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BScPsychology with Criminology

Nottingham Trent University
United Kingdom, Nottingham
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The course covers all the core areas of Psychology stipulated by the BPS curriculum. This accounts for two-thirds of the course and includes the workings of the brain; the processes and mechanisms of human thinking feeling and behaviour; and how psychologists, psychological research and therapy can make a tangible and positive difference to people’s lives and society. The remaining third of the curriculum considers the social-cultural implications of crime and criminality and the contexts in which crimes are committed and understood.

Why choose this course?

Psychology with Criminology at NTU received 96% for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (2014).
The BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology is a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degree and will allow you to receive the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS as long as you graduate with at least a 2.2 honours degree.
96% of our Psychology students are satisfied with their course (Guardian University guide for 2015, published June 2014).
Tailor your learning experience with a range of optional modules. This will give you the chance to pursue your own interests and begin to shape your learning towards further study and / or a particular career.
In your final year you will get the opportunity to take part in our Professional Practice in Psychology conference. Offering you the chance to experience life as a consultant psychologist, providing psychological solutions to real-world problems.
You can gain practical experience between Years Two and Three as well as undertake a work placement or study abroad at one of our partner institutions.
You also have the option of choosing to complete a four year course which includes a year-long work placement.
You will also be able to take full advantage of our excellent teaching laboratory suite. The facilities and equipment are exclusively for our psychology students and will help you carry out your own research and analyse data.
You’ll be taught by enthusiastic, engaged and expert staff. In the National Student Survey (2014) 100% of our full-time BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology students stated that staff are good at explaining things and 98% agreed that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to.
Our lecturers are highly respected, with many involved in innovative research or are published authors in their specialist areas. Research groups include: Addiction and Aberrant Behaviours, Wellbeing, Development, Interaction and Social Relations, Language and Psycholinguistics, Cognition and Perception. There are also a range of research units including: The International Gaming Research Unit, Emergency Services Research Unit, Specific Language Impairment Research Unit, and the Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit.
Psychology at NTU is one of the top risers in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 research rankings. The 2014 Assessment also showed:
60% of our research outputs were considered to be internationally excellent or world leading in REF 2014
100% of our research impact is internationally excellent with 73% described as world leading
Our research impact and output is the highest of any UK psychology department with an equivalent research environment.
We’re building successful graduates
94% of our full-time BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology graduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving. (Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results 2012-2013)

Programme structure

What will I study?
In the first two years of your degree, you will complete an introduction to psychology, core modules in biological, social, developmental, and cognitive psychology, as well as undertaking training in research methods and statistics.

In criminology, you will complete additional modules covering criminal behaviour, crime and society, the criminal justice system, issues in contemporary policing and penology.

In your final year, students sit further core modules in psychology, covering individual differences and historical and conceptual issues, and can tailor their studies (often with a view to future employment opportunities) by choosing from a range of optional psychology and criminology modules. Final year students also complete an research project in psychology, focused on a topic of their choosing under the supervision of a research active member of staff.

Year One core modules include:

Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
Understanding Crime and Society
Research Methods in Psychology
Statistics (One)
Explaining Criminal Behaviour.
Year Two core modules include:

Cognitive and Biological Psychology
Social and Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Research Methods and Statistics
Issues in Contemporary Policing.
Year Three core modules include:

Psychology Research Project
Professional Practice in Psychology
Advanced Psychology – choose between the following:
Advanced Cognitive and Biological Psychology
Advanced Social and Developmental Psychology.
Optional modules

Choose from a selection that currently include the following:

Criminological Psychology
Gender, Identity and Body Image
The Psychology of Sex
Trauma in Children and Adolescents: The Impact on Health and the Role of Resilience
Young People, Crime and Justice
Sex Crimes
Drugs, Crime and Violence
Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice
Hi-tech Crime
Work-Based Psychology Practice
Health Psychology
Cultural Criminology.

Career opportunities

Your career development
With the British Psychological Society’s GBC secured, you will be eligible on graduation to undertake further postgraduate (Masters of Doctoral) training in psychology, possibly as a professional psychologist (in forensic, clinical, educational, occupational, counselling, and sport psychology), to pursue an academic and / or research career in various areas of psychology or criminology (by working as a research assistant, for example, or by studying for a Masters or PhD), or to pursue criminology relevant careers in the probation, police or prison services. You may need to complete further training for some of these roles.

The job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent Psychology graduates are pursuing:*

assistant psychologist
charity worker
children’s residential support worker
communications officer in Police Force
data analyst
digital marketing assistant
disability sport coordinator
learning and development coordinator
mental health support worker
nursing assistant
psychology A-level teacher
recruitment executive
support worker
teaching assistant
teenage pregnancy and sexual health project officer
trainee psychological wellbeing practitioner
young people care worker.
*Information taken from the Nottingham Trent University Graduate Destinations Database 2008 – 2013.

Other graduates exploit the transferable skills they have learned during their course to pursue a range of careers outside of psychology or criminology. Psychology related qualifications tend to be very popular with all employers because they demand an ability to communicate effectively in both spoken and written forms (through verbal presentation and the writing of essays and reports), an ability to solve real world problems and well-developed numerical skills. This all means you will be very well placed to capitalise on other graduate employment opportunities in areas as diverse as marketing, journalism, human resources, policing and teaching.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States