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Criminology and Psychology BA (Hons) 2017/18 entry

Clearing 2017

Clearing places available on this course

We have limited places available on this course through Clearing. Contact us to discuss your options:

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Reasons to make us your clearing choice

  • No. 12 UK University - The Guardian University Guide 2018
  • Awarded Gold in the Teaching and Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • 1st for overseas student experiences in 2015/16 - HESA 2017
  • UK’s top new university - The Guardian and the Complete University Guides 2018
Course code:

CM89

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222


Overview

If you find the justice system intriguing, a degree in Criminology and Psychology can lead to a fascinating career in the police force.

Psychology is one of the founding disciplines behind the development of criminology. The two strands of study complement each other to help you understand how, and why, people think in different ways in the context of crime.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

What our students say

This course has opened my mind to current controversial debates which I have enjoyed discussing. The lecturers are always there to offer advice and answer any questions I have."

Chantelle Hambridge

Course information

This course explores the role of crime and its control through the criminal justice process, drawing on aspects of applied psychology to better understand the behaviour of criminals and the impact of both crime and punishment.

We aim to equip you with the criminological skills to investigate and evaluate criminal behaviour, analysing the influences of society and culture on criminal activities such as riots, crime waves, fear of crime, drug taking, and terrorist attacks, as well as the complex relationships between victims, offenders, society and those who enforce the law. 

89%

of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

In the first year you will be introduced to the study of crime.

Modules

  • Introducing Criminology

  • Controlling Crime

  • Academic and Professional Skills

  • Criminological Perspectives

  • Introducing Psychology

  • Discovering Psychology

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In the second year the Criminology half of your degree covers Prisons and Punishment and Policing and Society. This aids your study of Psychology in the other half of the programme, which covers individuals in society and the science of the mind. You will also undertake the planning of a research study as well as a module that allows you to develop career interests through a practice-based study.

Modules

  • Policing and Society

  • Careers for Criminologists

  • Criminological Imagination

  • Prisons and Punishment

  • Individuals in Society

  • Sciences of the Mind

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • Professional Placement

  • Study Abroad

Overview

The final year focuses on issues connected with crime and you will be given the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge, firstly through a module that introduces a series of current issues of criminological interest, and secondly through an individual research project that leads to the production of a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

You will also take modules in Advanced Social Psychology and Forensic Psychology, as well as a module that is designed to help build your employability profile through exploring enterprise in practice.

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • Current Issues in Criminology

  • Criminology into Practice 1 and 2

  • Advanced Social Psychology

  • Forensic Psychology

12th

Coventry University has climbed the rankings again to 12th in the UK Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • A number of field trips (e.g. prisons, The Old Bailey, The Holocaust Centre);
  • Experienced teaching staff who bring professional or research expertise in to their teaching;
  • Links with employers including Police, HM Prison Service, and Coventry Youth Offending Service;
  • Guest speakers from different sectors of the criminological spheres such as the Prison Service, Police, UK Borders Agency and Youth Offending Team;
  • The opportunity to visit the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, the Stasi museum in Berlin and Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland.

Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated seminars, workshop practical classes and personal tutorials.

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • Coursework, tests, essays: 55%
  • Formal examinations: 30%
  • Practical or project work: 15%

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.

30% assessed by examinations

In a typical week you will have up to 14 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: tutorials (or individual project supervision) and online support arranged according to the requirements of the module.
  • Medium group teaching: 6-8 hours of workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 4-6 hours of lectures each week

Additionally, you will be expected to complete between 15-20 hours each week of self-directed study.

You will have the chance to undertake an Erasmus-funded study year abroad at an overseas institution. You may elect to do this following the successful completion of your second year.

There are also opportunities for a field trip to Krakow in Poland to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau as well as the Stasi museum in Berlin and the chance to visit the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say

This course has opened my mind to current controversial debates which I have enjoyed discussing. The lecturers are always there to offer advice and answer any questions I have."

Chantelle Hambridge

Clearing places available on this course

During Clearing, the tariff points for this course may change. Clearing tariff points will be published 14th August.

Know your results? See if we could offer you a place

Waiting for results day? Visit our Clearing pages for advice

What our students say

This course has opened my mind to current controversial debates which I have enjoyed discussing. The lecturers are always there to offer advice and answer any questions I have."

Chantelle Hambridge

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£11,927 (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

What our students say

This course has opened my mind to current controversial debates which I have enjoyed discussing. The lecturers are always there to offer advice and answer any questions I have."

Chantelle Hambridge

Career prospects

A Criminology and Psychology degree from Coventry can provide you with a basis for graduate-level employment in a wide range of relevant professions, from the more established careers such as the prison, probation and police service to the newer initiatives in areas of community safety and crime prevention.

We hold an annual Criminology Volunteering Fair which is attended by Warwickshire and West Midlands Police, Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, Victim Support and many more, providing excellent professional networking opportunities. We have a partnership arrangement with Warwickshire Police to provide Police Support Volunteers, the first scheme of its kind in the country.

95%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

£19K

Our graduates earn an average salary of £19,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say

This course has opened my mind to current controversial debates which I have enjoyed discussing. The lecturers are always there to offer advice and answer any questions I have."

Chantelle Hambridge
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.