BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies - Course overview
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BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies

The Psychology eBooks scheme was shortlisted 
for a Times Higher Education Award 2013 
for Outstanding Student Support​

Academic Excellence Awards 
: £2000 award for students accepting offers for this course who then achieve ABB+ or equivalent. 

Why is there so much crime? Why do some people commit crime while others lead law abiding lives? What is the impact of crime upon society? How can crime be reduced or prevented? What part do the different agencies play? These are just some of the questions that Psychology with Criminology and Criminal justice Studies seeks to answer.

Psychology is the study of how people and animals think, act, react and interact. Psychology is concerned with all aspects of behaviour and the thoughts, feelings and motivations underlying such behaviour. All pathways are fully accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).​

​​Criminology is a cross-disciplinary subject, drawing on a range of social scientific tools and methods which help to improve our understanding of the nature of crime, the workings of the criminal justice system and the society around you. It provides skills that are suited to a career inside or outside the community justice sector. The course covers many of the same topics as those which we are developing for community justice professionals, particularly those working in such areas as probation, policing, youth justice, community safety and victim services. This means that students have an opportunity to sample elements of vocationally-oriented criminal justice education which will assist in a future career.​

In the 2012 Student Survey, 92% of our students were satisfied overall with their course, above the average for Psychology courses.  You'll spend 24% of your time in scheduled classes, with the rest of the time spent in independent study and research. You will be assessed by a mixture of examinations and coursework - 56% of your work is coursework, so you can use feedback to improve as you work through the course.

We also offer a 3 year single honours BSc (Hons) Psychology and a 4 year MPsych (Hons) Advanced Psychology course.

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Anna and Stephanie are 2nd year students who can answer your questions about living in Plymouth and studying Psychology in the School. Contact them directly at and

Combined honours courses

In year 1, combined honours degrees comprise 4 core modules from the Psychology BSc, ensuring all students gain recognition from the British Psychological Society. In addition to these, combined honours students select 2 additional modules from their specialist subject.

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Free eBooks

Psychology students at Plymouth University are taking advantage of an innovative digital book project, believed to be the first of its kind. All new entrants to our programmes receive a FREE eBook copy of each recommended text for all their first and second year core lectures in Psychology. The whole package is worth around £1500.

​Special features

  • Eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society
  • Broad focus on cutting-edge research developments from across the subject area
  • Vocationally oriented criminal justice education
  • Personal tutor assigned throughout your studies
  • Exciting range of topics experienced through lectures, optional courses and project supervision
  • Optional placement year
  • International exchange opportunities
  • Development of career relevant skills
  • Excellent career opportunities
  • Excellent rating for quality of education (QAA)
  • Excellent rating for research (RAE)
  • Innovative and imaginative curriculum led by latest developments in psychological research 
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