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BSc (Hons) Psychology (Criminal Behaviour)

Learn what drives the criminal mind – study criminological psychology.

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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.

The industry

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.

The programme

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).

Next steps

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.

Have you got a question about applying?

Email: ask@solent.ac.uk

* 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.

Don't just take our word for it...

Rebecca Fox
"my experience at Solent has excelled in providing me with the necessary foundations, not only for postgraduate study, but also to build the beginnings of a career"
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UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 3 Years Standard entry C8M9

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
280 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
112 UCAS Tariff points

93% overall student satisfaction

 

Year one:

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Core units

  • Applied Psychology
  • Foundations in Psychology
  • Method and Analysis in Psychology
  • Psychological Investigations
  • Investigations in Criminological Psychology.

Options

  • Psychological Inquiry
  • Psychology in the Workplace
  • Key Perspectives in Criminology.

Year two:

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Core units

  • Biological Psychology
  • Social Psychology in Action
  • Real-World Cognition
  • Exploring Human Development
  • Psychological Research in Action
  • The Practice of Research in Criminological Psychology.

Year three:

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Core units

  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Criminological Psychology Research Project

Options

  • Dangerous Offenders?
  • Crime, Risk and Community Safety 
  • Alcohol, Drugs and Crime
  • Crime, Media, Culture
  • Perspectives on Mental Health
  • Counselling: Application and Practice
  • The Psychology of Crime
  • Child Development and Education
  • Advanced Issues in Education
  • Health Psychology: Treatment Issues and Healthcare
  • Health Psychology: Promoting Healthy Behaviour
  • Positive Psychology
  • Occupational Psychology in the Workplace
  • Career Decision-Making and Employment Strategies
  • Psychology in Sport
  • Debates in Psychology
  • Advanced Statistical Analysis 
  • The Extended Essay
  • The Psychology of Intimate Relationships 
  • Spaces and Places
  • Cyber Psychology 
  • Health; Biopsychosocial Approaches 
  • Applied Qualitative Research
  • Psychology Placement
  • Psychology and Technology
  • Curriculum Plus

Teaching, learning and assessment

Lectures, seminars, workshops and practical/laboratory classes, including both individual and group work.

Work experience
You can gain valuable work experience assisting with local initiatives such as drink awareness or ‘stop smoking’ projects. You can also assist staff on research projects; past projects have included research into the impact of parenting styles on development, and the role that social networks play in health and wellbeing.

Assessment
Essays, written reports, group and individual presentations, assignments, exams, case studies and a final-year project.

Our facilities

Solent’s modern facilities include dedicated observation, cognitive, psychophysiology and computer laboratories, experimental cubicles, specialist psychophysiological recording equipment and eye-tracking facilities.

Study abroad

You'll have the opportunity to spend between three months and a year of your course studying abroad at one of our EU partner universities, as part of the Erasmus programme.

For more information, see www.solent.ac.uk/exchange

If you're a non-UK student studying at an EU university, the Erasmus programme gives you the chance to come to the UK and study psychology units at Solent for between three months and a full academic year.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

 

Meet the Team

The course team has a wide range of professional expertise and experience undertaking both research and applied consultancy projects, with various interests including 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, learning and memory.

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 3 Years Standard entry C8M9

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, making you eligible for Graduate Membership with the Graduate Basis for Chartership (provided that second-class honours are achieved) – the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist.

Psychology is relevant to a broad range of careers, including applied and research-based roles helping people with social or personal issues. When you graduate you’ll be prepared to pursue a professional career in criminological or forensic psychology. This career path requires further postgraduate training and supervision (approved by the Health and Care Professions Council).

Links with industry

We place a strong emphasis on applied psychology and real-world issues, and the team can support you in finding potential work experience opportunities with organisations such as local branches of the NHS.

Guest lecturers provide up-to-date insight into specialist aspects of psychology, with previous speakers including Martin Fisher, consultant forensic psychologist with NOMS, and Adam Murton, trainee forensic psychologist.

Students are also encouraged to present their final-year projects nationally, and 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).

Transferable skills

You’ll develop your interpersonal and verbal communication skills through presentations, role-plays, debates, interviews with participants and group work.

Research reports, projects and case studies will help develop your written communication skills, while data analysis – using complex, large-scale datasets and data collected in your independent research – will develop your analytical and numerical presentation skills. Individual and group research projects will help develop your planning, problem-solving and time-management skills, and you’ll also develop your computer literacy through practical experience with popular word-processing, spreadsheet and statistical analysis software.

Further study

Graduates looking to practise as psychologists will require postgraduate training and supervision approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.

Students who may wish to focus more on the criminological aspects of their degree after graduating may be interested in Solent’s MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Recent graduates have gone on to postgraduate study and a range of roles, including:

  • probations service officer
  • Initial crime investigator
  • Police community support officer
  • MOD analyst
  • Mental health support worker
  • Psychological wellbeing practitioner
  • Research assistant
  • Psychology assistant
  • Social work.

 

Key facts

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Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Accreditations: The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society and confers eligibility for Graduate Membership with the Graduate Basis for Chartership (provided that a minimum second class honours is achieved).

Entry requirements

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UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

280 points (for 2016 entry) or 112 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • Including Grade C in A/AS-level psychology, if taken and Grade C in GCSE English and mathematics.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved

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Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

UK and EU part-time fees: £4,500 per year

International part-time fees: Please contact us for information

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

For more details, please visit: www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply

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Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Part-time and distance learning courses

Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. Please contact the admissions office for further details, contact details are at the top of the page. Print the application form below, complete and return to the admissions office, addresses are given on the form.

Part-time undergraduate study application form

Student support and services

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Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 3 Years Standard entry C8M9



 

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