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BA (Hons) Criminology & Psychology
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Arden University
Delivered 100% online and studying two complementary fields of social science, this degree focuses on the psychology of human behaviour and criminality.
With learning time divided equally between both subjects, this bachelor’s programme considers various psychological explanations for human behaviour. It also looks at the ways crime can impact on modern society. Psychology examines social values and the influences on psychological well-being, while criminology explores methods of controlling and preventing crime through policing and the criminal justice system.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the BA (Hons) Criminology & Psychology will possess career-ready skills in:

  • The technological developments associated with cybercrime
  • The psychological bearing of crime on society
  • Methods of policing and police powers
  • Psychological similarities and differences between Eastern and Western cultures
  • Understanding of landmark studies in psychology and how it has evolved
  • With Arden University, you’ll have access to an engaging and easy to navigate online learning platform called ilearn. Available on desktop and mobile devices, ilearn supports and encourages you to take control of your studies. Providing everything you need to complete your programme in one accessible place, ilearn features:

    • A virtual classroom, library, diary, and lecture theatre rolled into one
    • All of your modules, study materials, career support, and schedules
    • Downloadable module materials so you can access the course when offline
    • Access to an online library containing thousands of e-journals, e-books, podcasts, and videos
    • Engaging forums where you can interact, debate, and discuss ideas with your tutors and fellow students
    • Two subjects at GCE A level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent
    • Completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent
    • IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent for students whose prior learning was not taught in English (no less than 5.5 in any element). 

    Arden University are happy to consider an application from you if you can show them you have the motivation to study the programme.

  • The BA (Hons) Criminology & Psychology is comprised of the following modules:

    Stage 1

    • Effective Interdisciplinary Study
    • Introduction to Social & Developmental Psychology
    • Introduction to Biological & Cognitive Psychology
    • Crime & Society
    • Criminal Justice System
    • Key Studies in Psychology

    Stage 2

    • Research and Ethics in Action
    • Personality and Intelligence
    • Social Psychology
    • Contemporary Debates in Criminology
    • Environmental Criminology
    • Policing & Police Powers

    Stage 3

    • Research Planning & Project
    • Contemporary Developmental Psychology
    • Cross-Cultural Psychology
    • Cybercrime
    • Youth Justice

    The final module is an independent research and planning project, where you’ll have a chance to specialise in an area of your interest. It will be an opportunity to apply the skills you have learned during the programme, and showcase your understanding to potential future employers. 

  • A bachelor’s degree in Criminology & Psychology opens up a world of opportunity for graduates, both within the respective fields, and also further afield in industries beyond the general scope of the study. At the heart of the programme is developing students’ transferable skills which can lead to careers in human resources, counselling, teaching, research, government, and more. The skills and interests developed also lend themselves to employment in community safety and crime prevention, and also make you a perfect candidate to explore careers in the police, legal system or probation and prison system.

    Graduates who choose to pursue further postgraduate study within psychology, with the view to becoming a qualified psychologist, can look to roles such as:

    • Forensic psychology
    • Clinical psychology
    • Educational psychology
    • Health psychology
  • If you’d like to apply, please click on the Apply Now or Start Application button on the page. Please fill in the form and provide as much detail as possible so we can properly advise you on the next steps. Once you’ve submitted your application form, one of our dedicated course advisors will contact you within 48 hours.


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The course material was well structured and straightforward, making it easy to understand. Giving yourself a good challenge, proving your capabilities and widen your horizons.
— Detloff Rump, Arden University
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