Understand how the human mind works and affects behaviour, and how to apply psychology to the study of criminal behaviour and the criminal justice system.
BSc (single honours)
3 years (full-time)
4 years (full-time) if opting for the additional placement year
We welcome applications from students studying T-Levels.
For all courses we also accept a wide range of other qualifications and experience. Contact us to find out more.
When we consider applications to study with us, we form a complete view of your achievements to date, and future potential, and can offer flexibility in entry requirements. Find out more about our Contextual Offer scheme.
Specific entry requirements
GSCE requirement:Maths at grade C/4 or above
General entry requirements:
Professional development and work experience built into the degree, including the option of a one-year work placement after year two, so you’ll graduate career ready.
Learn from enthusiastic, expert tutors who are also practitioners, policymakers, campaigners and involved in the latest research.
Modules and assessments are based on real work, including criminal profiling, case studies and criminology reports.
A fully integrated degree, where you’ll understand the psychology of human and criminal behaviour, as well as the impact of crime on individuals, and how this directly applies to the criminal justice system.
Course and Module Details
Learn to apply psychology to criminal investigation and study a degree that prepares you for a career in the criminal justice system, or for further study to become a Forensic Psychologist.
You’ll study forensic psychology, understanding what motivates criminal behaviour and how criminals are treated within the justice system. You’ll learn about the criminal mind and how individual differences relates to criminal behaviour. You’ll also study neuroscience, discovering how areas of the brain and brain damage can lead to riskier behaviour. You’ll apply this understanding of psychology and criminology directly to the criminal justice system, learning how the legal system works and how it treats offenders and victims of crime.
Our degree is strongly focused on your career and employability. When you graduate, your understanding of the human mind, criminology and the criminal justice system will allow you to excel in a range of careers. Our graduates have gone onto work for the Ministry of Justice, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, charities supporting prisoners, people with convictions and their children and families, mental health services, the NHS and Education.
This course also has the option of a one year paid work placement, to boost your employability even further.
Our modules and assessments are based on real-world applications, allowing you to apply psychological and criminological theories to real-life cases and further increase your professional skills. You’ll spend time criminal profiling, writing case study reports, and discussing and debating criminal justice responses to build confidence in applying your own knowledge and judgement. You’ll also develop valuable skills in research and data analysis, teamwork, communication, negotiation and presentations, which will be an asset in your career.
You’ll be learning from our enthusiastic and supportive academic tutors, who are also practitioners and involved in the latest research. They’ll teach you in our state-of-the-art psychological facilities, giving you first-hand experience using the latest equipment, including our EEGs to record brain activity, eye-tracking software, access to an fMRI, and brain stimulation therapy, including Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).
Our degree is professionally accredited by the British Psychological Society. This means if you graduate with at least a 2:2 you’ll be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS – which is an essential first step if you want to go on to become a Charted Psychologist. It also means our teaching is of the highest standard, and you’ll receive excellent levels of support within our School.
Course subject to curriculum review
This course offers all students the option of a one-year paid work placement, to boost your employability even further. If you choose this route, you will take the placement following year two of your course, and then return to complete your degree.
Why take a placement?
A placement year is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable work experience, to build on the career skills we will teach you on this degree. The connections you make on the placement will improve your career prospects further, and equip you with the skills you need to secure graduate-level employment.
How we support you
The University’s Placement and Work Experience Team are experts at helping you to secure a placement. They will work closely with you from the start, helping you research potential employers, discover placement opportunities, create and pitch your CV, and will coach you to perform well in interviews. We aren't able to guarantee a placement, but our sector-leading advisors will give you the best possible chance of securing one.
We understand that your plans might change once you start your programme. If you decide not to do a placement, you will have the option of completing the three year version of your programme.
Whatever your choice, you will have access to many opportunities for work experience through our Placement and Work Experience Team, and access to face-to-face and 24/7 online careers support.
These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.
Tuition fees and funding
September 2022 entry tuition fees
Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.
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We're here to help you reach your full potential as a Roehampton student, so you can go on to become a successful graduate. Some of the ways we’ll support you include:
- Academic Guidance Tutors: You will be allocated an experienced academic as your Academic Guidance Tutor. Your tutor will be on hand to help you through your studies, help you pick your modules, and provide career advice.
- Student Feedback and Consultation Hours: your lecturers have drop in office hours so you can go to them directly, arrange a video call or email to ask any questions.
- Study Skills for Psychology: weekly sessions to support all students who want to improve their academic writing, achieve better grades in their essays, overcome exam anxieties, develop further employability skills and fulfil their potential.
- Revision support: our lectures are delivered on-campus with recordings and further materials made available online to support your revision.
- RoeBuddies: all first year students are connected to a second or third year student mentor who offers advice and support. This scheme also means you’ll have the opportunity to be a mentor after your first year – a valuable skill to highlight on your CV.
- Study skills support: as studying in higher education is different from school and college, our team of Academic Achievement Advisers are here to help and support you in developing the skills to become a successful graduate.
- Welcoming community: when you join Roehampton’s School of Psychology, you’ll become a part of a supportive community of students and academics. Why not join the Roehampton Psychology Society to connect with your peers and join in with different events, talks, debates and socials?
You could go on to secure work in the prison and probation services, the police, Home Office, Ministry of Justice or the wider criminal justice system. Many of our students choose to study Psychology and Criminal Justice because the transferrable skills you develop are valued by a range of employers. You could work in the charity sector, for mental health services, in an educational setting or in a range of business roles.
You’ll be well placed to go onto further study to become a fully Chartered Psychologist. You could specialise as a forensic psychologist where your work could include the assessment and treatment of criminal behaviour, criminal profiling and working with victims of crime. Find out more from the BPS here.
At Roehampton we have excellent pathways into further study. You could apply for our MSc Forensic Psychology to further investigate the causes and the consequences of crime and prepare for a career in psychology and the forensic field. You could also apply to study our MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice to expand on your knowledge of crime and justice.
Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You'll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.
How to apply
How to join us in September 2022
- Home (UK) students – apply through UCAS (Roehampton UCAS institution code is R48)
- International students – apply using our direct application form.
We are still accepting applications for our courses for September 2022 and have vacancies. Contact us if you have any questions, or apply using the links above.
If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Detailed advice on applying for an undergraduate degree is available in the FAQs section below.
Application process FAQs
If you are applying to us for a full-time degree or extended degree programme, you will need to apply online through UCAS, or direct, depending on the start date of your course and your fee status. Please see tabs above. And don't hesitate to contact us at the same time. Either fill in an online enquiry form, or contact us at the details below!
This is the official applications service for the UK, and they will send your application details to each of the universities you have listed on your application.
When you register with UCAS, you will also receive a username and password so that you can access your application at a later date.
It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages on our website.
Contact us directly if you have any questions.
The Roehampton UCAS institution code is R48.
Your school, college or centre will give you a buzzword so you can link your application to them. You add this word to your application when you register to make an undergraduate application.
If you are applying independently, without a school or college, you do not need a buzzword.
If you are no longer at school or college you will need to apply to university as an independent applicant. When you register with UCAS they will give you a username and password so that you can complete your application whenever you like.
You will need to complete the online application, including your personal statement and will also need to supply a reference from someone who knows you well, and is able to write about why you are suitable for higher education.
It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages.
Further guidelines can be found on the UCAS website.
Contact us directly if you have any other questions about applications.
No. UCAS will issue you with a username and password which you can use to log in whenever and wherever you want to work on your application.
There is no time limit from when you start your application to when you send it, as long as you complete it within the deadlines set by UCAS and your school.
No, you can only send one UCAS application in each year’s application cycle, but this can include applications for up to five courses. Applying for more than one course will cost extra.
If you apply to university before the 15 January deadline you should have received decisions from each of the universities you apply to by 31 March 2020. In this case, you will need to make your replies about which to accept by 5 May 2020.
If you applied after the January deadline, or one or more of your universities hasn’t made a decision on your application by the end of March, other reply dates will apply – please do contact us to find out more.
You can accept two courses – one firm choice and one insurance choice.
If you meet the requirements of your firm choice, then you will be expected to take that place, so you need to be sure that the course you have accepted firmly is the one you want to do.
If you miss the grades for your firm choice and meet the requirements for your insurance choice you will be expected to take up that place.
If you meet the terms of your firm choice and ask to be released from this, you will be entered into Clearing and cannot go to your insurance choice.
If you apply through UCAS and we make you an offer, we will ordinarily make you one of the following types of offer:
This offer requires you to meet particular academic or other conditions before you can join the course of study you have applied for. This could be a combination of grade, scores or subjects and will be outlined in the offer communication that you receive.
An unconditional offer has no conditions attached. Unconditional offers are often made to students who already have their achieved qualification grades and who are returning to education after a gap year or a period of time in work.
If Roehampton is your firm choice, and you have not met your conditions, please check UCAS track, we may be able to show some flexibility, although this is not guaranteed.
If you have missed the conditions of your firm choice, but met the conditions of your Insurance choice. Congratualtions, you will be studying at your Insurance choice. If you miss the conditions for both your firm and Insurance choice, then UCAS will automatically enter you into Clearing.
Make sure that you are prepared for results day and any decisions you may need/want to make. Check UCAS for more advice about what happens on results day.
If you would like any advice on this, please contact us directly and we can discuss your options.
If you are applying to university from the UK or European Union (EU), irrespective of your nationality, you must submit your UCAS application before the January deadline in order for it to be guaranteed equal consideration. The deadline for the 2022 cycle is Wednesday 26 January 2022 at 18:00.
We understand that there are many reasons why you may not be able to meet this deadline. With this in mind, Roehampton will still consider applications received after the January deadline, if there are places available on the course.
The University of Roehampton welcomes the introduction of T Levels and is delighted to confirm that we will be able to accept them across the majority of our programmes. Students will be able to apply using T Levels for both three year and four year undergraduate degrees. UCAS Tariff requirements for each programme, will be made available on programme webpages.
Yes, if you accepted an offer of study at us or another University through UCAS, you have 14 days in which you can change your response, and you can do so by contacting UCAS.
If you want to change your mind, please do get in touch to discuss your options with us. Call us on 0208 392 3314.
If you first apply through UCAS after 30 June 2022, UCAS will not send your application to universities but will instead send you details about Clearing.
Clearing a service that is available between July and September to help people find places on higher education courses. You may be eligible for Clearing if any of the following are relevant to you:
- you have applied this year but have not gained a place
- you have declined your offers
- you have not previously applied to UCAS for entry this year.
Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.
You can find more information on our financial support pages.
Yes, we have a wide range of on-campus and off-campus student residences. You will be guaranteed University accommodation if you are applying for September 2021, January 2022 or September 2022 entry.
Find out more about our accommodation and accommodation guarantee here.
Yes to find out more visit our care leavers webpage.
We can support you to transfer to Roehampton from another university, into the relevant year of study. Find out more here.
UCAS offers a number of helpful articles on the process of applying to universities. You can also find advice and guidance from the Schools and Colleges Engagement Team here.
Validation and curriculum review
What is validation?
Validation is a formal process through which the University approves a programme (content, teaching, learning and assessment) as being of appropriate standard and quality. This is a normal process used throughout the university sector.
The University expects to publish details of the validated programme in the academic year prior to the start date of the programme. You are advised to check the University website at that time to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information you should contact 0208 392 3232.
What is curriculum review?
Curriculum review is the regular and systematic monitoring and reviewing of programmes. It is a normal process in the sector and it is the way by which the university ensures that your course remains up-to-date and relevant. The process may result in changes to the content, structure and/or assessment of the programme.
The University expects to publish details of the re-validated programme by 31 March in the academic year prior to the start date of the programme. You are advised to check the University website at that time to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information you should contact 0208 392 3232.
Dr Kaz Brant
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Dr Kaz BrantPrincipal Lecturer
Hi I’m Kaz and I am a Cognitive Neuropsychologist based in the School of Psychology. I’m currently researching memory in healthy adults and those with selective brain lesions. My research is multi-disciplinary and I also investigate the effects of heat stress on cognitive performance with a team of researchers in the School of Life and Health Sciences. I have been working at Roehampton since 2009 and enjoy the beautiful campus and running around Richmond Park.
Dr Paul Dickerson
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Dr Paul DickersonPrincipal Lecturer
I’m Paul Dickerson, I’m a Principal Teaching Fellow and I started at Roehampton way back in 1991! Even though I have been at the University for nearly 30 years each year still feels fresh. I teach across multiple modules and programmes with a particular interest in qualitative research and social psychology and I want to enthuse everyone about this amazing subject. I love sharing my passion for psychology in all of my teaching and writing and – but don’t tell anyone – I do sometimes share a song I have written for the students that I teach. I have a particular interest in helping you to reach your full potential and I run weekly lunchtime sessions to help with this – use this link https://study.sagepub.com/psychologybrilliantessays to find out about the sorts of things covered. I hope that I will have the opportunity to help you enjoy this wonderful subject as much as I have.
Dr Lottie Rowe
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Dr Lottie RoweProgramme Convener
I'm Lottie and I'm the Programme Convenor of our BSc Psychology. What's most enjoyable about this degree for me is the opportunity to think and talk about psychology and how it relates to real-world concerns and contemporary issues. I love the seminar discussions and workshop activities. My own interests in Psychology are varied, but my research of late focuses on the prejudice towards Gypsies and Travellers and therapeutic discourse, specifically how depression is constructed in therapy.
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