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BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology

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Studying Psychology with Criminology at ARU

Explore the realms of psychology and criminology on our joint honours degree, with hands-on experience in our Science Centre in Cambridge.

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We're the Times Higher Education (THE) University of the Year. We've also been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework – a reflection of the outstanding education we offer our students.

Why Psychology with Criminology at ARU?

  • Our degrees are accredited by the British Psychological Society and delivered in our world class Science Centre with dedicated Psychology labs.
  • Gain unique experiences at live trials at the Crown Court and the Old Bailey.
  • Engage in ‘Live Briefs’, designed, developed, and run in cooperation with local employers, giving you exposure to ‘real life’ problem-solving within your course.
  • Explore world-leading research with 98% of our Psychology research being recognised as internationally significant (REF 2023).
  • We offer support with the cost of living, and Psychology courses deliver compressed teaching across three days of the week, freeing your time for work experience.

How do our thoughts and feelings dictate our actions? And is there such a thing as the criminal mind?

These are fascinating questions, and psychology and criminology are equally fascinating fields. You might be interested in both, and wondering which area to specialise in. If that’s the case, our British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited Psychology with Criminology degree is made for you.

We start by looking at the main principles of psychology and criminology. Then, in Years 2 and 3, our optional modules give you the freedom to explore your own interests in more depth.

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Specialist labs

At ARU you’ll be based in our £45m Science Centre. It opened in 2018 and features a range of psychology labs including:

  • EEG Lab
  • Perception Lab
  • Neuroscience Lab
  • Developmental Lab
  • Psychometrics Lab.

Take a guided tour and meet our students.

Industry-standard equipment

Our labs house specialist psychological equipment such as:

  • PowerLab devices for monitoring emotional and physiological responses, and a portable Nexus device for use outside the lab
  • a Tobii Pro 300TX eye-tracker and portable eye-tracker glasses
  • a driving simulator
  • an Oculus Rift VR headset
  • visual and acoustic stimulation systems
  • a functional near-infrared spectroscopy device, for measuring brain activation
  • electroencephalography, for measuring the electrical activity of the brain
  • commercial software packages.


British Psychological Society

Achieve a second-class honours degree or above, and you’ll be eligible for graduate chartered membership of the British Psychological Society. It’s your first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist.


As a Psychology with Criminology graduate, a range of careers is open to you. With further study, you could specialise in disciplines such as forensic, occupational or educational psychology. Or as a criminologist you could work for the Probation Service, the police, the Prison Service, the Home Office or the Courts Service.

As a graduate chartered member of the British Psychological Society, you could undertake further training to become a counselling or clinical psychologist, or specialise in areas like health, educational or forensic psychology.

We have strong links with the local probation service and the police, so you’ll have the opportunity to gain work experience while you’re studying.

Graduation doesn't need to be the end of your time with us. We offer a range of postgraduate degrees including MSc Foundations in Clinical Psychology, and MSc Clinical Child Psychology. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Employability and personal career development

Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.

To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.

Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.

Keziah and Amber

“You look back on uni and say ‘Wow, I’m actually working in this field now.”

Keziah and Amber

Criminology graduates


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Placement year available

You have the option to take a placement year as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in.

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