Criminology and Psychology BA Hons - 2020 Entry
This new and highly innovative degree explores the relationship between crime and the human mind. Informed by cutting-edge research and combining theory and practice, the degree offers you an unparalleled chance to master both Criminology and Psychology in equal measure. Due to the flexible structure of our courses you can continue on the joint major pathway or switch to a Psychology major (which includes British Psychological Society accreditation) at the end of your first year.
The degree is led and taught by the world-leading, research-active academics based in our prestigious Law School and Psychology Department. They will introduce you to key themes and topics in Criminology and Psychology, as well as helping you to engage with recent and influential research.
You can choose to study areas such as:
- hate crime
- cognitive, developmental and advanced social psychology
- criminal careers
- forensic and investigative psychology
Masterclasses, expert seminars, volunteering and work placement opportunities will also enhance your knowledge, experience and practical skills. Assessment is varied, including coursework, presentations, exams, reflective accounts and dissertation.
You will benefit from our excellent connections with NGOs, charities, and local Criminal Justice Agencies such as Lancashire Police and HMP Lancashire Farm. You will be able to visit the prison and engage in collaborative learning, and analyse data from Lancashire Police; this data is then often used by the force. All of this helps you to make professional connections and get a head start on your career.
We also offer two employability programmes. Our Psychology Employability Programme helps you to develop your skills for a career in Psychology, and, our Lancaster Award offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. We also support you with a dedicated careers officer and through our links to professional bodies and organisations.
Your degree opens the door to a career within, and beyond, the criminal justice system. It could lead to jobs in areas such as HR, marketing, management and the public and private sectors, including: the police, probation service, prison service, social work, work with young people, Home Office, Ministry of Justice, voluntary sector bodies working with offenders, victims and their families, and welfare charities.
A Level AAB
GCSE Mathematics grade B or 6
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
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Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
- Cognitive Psychology
- Contemporary Crime Problems
- Contemporary Issues in Policing
- Crime-related extended essay option
- Criminological thought
- Critical Approaches to Imprisonment
- Developmental Psychology
- Foundations of Cognitive Neuroscience
- Green Criminology: Environmental Crime and Ecological Justice
- Measuring Crime: Understanding Crime Data and Trends
- Organised Crime
- Personality and Individual Differences
- Social Psychology
- Youth Justice
- Advanced Cognitive Psychology
- Cognitive Affective and Clinical Neuroscience
- Cognitive Psychotherapy: Theoretical and Practical Issues
- Crime and Media
- Crimes of Power
- Criminal Careers
- Criminal Justice Research
- Criminology Innovation
- Current Directions in Social Psychology
- Drugs, Crime and Society
- Final Year Crime-Related Extended Essay
- Forensic and Investigative Psychology
- Hate Crime
- Learning Together: Criminology on the 'inside'
- Prisons, Punishment and Society
- Prozac Nation: Human Psychopharmacology
- Sex Crimes and Sexual Offending
- The Developing Mind
- The Neuroscience of Typical and Atypical Social Development
- Topics in Clinical Psychology
- Violence: Criminological Perspectives
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
Your degree can lead to a wide choice of rewarding jobs in the public, private and third sectors.
Our criminology graduates are welcomed by the Police, the National Probation Service, the National Offender Management Service, and private providers within the Criminal Justice System (such as G4S). Your degree can also open doors to roles in the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Department for Health, or with a charity linked to the Criminal Justice System, such as WomenMATTA (supporting women in prison).
Graduate training scheme opportunities include: Police Now; Frontline (social work); Think Ahead (mental health social work); National Graduate Development Programme (local government); Civil Service Fast Stream; NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme; Charity Works (the UK non-profit sector’s graduate programme); Ambitious Futures (for leadership careers in the university sector).
Transferable skills are an integral part of all Lancaster University degrees and employers will value your skills in listening, critical reading and writing, public speaking, time management, team work, empathy and tolerance.
During your degree, we will help you to secure experience with criminal justice agencies, volunteering opportunities, work experience, or internships - all of which provide invaluable insight into your future career options and set you apart when you enter the employment marketplace.
Your degree can also act as a launch pad to a Masters degree or PhD in areas such as criminology, criminal justice or social research methods.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability awareness, career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Fees and Funding
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2020/21 entry fees have not yet been set.
Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.
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Make our course yours
You are at the centre of our degree programmes. Our lectures, assessments and study support are designed to help you achieve the best result.
Lectures, seminars and practicals
We use a mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions to enhance your learning and to develop essential skills throughout your degree. Lectures provide a solid foundation in key issues and are delivered by experts. You will be encouraged to discuss your learnings with a small group of students and a tutor in our regular seminars. Practical classes help you discover the key psychological research methods. You will get experience conducting psychology experiments in small groups.
You will face regular assessments, allowing you to manage and pace your studies, and giving you feedback and assistance on a regular basis. We help you by identifying your strengths and supporting your weaknesses. You will develop and enhance the skills that help you on the subject, and give you a solid start to your career.
You will be allocated your own Academic Tutor who you will meet with on a one-to-one basis each term. Your tutor will work with you to produce a plan to help you make the most of your studies. Identifying your strengths and weaknesses as you progress through the degree programme, you will be shown how to tackle any study areas that you may need help with and will be supported in following the path most suited to your individual preferences and skills.
Developing your skills
Your degree will build your confidence in a range of essential skills that employers value, and we have a support system in place to help you achieve your personal best. Psychology students graduate with a range of transferable skills that are recognised by employers, including literacy, numeracy, interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, critical evaluation, information gathering and independent working.
Psychology Employability Programme
We offer you the chance to gain relevant work experience in professional psychology. You can choose between working part-time in the community with charities and organisations that support vulnerable people or working alongside research staff in the Psychology Department on their projects. Every placement will provide you with experience and skills that are valuable to careers in psychology, boosting your CV and enhancing your employability.
Careers and Employability
Our degrees provide excellent employment prospects. We want you to make the best start to your career.
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