Psychology and Criminology
BSc (Hons)

Part-time study available
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Psychology and Criminology at Salford

1.

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)

2.

Teaching staff have a wide range of expertise and a strong research base

3.

This course will provide training for careers in health, social care, criminal justice, and other public and social services

Course Summary

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).

Course Details

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.

Year 1

An introduction to statistics and research methods used in psychology, including basic quantitative and qualitative research methods.
You will be introduced to key factors in human development including social, emotional, cognitive and biological foundations. Within social psychology you will look at how individuals perceive, influence and interact with others.
You will be introduced to the form, key features, and purpose of the institutions of the contemporary criminal justice system in England and Wales and begin an exploration of the issues relating to justice and civil liberties.
An introduction to the psychological differences in the study of personality, intelligence, gender, and mental health.
You will be introduced to the basic biological processes and cognitive principles necessary for understanding human psychology.
You will be introduced to the key foundational issues, ideas, and ways of thinking within criminology. You will explore the various relationships between crime and society drawing upon contemporary, historical, and comparative evidence and demonstrate links between particular theories and concepts and their implications for research methodology and crime policy.

Year Two Core Modules

Extends quantitative and qualitative research methods training to more complex designs and forms of analysis. You will build on the skills developed in Year One; designing, carrying out research, and analyzing your results.
You will explore the links between biological and cognitive processes and examine how this relationship influences performance in real-world contexts.
You will develop an understanding of the range of theories of crime and criminal justice and locate the key issues of criminology within their socio-political and historical contexts.
Building on your knowledge from Year One, you will examine the influences of nature and nurture on human development. You will learn how to critically evaluate historical and contemporary theories.  Your assignments will provide you with the opportunity to examine the implications of research for education, policy, and clinical practice.
You will study the measurement of Individual Differences and apply this to a variety of contexts, e.g. mental health and education. You will also gain practical experience of conducting social psychological research.

Year Two Optional Modules

In addition to the core modules, in your second year you will choose one Criminology option module from a selection that includes:

This module examines the strategies used to construct guilt and innocence, paying particular attention to their sociological underpinnings.
Introduces a range of issues and theories in relation to the policing and social control in the past, in contemporary society, and in the future.
Using a number of case studies this module examines issues such as the definition of violence, the role of perpetrator and victim, and violence prevention.
Provides an understanding of the evolution of the modern prison and its policies, practices, and regimes. In this module you will develop an  understanding of the relationship between prisons, probation, and the courts; and  of the use and impacts of punishment with regard to age, gender, and ethnicity.

Year Three Core Module

You will carry out a large-scale empirical research project on a topic of your choice. The range of skills you develop as you navigate the process of research design, applying for ethical approval, recruiting participants and carrying out your research, performing appropriate analysis, and writing up your work will be invaluable in any workplace.

Year Three Optional Modules

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:

You will explore conceptualizations of mental health, explanations of mental health, legal and social ramifications of mental ill health, the range of conditions treated within psychiatry, and therapeutic modalities and agencies.
Examines the effects which exposure to media has on people as well as how people process information from media. This module covers a range of topics such as advertisement, persuasion, news journalism, social media, and internet use.
Aimed at students interested in a career in education or a clinical setting. You will learn about the conditions and environments of children in need (autistic spectrum, poverty, Down Syndrome, ADHD, blindness). You will examine theories and the psychological impact of interventions.
Applies theories and methodologies from Cognitive Psychology to real-world behaviour. You will reflect on aspects of human error to determine the optimal conditions for performance and learning.
A practitioner-based module which will provide you with a tour of relevant theories and topics (including stress, selection techniques, and change at work), as well as an assessment opportunity to apply these in real-world settings, including your own experience in the workplace.
This module examines in detail the relationships between behaviour and the nervous system. You will explore these relationships through the consideration of key topics in the field of neuroscience including learning, psychopharmacology, brain damage, organic brain disorder, and mental health.
This module considers the role of psychology in a global context.  You will have the opportunity to use your psychological knowledge to explore the issues of the day.
An applied module which will introduce you to offender profiling, lie detection techniques, and psychological theories of criminal behavior. The module features guest speakers such as a serving Chief Investigating Officer, a Forensic Psychologist, and a Probation Officer.
This module aims to demonstrate the effects of addiction on the individual in society in bio-psycho-social terms and allows you to apply the knowledge gained to a critical consideration of legal issues, risks to health, and problems of cessation together with their relationship to addiction treatment methods and possible outcomes.
This module introduces you to the concepts, theory, methods, and applications of health psychology. It is concerned with the psychological aspects of physical illness; their treatment and management as well as what keeps people healthy and well.
Develops your understanding of the relevance of psychology to education and provides opportunities to apply psychological theory and principles in the field of education and professional practice.
You will have the opportunity to put what you've learnt into practice by undertaking a work placement.

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:

You will explore how ethnicity, gender, and youth intersect with crime and shape the response of the criminal justice institutions; and what difference these categories make to our understanding of the offenders and victims.
This module explores the role of media in crime and justice. You will identify the ways in which news media report crime and the fictional representation of crime and criminal justice.
This module is jointly delivered by academic staff and partners from the criminal justice system. It takes you through the criminal justice process, from the initial investigation, through arrest, charging, sentencing and sanctions to post-release supervision.
You will define and analyse state violence and transitional justice to understand the meanings of ‘terror,’ ‘truth’, and ‘justice’. This module explores the explanations and effects of state violence using examples such as The Nuremberg Trials and the emergence of Truth Commissions in Argentina and South Africa.

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.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
Access to HE 60 credits with 30 at level 3 at Distinction
GCSE GCSE at grade C or above in Maths and English
UCAS tariff points 280 points
BTEC National Diploma 280 points, DMM
Foundation Degree 60% pass mark
Scottish Highers 280 points BBBCC
Irish Leaving Certificate 280 points
International Baccalaureate 27 points

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

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.

http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/salford-alternative-entry-scheme/entry-routes

English Language Requirements

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.

Applicant profile

An ideal student will have:

  • A good understanding of the disciplines of psychology and criminology
  • The desire to explore all areas of psychology
  • An interest in crime and its occurrence, especially how it is explained, and how 'criminals' are processed by the criminal justice system
  • Strong written skills and an aptitude for research.

Teaching

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:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Presentations from external speakers
  • Self-directed study
  • Group work
  • Online lectures
  • Online discussion groups
  • Study skills workshops

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

Assessment methods will vary depending on the modules you choose to study, you can expect:

  • Exams 25%
  • Research reports 25%
  • Essays 25%

The remaining 25% will be split between:

  • Assignments
  • Practical reports
  • Group work
  • Presentations

Employability

Career Prospects

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.

Alumni Profile

"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

Links with Industry

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.

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Facilities

We provide a comfortable and friendly environment for you to carry out a wide range of psychological testing. These include:

  • Eye-tracker laboratory – we have Tobii T120 and Tobii X2-60 eye-trackers to monitor conscious and unconscious gaze movements from a range of displays including smartphones and tablets
  • Observation suite - with a two-way mirror, this laboratory allows for observation of behavior in adults and children
  • Psychophysiology laboratory – includes functional near-infrared spectroscopy brain imaging equipment, heart rate monitors, and galvanic skin response recorders
  • A dedicated computer suite that allows access to a range of psychological programs such as ERTSLab and E-Prime.
  • You will also have access to Psychology laboratory cubicles, Private interview rooms and a Social learning space