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  • Take a Volunteering for Psychology module in your third year at a variety of local forensic providers linked to the University, such as the prison
  • Learn psychological research methods, including some lab skills
  • Choose from a huge range of optional modules, to develop your own interests in more depth
  • Apply psychology to criminology to gain an expert understanding of criminal behaviour
  • Benefit from teaching staff who have a wide range of expertise and a strong research base

Have you ever wished to take an armchair habit further and seriously study the workings of the mind and criminal behaviour? Our versatile and innovative course gives you the opportunity to do this by focusing on both of these overlapping disciplines to gain deeper insights into the way people think and the motivations for criminal behaviour.

Psychology and Criminology at Winchester gives you a solid grounding in the study of human thought and behaviour combined with a contemporary view of key issues around crime and criminal justice systems. Together these two complementary fields provide you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in a wide range of fulfilling careers where you can really make a difference.

In Year 1, you examine different approaches within psychology – personality and individual differences, social, developmental, cognitive and biological – illustrating how they lead to distinct perspectives on key research questions, and to the methods psychologists use to answer these questions. You are also introduced to the main areas within criminology, classic criminological theory, the police, and law and policy.

In Year 2, you continue your study of different qualitative and quantitative research methods and study one field of psychology in greater depth. You also study criminological theory more thoroughly, as well as violent crime and your choice of options examining such topics as Young People, Crime and Deviance; Penology (the study of prison management and the punishment of crime), Criminal Justice, and Writings on Crime, Morality and Deviance.

In Year 3, you choose from a huge range of fascinating optional modules, giving you the scope to develop your own interests in greater detail. The Extended Independent Study may be taken in Psychology or Criminology and gives you the chance to research and write up an extensive project with tutorial support.

Due to the wide range of skills, and the rigour with which they are taught, training in psychology is widely accepted as providing an excellent preparation for many careers. In addition to subject knowledge, Psychology and Criminology helps you develop skills in communication, numeracy, analysis, teamwork, critical thinking and independent learning — all of which are highly valued by employers.

During the course, you also acquire skills of gathering data using quantitative and qualitative methods, synthesising and interpreting evidence and assembling arguments, presenting evidence and formulating findings and conclusions.

Graduates pursue careers in health and social care, policing, probation and related professions, such as social and youth work, education and public sector work.

If you wish to pursue professional careers in psychology, you will need to undertake a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited conversion course after completion of your degree before being eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) status.


BA (Hons) Psychology and Criminology is not accredited by the British Psychological Society. Students intending to pursue professional careers in psychology (such as forensic, clinical, educational, or occupational psychology) will need to undertake a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited conversion course after completion of their degree before being eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) status. GBC is an entry requirement for many BPS accredited postgraduate training courses in psychology. Single Honours Psychology programmes at Winchester are accredited by the BPS for the purposes of eligibility to apply for GBC status.


Graduates pursue careers in health and social care, policing, probation, social and youth work, education and public sector work. Those wishing to pursue professional careers in psychology - such as clinical, educational, or occupational psychology - need to undertake further study and training to gain professional recognition. Graduates will be eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) status, which is an entry requirement for many accredited postgraduate training courses in psychology. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Due to the wide range of skills, and the rigour with which they are taught, training in psychology is widely accepted as providing an excellent preparation for many careers. In addition to subject knowledge, Psychology and Criminology graduates also develop skills in communication; numeracy; analysis; teamwork; critical thinking; computing; independent learning; and many others, all of which are highly valued by employers.

For more information about graduate employment visit From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.


Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Field trips

You will have the option to take field trips as part of your course.

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market.               

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc., you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours
  • Independent learning: 924 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours
  • Independent learning: 924 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 204 hours
  • Independent learning: 984 hours
  • Placement: 12 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.


King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester


Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:
  • 54% coursework
  • 31% written exams
  • 15% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
  • 78% coursework
  • 16% written exams
  • 6% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
  • 77% coursework
  • 19% written exams
  • 4% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.


2018 Entry: 96-112 points

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in Mathematics and English Language is required.

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

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International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Law, Governance and Policy 15

Law, Government and Policy offers a foundation approach to the legal and political processes for criminology students. To be able analyse and critically assess crime, law and order approaches within the wider studies of criminology, it is essential for students to have an appreciation of the processes through which legislation is created and the political influences on them. This module aims to take both a practical and theoretical look at the legal system through the analysis of existing policy and legislation along with experiencing the criminal justice system through court visits.

The aim is to bring in guest speakers who are legal practitioners to offer an authentic and realistic element to the programme of teaching. The module will be delivered through interactive lectures making use of case studies, practical applications and policy/legislation analysis. 

Foundations in Psychology 30

This module introduces students to historical and contemporary perspectives on some of the core topics on the British Psychological Society’s required curriculum: biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, individual differences, social psychology and conceptual and historical issues. Students will gain an understanding of the interrelationship between theorising and investigation.  In addition, seminars and tutorials support the development of some essential skills for psychology students, including reading journal papers, referencing, literature searching, essay writing and presentations. Students have the opportunity to take part in psychological experiments to support their understanding of the biological and cognitive psychology topics, enabling them to reflect on their experiences in a group presentation.

Classical Criminological Theory 15

In this module, you will become familiar with the main criminological theories as they were developed from mid XVIII century to 1950s. You will become aware how the definitions of crime, that is, causes and solutions, change in space and time. In particular, you will find out how different authors put forward different explanations of the causes of crime: individual choice, genetic elements, race factors, class issues, cultural conflicts; different solutions stem out of these conceptions, ranging from prisons to asylums, from welfare to medical treatment. Finally, you will become familiar with the conception of crime as a definition adopted against marginal groups, and the solutions proposed as tools of social control.

Police and Police Work 15

The police are one of the most important parts of the criminal justice system and also one of the most scrutinised. This module will introduce students to the work conducted by the police in England and Wales and focus on key debates on the role of the police with respect to the rest of society.

The module will also examine and explore issues such as policing by consent, the arming of police and contemporary issues such as community policing and the policing of terrorism. Other issues will include the policing and approaches protests and demonstrations, police and youth as well as police ethics and culture.

Introduction to Criminology 15

Criminology is considered as a ‘rendezvous’ but specialist discipline; a study of crime and criminal activity that serves as a meeting point for Social Science disciplines. This module introduces and explores the various disciplinary approaches to the study of crime. However, it will have as its starting point an exploration of common-sense and everyday perceptions and the social construction of crime, as well as the representation of crime and the criminal justice system. The module will also begin to introduce and explore the range and scope of issues and topics examined by the specialist discipline of Criminology.
The module will conclude by introducing students to some of the Criminology related initiatives and interventions currently at the University, such as the ‘Innocence Project’, ‘ Prison Theatre productions’ and community based initiatives. This will also introduce students to the notion and opportunities for volunteering as part of the University wide initiative and policy.

Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics 30

Students are introduced to research design and basic techniques of qualitative and quantitative data analysis through being required to collect, interpret, and display quantitative and quantitative data in a variety of methods. Students are encouraged to see how data analysis relates to research design and hence to understand and value the insights that can be gained by a competent knowledge of quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques. Basic concepts in the philosophy of science are addressed, and ethical issues are covered. Workshop sessions enable practise of data analysis skills. Students will carry out practical investigations in small groups to further develop skills in design, data collection, analysis and report writing. The practical investigation is selected to illustrate particular aspects of design or analysis with a progression towards more complex designs and more emphasis on theoretical issues.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Violent Crime 15

Violent crime often triggers social outcry and political response when targeted towards particular vulnerable groups within society. However, the notion of violent crime moves beyond the obvious offending into areas such chastisement of children, violence in social disorder and domestic violence/abuse. The aim of this module is to explore the range of violent offending currently criminalised within the criminal justice system, the social and political responses to such offending and the treatment of violent offenders.

Drawing on theoretical considerations from sociological, penological and psychological fields of knowledge alongside political, social and media reactions, the module offers a multi-disciplinary view on this particular form of offending.

Contemporary Criminological Theory 15

In this module, you will become familiar with the main criminological theories as they were developed from 1950s on. Swift social changes and widespread conflicts led to the moulding of new criminological theories, which critically discussed the assumption of crime as an objective phenomenon which had biased criminology since its birth. New criminological theories focused more on the processes of criminalization than on the repression of crime, more on the abuses carried forward by institutions and economic legitimate actors than on “delinquent persons”.

Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods 30

This module aims to introduce students to qualitative and quantitative approaches to psychological research methods. The qualitative component will cover issues in qualitative design, qualitative data collection methods, and students will gain practical skills in coding and analysing qualitative data. The quantitative component of the module will comprise weekly statistics lectures and workshops, in which students go through a number of set work questions using a statistical software package (SPSS). The module will emphasise the acquisition of practical research skills (in relation to key methods of data collection and analysis), critical skills (e.g. through evaluating research papers and methods), and a broad awareness of ethical issues relating to both quantitative and qualitative research methods in psychology.

Optional Credits

Optional Modules
  • Young People, Deviance and Crime 15 Credits
  • Penology 15 Credits
  • Comparative Criminal Justice 15 Credits
  • Criminological Fieldtrip 15 Credits
  • Criminological Identities and Contemporary Issues 15 Credits
  • Writings on Crime, Morality and Deviance 15 Credits
  • Brain, Behaviour and Cognition 30 credits
  • Society and Communication 30 credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Dissertation 30

Following two years of Criminological study the Dissertation provides an opportunity for students to develop further study into an area or topic of their own choice and interest, and to undertake a piece of independent research. The student will identify a topic of interest, provide a rationale for the research, devise and submit a research proposal, conduct a piece of research and write up and present the project and main findings following the appropriate scholarly conventions. In addition the student will prepare and present a poster outlining the research process, main findings and conclusions before addressing questions from peers and tutors. The Dissertation is a double module which spans Semesters 1 and 2 and provides the student with an opportunity to develop their interests in a specific aspect of Criminology as well as developing their research and communication skills.

Research Project: Empirical 30

The project takes the form of an original independent empirical investigation in a psychological topic area.
Students are required to select their topic/research question before the end of Semester 2 of Level 5. They produce a research proposal as part of the course requirement for PS2802-Conducting Independent Research. Supervisors are allocated according to research topic. Data collection may only commence once ethical approval has been granted by the ethical committee. The indicative length of the project is 5,000 words for quantitative and 7000 for qualitative projects.

Optional Credits

Optional Modules
  • Advanced Statistics and Applied Statistics 15 Credits
  • Topics in Educational Psychology 15 Credits
  • Conceptual Debates in Psychology 15 Credits
  • Cognitive Neuroscience 15 Credits
  • Psychology, Crime and the Criminal Justice System 15 Credits
  • Media Psychology 15 Credits
  • Volunteering for Psychology 15 Credits
  • Eyewitness Psychology 15 Credits
  • Evolutionary Psychology and Human Nature 15 Credits
  • Health Psychology 15 Credits
  • Computational Skills in Psychology 15 Credits
  • Advanced Critical Thinking for Psychologists 15 Credits
  • Criminological Investigation: Miscarriages of Justice, the Justice Project 15 Credits
  • Criminological Investigation: Investigating Serious Crimes 15 Credits
  • Organised Crime 15 Credits
  • Policing Society 15 Credits
  • Sport and Crime 15 Credits
  • Understanding Political Violence: The Contradictions of Terrorism 15 Credits
  • The Politics of Crime 15 Credits
  • Forensic Criminology 15 Credits
  • Criminal Bodies 15 Credits
  • Crime and Humanity 15 Credits
  • Riots, Protest and the Law 15 Credits
  • Drugs and Alcohol: Use and Control 15 Credits
  • Criminology Independent Project 15 Credits
  • Psychology in the Workplace 15 Credits
  • Society, Politics and Prejudice 15 Credits

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.



As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:


Field trips

Some optional criminology modules may involve a field trip. Cost £450 for each trip. 

Core texts

Core Texts are available from the University Library; however some students prefer to purchase their own copies. Some Core Texts can be bought second hand, or as an ebook which can often reduce this cost. Cost £400 for full length of course. 



Students have to soft bind two copies of their project reports in the third year. Cost £10.


We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
96-112 points
King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester