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Psychology with Criminology Bsc (Hons)

Overview

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology is an example of a major/minor combination which means that the number of modules is weighted towards Psychology with complementary modules in Criminology. Psychology, in combination with Criminology, provides a body of knowledge that crosses disciplines and provides excellent training in research skills, critical thinking and communication.

Your understanding of the problem of crime, criminal justice policy and the place of crime in contemporary society will be enriched by your coverage of core areas of psychology. There is also the opportunity to undertake a psychology research project in the third year based on your own interests and ideas, which will allow you to gain invaluable experience of social scientific research methods.

5 reasons to study here

Pioneering: LSBU are one of the first universities in the UK to deliver courses that integrate core areas of psychological knowledge.
Industry relevant: This course structure stems from recent recommendations for best practice made by The British Psychological Society.
Professional accreditation: Accredited by the British Psychological Society.
Flexible learning: A wide variety of module options in the final year make this course flexible to suit your interests.
Dedicated facilities: The psychology lab complex is home to an array of strong practical facilities, including an eye-tracking facility and observation room.

This degree course covers...

All of our courses have a strong applied element so that you can see the real world applications of your studies. The course covers:

  • human feelings
  • behaviour with others
  • thinking
  • communication
  • learning
  • memory

We also offer a variety of specialist psychology degrees:

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Part-time
Duration
4.5 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

Modules

Year 1

  • Psychological research methods 1
    This module will provide you with an introduction to the study of psychology as a science. You'll study some of the key conceptual, methodological, and statistical issues that psychologists face when studying human behaviour. As well as issues surrounding experimental design and ethical principles in psychological research, the module also gives an introduction to the ways in which descriptive and inferential statistics can be used to analyse and make sense of experimental data. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
  • Introducing psychological approaches
    This module will introduce you to the study of psychology, first by discussing its conceptual underpinnings and historical development, then topics related to living in the world as biological, learning and feeling beings. The first part of the module will focus on the philosophical foundations of psychology, its status as a science and current identity, while the second part will deal with evolutionary theory and the relationship of the brain to behaviour. The third part will consider learning, and the fourth will analyse emotions from biological, psychological and social perspectives. The module will provides you with the knowledge-base necessary for advanced study at Level 5, and also the development of skills relating to factual learning, i.e., accessing, organising, assimilating and revising information. This module will help you develop skills relating to MCQ assessments. Assessment method: 10% coursework, 90% exam.
  • Psychological research methods 2
    The module builds and expands upon the descriptive and simple inferential statistical methods introduced in Psychological Research Methods 1. Lectures and seminars will consider more advanced principles of research design, qualitative data analysis, and statistical analysis using SPSS. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
  • Exploring psychological approaches
    This module introduces topics related to living in the world as a developing, thinking, social and individual being. Topics will include memory, perception, attention, cognitive development, interpersonal behaviour, group behaviour, intelligence, personality and aspects of atypical behaviour. Study in each of these areas will provide you with a framework for advanced study at Level 5. In addition to knowledge, the module will provide you with the opportunity to develop skills relating to accessing, assimilating and communicating information, and it will introduce you to a variety of assessment techniques that you'll encounter on the course. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
  • Deconstructing the crime problem
    What is crime? How and to what extent is the crime problem dispersed throughout contemporary British society? What do we know about current levels of crime in the UK and how do these compare historically?  These are some of the key questions you'll address in this module which introduces you to the basic anatomy of the crime problem. In addition to addressing specific questions concerning trends in different types of crime and social distribution of crime across society, you'll be encouraged to think about these issues in terms of broader social trends and relations.
  • Introduction to criminological theory
    You'll be introduced to key criminological theories. You'll examine the principal conceptual differences between these theories and how such concepts have been applied in the form of substantive research and policy.

Year 2

  • Psychological research methods 3
    This module will begin with an introduction to conceptual and historical issues in research methods before moving on to the design and analysis of single factor experiments, simple and complex factorial designs and single case methods, both investigative and interventional. Lectures will provide the conceptual framework required for an understanding of research methodology and their supporting statistical tests. These will be supported by seminars that will help you learn design analysis, data analysis using SPSS and the interpretation of the results of experiments taken from the psychology literature. The module will also provide you with the opportunity to design, execute, analyse and report the results of two pieces of practical work. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
  • The psychology of learning and memory
    This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore a number of the major concepts, theories and methods encountered in understanding how and why we behave in the ways we do when in the presence of other humans. The focus of this module is to understand what psychologists have contributed to the understanding of our social behaviours according to the real, imagined or implied presence of other individuals. The module will focus on those approaches that have been used to examine a) whether we are social beings and why, b) what the ‘social’ brain looks like, c) how social behaviours develop across the lifespan, d) which mechanisms have been used to explain how we interact with the implied, real or imagined presence of others, e) how culture affects our social interactions, and f) how group membership affects our social behaviours. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • The psychology of feelings
    This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore the interdependence between feelings and human behaviour. The module is organised into three distinct themes, relationships, mood and sensations. Two introductory sessions will be used to recap and consolidate material at Level 4 and provide a knowledge base upon which the rest of the module will build. Then, within each theme a range of topics will be explored, drawing on theory and research from biological, developmental, evolutionary, cross-cultural, cognitive and atypical psychology. Individual differences will be a key perspective in this module. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Psychological research methods 4
    The first component of this module will develop your knowledge of thematic analysis, and will allow you to carry out and report a study using this method. You'll also be introduced to multivariate research designs, and will conduct and report a piece of research using multiple regression. You'll then be allocated to specialist research methods streams. This component will give you an opportunity to gain a more in-depth understanding of a specific complex research methodology and its practical application. Finally, in consultation with your final year empirical project supervisor, you'll be required to produce a proposal which may form the basis of their empirical project. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • The psychology of behaviour with others
    This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore a number of the major concepts, theories and methods encountered in understanding how and why we behave in the ways we do when in the presence of other humans. The focus of this module is to understand what psychologists have contributed to the understanding of our social behaviours according to the real, imagined or implied presence of other individuals. The module will focus on those approaches that have been used to examine a) whether we are social beings and why, b) what the ‘social’ brain looks like, c) how social behaviours develop across the lifespan, d) which mechanisms have been used to explain how we interact with the implied, real or imagined presence of others, e) how culture affects our social interactions, and f) how group membership affects our social behaviours. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • The psychology of thinking and communication
    This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore a number of the major concepts, theories and methods encountered in understanding how we communicate with others, solve problems and make decisions. This module will help you understand the development of human communication, both cognitive and social. You'll learn what different psychologists think intelligence is, how it develops, and how it can be measured. The module will explore the internal and external influences on the development of reasoning and decision-making. The module will also explore whether innate mechanisms underlie these capacities or whether they develop over time. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.

Year 3

  • Empirical project
    The module will require you to design and implement a substantial piece of independent psychological research and to produce an extensive report on the project. You'll be supervised by a permanent member of academic staff. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Crime, criminology and modernity
    You'll examine the emergence and development of criminology as an academic discipline in the context of the development of the human sciences and governmental needs of societies in the modern period. Whilst your main emphasis is on intellectual development, you'll also explore how and in what ways such ideas come to be embodied in governmental policy, how this process transforms them and the conditions under which they decline both intellectually and in their application.
  • Gender, crime and justice
    An understanding of both masculinities and femininities is central to this module. You'll draw on feminist perspectives in criminological theory as well as more mainstream theoretical accounts. You'll evaluate the evidence which indicates that patterns of offending, victimisation and the workings of the main criminal justice agencies are gendered. This module also transgresses traditional debates in this area by considering a human rights perspective for the study of gender and crime.

Plus a choice of two from:

  • Psychology in the Workplace
  • Lifespan Development
  • Psychology of mental health
    Mental health is a highly contested area, with major disagreements amongst psychiatrists, psychologists and service users over the conceptualisation and treatment of mental health problems. This module will examine the theoretical differences between these perspectives by examining the social, cultural, biological and psychological evidence for the causes and maintenance of mental health problems. These factors will be looked at in general, and also in relation to specific forms of distress, such as depression, eating disorders and anxiety. The value and efficacy of diagnostic versus formulation approaches for the treatment of mental health problems will also be explored. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Art, awareness and the brain
    This module focuses on the subjective state of awareness as a phenomenal state, looking at both its biological underpinnings in the nervous system and its cultural manifestation in art. While each level is important in its own right for the study of psychology, so too is their interconnectedness, as each sheds light on the other, allowing a fuller and more integrated approach and deeper grasp of awareness that is ordinarily available. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Development of brain and behaviour in infancy
    This module focuses on infancy, a period of rapid development, and examines the emergence of perceptual, cognitive, and early social skills during the first year of life. Emerging behaviours will also be related to brain development to facilitate a more thorough investigation of what happens during development. Traditional and more recent methods used to assess both brain and behaviour in infants will also be considered. This module will offer you the opportunity to consider a dominant theoretical debate in developmental psychology, that of the relative contributions of nature and nurture to development. The first part of the module will focus on typical development, while the second part will look at instances where development is atypical, such as in the case of developmental disorders (e.g. autism and Down syndrome) or the case of extreme environments (e.g. visual and environmental deprivation). Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Health psychology
    Morbidity and mortality have been shown to be influenced significantly by various socio-demographic factors like age, social class and education. Which factors create the link between these inputs and health-related outputs is less clear. This module will explore theoretically-based psychological processes and mechanisms (e.g. cognitive dispositions and beliefs, social support, etc.) that have been shown to relate social inputs with health outcomes. In early sessions you'll explore social inequalities in health. During later sessions a number of models used by health psychologists to study related decision making and behaviour will be explored. Throughout all sessions you'll be exposed to applied implications and evidence derived from basic theoretical principles. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
  • Applied psychometrics
    This module will begin by explaining test construction and validation in detail. The module will then go on to consider a wide variety of psychometric tests available and their appropriateness for use in occupational, clinical and research psychology. Ethical and legal issues surrounding psychometric test use will also be covered. You'll gain practical experience of psychometric test use. Assessment method: 100% exam.
  • Neuropsychology
    This module begins with an introduction to the history of neuropsychology and its methods designed to lay foundations for the following content. Of particular importance is the relationship between normal and impaired functioning and the goal of deriving theories which explain both. The content areas examine different types of neuropsychological impairment, from traumatic brain injury, as found in Amnesic Syndrome, through the effects of strokes found in Unilateral Neglect to the pervasive effects of degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's Disease. An important part of the module is an appraisal of the likelihood of recovery and efficacy of rehabilitation. The aim of the summative assessments is to examine both broad knowledge of the topic areas and the ability to critically examine issues in a selected topic area. Regular self assessed formative assessments will enable students to monitor their progress. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
  • Counselling psychology and psychotherapy
    This module is designed primarily for students intending to go on to counselling psychology and psychotherapy postgraduate courses following their degree. Each week will include theoretical and practical components where you'll able to try out various approaches in role-plays and triad work. The theoretical component of the module will introduce you to key theoretical approaches in counselling psychology and psychotherapy, focusing on humanist/existential and cognitive behavioural, as well as covering various types of therapy, such as one-to-one, group therapy, brief therapy and relationship work. There will be a critical emphasis throughout considering issues of power, ethics, difference, and research on therapeutic effectiveness and processes. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Psychopharmacology
    This module focuses on the scientific study of how drugs affect brain function and how such research furthers our understanding of the biological mechanisms underlying behaviour. Topics covered in this module include recreational and abusive use of drugs, cognitive enhancing drugs, the cannabinoid system and the therapeutic potential of cannabis, and in-depth coverage of the drugs used to treat schizophrenia, anxiety and mood disorders. In the last three lectures, we'll look at the use of animals in drug development in clinical psychopharmacology and discuss future avenues of research to develop more acceptable medications for mental health problems. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Thinking: Past, present and future
    Cognitive science is the scientific study of thought. This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore some of the key theoretical debates in contemporary cognitive science, adopting a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the nature of thought and challenging assumptions concerning what it is to be human. The module will address the nature of the human mind in the past, present, and future, frequently using comparative psychology to identify those abilities that make us uniquely human and which mark us out from non-human animals and synthetic organisms. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
  • Professional placement in psychology
    This module will provide you with the opportunity to complete a work placement within an organisation whose work is relevant to the discipline of psychology. You'll be expected to complete a minimum of 24 hours in an approved placement, and will complete a written portfolio related to this experience. The assessment for this module will help you develop your reflective thinking skills, as well as your understanding of the utility of psychological research and theory in real world settings. Assessment method: 100% coursework. 
  • Psychology of addictive behaviours
    This module will introduce you to theories of addictive behaviour. You'll address conceptual issues surrounding the utility of theories, and you'll discuss the empirical evidence for or against each theory. You'll have the opportunity to consider recent theories that attempt to synthesise extant models into a comprehensive account of addiction. You'll also have the opportunity to apply and critically evaluate several theories in regards to their ability to explain alcoholism, both during seminars and in your coursework assignment. Finally, you'll examine various treatment and preventative approaches, and the evidence for and against each. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Psychology of inter- and intra- group processes
    This module will outline key issues in the study of intergroup and intra-group psychology and will explore social identity approaches. The module will then consider how groups interact with one another (inter-group processes) and also how group members function within the group (intra-group processes). The module combines theory with real social applications. Seminars will provide an opportunity to explore issues and research in more depth, and apply theory to real life situations. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.

Employability

A psychology degree, accredited by the British Psychological Society, together with an appropriate postgraduate qualification could lead you to a career as a Chartered Psychologist in, for example, clinical, forensic, educational or occupational psychology.

If you choose to take the Psychology with Criminology course you'll develop an understanding of the problem of crime, criminal justice policy and the place of crime in contemporary society – which will open up career opportunities in probation and court services, the prison service, non-governmental organisations, local authorities and youth offending teams.

How we will make you more employable

This course will teach you excellent written, analytical and numerical skills which will enable you to pursue careers in numerous areas such as counselling, teaching, the probation and court services, market research, human resources and business.

Our department provides careers support and advice for the time our students study with us and beyond.

We organise various careers activities such as work placements, talks and seminars in collaboration with many organisations. Some of these include the Metropolitan Police, The NHS, and The British Psychological Society (BPS) which has an invaluable source of careers related information. We also hold an annual careers fair for our second and third year students and work closely with London South Bank University alumni who have gone on to successful careers in Psychology.

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

Placements

Students should begin looking for voluntary and paid work placementopportunities as soon as possible, to help develop additional skills and experience relevant to their future careers. The department and university provide plenty of support in this area. In addition to extra-curricular work placements, students are also able to undertake an assessed placement in their final year of study, in an area related to their career interests.

Facilities

Teaching and learning

Study hours

Year 1 class contact time is typically 12 to 15 hours per week + individual tutorial + independent study.

Assessment

We use a range of assessment methods, and train you in these methods as you advance through your studies. The methods used are:

  • Essays 
  • Practical reports
  • Unseen exams
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Scenario based reports
  • Case studies
  • Posters
  • Executive reports
  • Portfolios
  • Group work folders

Research

Our impressive research record (over 90% of our publications were rated at the international level in RAE 2008) means that teaching is informed by current, cutting-edge research, and because we have a focus on applied research, you can apply your learning to real-world settings.

Support

We aim to support you throughout your studies in many ways. We provide one-to-one support via our professional tutoring system. Your tutor will help you understand coursework feedback, offer guidance as you plan your career, and advise you on work experience to ensure you get the most out of the course. Teaching is also supported through seminars, online learning environments and specialist advice sessions for topics such statistics and research methods. In addition to the facilities provided by the university, the psychology laboratory has dedicated computing and experimental equipment.

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level BBB or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DMM or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 24 Distinctions and 21 Merits or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 120 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 orCambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
4.5 years
Start date
September
Application code
Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
September
Application code
Application method

All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.

Scholarships

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Applicant Open Days

To help you and your family feel confident about your university choice we run Applicant Open Days. These are held at subject level so students start getting to know each other and the academic staff who will be teaching them. These events are for applicants only and as an applicant you would receive an email invitation to attend the relevant event for your subject.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

Suggested reading list

It is valuable to do some preparatory reading before starting the course, we recommend:

  • Breakwell, G. M., Smith, J. A., & Wright, D. B. (Eds., 2012). Research methods in psychology (4th ed.). London: Sage.
  • Davey, G. (Ed, 2011). Applied psychology. Sussex, UK: BPS Blackwell.
    Howitt, D., & Cramer, D. (2011). Introduction to research methods in psychology (3rd ed.). Harlow, Essex: Pearson Education.
  • Schacter, D., Gilbert, D., Wegner, D, & Hood, B. (2015). Psychology: European Edition. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Hock, R. R. (2012). Forty studies that changed psychology (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall. ISBN: 978-0205927333.
  • Stanovich, K. E. (2009). How to think straight about psychology (9th ed.). Boston: Pearson Allyn and Bacon. ISBN: 978-0205760923.
  • M. Maguire, R. Morgan and R. Reiner (2012) (5th edn) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • S. Walklate (2003) (2nd edn) Understanding Criminology: Current theoretical debates. Buckingham: Open University Press.
  • R. Lippens (2009) A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Studying Criminology. London: Sage.
  • J. Muncie and E. McLaughin (2001) The Problem of Crime. Sage/Open University: London.
 
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