Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
Teaching staff have a wide range of expertise and a strong research base
This course will provide training for careers in health, social care, criminal justice, and other public and social services
Crime is one of the major problems facing society today. To understand the complex issues surrounding it, we have brought together two areas of study that have a natural affinity, giving you a degree that will help you make a real difference.
Psychology is about people and focuses on the study of the human mind and behaviour. Criminology involves analysing crime and deviance, exploring a wide range of issues from the nature of criminal justice systems to the role of the media in representing and influencing crime. Together these two areas will provide you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in a number of careers.
The Psychology and Criminology course will equip you with a theoretical understanding of human behaviour and you will apply the skills you learn to a varied range of innovative assessments. The course has been designed with a clear emphasis on employability and incorporates valuable practical activities (e.g. courtroom observation, museum visit, police station visit), core skills (e.g. writing skills, presentations, group collaboration), and workshops from experts in the field (e.g., Forensic, Educational, and Occupational Psychologists).
By relating a psychological understanding of human behaviour and development to an analysis of crime and deviance, you will be able to gain a comprehensive grasp of the ways in which crime can be analysed, understood and addressed. The degree has a hands-on approach to developing research skills and encourages you to apply the theory you have learned to everyday situations.
In addition to the core modules, in your second year you will choose one Criminology option module from a selection that includes:
In your final year you will choose two Psychology options and two Criminology options. The choices available can vary each year as we always deliver modules that are informed by current research in the field.
Psychology option modules include:
Criminology option modules include the four modules that are available in Year Two (Constructing Guilt and Innocence, Policing and Social Control, Violence in Society, and Prisons and Punishment: Responses to Crime) in addition to:
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
|Access to HE||60 credits with 30 at level 3 at Distinction|
|GCSE||Five GCSE subjects at grade C or above preferred. Must include GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C. If you are in England and are taking GCSEs that are awarded from 2017 onwards, grade 4 will be required.|
|UCAS tariff points||112 points|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM|
|Foundation Degree||60% pass mark|
|Scottish Highers||112 points BBBCC|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||112 points|
|International Baccalaureate||31 points|
|Access to HE||45 + credits at level 3 (30 at distinction) WITH level 2 in numeracy|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
The University offers two routes for entry under the scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. As this course is part of the School of Health Sciences you will only be considered under Entry Route 1.
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
An ideal student will have:
Throughout your course you will be taught by an experienced and enthusiastic staff team who are research active and are recognized at both international and national levels for their work on a variety of topics.
Research specialisms of the Psychology staff include clinical and health psychology, occupational stress, emotional intelligence, visual attention, terrorism, media and social media, child development, and the inclusion of digital technologies within the psychotherapeutic field. Research specialisms of the Criminology staff include research into prisons and policing, youth justice, human rights, ethnicity and crime, racist and gendered violence, and urban criminology. We are proud of the quality of the Psychology and Criminology course and we are committed to providing a stimulating and rewarding environment in which to study.
We adopt a range of teaching methods including:
In addition, all students are allocated a personal tutor. Your personal tutor will be an academic member of staff who can offer one to one support for any queries or difficulties that you may encounter, either personally or academically.
Assessment methods will vary depending on the modules you choose to study, you can expect:
The remaining 25% will be split between:
You will be equipped to work in a number of environments such as health and social care, criminal justice institutions, and the prison service. You could also continue your study at postgraduate level. If you go on to become a chartered psychologist, you may specialise in forensic, clinical, educational, health, or occupational psychology.
Our graduates have taken a range of jobs within a variety of fields. Some graduates have gained employment as an assistant psychologist, mental health support worker, within drug and alcohol services, or have gone on to pursue a career as a chartered psychologist. Alternatively you may take a role within policing or probation services, education, advertising, marketing, or retail.
Following graduation you may decide to continue your studies with us on the MSc Applied Psychology (Addictions), MSc Applied Psychology (Therapies) or MA Terrorism and Security, or a complete a vocational course such as the MA Social Work. Whatever direction you choose, the key skills within this degree ensure that you will be both accomplished and imaginative in your career.
"The combination of excellent teaching and continued support from academic staff and my own commitment and desire to succeed has resulted in achievements that have surpassed my own expectations. Not only did I graduate with a first class honours degree, but I was also awarded Best Student Prizes from the School of Health Sciences and the British Psychological Society. The Psychology and Criminology programme provides an excellent knowledge base for both disciplines whilst simultaneously providing a good grounding into research methods. Studying at Salford has equipped me with the skills required for academic success and I am now looking forward to starting an MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics."
Rachel Gribbin, BSc Psychology and Criminology graduate 2014
“I chose to study at Salford due to its close proximity to Manchester without there being a necessity to contend with the chaos of the city centre on my regular commute. Since completing the first year, I am extremely pleased with my decision of Salford. My decision to study psychology and criminology developed from a passion to improve the treatment and understanding of mental health sufferers, and I feel studying both subjects provides a wider perspective than one alone can.”
Marie Lisa Campbell, BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology, second year student
The British Psychological Society accredits this course – if you achieve a lower second class degree or above, Graduate Basis for Chartership is awarded. This is the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9,250 per year|
|Part-time||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.
Further information is available at:
We provide a comfortable and friendly environment for you to carry out a wide range of psychological testing. These include:
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time
Six years part-time
"Upon finishing my first year studying Psychology and Criminology at The University of Salford, I can honestly say I can't wait to go back after the summer! The University is both friendly and diverse, meaning that settling into university life was really comfortable, and the levels of teaching and support given by all the tutors on the Psychology and Criminology course has made me feel like a valued member of my cohort. I would highly recommend coming here to study, and I'm pleased that when I graduate, it will be from the University of Salford."Laura Nicholson – Level 4 Student Representative