Psychology with Criminology - BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code:
Part-time: apply direct to the University
Full Time (3 Years), Sandwich (4 Years), Part Time (5 Years)
September 2017

Our innovative Psychology with Criminology programme will give you a deep understanding of how psychology can be applied to explain certain aspects of crime and criminal behaviour.

This versatile programme provides the opportunity for you to embark on a psychology career, or bring those skills to the domain of criminology. 

What's covered in the course?

Over the three years, your Psychology modules will help you gain a deep understanding of one’s mind, behaviour and reasons why individuals carry out certain actions, while your Criminology modules will help you understand the relationship between the different aspects of crime and victimisation.

Our focus on contemporary and innovative learning practices will help you gain key employability skills, such as communication, teamwork and problem-solving, as well as key skills in two innovative, intriguing disciplines.

Why Choose Us?

  • You will be based at our flagship City Centre Campus, studying in our £63 million development, The Curzon Building, which boasts state-of-the-art facilities and an extensive library.
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake a placement year, spending 12 months in industry and building up your skills and knowledge.

This course is subject to approval

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This course is open to International students

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Heartlands Hospital
  • SOVA Metro

And in jobs such as:

  • Support Worker
  • Ex-offender Mentor

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Typical Offers

A Level BBC or 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 subjects


BTEC D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points


GCSE GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
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England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Pass English Language and Maths. Considered in lieu of GCSE English language at grade C+. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level) BBBCC Must include English language and Maths. Required at the point of enrolment.

Other acceptable UK Qualifications

Please select a qualification from the drop-down list to view our entry requirements:

If you have a qualification that is not listed, please contact the Course Enquiries Team

EU / International students
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

The UCAS tariff has changed

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system has changed.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – has introduced a new system on how points are calculated. This will be different to what you may have seen if you have applied or looked at undergraduate courses previously.

More about the new tariff

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 Years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 Years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
PT 5 Years £1,542 per 20-credit module

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 Years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 Years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Guidance for UK/EU students


UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements).

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year One

Introduction to Psychology
20 credits

This module explores the origins, developments and refinements in the study of modern-day psychology, dating back to early philosophy. The module will ensure students will see how modern-day psychology has evolved, by viewing the scientific, cultural and social movements, and influences, that were happening alongside the development of this new discipline. 

Psychology Skills and Literacy
20 credits

This module explores many of the key skills and competencies required for a successful transition to university and beyond. The lectures will describe research skills and discuss how these have been used in real world research. The module will also explore many of the methods involved in planning and executing research within psychology, such as identifying an appropriate research question, reviewing existing literature, research planning, data collection methods and ethical considerations. The module will also introduce different types of psychological research, providing some introductory skills that will set students up for their research methods modules throughout their course. As well as research skills, the module will also cover basic skills in academic writing, referencing, team working and presentation, providing students with the opportunity to improve skills and knowledge in all areas of academic work and conduct.

On Crimes and Punishment – An Introduction to Criminological Theory
20 credits

This module explores and examines the origins of criminology, some of its historical debates, concepts, literature and research.  It will outline what are often considered the core perspectives and theories related to crime and criminality, whilst introducing students to the history and development of criminology as an academic discipline. 

Introduction to Research Methods
20 credits

The module provides a conceptual understanding reporting research, the core statistical principals and tests. It provides hands-on experience of conducting an experiment, using statistical software for carrying out analyses and writing up the experiment in practical workshops. This module will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills required to prepare them for future work, as well as identifying how the skills and knowledge gained during this module are relevant to future modules that cover GBC competencies.

Policing, Investigation and Society
20 credits

This module allows students the opportunity to develop a key understanding of policing and criminological concepts, and theoretical approaches which have been developed in relation to models of policing.  It will allow students an opportunity to examine and conceptualise some of the key debates around crime, policy, human rights, crime prevention, security, and policing. 

Optional Modules
20 credits

The following optional modules are all worth 20 credits each:

  • Cyber Psychology
  • Parapsychology
  • Psychopathology

Year Two

Quantitative Research Methods
20 credits

You will appraise the relevance and utility of different quantitative methodologies in contemporary research practice.

Qualitative Research Methods
20 credits

You will design, construct, and carry out a small-scale qualitative research project, looking qualitative methodologies and underlying rationales. 

Forensic Psychology
20 credits

By the end of the module, you are able to describe the various phenomena and theories with which psychology can contribute to our understanding of different areas within the criminal justice system, which may include offender behaviour, investigative processes, and offender rehabilitation.

20 credits

Here, you will continue to develop the key transferrable skills from your first year, while understanding the cognitive and neural theories across a range of areas. You will apply advanced psychological theory and methodology to real research questions. 

Optional Modules
20 credits

The following optional modules are all worth 20 credits each:

  • Counselling Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Occupational Health Psychology
  • Employability
  • Prisons and Punishment
  • Substance Use and the Criminal Justice System
  • Gangs in the Global City
  • Youth Crime and Justice
  • Victimology and Victimisation 

Final Year

Applied Social Psychology
20 credits

You will demonstrate knowledge and appraise major concepts, theoretical perspectives and empirical findings in social psychology.

Lifespan Psychology
20 credits

In this module, you will demonstrate a critical understanding of the different research methods within lifespan development, with an ability to create argued conclusions.

Integrative Psychology Project
40 credits

In this module, you will apply critical thinking to evaluate arguments and empirical findings. 

Optional Modules
20 credits

The following optional modules are all worth 20 credits each:

  • Cyber Crime
  • Gender and Crime
  • Hate Crime
  • Human Rights
  • Murder and Serial Murder 

Course Structure

Examples of formative activities include essays, research proposals, semi-formal debates, individual group presentations, multiple choice questionnaires, quizzes, online forums and mock exams. We also offer scheduled one-to-one meetings and office hours for more detailed feedback if required. The formative activities will help you complete your summative assessments with a clear focus and confidently.

You will look at how the core specialised areas of psychology and criminology will contribute to the understanding of important contemporary issues, as well as looking at how the two disciplines can explain the interaction of humans in the social world.

Practice-based and enquiry-led in nature, our course will expose you to a range of learning activities that offer you opportunities to apply scientific theory and research to contemporary phenomena. This will not only enable you to understand how people respond in varying situations, but will also encourage you to challenge misconceptions about human behaviour and society.

During your criminology modules you will question how criminology explores and questions why people commit crimes, how the society we live in perceives and treats criminals and victims of crime, and the people in charge of the criminal justice system in a global context.

Trips and Visits

Previous trips have included visiting the Science Museum in London, getting to see some of the museum’s acclaimed science exhibitions, and learning first-hand key processes and information.

International Opportunities

You can gain international insight and experience a new culture with our Erasmus exchange programme. Students have spent a term at a number of incredible institutions, including the University of San Diego in the USA, as well as destinations in Cyprus and Denmark.

We also offer our Make a Difference scheme, which has seen former students go to Thailand and Morocco.

Further Study

Upon graduating from this course, you could progress onto one of our postgraduate courses.

Our MSc Forensic Psychology will enable you to develop a career in forensic or forensic-related settings, working with offenders and victims of crime while our MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy, aimed at those already working in psychotherapy and counselling, will help you develop your clinical experience with the guidance of expert staff through systemic reflection on practice.

We also offer a GradCert/GradDip Psychology course designed for non-accredited psychology graduates or graduates with a degree in an unrelated area looking to develop a career in professional psychology.

Enhancing employability skills

To complement these attributes will be a host of transferrable skills, which employers from many contrasting industries frequently look for.

You’ll benefit from visiting professors from various applied psychology settings such as healthcare, clinical psychology, police and specialist academics in other universities.

You will also, through our Careers and Job Prospects team, be offered the chance to develop and improve your employability through workshops on CVs, career planning and interviews.


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.


BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate Jobs

Our graduates progress into a number of roles, working for companies and charities such as NSPLC Childline, The Island College and West Midlands Ambulance Service, working as specialist tutors, counsellors and house advisors.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
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Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our psychology with criminology course is most popular with international students from:

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Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other social sciences, law, business and English students.

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

Realistic, simulated environments include two mock court rooms, a Magistrates' and Crown Court, and an interviewing suite. We’re also exploring the use of virtual environments as a way to develop case study analysis.

For those studying on the BA (Hons) Criminology, Policing and Investigation pathway, you’ll experience simulations of police interviewing environments for both suspects and witnesses, with access to tape recording and video playback analysis.

Crime investigation files are prepared using computer-based technology, and the crime data analysis requirements of the degree are supported by appropriate statistical and analytical software.

Psychology students can look forward to using state-of-the-art equipment as well, including the latest in eye-tracking software, and our new EEG machine, all geared towards giving you true hands-on experience with tools you’ll be using in your later career.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

David Wilson

Professor David Wilson

Professor of Criminology

David Wilson is a former prison governor and expert on serial killers through his work with various British police forces, academic publications, books, and media appearances. Most recently he appeared on the Channel 5 documentary, Serial Killers.

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Dr Imran Awan

Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

Imran's areas of expertise are based around the impact of Islamophobia and the effects of counter-terrorism. As well as being a regular face in the media, Imran is a government advisor for the Cross-Government Working Group on Anti-Muslim Hatred.

Dr Elle Boag

Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology

After completing her BSc in psychology in 2006 at the University of Southampton, Elle Boag was awarded both the school of psychology prize and the BPS prize for best dissertation in the Wessex region. Subsequently, she continued onto an MSc in research methods in psychology which she completed in 2007.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295