Psychology and Criminology


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  • This programme is accredited as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of The British Psychological Society.
  • 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.
  • Apply the skills you learn in Psychology to everyday life and the issues we face in the world today.


Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and its functions. This exciting degree will help you learn more about yourself and others, and give you a deep insight into how the human mind works and affects behaviour. It also will give you an in-depth understanding of how Psychology can be applied to the study of criminal behaviour and the criminal justice system.

On this BSc, you'll develop an excellent understanding of all the core areas of this inspiring field, including biological, social and developmental psychology. Our modules bring you the full spectrum of psychology – covering core areas such as Cognition, Neuropsychology, Social and Developmental Psychology as well as specialist fields such as Autism, Mental Health, Positive and Forensic psychology. You will be supported by our passionate psychology staff 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 will develop a critical understanding of how the criminal justice system operates and the relationship between punishments and crime prevention. 

In Year three, you will have the opportunity to follow your interests and choose from a range of optional modules to learn more about biological psychology, and how the brain, nervous system and other physiological systems interact with mental functions and behaviour. You could choose to focus on psychopathologies, positive psychology and aspects of the self and identify, child development in the classroom, or criminal profiling and social media use in connection with psychological theory and practice.

You will be taught by enthusiastic and dedicated tutors, who are also practitioners and often involved in the latest research. You will also benefit from our world-class library, specialist research equipment (including EEG machines and access to an fMRI scanner) and state of the art teaching facilities.

This programme is accredited as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of The British Psychological Society.

Year one

  • Build your knowledge of varied aspects of psychology and be introduced to a broad range of topics including child development, cognitive and biological processes, psychological research methods and social psychology.
  • Develop a strong foundation in criminology and learn about the different theories relating to crime, examine the history of the criminal justice system
  • Modules include Psychology in the Real World, which will help you understand how to apply theory to real-life situations; and Psychological Problem Solving, which has a particular focus on supporting and developing your learning journey.

Year two

  • Explore cognitive, social, biological and developmental psychology, and research methods, in greater depth, along with individual differences and psychometrics.
  • Gain a greater understanding of mental health, including how mental disorders are classified, and explore conditions such as autism and schizophrenia.
  • Build your knowledge by exploring the ways crime theory can be applied to the study of criminal justice and contemporary issues relating to crime control.

Year three

  • Undertake a year-long, supervised research project on a chosen topic and deepen your knowledge of Criminal and Forensic Psychology.
  • Choose the optional modules from both Psychology and Criminology that most interest you. Recent examples include Autism: An Interdisciplinary Approach; Communication and Social Interaction; Positive Psychology; Health Psychology; Cognition and Emotion; Practical Creativity and Thinking Skills; Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience; Cognitive Development in the Classroom; Prisons and Punishment; Children, Psychology and Criminal Justice; Crimes of the Powerful; and Drug Use.

You could pursue specialist work in forensic, educational or clinical psychology, or use the excellent transferable skills our psychology degree provides to work in the commercial, charitable or entrepreneurial sectors. You could also secure work in the prison and probation services, the police, Home Office, Ministry of Justice or the wider criminal justice system.

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.





Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.