This course aims to explore what makes people commit crime and to identify the factors which may predict criminal behaviour.
Psychology is the study of approaches that explain people’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Criminal Psychology explores human behaviour with a criminal focus by engaging with theories and application of psychological perspectives, methods and techniques.
This course aims to provide you with a core knowledge of psychology in order to confer eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership* with the British Psychological Society, as well as developing your understanding of how psychology is specifically applied to criminal contexts.
Throughout your studies, we aim to demonstrate how psychology is applied to real life and how to select, use and report appropriate psychological methods and research techniques.
* Additional costs may apply. Please check with the membership body for details.
Why choose this course?
This course aims to provide a comprehensive grounding in the major psychological approaches to the study of human behaviour. Covering psychological theory, research and practical skills, it aims to help you understand how psychology is applied to real-life, with a focus on criminal behaviour, and how to select, use and report appropriate psychological methods and research techniques.
Work experience is a key part of the course, helping to ensure that you graduate not only with academic qualifications, but with relevant work experience and a host of transferable skills, including critical analysis, problem solving, and leadership.
The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences has links with the Local Education Authority (LEA), local schools and numerous health care providers, including Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, Entrust Care Partnership, and Grapevine. Organisations such as these offer services to young people and adults with mental health difficulties and learning disabilities and their carers. In the past, students have taken up roles involving socialising and supporting members of the community, volunteering in a buddying service, planning and organising resources to set up events to help raise awareness of young people’s needs or mobilise individuals who need support.
You’ll be allocated a personal tutor and taught by experienced teachers, alongside researchers in the Centre for Advances in Behavioural Sciences, which hosts an inspiring programme of visiting speakers and benefits from cutting-edge facilities, such as eye-tracking and brain monitoring, the latter using an electroencephalogram (EEG). You’ll also have the opportunity to join our active and vibrant student-led Psychology Society, which seeks to arrange a variety of social excursions and activities. Recent destinations have included Sigmund Freud’s house, now the Sigmund Freud Museum, in London.
International experience opportunities
You will be given the opportunity to study abroad for a year in a European university, in between years two and three of your course. This would be additional study and would provide you with an international experience, which can be viewed favourably by potential employers.
We have links with 20 universities across Europe. These are largely English speaking but there is the opportunity to learn and attend courses in a foreign language. In your year away you would not be charged fees and would expect to receive a contribution to living expenses through the Erasmus programme.
Our courses have been designed to provide practical work experience and equip you with a range of skills and competencies that will set you apart from other graduates and make you attractive to potential employers, such as group work, literature reviewing, critical analysis and the delivery of oral presentations.
As well as the work experience module delivered in Year Two and option to spend a sandwich year on placement, we offer a module developing professional skills to our final year students. This aims to help you learn how to identify suitable employment and training opportunities after graduation, submit competitive, professional applications and perform well in interview situations.
Our degree provides a route into many careers, both within and outside the field of psychology. With further training, you may choose to become a qualified psychologist, pursuing a career in the community as, for example, an occupational, forensic or social psychologist; in mental wellbeing as a clinical or counselling psychologist; in physical wellbeing as a health, sport or neuropsychologist; working with children as a developmental or educational psychologist. The interpersonal and analytical skills of psychologists are in demand by employers in the private sector, police, military and charitable organisations, among others.