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Psychology and Crime (with placement year)

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2017: CCC / 96 UCAS points
Entry 2018: This course is not running
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
UCAS code: CL84
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Social Sciences
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The Psychology and Crime course draws on the University’s strengths in psychology and applied criminal justice, combining a thorough grounding both in psychology and the study of crime.

It blends psychological, criminological, sociological and historical perspectives to create an engaging and varied degree.

This is one of the few courses that integrates the teaching of psychology and crime, and it gives you the opportunity to study crime and justice in a wider social context. Modules focus on the application of theory to policy and practice.

Students should study this course if they are interested in learning about the applications of justice in the criminal justice system, psychological approaches to crime, and current criminal justice policy.

Between your second and final year you will undertake a work placement or period of study abroad.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

Although this course is not accredited by the British Psychological Society, it does provide the basis for an application to our accredited postgraduate programmes in psychology.


"My experience of the course has been brilliant, engaging and thoroughly rewarding, becoming an active member of the University and taking advantage of the various opportunities and events has enriched my experience even more. Becoming a member of the Psychology Society encouraged me to meet new people and do things outside my comfort zone."

BSc (Hons) Psychology, 2015

Why Bradford?

Psychology modules will introduce you to fundamental psychological concepts and their relevance to everyday life.

Modules on crime will explore the main theories of criminal behaviour and how crime is regarded in society, and will give you an insight into the criminal justice system.

Some modules will cover both areas, such as psychological profiling, which examines how psychologists track down criminals.

Wider perspectives are provided throughout the course in sociology-related modules.

We do not offer placements on this course, but you may be interested in studying for a year at one of our partner institutions across Europe, North America, East Asia or Australia in order to widen your horizons and develop your independence and confidence.

Study abroad enhances your personal skills development and is positively recognised by employers.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: CCC / 96 UCAS points

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

BTEC Extended Diploma:

MMM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS Tariff of 96 — there are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management or our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.



Module name Type
Year 1
Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justicecore
Introduction to Psychologycore
Introduction to Sociologycore
Learning Strategiescore
Social Divisions and Power: Outsiders, Aliens and Outlawscore
State and Societycore
Year 2
Dissertation Preparationcore
Offenders, Punishment and Changecore
Psychological Profilingcore
Research and Evaluationcore
Crime and the Mediaoption
Youth and Crimeoption
Year 4
International Perspectives on Crimecore
Contemporary Criminal Justiceoption
Models of Forensic Psychologyoption
Social Psychology of Intergroup Relationsoption

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

81% of our 2015 graduates in Psychology and Crime found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

This course will give you the ability to examine issues in depth and to make constructive judgements on them, and the capacity to work in groups to resolve problems - skills highly valued by employers.

Future careers may include educational psychology, probation, the prison service, the police, youth work and victim support.

Although such careers may require an additional qualification, this degree aims to provide a stimulating and thorough framework for future specialisms, and you may opt to undertake a Master’s degree.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2015 Psychology and Crime graduates was £17,720.


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
  • International: £14,250
  • International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,430

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.