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  • 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.
  • Give your career a head-start through the option of a one-year work placement, after year two.
  • 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.
  • Our wide range of module choices allows you to specialise in the aspects of psychology and criminology you are passionate about.


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.

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 and examine the history of the criminal justice system.
  • Modules include Mind, Body and Brain 1 which introduces the main core topics in biological and cognitive psychology, placing them in their historical and conceptual context, and Introduction to Criminal Justice which will provide you with a historical and contemporary overview of criminal justice.

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.
  • Modules include Criminological Imagination, where you’ll apply criminological theory to contemporary issues and debates on crime and crime control, and Individual Differences and Personality which integrates topics on personality, cognitive abilities, gender, cultural and experiential individual differences with practical research activities.

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 Psychology@Work where you’ll apply your psychological knowledge to workplace settings and develop career skills to aid you after graduation, Neuropsychology where you’ll learn about each major lobe of the brain as well as sustained and progressive Neuropsychological brain disorders, Gender, Violence and Human Rights which takes a case study approach to investigate violence against women globally including activism and resistance, and Illegal Economies where you’ll examine the social contexts of informal, hidden economies and evaluate the political economy behind the black markets.

Teaching and learning

You’ll be learning through both timetabled and independent study. Your timetabled sessions will be a mixture of larger lectures and small group seminars where you’ll be able to discuss different topics with your peers and lecturers. Outside of this, you will also spend time studying independently, reading and researching, completing coursework and preparing for exams.

The facilities at Roehampton will help support you throughout your studies. On campus we have 24-hour computer suites, rentable laptops, excellent research facilities and a world-class library. Online, you’ll also have access to our 24/7 academic guidance system, Studiosity, as well as access to thousands of online journals and publications.


You’ll be assessed through a mixture of coursework, which can include essays, lab and research reports, case study portfolios and group presentations, as well as exams. In your final year, you’ll also complete your extended research project.


  • Academic Guidance Tutors: you’ll be assigned an Academic Guidance Tutor from your department 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 department 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 Department 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.

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.


Career opportunities

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.

Career support

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.