BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology

2018 Clearing and Adjustment Availability

We have places available for Late, Clearing and Adjustment applicants for 2018. 
For up to date information on vacancies and applying through Clearing or Adjustment, visit our dedicated 2018 Clearing and Adjustment pages

Course Overview

EMPLOYABILITY: The Department of Psychology is ranked 5th in the UK for Graduate Prospects by 2018 The Times and Sunday Times University League Tables.

Criminology is ranked 3rd in the UK (Times Good University Guide 2018)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: ABB – BBB. For applicants offering at least one of the following subjects at A level: Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics, the typical offer will be BBB.

ACCREDITATION: The Psychology Degree is validated by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and (providing that a minimum of a Second Class Honours Degree, Division Two is achieved) confers eligibility for Graduate Membership of the BPS and for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). The latter is the first step to becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

STUDY ABROAD: Students can apply to transfer to the Year abroad Undergraduate Scheme.


Key Features

  • Students rank Criminology as 1st for Teaching Quality and also 1st for Student Experience in the UK (National Student Survey 2017)
  • 100% of Criminology students agreed that staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2017)
  • All students have the option of applying to transfer to the Criminology & Psychology with a Year abroad Undergraduate Programme.
  • In The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 psychology was only one of four departments in the UK to achieve a 100% 4* rating (maximum score possible) for the reach and significance of its work. In REF 2014, 44% of our submission was graded as 4* (the highest possible grading). Based on this measure we are ranked 14th (out of 82) in the UK.
  • In REF 2014, the Department of Psychology  jointly submitted research with nine out of the top 20 universities in the world (as rated by the Times Higher Education - World Rankings), in total with colleagues from 21 different countries, demonstrating our  world-wide reputation.
  • Learn about crime and the criminal justice system from experts with a wealth of academic and practical experience
  • Be part of vibrant communities dedicated to understanding some of society’s most challenging issues
  • Equip yourself with skills that are highly transferrable and in-demand with a range of employers
  • Choose your own modules in the 2nd and 3rd years of your degree
  • Learn through lectures (which are recorded), seminars and tutorials


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ASC100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Study Skills in Criminology
ASC110Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Law, Criminal Justice and Human Rights
ASC111Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Criminological Imagination
PSA111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Cognition I: Basic Processes
PSA112Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Social & Developmental Psychology
PSA113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Biological Psychology
PSA114Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Individual and Abnormal Psychology
PSA117Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Statistics and Research Methods for Joint Honours

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PSY211Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cognition II: Higher Level Processes
PSY213Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Brain and Behaviour
PSY237Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Research and Experimental Methods I
Optional Modules

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PSY302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Development Across the Lifespan
PSY324Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10From Individuals to Society
PSY325Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Independent Research Project - Joint Honours
Optional Modules
Year 3 Optional Psychology Modules 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students need to select two modules from those listed below. Module PSY315 Psychology Work Placement (10 credits) is by application only. If successful, students will need to be prepared to drop the appropriate optional credit value from the modules listed.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PSY301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Management of sleep disorders using psychological techniques
PSY303Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Neuroimaging & Cognition
PSY306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Face Perception and Social Cognitive Neuroscience
PSY307Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Psychosocial factors in chronic disease
PSY310Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress
PSY316Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Cognition and Education
PSY317Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Positive Psychology
PSY320Stage 1 (Sep-Mar Professional Development)20Dissertation
PSY321Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Forensic Psychology
PSY342Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Applied Behaviour Analysis
PSY343Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Cognitive Neuropsychology
PSY347Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Evolution and Human Behaviour
PSY348Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Forensic Developmental Psychopathology
PSY351Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Nutrition and Behaviour
PSY352Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Personality and Sexual Disorders
PSY353Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Philosophy of Psychology
PSY354Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Behaviour Change: Health, Organisations and Advertising
PSY355Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Psychopathology: Anxiety Disorders
PSY357Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Sleep and Dreaming
PSY358Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Psychology of Sport and Exercise
PSY360Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Work Psychology
PSY362Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10The Ageing Brain


Psychology is the scientific study of the relationship between the mind, brain and behaviour. Students will study the psychological and neuro-scientific processes that underpin activities such as thinking, reasoning, memory and language, learn the consequences of brain injury and explore ways to improve health-related behaviour. Whereas, Criminology offers the opportunity to acquire detailed knowledge and understanding of the most important explanatory theories of crime and deviance and their relevance to contemporary criminal justice policy, research and practice. Reflecting a developing and ever-changing area of policy and thought, new topics are introduced through regular review of course content (e.g., Serious Crime and Social Harm, including terrorism and trafficking). 

Criminology and Psychology graduates tend to be highly numerate and possess high-quality essay writing and critical analysis skills. Students develop effective team working and problem-solving skills, good ICT abilities, the skills needed for independent research and excellent oral communication skills. With these transferable and valuable attributes, Criminology and Psychology graduates have much to offer to a variety of employers.

As more businesses recruit from a global pool of talent, we are finding new ways to help our students stand out from the crowd. We support and encourage you to take advantage of opportunities for studying and working abroad which could:

  • Reward you with an international outlook and cultural awareness.
  • Help you gain confidence and become more self-reliant.
  • Give you independence and initiative for the best possible start to your career.

Students commencing the three-year BSc (Hons) Criminology & Psychology undergraduate degree have the option to apply to transfer to the Criminology and Psychology with a Year abroad Undergraduate Programme. Popular destinations include: Hong Kong, Germany, The Netherlands, North America, Australia, Poland, and Ireland. For details of other international opportunities, visit our international pages.


Entry Requirements


For applicants offering at least one of the following subjects at A level: Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics, the typical offer will be BBB.

Please note: Whilst it is not essential to have studied any particular subjects at A-level, desirable A-Level subjects include: Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Maths, English Language or Literature, History, Law, Sociology, Psychology, Geography or Philosophy. We do not accept General Studies.

Welsh Baccalaureate requirements are as for A-Levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade

Access: 27 Distinctions, 15 Merits and 3 Passes 

BTEC: DDM in a related subject (e.g., Law, Uniformed Public Services)

Irish Leaving Certificate: 360-375 points

International Baccalaureate: 32-33 points

GCSE profiles need to include a minimum of 5 passes at Grade A*-C, including Welsh/English Language and Mathematics.

Candidates who already hold qualifications that may be suitable for entry to Higher Education or those offering alternative qualifications should contact the Psychology Admissions Team in the first instance: +44 (0)1792 513023 OR

How To Apply

  • Applications for BSc (Hons) Criminology & Psychology must be made through UCAS. 
  • Applications will be assessed holistically, taking into account the balance, nature and strength of A-level, AS and GCSE subjects (or equivalent), the personal statement, relevant skills and experience, past achievements, and referee’s comments.
  • The personal statement is crucial and must demonstrate an understanding and commitment to the subject.
  • There is no interview process. Once an offer is made, this will be uploaded on to UCAS track and applicants will be invited to either accept or decline.

For international applicants, please see the ‘International Students’ section. 

Apply via UCAS 

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,650

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

You may face additional costs while at university, including (but are not limited to):

  • Parking at the recreation ground and travel to and from campus.
  • Printing, photocopying, stationary and equipment costs (e.g., USB sticks).
  • Recommended core texts are stocked in the University library but we advise students to buy a set of books suitable for years one and two (approx. £190).
  • A personal electronic calculator for statistics (approx. £10).
  • Year three project/dissertation printing and binding (approx. £5).
  • A Disclosure and Barring Service Check may be required for some Independent Research projects in Year Three or for students taking the Psychology Work Placement module (Price as of November 2017 - £44).
  • Gowns for graduation ceremonies.

Course Structure

The standard timetable involves about 10-12 hours of scheduled lectures and practical classes weekly, but there will be additional module-related seminars and personal tutorials scheduled throughout each semester.

Independent study is an integral component for each module. For example, a 20 credit module should involve 200 hours of study including timetabled lectures, practical classes, seminars, tutorials and independent study.

Our students learn through a wide variety of interactive and innovative teaching and learning methods, including lectures, personal tutorials, academic seminars, workshops, social media groups, and practical research classes. They also participate in research projects to build first-hand experience of research which proves to be invaluable when students go on to design and conduct their own Psychology Independent Research Project in the third year.  

During the Psychology Independent Research Project, students work collaboratively with staff to conduct novel and original research. Some students even go on to publish their Psychology Independent Research Projects in academic peer-reviewed journals and present their findings at national and international research conferences.

In the third year of study, students can select Psychology and Criminology modules from an extensive range of options, allowing them to tailor their degree to their future career goals whilst developing their individual interests. 

Third year Psychology optional modules include (but are not limited to): Forensic Psychology; Applied Behaviour Analysis; Neuropsychology; Work Psychology; Psychopathology, and Drugs and Behaviour.

Third year Criminology optional modules include (but are not limited to): Criminalisation of Sex; Diversity, Crime and Criminal Justice; Sexual Crimes, and Terrorism: The Legal Response. 

In each year, students are assessed through a combination of exams and coursework, which take many different forms. Examination methods include multiple choice and short answer questions, or essays. Coursework includes research reports, poster and oral presentations, blog posts, case formulations, and portfolios.”

Here is a full list of term dates.

International Students

We welcome applications from non-UK students and consider a wide range of international qualifications.  For details visit our country specific guide.


Contact the Psychology Admissions Team directly at or +44 (0)1792 513023


International English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 in reading and 5.5 in writing. 

International applicants can find out more about how to apply here.

For further information email:


Careers in Criminology and Psychology

As this BPs accredited degree is the first step towards pursuing a professional career in Psychology, many of our graduates have gone on to further study or work in specialist psychology fields (e.g., Clinical, Educational, Forensic). Graduates have also embarked on careers in the Criminal Justice System – with the National Offender Management Service, Victim Support, the Police, or in crime prevention and community safety, for example. Students have also used the skills developed during their degree to enter jobs in health and social care, the voluntary sector, management, and marketing to name a few.  

An NHS trainee clinical psychologist starting at Band 6 earns £25,783. With experience, psychologists could earn between £47,088 and £81,000 or higher. Salaries in private practice vary. Trainee Human Resource Officers earn from £22,000 to £24,000. For senior posts, such as HR directors, typical salaries can range from around £75,000 to £100,000.

All first year Criminology & Psychology students take the Bronze Level of the Swansea Employability Award (SEA) ( and are supported to pursue Silver, Gold and Platinum in Years Two and Three. Successful completion of the SEA is recorded on students Higher Education Achievement Report (Diploma Supplement), which provides a single comprehensive record of students' academic and personal achievements.

In conjunction with local criminal justice agencies, students may undertake short-term work placements through the Department of Criminology in institutions such as South Wales Police, the South Wales Police Commissioner’s Office, Swansea Youth Offender Service, the Youth Justice Board, Swansea Prison, and Gwalia Housing Association. We also encourage students to take advantage of university wide employability schemes such as ‘Week of Work’ (WoW), the ‘Swansea Paid Internship Network’ (SPIN) and the Santander Universities SME Internship Programme, as well as attend psychology-related careers talks and employability tutorials offered by the department. 

Visit our employability pages to find out more and read our graduate success stories. 

Further information on the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law Employability initiatives can be found here.


Further study

The Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law offers taught master's degrees in criminology, human rights and law along with research degrees and post-degree professional legal qualifications (Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course). Further information can be found here


Accommodation in residences is designated for new first year Human and Health Science students. Here are your Swansea University accommodation options.

To make sure you get a room in residence in your first year, click here to read the Swansea University accommodation guarantee.


Global Opportunities

study abroad 2

All students have the option of transferring to BSc Psychology with a Year abroad. Popular destinations include: Hong Kong, Germany, The Netherlands, North America, Australia, Poland, and Ireland.

Visit our Psychology Year Abroad Pages for more information. 

Short and Summer Programmes are a great way to gain international experience in addition to your degree. The College of Human and Health Sciences runs a number of summer programmes for students with opportunities to visit ChinaThailand and Vietnam.