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Psychology with Criminology BSc(Hons) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

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About the course

This course is of special interest if you wish to pursue a career in forensic psychology within the criminal justice system, or are interested in psychology and crime.

You'll explore specialist areas such as biopsychology, developmental psychology, personality, individual differences and forensic psychology. We'll aim to give you an invaluable insight into the nature of human behaviour and criminal activity that can be applied to a large number of situations, careers and further study.

Why study Psychology with Criminology at Huddersfield?

  • In the 2015 National Student Survey, Psychology at Huddersfield received a 91% satisfaction score.

  • By achieving Lower Second Class Honours on this course, you'll become eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

  • 90% of graduates from this course go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.

UCAS code:

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


3 years full-time

Course type:

Full Time


Clearing helpline:
03301 232 277

Course content

Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour. While studying this course you'll explore how to apply psychological theory to behaviour and events, no matter how controversial they are.

You'll look at criminal behaviour and crime, evaluating the different theoretical causes of crime, including society, parenting, peer pressure and genetics. We'll aim to provide valuable insight into how psychology is used within the Criminal Justice System.

Increased confidence, effective communication and assertiveness skills, ability to work in teams, effectiveness in group leadership, presentations, research and relationship building are all key skills that you will be supported to develop on this course.

Read on for details of each module.

Year 1

Core modules:

Child Development

You will study the major perspectives and methodologies in child development. The module focuses on applied settings such as education, the mental health system, the criminal justice system and the wider social world. You will consider how developmental concepts have influenced the work of professionals in understanding development. The module will also help you in your transition to studying at degree level. You will be assessed through three pieces of coursework. Study skills and knowledge of developmental theory will be assessed through the completion of portfolios. You will also produce a coursework assignment.

Introduction to Social Psychology and Personality

In this module you will study Personality and Social Psychology. The module addresses three important questions:

  1. How do psychologists study personality?
  2. How do psychologists study individual and group behaviours, such as attitudes and language?
  3. Is Personality best understood as originating in constitutional or social factors?

Your learning will be assessed through a multiple choice test and a two hour exam.

Psychology of Criminal Behaviour

You will be introduced to the critical issues related to health, illness and disability in clinical and health psychology. The module challenges some of the preconceptions of ill-health from mainstream perspectives and considers how health and illness can be influenced by factors including culture, poverty, gender and sexuality. You will be encouraged to consider how these factors impact on wellbeing and the experience and treatment of physical and mental illness and disability. Multiple perspectives will be considered in the critical, applied and research oriented module design. You will be assessed by two pieces of coursework and a poster presentation.

Introduction to Cognitive and Biological Psychology

You will be introduced to theoretical approaches and debates in cognitive and biological psychology, as well as analytical research skills using quantitative methods. You will carry out research in our laboratories to identify and explain internal mental processes and biological factors that underpin behaviour. You will be assessed through coursework, involving two practical reports and multiple choice tests.

Introduction to Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods

This module will introduce you to research methods and data analysis in psychology. It will give you both theoretical understanding and practical skills, and covers key research issues, methods and data analysis in both quantitative and qualitative approaches. You will be assessed by both exam and coursework. There is a multiple choice exam in quantitative methods and data analysis and a write-up of qualitative data which is collected from an interview that you will carry out.

Year 2

Core modules:

Social Psychology and Personality

You'll be supported to build on your knowledge of social psychology and personality psychology through lectures and seminars. You'll consider some of the key issues we face in our world today, including crowds and social conflict, group processes and identity and close relationships. To assess your knowledge you will complete an assignment and an exam.

Cognition; Brain and Behaviour

In this module you'll be supported to develop a critical understanding of cognitive and biological explanations of human behaviour. You'll explore a diverse range of topics including psychopharmacology, behavioural genetics, memory and human perception. You will be assessed through two pieces of coursework. This involves producing an empirical report of an area of research in biopsychology and another empirical report in an area of research in cognition. You'll then complete an exam based on the topics in biological psychology and cognitive psychology.

Developmental Psychology

You'll be supported to build on your knowledge of developmental psychology considering human development within the context of social experiences and everyday life. You'll critically consider a range of psychological approaches across the lifespan through the discussion and application of a socio-cultural ontology. You will also review and evaluate current research in developmental psychology and reflect on its merit in explaining individual developmental trajectories. Your understanding of developmental psychology will be assessed through coursework in the form of a portfolio and a written assignment.

Psychology of Crime Prevention

You'll explore how investigative and forensic psychology is contributing to the prevention of crime. The module will consider how psychology can help us prevent crime between individuals, such as domestic abuse and hostage negotiation, through to crimes between groups, such as smuggling and organisational espionage. You'll be assessed through two pieces of coursework.

Psychological Research and Data Analysis

Through this module you'll be supported to further develop your knowledge of research design and analysis. You'll explore analysis of variance, multiple regression, factor analysis, discursive analyses, phenomenological analyses and ethics. This module is assessed through four pieces of coursework. These will involve participating in several research projects, carrying out data analysis in lab exercises, and applying the knowledge you have gained in the labs in an assignment. Finally you'll undertake a qualitative analysis of a transcript.

Option modules:

Choose one from a list which may include-

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

You will explore one of the most influential approaches to psychological therapy; namely Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). To do this you will be introduced to the concepts CBT uses to understand psychological problems, apply them to complex case materials and explore how to assess whether CBT and other therapies work. You'll be assessed through two pieces of coursework and an exam. First, an in class test on the basic concepts. Second, a case formulation in which you apply those concepts to case material. Finally, the assessment of an ‘outcome study’ which looks at how effective CBT is.

Health Psychology

Health psychology is the study of how behavioural, psychological and social processes influence physical health and illness. This module introduces you to the exciting discipline of health psychology through lectures and directed study. You'll explore some key theories, concepts, and research through two pieces of coursework. The module is aligned with the scientist-practitioner model, with its emphasis on evidence-based approaches to treatment, as well as research methods and skills which is reflected in the module content and assessments.

Peer Mentoring for Psychology

You'll take part in a practical training course which will help enable you to understand what a peer mentor does. You will explore models of mentoring and consider methods which will help you to work with a mentee to support them in their studies at the University. You'll meet your mentees throughout the academic year and take part in Mentor Supervision Groups to ensure you are supported as a mentor. The assessment will involve a group task during the training and an individual portfolio.

Year 3

Core modules:

Forensic Psychology

This module studies the key approaches, concepts and issues within the field of forensic psychology through a series of lectures and online facilities. You'll explore a range of psychological explanations for criminal activity relating to two main themes. Firstly, you'll critically consider various research areas within forensic psychology including prison treatment programmes, eyewitness and expert testimony, investigative interviews, crime and mentally disordered offenders. Secondly, you'll study a range of crimes such as murder, sexual crimes, arson, acquisitive and white collar crime. You'll be assessed through coursework in the form of two essays.

Criminal Psychology

In this module you'll explore explanations of criminal behaviour from a number of psychological perspectives including biological, cognitive and social. There's also an emphasis on psychology in practice, with lectures delivered by clinical and forensic psychologists from a local institutes. This will help you to develop an understanding of the practical application of psychological theory and the reality of criminal behaviour. This module is assessed through coursework in the form of an essay and an exam.

Psychology Final Year Project

You'll conduct research into your chosen area of psychology through the collection of original data in order to produce a coursework report. You'll also communicate your research findings and work in progress through a short assessed presentation. Throughout the project you'll be supported to demonstrate high level research skills, an awareness of ethical principles and approval procedures, and an ability to work independently under supervision from a qualified member of psychology staff.

Option modules:

Choose two from a list which may include-

Investigative Psychology

You'll explore the field of Investigative Psychology and cover a wide range of areas, including the work of Professor David Canter, Offender Profiling, Geographic Profiling, Investigative Interviewing and the Detection of Deception. You'll have the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of Investigative Psychology by producing two pieces of written coursework.

Behaviourism and Positive Behaviour Change

You'll study the subject of behaviourism, which is useful if you intend to pursue a career in clinical or applied psychology. This includes the principles of behaviour analysis and the philosophy of behaviourism that you'll apply to real life situations including the learning of new skills and reducing self-harm. You'll be assessed through two written pieces of coursework, one piece will focus on experimental and philosophical issues and the other will be based on applied behaviour analysis.

Profiling and investigating Serious Crime

You'll be introduced to the field of serious crime (for example murder, serial murder and sex offences), offender profiling and the associated police investigation process in the UK. You'll have the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of offender profiling by producing written coursework and the criminal investigation process through an unseen exam.

Psychology of Health and Wellbeing

You'll be introduced to the critical issues related to health, illness and disability in clinical and health psychology. The module challenges some of the preconceptions of ill-health from mainstream perspectives and considers how health and illness can be influenced by factors including culture, poverty, gender and sexuality. You'll be encouraged to consider how these factors impact on wellbeing and the experience and treatment of physical and mental illness and disability. Multiple perspectives will be considered in the critical, applied and research oriented module design. You'll complete one piece of coursework, in the form of an essay demonstrating a comprehensive and critical understanding of theoretical and applied approaches to the psychology of health and wellbeing.

Psychology of Education

The complex factors which interact to construct learning will be explored, using a mix of psychological theories and their influence on educational policy in schools and on further and higher education. You'll be supported to develop an understanding of how different people are enabled and disabled, in participating in learning and education. You'll also use qualitative research methods to explore the educational narrative of an individual, through coursework involving a written report and a presentation.

The Neuroscience of Cognition

You'll cover key concepts within Neuroscience and link Neuroscientific evidence that underpin core cognitive theory. Through a series of themed lectures, case studies and examples will be used to demonstrate the links between neuroscience, cognition and behaviour. Lecture themes include: Atypical and Abnormal (effects of specific damage or traumatic brain injury), Typical and Functional (underlying mechanisms and neural correlates for typical function and Cognitive abilities) and Issues in Neuroscience (practical, ethical and workplace/professional application). You'll be assessed through two pieces of coursework including an electronic case study portfolio and essay exploring a particular topic in Cognitive Neuroscience.

States of Consciousness

This module investigates states of consciousness, and starts by asking what consciousness is and how we should study it. You'll then explore altered states of consciousness such as sleep, dreaming, meditation, religious and mystical experience, and the effects of psychedelic drugs. You'll be assessed through two pieces of coursework. Firstly, a portfolio of your experiences, integrated with the literature. Secondly, an essay on a key research topic in consciousness studies.

Exploring Clinical Psychology

The module explores how clinical psychologists make use of psychological theory and research in the real world. The teaching is delivered by both practising clinical psychologists and University tutors and will take place via lectures and online learning. Both the face-to-face and the virtual teaching are designed to enable you to discuss contemporary clinical practice with practitioners. The single assignment will require you to select an area of health or social care that clinical psychologists work within (e.g. learning disability or eating disorder services) and evaluate the contribution that clinical psychologists can make to this service.

Work and Organisational Psychology

This module focuses on the application of psychological expertise in work settings. You'll be provided with an overview of the range of tasks psychologists are expected to undertake when working in organisations and learn about evidence-based methods for improving life at work. Assessment will involve completing two pieces of coursework; a problem-focused case study and a MCQ open-book class test.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

90% of graduates from this course go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.

Previous Huddersfield Psychology graduates have gone on to roles relating to education, healthcare, research, human resources, marketing, operations, media, community and social services in organisations including the NHS, Arcadia Group Ltd, Sainsbury's, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Leeds, Bupa and ASDA.*

*Source: LinkedIn

Professional links and accreditations

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and provides eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through seminars, group work, laboratory experiments and lectures.

Assessment will include coursework and examination.

15% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

How much will it cost me?

The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.


If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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