Course Overview

UK Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,400 *
Duration 3 or 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Psychology is the study of the human mind and our behaviour, while criminology is all about the causes of crime and ways to prevent and control it.

This is a unique degree covering both British Psychological Society accreditation and QAA standards for criminology, which will allow you to study both psychology and criminology, and will equip you to understand human motivation and behaviour and apply that insight to legal and criminal contexts, opening up an exciting range of career opportunities once you graduate. 

At Westminster, we have a solid background of teaching and research in these highly desirable subjects. We take an international perspective and draw on our expertise related to human trafficking and issues connected to the Global South.

We make the most of our long-established links with key partners in the criminal justice and forensic psychology areas to enhance your student experience. This includes links with a number of local Magistrates' Courts, the Central Criminal Court, Broadmoor Hospital, victim support at the Old Bailey, HMP Pentonville and HMP Whitemoor, Feltham YOI, and the Metropolitan Police, all of which offer opportunities for educational visits and/or work placements.

We make full use of our central London location, with learning taking place both inside and outside the classroom and including visits to a theatre and a museum, field walks and opportunities for work-based learning.

Top reasons to study with us

  • A wide range of option modules provides a truly multidisciplinary perspective on crime and psychology
  • Our experienced team draw on their research and scholarly activity to provide you with a global perspective on crime and psychology
  • Our degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Gaining a BPS accredited qualification is necessary if you wish to pursue a career as a Chartered Psychologist in the areas of forensic, clinical, occupational, counselling, health, educational, and sports and exercise psychology
  • Based in our Regent Campus and Cavendish Campus in central London, you'll enjoy the benefits of studying in a major global city
  • A work placement module is built into the course, to help you get ahead before graduating
  • Between Years 2 and 3 you'll have the option to complete an additional year on a work placement or studying abroad

Course structure

Learning includes lectures, seminars, independent study, and off-campus activities that make use of Westminster's central London location.

Assessment methods may include essays, debates, policy analyses, individual and group presentations, exams, statistical analyses, and your dissertation.

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

In your first year, you will build your knowledge of a range of core topics central to the study of psychology, including cognitive, biological, social and developmental psychology. Conceptual and historical issues in psychology are embedded in core modules in both the first and second year, to provide you with a broad appreciation of the place of psychology in the natural and social sciences. You will also build a strong foundation in criminology, with a broad introduction to criminology as an interdisciplinary and critical subject area and you will learn about key concepts and theoretical approaches in relation to the study of crime, victimisation, and responses to crime and deviance.

Subjects of study include:

  • Controversies in Criminal Justice 
  • Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology 
  • Introduction to Psychological and Criminological Research Methods 
  • Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology 
  • The Criminological Imagination 

Level 4

Year 2 builds on the foundations laid in year one.

Subjects of study include:

  • Further Biopsychology and Cognition
  • Further Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Psychological and Criminological Research Methods
  • Radical Criminology
  • Volunteering and Employability in a Psychological or Criminological Setting

Plus one among the following options:

  • Gender, Crime and Justice
  • Globalisation, Crime and Control
  • Race, Crime and Justice
  • Youth, Crime and Justice

Level 5

Between Years 2 and 3 you'll have the option to take an additional year of work placement or study abroad.

Year 3 gives you the opportunity to develop your own interests through a range of option modules to ensure that you can tailor your degree to your interests and career aspirations. 

Subjects of study include:

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Project in Psychology or Criminology

Plus one psychology module from the following:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Occupational and Work Psychology
  • Psychology of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Psychology of Education

Plus two criminology modules from the following:

  • Human Rights and Global Injustice
  • Immigration, Crime and Control
  • Issues in State Crime
  • Media and Crime
  • Punishment and Modern Society

Level 6

Professional accreditation

This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society and will confer eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, provided the minimum standard of a Lower Second Class Honours is achieved, and the empirical project has been passed. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

With a growing global network of 3,000 employers, our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

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Get ahead before graduating

The work placement module built into our course will provide you with valuable practical experience.

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Transferable skills

You'll gain the knowledge and experience to work in areas such as policing and crime analysis, prison services, victim support, forensic or clinical psychology, and many more.

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Employers around the world

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

Career development

Graduates from these popular and critical disciplines are highly employable, and you'll be well equipped for a range of careers in psychology, criminal justice and policing, as well as related areas such as teaching or health and social care.

Specific career choices may include policing and crime analysis, prison services, the National Probation Service, the Home Office, Court Service, the NHS, victim support, and forensic or clinical psychology. 

Job roles

This course could prepare you for roles such as:

  • Assistant psychologist
  • Probation officer
  • Trainee crime analyst
  • Youth offending support officer

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

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Why study this course?

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Fantastic central London location

Based in our Regent Campus and Cavendish Campus in central London, you’ll enjoy the benefits of studying in a major global city.

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A supportive environment

We provide our students with the right environment, support and guidance throughout their studies to keep them motivated.

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Improve your employability

You'll have the option to complete an additional year on a work placement or studying abroad between Years 2 and 3.

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – BCC to BBB
  • International Baccalaureate – 104 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the IB
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM to DDM
  • BTEC Diploma – D*D to D*D*
  • Access – 104 to 120  UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have: 

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C - IB grade 4 Higher level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C - IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

  • International Baccalaureate – 104 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the IB

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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Fees and Funding

UK tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,400 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

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Teaching and assessment

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

 

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Course Location

This course is taught at Cavendish Campus and Regent Campus.

With state-of-the-art science and psychology labs and refurbished computer suites, our Cavendish Campus offers our science and technology students a range of learning spaces that are both dynamic and inspiring. Located in central London, our Cavendish Campus is just a five-minute walk from Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road.

Our Regent Campus is made up of three locations – 309 Regent Street, Little Titchfield Street and Wells Street, all of which are just a five-minute walk from Oxford Street. Along with a city-centre location, the site boasts high-tech learning facilities, collaborative social spaces, gym facilities, and our Regent Street Cinema. 

For more details, visit our locations page.

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