum in which students reflect upon their practice as researchers, its ethical dimensions and the ways in which this practice may be applied to solving problems in the context of volunteering activity and/or employment. Self-directed project research at level 6 provides an opportunity for students to consolidate this reflection, bringing together particular substantive areas of interest with methodological issues and considering how this might provide a basis for their further self-development and contribution to the wider social world in the future.

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 or above (or equivalent)

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

If you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Criminology, Policing and Law Extended Degree (including Foundation Year) BSc (Hons).

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  
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        
PC4007 Cognitive and Developmental Psychology Core 30        
SC4000 Introduction to Criminological Theory Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU AM
SC4001 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI PM

Stage 1 Level 04 January start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
PC4006 Personality and Social Psychology Core 30        
PC4007 Cognitive and Developmental Psychology Core 30        
SC4000 Introduction to Criminological Theory Core 30        
SC4001 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System Core 30 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        
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED PM
PC5006 Developmental Psychology and Cognition Option 30        
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
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 FRI AM
SC6P00 Criminology Project Alt Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED PM
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice Alt Core 15 NORTH SPR WED AM
PC6009 Special Topics in Personality and Social Psycho... Option 15 NORTH SPR TUE AM
PC6051 Forensic Psychology Option 15 NORTH SPR MON PM
PC6054 Counseling Psychology Option 15 NORTH AUT WED AM
PC6055 Psychology of Learning and Education Option 15        
PC6056 Work Psychology Option 15 NORTH AUT THU AM
PC6060 Cognition and Emotion Option 15 NORTH AUT MON PM
PC6070 Health Psychology Option 15 NORTH SPR MON AM
PC6071 Clinical Psychology Option 15 NORTH AUT MON 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 PM
SC6W51 Criminology Work Experience Option 15 NORTH SPR WED PM
SS6006 Gender and Sexuality Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU PM