Are you interested in human psychology? Do you want to know more about criminal behaviour and its underlying causes? This degree aims to help you develop a broad base of knowledge and a range of practical skills in the area of psychology, while also preparing you for further criminological or psychological study.
Designed to enhance your knowledge of psychology (the scientific study of mind and behaviour) and further your understanding of criminal behaviour, this course also includes a range of optional units that explore criminological theories and practices.
- 98% of students on this course reported that they were satisfied in the 2014 National Student Survey.
- The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
- Past students have benefited from regular guest lectures delivered by industry experts.
- Students may have the opportunity to present research at national and international conferences.
- Solent’s modern facilities include industry standard psychology laboratories.
- The course team encourage students to pursue valuable work experience throughout their studies.
- The course is delivered by an experienced team with backgrounds in psychological practice, research and criminal behaviour.
This is an essential degree for careers in the probation, mental health and community support sectors, but can also help with a range of roles in other industries. These include applied and research-based roles that focus on helping people with social or personal issues.
Recent graduates have transitioned into careers as MOD analysts, mental health support workers, and psychological wellbeing practitioners. Students may wish to pursue further study in criminal behaviour, opening careers in criminological and forensic psychology.
Psychological study at Solent starts with our programme of lectures and guest speakers. Past students have benefitted from talks delivered by criminal justice professionals and psychology practitioners, giving detailed insight into the industry and the careers it offers. Previous speakers include Martin Fisher, consultant forensic psychologist with NOMS, and Adam Murton, forensic psychologist.
Another important element of the programme is our accreditation from the British Psychological Society (BPS). This accreditation shows potential employers that the course is dedicated to promoting excellence in psychology.
The BPS can offer students support throughout their degree, offering the chance to speak at their annual conference and take part in society events. The accreditation also means that students are eligible for Graduate Membership with the Graduate Basis for Chartership (provided that second-class honours are achieved). This is the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist.
Learning is also supported by our purpose built labs, which allow students to collect data from human participants using the same resources as professional psychologists. These facilities include the psycho-physiology laboratory, the observation laboratory, and the cognitive psychology laboratory.
Students can use these facilities to carry out cognitive and psycho-physiological investigations. For example, the sophisticated eye tracker can trace eye positions on a computer screen while our Biopac programme measures participant’s physiological reactions. Collecting a wide range of data using these resources gives students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of psychological methods and analysis, as well gain first-hand experience of complex psychological research.
This programme also encourages students to develop a range interpersonal and verbal communication skills through presentations, role-plays, debates, interviews with participants and group work. You will also develop your written communication skills through your research reports. These competencies are valued in a wide range of industries.
Past students have been given the opportunity to take on work experience, assisting with local initiatives including drink awareness and ‘stop smoking’ projects. Students have also assisted staff on research projects - previous research looked at the impact of parenting styles on development and the role that social networks play in health and wellbeing.
The course team themselves have a wide range of professional expertise and experience, undertaking both research and applied consultancy projects throughout their careers. Their interests include forensic psychology, sports performance, psychological wellbeing, adolescent attitudes to alcohol, behavioural interventions for autism, the impact of hearing impairment in the classroom, parent–child and romantic relationships, spatial cognition, the learning process and memory.
At the end of the degree, students are encouraged to present their final-year projects nationally. Previous students have presented at the British Psychology Society annual conferences in London (2012) and Stratford-upon-Avon (2009), as well as at the International Association of Relationship Research Biannual Conference, Chicago (2012).
Think you might like to learn more about criminological psychology? Wherever you see yourself working, psychology with criminal behaviour at Southampton Solent will help you build the key knowledge and analytical skills required to succeed.
* NSS 2014, BSc (Hons) Psychology (Criminal Behaviour). Please note that information displayed on KIS/Unistats may include data from previous years, or other Solent courses within the wider subject area.