Year one is focused upon introducing you to the disciplines of psychology and criminology. You will study the basic theoretical and philosophical models of human behaviour, with a focus on crime in criminology and ethics, behaviour and society in psychology and start to explore the strengths and weaknesses of the two disciplines. In addition, you will consider broader aspects of psychology, including its place in society and its application to 'real-world' issues such as environmental psychology. You will also begin to consider your place in the world, with your personal and professional development very much at the heart of your studies. You will also be introduced to the key research techniques that are used to enhance our understanding of crime.
Year two builds upon the core knowledge that you’ll have developed in your first year. In addition, you will also be introduced to the importance of the role that culture plays in defining, studying and understanding psychology, thus furthering your understanding of the wider world. In the second year your personal and professional development continues to be supported through a dedicated module and a professional placement. If you choose, you may undertake a longer-term period of volunteering, or you may undertake a five-week placement at the end of the year, as in the first year. You will further develop your understanding of research practices within criminological research, including a courtroom observation, before finishing the year completing your professional placement.
In the final year, you work with the supervision of a tutor to complete a Major Research Project in an area of your choosing. This represents the culmination of your research training in the course. The final year of your criminology studies focuses upon one of the main issues currently facing the criminal justice system: punishment and rehabilitation. You will explore the UK’s National Offender Management Service in detail from prisons to probation. You will explore the range of contributions that forensic psychology offers in the rehabilitation of offenders including treatment programmes, interventions, and forensic mental health hospitals. During the third year we will also push you to think critically about criminology and criminal justice, in order to understand how 'criminal justice' is not always 'social justice'. You also work in a team in psychology to identify a 'real-world' problem and bring psychological knowledge and understanding to bear in producing a potential solution to that issue. In addition, you select three modules from a range of options in areas such as Business Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Counselling Psychology or Health Psychology. There is also an opportunity to undertake a further professional placement to round-off the professional and career development aspects of the course.
On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: