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.
3 years (full-time) OR
4 years (full-time) if opting for the additional placement year
BSc (single honours)
September 2022 entry: 112 points
Give your career a head-start through the option of a one-year work placement, after year two.
Our wide range of module choices allows you to specialise in the aspects of psychology and criminology you are passionate about.
Accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS), making you eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, if you achieve a 2:2 – an essential first step to becoming a fully Chartered Psychologist in areas including forensic, clinical, health and counselling psychology.
Gain an insight into human and criminal behaviour, and the criminal justice system.
Learn from the real-life experiences of our expert staff and guest speakers, who include leading psychologists and lecturers with vast experience of the criminal justice system.
Course and Module Details
This exciting degree will give you a deep insight into how the human mind works and affects behaviour, and an in-depth understanding of how psychology can be applied to the study of criminal behaviour and the criminal justice system.
At Roehampton, you’ll study a full spectrum of topics within psychology, learning to think and write like a psychologist and work alongside criminologists to study crime, the criminal justice system and society's response to the impact of criminal behaviour.
On this course, you’ll develop an understanding of how the brain and nervous system affect and are affected by behaviour, how we perceive information, communicate, learn and think, as well as a critical understanding of how the criminal justice system operates and the relationship between punishments and crime prevention.
After you graduate, you’ll be ready to succeed in whatever career you choose to pursue. Modules are based on practical applications, allowing you to critically analyse and apply psychological and criminological theories. You’ll learn to evaluate evidence, communicate effectively, analyse data, and work within different teams.
You will be taught by enthusiastic and dedicated tutors, who are also practitioners and involved in the latest research. You will also benefit from our world-class library, state of the art teaching facilities and dedicated psychology facilities, including electroencephalograms (EEGs) which are used to evaluate electrical activity in the brain and eye tracking systems which allow you to gain a deeper understanding of cognitive processes during tasks, which will help support your studies and research.
Our BSc Psychology and Criminology is professionally accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS). If you graduate with at least a second-class honours degree, you’ll be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS – a key first step if you choose to become a Chartered Psychologist.
In your first year you’ll build your knowledge of varied aspects of psychology and develop a strong foundation in criminology and learn about the different theories relating to crime and examine the history of the criminal justice system. In year two, you’ll go on to explore cognitive, social, biological and developmental psychology, and research methods in greater depth and get a deeper understanding of mental health, including how mental disorders are classified, and explore conditions such as autism and schizophrenia. You’ll also learn how crime theory can be applied to the study of criminal justice and contemporary issues relating to crime control. In your third year, you’ll shape your degree according to your interests and career goals by completing your Extended Research Project and selecting modules from a diverse list of topics.
You’ll also have the option of completing a placement year between years two and three.
Mind, Body and Brain (1)
Social and Developmental Psychology (1)
Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
Research Methods and Statistics
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Criminology: Theories, Concepts and Ideas
Mind, Body and Brain (2)
Social and Developmental Psychology (2)
Individual Differences and Psychometric Research
Research Methods and Statistics (2)
Contemporary Issues in Criminology
Autism: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Communication and Social Interaction
Topics in Adult Psychopathology
Self and Identity
Gender, Violence and Human Rights
Drug Use and Policy
Punishment and Imprisonment
Victims of Crime
Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.
Tuition fees and funding
September 2022 entry tuition fees
Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.
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This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement. If you successfully secure a work placement, you will undertake the placement following year two of your programme and return following the placement to complete your studies.
A placement year is the perfect opportunity to implement the skills and knowledge that you will learn in year one and two, while gaining valuable work experience. The opportunity to make connections in your chosen industry will greatly improve your career prospects and equip you with the skills and experience you need to secure graduate-level employment.
The University Careers and Placements team will support you to develop your CV and skills though webinars, workshops and 1-2-1 appointments. You will also benefit from regular communication about available opportunities to aid your placement search.
Please note while the University will support you with your placement search and applications, a placement cannot be guaranteed.
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’ll be assigned an Academic Guidance Tutor from your School who will be on hand to help you through your studies, help you pick your modules, and provide careers advice.
- Office hours: your lecturers have drop in office hours, so you can go to them directly, or simply email to ask any questions.
- Study Skills for Psychology: The School runs Study Skills for Psychology sessions on a weekly lunchtime basis. These sessions support all students who want to improve their academic writing, achieve better grades in their essays, overcome exam anxieties and fulfill their potential. You can find out more about the topics covered here.
- Study skills support: as studying in higher education can be different from school and college, our team of Academic Achievement Advisers are here to help you reach your academic potential 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 and the Roehampton Criminology Society – both of which are student-run and allow you to connect with your classmates 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 Criminology because the transferrable skills you develop are valued by a range of employers. You could work in the charity sector, for mental health services or in a range of business roles.
Pathways to further study
As this is a BPS accredited course, 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 to study an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice to expand on your knowledge of crime and justice, or our MSc Forensic Psychology to further investigate the causes and the consequences of crime and prepare for a career in the forensic field.
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 January or February 2022
How to join us in September 2022
- Home (UK) students – apply through UCAS
- International students – apply using our direct application form.
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.
International (non-EU) students who do not wish to use the UCAS system can apply directly to us using our online application form. This is available to international students only.
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.
Yes we will take into account the ongoing disruption and impact that Coronavirus has had on applicants when considering the results of students applying to us.
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.
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