Criminology and Criminal Justice with Psychology BA (Hons)

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About the course

The Criminology and Criminal Justice with Psychology Degree will give you a broad understanding of the causes, legal framework and responses to crime, while providing the opportunity to combine it with the study of human psychology.

It helps you to develop an understanding of professional practice, risk management and policy development across the criminal justice sector.

The first year provides a foundation across all aspects of criminology and criminal justice, which will be further developed in the second and third years.

In psychology you will focus on different perspectives to gain a broad understanding of the discipline.

The first year provides a foundation across core…

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About the course

The Criminology and Criminal Justice with Psychology Degree will give you a broad understanding of the causes, legal framework and responses to crime, while providing the opportunity to combine it with the study of human psychology.

It helps you to develop an understanding of professional practice, risk management and policy development across the criminal justice sector.

The first year provides a foundation across all aspects of criminology and criminal justice, which will be further developed in the second and third years.

In psychology you will focus on different perspectives to gain a broad understanding of the discipline.

The first year provides a foundation across core areas, with a focus on personality and social psychology in the second year; which is further enhanced in the final year with a wide range of optional modules.

Reasons why you should choose to study Criminology and Criminal Justice with Psychology Degree at DMU
  • One of the few criminology courses in the UK which is practice-based, so your expertise can be transferred directly to the workplace
  • Benefit from the experience and expertise offered across the two complementary disciplines
  • Develop an extensive range of transferable and analytical skills that are directly applicable to your employability
  • 94 per cent of Psychology students rated an overall satisfaction with the quality of their course in the recent National Students Survey
  • Academic staff with links to the British Society of Criminology, and the British Psychological Society will keep you up-to-date with contemporary issues and debates
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Key facts

UCAS course code: L3C8

Duration: Three years full-time

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

2013/2014 UCAS Points Minimum of 260 points

GCSEs
  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English. Plus one of the following:
Alevels
  • Normally with at least 160 points from 2 A levels with a specified subject** at grade C or above
BTEC
  • BTEC National Diploma - with Distinction/Merit/Merit (280) points
  • BTEC National Certificate - only in combination with other accepted qualifications
  • BTEC National Award - only in combination with other accepted qualifications
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (3 A2s) - BTEC with Distinction/Merit/Merit (280) points
  • BTEC Diploma (2 A2s) - Distinction*/Distinction
  • BTEC 90 credit Diploma - only in combination with other accepted qualifications
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (1 A2) - only in combination with other accepted qualifications
  • BTEC certificate (1 A1) - only in combination with other accepted qualifications
Access Course

Pass. English and Maths GCSE equivalency required, 12 level 2 credits in each subject.

Interview: No

Work Experience: No

International Baccalaureate: 28+

International Students:
If English is not your first language, we require an English language level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Personal Statement selection criteria

  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence
  • If relevant for the course - work and life experience

Teaching and assessment

Our staff undertake national and international research, which is incorporated into our teaching. Projects include:
  • Research into the use of fantasy media by internet sexual offenders
  • Research into probation training in Europe and development of a curriculum
  • European research into victim empowerment, risk assessment and multi-agency safety planning

Timetabled, taught time is 12–14 hours per week, which includes lectures, workshops and seminars and personal tutorials. You are expected to engage in an additional 24–26 hours independent study each week, and you will be allocated a personal tutor. Assessment methods include essays, group and individual presentations, research, exams and case study projects.

Course modules

The first year focuses on providing a foundation across all aspects of criminology and criminal justice which will be developed in the second and third years. Modules such as Introduction to Criminology, Penal Policy and Victimology provide a theoretical underpinning that is applied to crime and criminal justice issues.

In psychology you will focus on a range of different perspectives to gain a broad understanding of the discipline. In the first year you will gain a foundation across core areas, with a focus on personality and social psychology in the second year. In the final year you will be offered a wide range of optional modules such as:
  • Criminological and Forensic Psychology
  • Psychology and Education
  • Psychology of Addiction.

First year

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Diversity, Values and Ethics
  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • Study and Research Skills
  • Core Areas in Psychology

Second year

  • Research for Practice
  • Crime, Risk and Community Safety
  • Punishment and Society
  • Personality and Intelligence
  • Social Psychology

Third year

  • Dissertation
  • Young People and the Criminal Justice System
  • Theory, Policy and Practice
  • Criminological and Forensic Psychology
  • Plus a psychology option module

Industry links and professional accreditation

Our teaching is shaped and informed, not only by our practitioner-based academic staff, but by professionals who work in the sector. We work closely with the Police and other local authorities to ensure you receive the most up-to-date, relevant information.

Work experience and placements

We have one of the largest groupings of practice-based criminologists in the country, helping you develop the knowledge and skills required to work within the criminal justice sector.

Volunteering and research opportunities, develop your practical and professional skills, and enhance your employability upon graduation, and are available in local criminal justice agencies, including prison, probation, youth offending services, and victim support. Students are also encouraged to visit the local magistrates’ courts and prisons.

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Graduate careers

Graduates find work in a number of fields, including policing, teaching, youth justice, social work, community safety and crime prevention, victim support, prison, probation, and drug and alcohol services.

We also offer a range of postgraduate opportunities, to continue your professional development.

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Fees and funding


UK/EU Full-time £9000 Part Time 2013/14 4 Year Course £5925 6 Year Course £3950 Per Module (15 Credits) £988 International
Full-time Band 1 £10,750 Band 2 £11,250

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Scholarships

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Facilities

Investment of £8 million in our first-class teaching and learning facilities helps develop your practical experience and enhances your employability.

DMU’s award winning library is well stocked with a range of education books, journals, e-journals, videos and DVDs and is open 24 hours a day for independent and group study.
The Psychology department offers two dedicated computer laboratories, six well-equipped research cubicles, interview rooms and an observation suite.

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