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B.Sc. Online

(Hons) Criminal Psychology

University of Essex Online

48 months
4625 GBP/year
4625 GBP/year
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This 100% online and part-time BSc (Hons) Criminal Psychology enables you to learn more about the criminal mind and the critical issues in the criminal justice system.

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Through this online BSc (Hons) Criminal Psychology * you will explore thought-provoking topics from both psychology and criminology, such as developmental science, offender profiling, and forensic psychology. The programme emphasises the importance of evidence-based practice along with integrating psychological theory to understand, reduce and prevent offending behaviour. Your studies will culminate with a final project on a criminal psychology topic that you’re personally interested in.  

*Please note: This course is not accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). If you would like to study a BPS accredited course, please check out our BSc (Hons) Psychology.

BSc (Hons) Criminal Psychology teaching methods

We’re a 100% online education provider, so we use a state-of-the-art virtual learning environment (VLE) to deliver our teaching, resources and assessments. Our system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials. The VLE is accessible 24/7 and allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and live Q&As.

BSc (Hons) Criminal Psychology assessment methods

All assessments are delivered through our virtual learning environment (VLE). There is no requirement to go to external test centres; instead, you will submit written assignments through the VLE. For the few courses where exams are required, we use a virtual system that allows you to take academically rigorous exams from the comfort of your own home.

We believe you get the most out of your time spent studying when you are kept informed of your performance, and we achieve this by:

  • assessing you throughout modules rather than waiting for end of year exams
  • showing your marks in your grade book which can be viewed whenever you log onto the VLE
  • rapid turnaround on work assessed to ensure your grade book is always up to date
  • ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Support team

We also have a policy of ensuring that the work submitted by students is authentic – we use a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.

BSc (Hons) Criminal Psychology career prospects

On completion of this online BSc (Hons) Criminal Psychology, you will have a firm starting platform to begin a career within criminal justice. Your skills and knowledge will also be highly sought after by employers in a wider range of sectors, such as academia, business, security and marketing. 

Programme Structure

You can study the following modules on the BSc (Hons) Criminal Psychology:

  • Fundamentals of Effective Learning in Psychology*
  • Introduction to Social Psychology*
  • Crime & Society*
  • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology*
  • Introduction to Offender Profiling*
  • Introduction to Research Methods*
  • Dealing with Offending Behaviour
  • Personality and Intelligence
  • Biological Psychology*
  • Advanced Cognitive Psychology*
  • Individual Differences, Emotions and Behaviours*
  • Quantitative Psychology*
  • Psychological Development through the Lifespan*
  • Forensic Psychology*
  • Risk Assessment and Management
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Youth Crime and Justice
  • Prisons and Penology
  • Substance Misuse and Crime
  • Probation and Community Justice
  • Criminal Behaviour and Deviance
  • Investigative Psychology
  • Victimology and Criminal Victimisation
  • Policing
  • Criminal Justice in the Information Age: Cyber Crime and Security*
  • Final Psychology Project*
  • And more...

* These modules are core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 48 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

University of Essex Online have regular intakes throughout the year – apply now and you could start your course soon! 


360 alternative credits


  • Semi-structured
  • Regular optional meetings
  • Proactive tutoring and support
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Academic requirements

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General requirements

At University of Essex Online, we believe that everyone should be able to access education. That is why we offer two different entry routes onto our BSc (Hons) Criminal Psychology, which consider academic or work-based experience.

English language requirement

Our courses are taught in English so to study with us you must have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 or equivalent. If you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification, you will be required to pass a free online English test to assess your proficiency.

Work experience

Work experience entry route (if not eligible see academic entry route)

In order to satisfy the work experience entry route requirements, you must meet the following criteria:

  • GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above, or equivalent
  • three years’ relevant work experience

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    4625 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18500 GBP for the full programme during 48 months.
  • National

    4625 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18500 GBP for the full programme during 48 months.

This fee excludes any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where applicable, the University is required to add the sales tax.


Our BSc (Hons) Criminal Psychology tuition fee includes all teaching materials and required reading, and there aren’t any hidden charges for assessments or resits. 

  • Designated for undergraduate student loans in England.
  • Monthly payment plan available for those who are self-funding.
  • Full payment discount if you pay fee upfront.
  • A range of scholarships are available subject to applicants meeting certain criteria.**

Please note that you can only apply for a maximum of two discounts or scholarships.

** To find out whether you’re eligible for our scholarships contact University of Essex Online’s Admissions team.

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