Psychology and Criminal Justice

Understand how the human mind works and affects behaviour, and how to apply psychology to the study of criminal behaviour and the criminal justice system. Also available with a Foundation Year

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Key Facts



BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminal Justice

Degree Duration

3 years :


4 years :

Full-time - with Foundation Year entry


Start Dates


Degree Overview

You’ll study forensic psychology, understanding what motivates criminal behaviour and how criminals are treated within the justice system. You’ll learn about the criminal mind and how individual differences relates to criminal behaviour. You’ll also study neuroscience, discovering how areas of the brain and brain damage can lead to riskier behaviour. You’ll apply this understanding of psychology and criminology directly to the criminal justice system, learning how the legal system works and how it treats offenders and victims of crime.

Our degree is strongly focused on your career and employability. When you graduate, your understanding of the human mind, criminology and the criminal justice system will allow you to excel in a range of careers. Our graduates have gone onto work for the Ministry of Justice, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, charities supporting prisoners, people with convictions and their children and families, mental health services, the NHS and Education.

This course also has the option of a one year paid work placement, to boost your employability even further.

Our modules and assessments are based on real-world applications, allowing you to apply psychological and criminological theories to real-life cases and further increase your professional skills. You’ll spend time criminal profiling, writing case study reports, and discussing and debating criminal justice responses to build confidence in applying your own knowledge and judgement. You’ll also develop valuable skills in research and data analysis, teamwork, communication, negotiation and presentations, which will be an asset in your career.

You’ll be learning from our enthusiastic and supportive academic tutors, who are also practitioners and involved in the latest research. They’ll teach you in our state-of-the-art psychological facilities, giving you first-hand experience using the latest equipment, including our EEGs to record brain activity, eye-tracking software, access to an fMRI, and brain stimulation therapy, including Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

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Foundation Year Option:

This course is offered as a degree with foundation year –  a four-year programme which provides an additional foundation year at the beginning of the degree, that will give you academic and practical experience, as well as the skills you need to ensure you are equipped to successfully complete your chosen degree.

Find out more here about the Foundation Year at Roehampton 

Additional costs:

You may incur additional costs during your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, Stationary and additional resources.

Why Study this Degree

You could go on to secure work in the prison and probation services, the police, Home Office, Ministry of Justice or the wider criminal justice system. Many of our students choose to study Psychology and Criminal Justice because the transferrable skills you develop are valued by a range of employers. You could work in the charity sector, for mental health services, in an educational setting or in a range of business roles.

You’ll be well placed to go onto further study to become a fully Chartered Psychologist. You could specialise as a forensic psychologist where your work could include the assessment and treatment of criminal behaviour, criminal profiling and working with victims of crime.

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You'll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.