Criminology and Psychology (BSc Hons)

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Our criminology courses are in the UK top 20, rank 3rd in the UK for course satisfaction and 7th for graduate prospects according to the Guardian University Guide 2020.

Focus on knowledge and skills relevant to the real world. Examine the causes of offending behaviour, the effects of crime on victims and the operation of the criminal justice system. From studying international crime in Canada to examining street offences with Gloucestershire Police, you’ll graduate well-prepared for a career in forensic psychology or the criminal justice system.

You’ll be taught by expert lecturers, including a leading homicide expert who advises the government, works with the police and makes regular media appearances, and Chartered Forensic Psychologists with a wealth of practice experience.

The degree is designed as a single coherent course, with lecturers with expertise in criminology and psychology working together to integrate insights from the two disciplines. You’ll have the flexibility to shape your own syllabus to suit your future plans, whether that’s qualifying as a forensic psychologist or joining the police service.

The course has a focus on practical, real world knowledge, and offers opportunities to work on real-world projects – from identifying homicide risks with our Homicide Research Group to examining street crime with Gloucestershire Police as part of our Student Community Patrol. You’ll have opportunities to gain real-world experience through an internship, and to see the bigger picture with an international field trip.

In your first year you’ll be given a firm grounding in both criminology and psychology, including the criminal justice system and the role of the psychologist in the system, and the foundations of research and theory in the social sciences. In the second and third years you will have the opportunity to specialise your learning through optional modules such as Crime Science, Forensic Psychology, Policing in the Community, and Psychology of Wellbeing.

You’ll also develop advanced skills in research design and analysis, directing your own research in an area that interests you. Throughout the syllabus you will be develop high-level skills and expertise to match your interests and career goals.

This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). By following the accredited route through the programme you’ll achieve the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership, your first step to becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

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Study style

Learning takes place through lectures, seminars, and workshops, and also through practical exercises such as crime scene analyses, simulated forensic investigations, fieldwork and research projects. Assessments include crime scene reports, forensic reports, case studies, blogs and portfolios as well as traditional essays and exams.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Crimes against Humanity' to 'Understanding the Criminal Mind'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

112 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.


See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-timeMC98


Graduates will be well equipped for a range of careers in psychology, criminal justice and policing, as well as related areas such as teaching and health and social care. Specific careers, which may require further training, include policing, the probation and prison services, victim support, crime analysis, and forensic, clinical and educational psychology.

Our partnership with the Ministry of Justice and the associated mentoring scheme have been shortlisted as finalists for excellence in career and employability service engagement (Target Jobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2020 -

Industry links

Our students benefit from our links with a wide range of organisations, through opportunities to participate in projects and complete internships to learning about real world relevance through guest lectures. These organisations include Gloucestershire Constabulary, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire, Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse, Thames Valley Anti-terrorism Unit, Youth Justice Services, Police Service Northern Ireland, the HM Prison Service, and Gloucester City Safe. Our students also work with Restorative Gloucestershire and Community Restorative Justice Ireland to develop skills in restorative justice.

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Staff Profile

Di Catherwood

"My research was focused for many years on infant cognition but recently I have studied adult cognition and decision-making in real-world contexts and also in laboratory studies of brain activity. My research has been funded by grants from ESRC, British Academy, Welcome Trust, as well as a MoD Competition of ideas, and recently by an Erasmus Plus grant with colleagues in Fire Services in UK and Europe. My research with the Fire Services examines fireground decision-making and situational awareness and this work has been awarded two research prizes as well as an Emerald Publishing Literati award."

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Focus on knowledge and skills relevant to the real world

Develop skills for employment in forensic settings where you could work with offenders, victims and crime-related material. Apply your knowledge through projects with the police, community groups, restorative justice agencies, and psychology consultancies.

Choose your modules based on your interests and career goals

You can choose from a wide range of optional modules to shape your degree to suit your interests and future plans. Example modules include Crimes Against Humanity, Homicide and Victimology, Clinical Psychology, and Working in Forensic Settings.

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The ideal first step towards a career as a forensic psychologist

Gaining accreditation with the BPS is your first step to becoming a chartered psychologist. The syllabus offers the ideal platform to move into a rewarding career in forensic psychology, or other areas of professional practice such as clinical, occupational and health psychology.

School of Natural and Social Sciences

Our School of Natural and Social Sciences provides the best possible student experience with cutting-edge technology and strong practical elements to each course. You will work closely with lecturers and other students in the seminar room, the laboratory and the field.

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