Criminology and Psychology - BSc (Hons)

Gain a solid grounding in developmental, social and cognitive psychology, as well as study how the individual develops through infancy, childhood and early adult life, the development of personality, social factors that influence behaviour, and the development of perception and human thought.

Course details

Unravel the debates surrounding the causes of crime from the perspectives of both sociology and psychology in this programme taught by expert staff. The combination of criminology and psychology will give you an expertise in theories and approaches from both disciplines, allowing you to critically evaluate the causes and effects of crime and deviant behaviour.

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

London Metropolitan University

Course overview

You’ll also be introduced to criminological theory, including the assumptions that underlie intervention and control, and to the criminal justice system including the police, judiciary and prisons where you’ll examine the concept of justice and sentencing. You’ll learn the research skills needed to measure and interpret crime, including both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and through optional modules in your second and third year, you’ll begin to pursue the areas that most interest you. Options are wide-ranging and include terrorism, victimology, serial offenders and forensic psychology. 


Entry requirements

a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National or Advanced Diploma)

GCSE English grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

What the students say

The highlight of my time at London Met so far has been using the resources made available by the University, especially the careers department, along with the skills obtained on my degree to successfully secure an intern finance position in my first year.


The modules listed below are for the academic year 2022/23 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

  • Child Development and Behaviour (core, 15 credits)
  • Cognition and Behaviour (core, 15 credits)
  • Introduction to Criminological Theory (core, 30 credits)
  • Introduction to criminological and sociological theory (core, 30 credits)
  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (core, 30 credits)
  • Personality (core, 15 credits)
  • Social Influences on Thinking and Behaviour (core, 15 credits)
  • Individual Differences (core, 15 credits)
  • Measuring and Interpreting Crime (core, 30 credits)
  • Social and Cultural Understanding of Us and Others (core, 15 credits)
  • Cognition (option, 15 credits)
  • Crime in Context (option, 30 credits)
  • Crime, Media and Technology (option, 15 credits)
  • Development Across the Lifespan (option, 15 credits)
  • Perspectives on Policing (option, 30 credits)
  • Youth, Crime and Violence (option, 15 credits)
  • Crime Control and Penology (alternative core, 30 credits)
  • Criminological Research Practice (alternative core, 15 credits)
  • Criminology Project (alternative core, 30 credits)
  • Social Control, Drugs and Organised Crime (alternative core, 30 credits)
  • Clinical Psychology (option, 15 credits)
  • Cognition and Emotion (option, 15 credits)
  • Counseling Psychology (option, 15 credits)
  • Criminology Work Experience (option, 15 credits)
  • Forensic Psychology (option, 15 credits)
  • Gender and Sexuality (option, 30 credits)
  • Health Psychology (option, 15 credits)
  • Serious and Serial Offenders (option, 15 credits)
  • Special Topics in Personality and Social Psychology (option, 15 credits)
  • Specific Learning Differences (option, 15 credits)
  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (option, 15 credits)
  • Victims and Crime (option, 15 credits)
  • Work Psychology (option, 15 credits)