University of East London

BA (Hons) Criminology and Psychology

On this, one of our more popular combined courses, we'll give you an expert insight into the causes and consequences of crime - and how it is dealt with by the criminal justice system. 

You'll gain a thorough understanding of core criminological theories, as we help you develop the psychological knowledge needed to apply insights to real-world issues and problems. 

You'll take a social sciences approach to criminology by studying and classifying crime, while learning how society responds to criminal behaviour. Additionally, on this course you will examine institutions and roles such as the police, courts, prisons and probation service. 

During the psychology part of this course, you'll study behaviour and its causes in biology, social contexts, mental processing and development.  Apply knowledge and insights while exploring how criminal behaviour may be explained, by understanding the factors that motivate people to commit crime. 

Entry Requirements


112 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Including passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma.
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Alternative GCSE qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Mature applicants and those with no formal qualifications

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Career Prospects

Our Criminology and Psychology graduates have found work in a wide variety of stimulating roles. Some build their careers in directly related fields while others use the transferable skills they've learnt to pursue other opportunities.

We place a strong emphasis on preparing you for employment, with a specific employability module in year two geared towards providing you with the best advice on how to prepare for the job market and apply for positions.

Whether you decide to pursue a directly relevant career or not, you'll learn skills such as writing and presenting, the ability to make a case, meet deadlines and work independently – all skills that will appeal to employers in any sector.

Students have found jobs in a number of related areas, such as:

  • The police, prison and probation services
  • Central and local government
  • Social work
  • Voluntary organisations such as Victim Support
  • The NHS

Our graduates have also found roles in other fields such as market research, journalism, and jobs in the public sector. Others have gone on to postgraduate study, either at UEL or elsewhere.

To enhance your career prospects, we run a dedicated employability programme for students in the School of Business and Law. Called 'Employ', it includes employability workshops, skills training sessions, guest speaker events, voluntary work, student ambassador roles and work experience opportunities.

Course Details

In the first two years you'll gain a solid grounding in both subjects, with introductions to the main aspects of criminology, criminal justice and psychology.

For the criminology part of the course, your studies will include contemporary issues in criminology, key theories, the legal framework, the characteristics of the criminal justice system and the historical context of crime and punishment.

In psychology, you'll gain knowledge and understanding of key and highly relevant areas such as developmental psychology, social psychology and forensic psychology, which is the study of criminal conduct.
As you progress into your final year you'll have a huge choice of around 27 options across both subjects to tailor your degree to areas of particular interest to you.

The modules you can choose from include Mentally Disordered Defendants and Suspects, Psychological Criminology, Preventing and Correcting Offending Behaviour and Mental Distress in Context. You'll also work on an in-depth project, carrying out your own research on a topic of your choosing.

Year 1

Introduction to Crime and Punishment
Developing Skills for Justice (MW)
Introduction to Cognitive and Developmental Psychology
Research Skills
Introduction to Biological and Social and Individual Differences
Criminal Justice Process (Term 2)

Year 2

Theoretical Criminology
Introduction to Forensic Psychology.
Essential Skills for Justice (MW) (Term 1)
Crime Policy into Practice (Term 2)
Individual Differences and Diversity (Mental Wealth)
Applied Research & Evaluation (Term 2)

Year 3


Project Criminology and Psychology
Leadership Skills for Justice (MW) (Term 2)
Psychological Criminology (Term 2)


Researching Contemporary Issues in Cybercrime
Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Justice (Term 1)
Youth Crime, Gangs and Sub-culture
Policing and Criminal Investigation (Term 2)
Mentally Disordered Suspects, Defendants and Offenders
Occupational Psychology
Psychology of Emotion
Psychology of Belief
Counselling Psychology
Health Psychology
Cognitive Neuropsychology

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