Psychology with Criminology - BSc (Hons)

We start by looking at the main principles of psychology and criminology. Then, in Years 2 and 3, our optional modules give you the freedom to explore your own interests in more depth.

You might be interested in both, and wondering which area to specialise in. If that’s the case, our British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited Psychology with Criminology degree is made for you.

Course details

These are fascinating questions, and psychology and criminology are equally fascinating fields. 

  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

By studying BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology at ARU, you’ll learn from expert tutors who are actively engaged in research work. And you can take advantage of our specialist science facilities too, including laboratories for analysing hair and saliva samples, and measuring electrical activity in the brain.


Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.


As a Psychology with Criminology graduate, a range of careers is open to you. With further study, you could specialise in disciplines such as forensic, occupational or educational psychology. Or as a criminologist you could work for the Probation Service, the police, the Prison Service, the Home Office or the Courts Service.

As a graduate chartered member of the British Psychological Society, you could undertake further training to become a counselling or clinical psychologist, or specialise in areas like health, educational or forensic psychology.


Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to measure your progress. These include written and practical exams, essays, research reports, oral presentations and lab reports. You’ll also write a dissertation (major project) on a subject of your choice.

  • The Psychology of Everyday Life
  • Crime News and Criminology
  • Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Criminal Justice in England and Wales
  • Becoming a Researcher
  • Research in Action: Statistical Thinking
  • Research in Action: Qualitative Methods and Psychology in Practice
  • Social Psychology: Development and Difference
  • Brain, Body and Mind
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)

Optional modules

  • Intoxicants and Intoxication
  • Revolving Doors: Punishment and Rehabilitation
  • Diagnosis and Formulation in Mental Health
    • Forensic Psychology
    • Criminology in Policy and Practice
    • Psychology Project

    Optional modules

    • Trafficking, Exploitation and Sexual Violence
    • Youth, Crime and Aggression
    • Investigative Psychology
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Cognitive Neuroscience
    • Lifespan Development
    • Sex, Sexuality and Gender
    • Psychology in the Workplace
    • Emotion
    • Culture and Health
    • Concepts of Good and Evil
    • Comparative and Global Criminal Justice
    • Organised Crime
    • The Neuroscience of Self
    • Atypical Development
    • Groups in Conflict: Social Psychological Issues
    • Psychological Therapies
    • Consumer Psychology
    • Cyberpsychology