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Criminal Psychology BSc (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

CM82

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222


Overview

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 and criminological perspectives, methods and techniques. 

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

The British Psychological Society

Our Facilities

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SuperLab

The Alison Gingell building contains a state-of-the-art SuperLab, capable of holding up to 270 people at once. The lab's facilities include equipment for microscopy, DNA analysis and forensic testing.

 

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Ambulance

Our facilities include a mock ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, to help simulate the patient journey. This gives students the opportunity to learn in situations that mirror real life scenarios.

 

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Mock Operating Theatre

Our Alison Gingell building includes a full-size mock operating theatre, containing scrub sinks and theatre lights. We also have a mock hospital ward so that we can study a complete patient pathway.

What our students say...

The course provided me with numerous transferable skills such as a well developed analytical thinking style and proficient problem solving capabilities.

Carly Charalambou

Course information

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.

100%

of students agreed that our staff are good at explaining things

NSS, 2016

Modules

Overview

In years one and two, you will learn about research methods and the statistical analyses that researchers use.

Modules

  • Developing as a Criminological Psychologist 1

  • Psycho-criminological approaches

  • Global Criminology

  • Introducing Psychological Approaches to Crime

  • Psychology, Criminology and Culture

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In year two, you will be required to complete a work experience placement with an external organisation and learn about research methods and the statistical analyses that researchers use.

Modules

  • Developing as a Criminological Psychologist 2

  • Psychological Perspectives on Crime 1

  • Applied Research Methods 1

  • Psychological Perspectives on Crime 2

  • Applied Research Methods 2

  • Professional Experience

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

There is the opportunity to complete the course over four years by applying for a year of work placement or to study abroad on the Erasmus programme.

Modules

  • Study Abroad

  • Professional Placement

Overview

By your final year, you will have been taught how to design and conduct your own research. You will then do this and analyse and present your results in the form of an independent project in an area of your choice.

Modules

  • Developing as a Criminological Psychologist 3

  • Independent Research Project

  • Project Ethics

  • Optional modules

    3 from the following*:

    • Psychology of Gender and Sexualities
    • Mindfulness and Meditation
    • Special Educational Needs
    • Bullying and Victimisation
    • Psychology of Teaching and Learning
    • Investigative Psychology
    • Cognitive Affective Neuroscience in Criminal Behaviour
    • Psychology and the world today
    • Ageing
    • Stengths Based Change
    • Exploring Evolutionary Psychology
    • Drug Use and Addiction
    • Criminal Behaviour and its contexts

    *Note: a maximum of seven options will be offered on a rotational basis each academic year. Options are subject to change.

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

13th

We are ranked as the 13th best University in the United Kingdom - Guardian University Guide 2019

In more detail...

  • Opportunity to apply to work with staff on research projects, as a student research assistant.
  • Coventry is ranked in the UK’s top 10 universities for Criminology in the Guardian University Guide 2019.
  • A work experience module in the second year that can give you valuable experience, develop new skills and increase your appeal to potential employers.
  • Opportunity to join the Psychology Society. This is a group run by students in collaboration with staff. Events are largely social by nature but with an academic twist.
  • Laboratory facilities including EEG recording, psychopharmacological testing, mock prison cells, and specialist software, such as E-Prime, Superlab, SPSS, and NVIVO.
  • Guest lectures by experts including practising psychologists and criminologists and researchers in both criminology and psychology; experienced teachers and researchers.
  • A personal tutoring system, which is integrated into taught modules at all levels, to enhance employability through the development of transferable skills such as presentation skills, group work, conducting literature reviews and critical analysis.
  • Current accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS) meaning that as a graduate, provided you achieve at least a 2:2, you will be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). Additional costs may apply. Please check with the membership body for details.

Opportunity to go on field trips which have previously included Auschwitz-Birkenau, San Francisco, and Tokyo.

You will spend a significant proportion of your first two years studying the key areas of psychology, including:

  • Biological Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology 
  • Individual Differences

Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated seminars and workshop practical classes.

In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed:

  • Coursework: 89%
  • Formal examinations: 11%


A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed.

89% assessed by coursework

For details please contact the Course Admissions Tutor Nigel Wilson: hsx311@coventry.ac.uk or the Course Director Rebecca Jenks aa2557@coventry.ac.uk 

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.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

The course provided me with numerous transferable skills such as a well developed analytical thinking style and proficient problem solving capabilities.

Carly Charalambou

What our students say...

The course provided me with numerous transferable skills such as a well developed analytical thinking style and proficient problem solving capabilities.

Carly Charalambou

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£13,700 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

As well as covering UK field trips, key materials and laser print, the fees for this course also include:

  • Student membership of the British Psychological Society for the final year of the course
  • Free copy of SPSS statistics software
  • Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate (formally CRB Disclosure) for those undertaking placements with children


The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

What our students say...

The course provided me with numerous transferable skills such as a well developed analytical thinking style and proficient problem solving capabilities.

Carly Charalambou

Career prospects

The course has been designed to equip students with a range of skills and competencies that will set you apart from other graduates and make you attractive to potential employers.

Our tutorial system focuses on the development of skills such as group work, literature reviewing, critical analysis and being able to construct and deliver presentations.

There is also the opportunity to undergo a sandwich course over four years with one year on work placement. All placement opportunities are supported by staff members from the Employability Placement Unit who are specialists in identifying suitable opportunities and have links with various external organisations.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

90%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Many of our graduates go on to work as psychologists but some also go on to become researchers, lecturers, teachers, administrators, practitioners, managers, or health and care professionals.

What our students say...

The course provided me with numerous transferable skills such as a well developed analytical thinking style and proficient problem solving capabilities.

Carly Charalambou
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. We encourage you to read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University. A copy of the 18/19 Contract can be found here.