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Psychology and Criminology, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Ipswich, United Kingdom
Psychology and Criminology is a scientific discipline dealing with human behaviour, cognition and action. In psychology at University of Suffolk you will explore and examine the interaction between mind and behaviour, the nature of the unconscious, the functioning of memory, individual behaviour in social situations, prejudice and altruism.
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Psychology and Criminology at University of Suffolk equips students with a thorough grounding in each of the major fields: social psychology, developmental psychology, biological psychology, and cognitive psychology. The focus of the teaching and learning of psychology at UCS is on allowing students to explore fundamental questions about human behaviour, while learning about the importance of research, evidence collection and adherence to ethical codes.

Students studying criminology at UCS will be challenged to seek answers to fundamental questions such as: What is crime? Who are the criminals? Are we all equal before the law? What are the unintended consequences of legislation? How do we prevent crime? Criminology is an academic discipline with strong roots in Sociology, Psychology, Law, Social Policy and Philosophy. It is a discipline with a number of robust and lively theoretical and empirical debates. Through engaging in these debates students will gain the very important undergraduate skill of critical understanding.

Students will challenge ‘common-sense’ notions of criminal and deviant behaviours by critically examining academic research and making informed decisions based on available evidence. Criminology is an inherently reflexive discipline in that it studies and deals with public issues that have a contested value basis. To this end, students will be introduced to a variety of research methods and ethical considerations, so that they can challenge and understand the limitations and ambiguities of research, whilst assessing its value.

Career opportunities

  • The most recent figures available from the Higher Education Statistics Agency(HESA) reveal that 85% of Psychology and Criminology graduates in 2014/15 found employment within six months of graduation.
  • Around 60% of graduate jobs are open to graduates of any discipline and Psychology and Criminology graduates are well equipped with the advanced skills and confidence to thrive in a variety of occupations.
  • Psychology and Criminology graduates are good at problem solving, have good analytical and research skills, and have excellent information and data management skills.
  • Employability is taken very seriously at University of Suffolk and employers are directly involved in a number of taught and additional sessions over the course of the degree.
  • Excellent links with Suffolk Constabulary, local magistrates, the Crown Prosecution Service and the probation service.
  • Quite a number of our graduates also go on to pursue further qualifications at masters and doctoral levels. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 54 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      four and a half to nine years part-time

  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Social Science Research Skills (Core)
  • Foundations of Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Foundations of Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Key Thinkers in Criminology
  • Law for Criminologists
  • Sociology and the Modern World
  • Quantitative Data in Social Science (Core)
  • Qualitative Data in Social Science (Core)
  • Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Criminological Theory and Social Control
  • Criminal Justice Systems
  • Research Dissertation (Core)
  • Applied Studies
  • Contemporary Issues in Criminology
  • Personality and Intelligence
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Penology
  • Victims of Crime
  • Definitive Course Record

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC) or Access to HE Diploma - a minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at merit grade or above.

Applicants are required to hold GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4/C or above or equivalent Level 2 qualification. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11790 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11790 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Ipswich

  • 793 - 1510 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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