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Joint degrees

BSc Criminology and Psychology is a joint degree with the Centre for Criminology and Sociology. This degree will give students an understanding of the biological, social, clinical and cognitive factors that influence behaviour alongside the study of crime, criminality, and the criminal justice system. The degree develops students' understanding of psychological problems and interventions, how social and cognitive factors influence behaviour and how behaviour can be modified. It also examines the underpinnings of criminal behaviour (including violent crime, terrorism, race and hate crime), and how society reacts to, controls, and is affected by crime and deviance. The Centre for Criminology and Sociology is the home department for students choosing to take this programme.

Joint honours students take five courses in the first year. You will have introductory courses in biological Psychology, criminology, the criminal justice system and morality and behaviour. You will be taught in several different ways, mostly through lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes. Altogether you can expect around 12 hours of tutorials, lab classes and lectures each week and the rest of the time you will be engaged in private study, reading and revision. Your understanding and knowledge will be assessed in coursework essays throughout term and end of year examinations, which are usually in May. You will also be allocated your own Personal Advisor – a member of academic staff who will be available to give you guidance and support throughout your time as a student at Royal Holloway.

Year 1 class units

Criminology courses

  • CR1011 - Introduction to Criminology
  • CR1013 - Criminal Justice System

Psychology courses

  • PS1021 - Learning and Memory
  • PS1030 - Self and Society
  • PS1060 - Biological Foundations of Psychology
  • PS1110 - Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

Courses in the second year build on the knowledge gained in the first year. They are more specialised and give students the chance to learn about particular topics in greater depth. Second year students are expected to carry out more independent reading and to begin to understand research design. You will receive lab classes, tutorials and lectures in research methodology and key debates in criminology. You will also have a choice between studying options such as crime and the law and violent crime; plus four from six courses in Psychology.

Year 2 class units 

Criminology courses

  • CR2013 - Key Perspectives and Debates in Criminology
  • CR2011 - Research Methods for Social Scientists

     One out of the following:     

  • CR2015 - Violent Crime
  • CR2016 - Crime and the Law

Psychology courses

     Four out of the following:

  • PS2021 - Cognitive Psychology
  • PS2030 - Social Psychology
  • PS2040 - Developmental Psychology
  • PS2050 - Personality and Individual Differences
  • PS2061 - Brain and Behaviour
  • PS2080 - Conceptual Issues in Psychology

In the final year courses are flexible and you have a great deal of choice of which units to take.  Courses are highly specialized and at the cutting edge of research.  Note all courses are subject to change depending on what the Department is able to offer in any given year.

All students will choose options, in consultation with the Academic Coordinator, from the following (four from Criminology and four from Psychology):

Year 3 class units

Criminology courses (four out of the following):

  • CR3003 - Youth in Society: Deviance, & Delinquency
  • CR3004 - Youth in Society: Culture, Subculture & Transgression
  • CR3005 - Crime and the Media
  • CR3006 - Crime and Literature
  • CR3007 - Critical Readings in Criminology
  • CR3009 - Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary Society
  • CR3010 - Race, Crime and Justice
  • CR3025 - Dissertation (Criminology)
  • CR3012 - Health Care: Sociological and Criminological Perspectives
  • CR3020 - Risk Insecurity and Terrorism
  • CR3024 - Health Care: Criminological and Sociological Perspectives    

Psychology courses (four out of the following):

  • PS3022 - Language, Communication, and Thought
  • PS3041 - Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • PS3050 - Health Psychology
  • PS3060 - Perception and Awareness of the World and the Self
  • PS3061 - The Ageing Brain
  • PS3090 - Advanced and Applied Social Psychology
  • PS3110 - Adult Psychological Problems
  • PS3121 - Developmental Disorders
  • PS3131 - Human Neuropsychology
  • PS3141 - Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PS3151 - Occupational and Organisational Psychology
  • PS3171 - Human Performance: Work, Sport, and Medicine
  • PS3181 - Criminal and Forensic Psychology
  • PS3190 - Educational Psychology (tbc)
  • PS3210 - Dissertation (Psychology)






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