BSc Psychology and Criminal Justice

Learn to apply psychology to criminal investigation and study a degree that prepares you for a career in the criminal justice system, or for further study to become a Forensic Psychologist.

You’ll study forensic psychology, understanding what motivates criminal behaviour and how criminals are treated within the justice system. You’ll learn about the criminal mind and how individual differences relates to criminal behaviour. You’ll also study neuroscience, discovering how areas of the brain and brain damage can lead to riskier behaviour. You’ll apply this understanding of psychology and criminology directly to the criminal justice system, learning how the legal system works and how it treats offenders and victims of crime.

Course details

Understand how the human mind works and affects behaviour, and how to apply psychology to the study of criminal behaviour and the criminal justice system.

  • Mode of study: 2 -3 days campus
  • Intake: September , January
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: £9,250 per year
  • Location: London

University of Roehampton

Course overview

Our degree is strongly focused on your career and employability. When you graduate, your understanding of the human mind, criminology and the criminal justice system will allow you to excel in a range of careers. Our graduates have gone onto work for the Ministry of Justice, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, charities supporting prisoners, people with convictions and their children and families, mental health services, the NHS and Education.

This course also has the option of a one year paid work placement, to boost your employability even further.


Entry requirements

Year 1 entry: 112 UCAS points (or equivalent)

We welcome applications from students studying T Levels.

For all courses we also accept a wide range of other qualifications and experience

Specific entry requirements

GSCE requirement:Maths at grade C/4 or above


You could go on to secure work in the prison and probation services, the police, Home Office, Ministry of Justice or the wider criminal justice system. Many of our students choose to study Psychology and Criminal Justice because the transferrable skills you develop are valued by a range of employers. You could work in the charity sector, for mental health services, in an educational setting or in a range of business roles.


All modules are core and are worth 15 credits unless specified.

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Psychology of Resilience and Success
  • Introduction to Psychological Research
  • The Evolution of Psychology
  • Understanding Human Behaviour
  • Criminological Theories

Compulsory modules

  • Criminological Imagination
  • Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Psychological Research: Design, Analysis and Impact
  • Understanding the Individual and Society
  • Development and Transition Across the Lifespan
  • Victims and Crime

Compulsory modules

  • Family Criminology
  • Independent Research Project
  • Psychological Practice for Communities and Industry
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Criminal Justice and Domestic Violence