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BSc in Criminology and Sociology focuses on the causes of crime and the workings of the criminal justice system, and providing a grounding in sociological thinking about the world and approaches to understanding a range of social problems and policy issues.

BSc Criminology and Psychology (Joint Degree) focuses on biological psychology, criminology, the criminal justice system and morality and behaviour.

Please note: all courses are subject to change depending on what the Department is able to offer in any given year.

BSc in Criminology and Sociology

First Year

All students undertake the following courses:

CR1011 Introduction to Criminology

CR1013 The Criminal Justice System

CR1014 Introduction to Sociology

CR1015 Social Problems and Social Policy

Second Year

Second year students are given a thorough understanding of criminological and sociological research methods and take compulsory course on theoretical debates in criminology and sociology. All students undertake courses on:

CR2011 Research Methods for Social Scientists

CR2012 Data Analysis for Social Scientists

CR2013 Key Perspectives and Debates in Criminology

CR2014 Sociology of Contemporary Society

 All students then select two options from a range, examples of which may include:

CR2016 Crime and the Law

CR2017 Youth and Crime

CR 2019 Sociology of the Family

CR2021 Youth in Society: The Sociology of Youth and Youth Culture

Third Year

Third year, students undertake a dissertation on a topic of their choice under guidance from their supervisor.

CR3011 - Dissertation

All students also choose between a range of options, such as:

CR3001 Sociology of Health and Illness (1)

CR3002 Sociology of Health and Illness (2)

CR3003 Youth in Society: Deviance & Delinquency

CR3004 - Youth in Society: Culture, Subculture & Transgression

CR3005 - Crime, Media and Culture

CR3009 - Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary Society

CR3015 Children, Society and Risk

CR3018 Risk, Insecurity and Terrorism (1)

CR3019 Risk, Insecurity and Terrorism (2)

CR3023 Prisons

CR3026 Lost in Music: The Sociology of Popular Music

CR3027 Drugs, Crime and Society

CR3028 Gender, Sexuality and Crime

CR3029 Sentencing and Penal Policy

 CR3030 Victims and Witnesses 

Although a variety of criminological and sociological options will always be provided, the exact course titles offered in any particular year may vary depending on the availability of faculty and their particular areas of expertise.

BSc Criminology and Psychology (Joint Degree)

First Year

Joint honours students take five courses in the first year. You will be taught in several different ways, mostly through lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes. Altogether you can expect around 12 hours of tutorials, lab classes and lectures each week and the rest of the time you will be engaged in private study, reading and revision. Your understanding and knowledge will be assessed in coursework essays throughout term and end of year examinations, which are usually in May. You will also be allocated your own Personal Advisor – a member of academic staff who will be available to give you guidance and support throughout your time as a student at Royal Holloway.

Criminology Courses

CR1011 - Introduction to Criminology

CR1013 - Criminal Justice System

Psychology Courses

PS1030 Self and Society

PS1060 - Biological Foundations of Psychology

PS1110 - Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

PS1021 Learning and Memory

Second Year

Second year modules build on the knowledge gained in the first year. They are more specialised and give students the chance to learn about particular topics in greater depth. Second year students are expected to carry out more independent reading and to begin to understand research design. You will receive lab classes, tutorials and lectures in research methodology and modules in criminology and psychology.

Criminology courses

CR2013 - Key Perspectives and Debates in Criminology

CR2010 – Research Methods for Psychologists

CR2030 – Data Analysis for Psychologists

Psychology courses

PS2030 - Social Psychology

PS2040 - Developmental Psychology

PS2050 - Personality and Individual Differences

PS2080 - Conceptual Issues in Psychology

Third Year

In the final year courses are flexible and you have a great deal of choice of which units to take.  Courses are highly specialized and at the cutting edge of research.   All students will take the following core courses;

CR3025 Dissertation (Psychological focus)

PS2021 Cognitive Psychology

PS2061 Brain and Behaviour

and also choose options, in consultation with the Academic Coordinator, from the following (half from Criminology and half from Psychology):

Criminology courses

CR3005 - Crime, Media and Culture

CR3018 - Risk Insecurity and Terrorism (1)

CR3019 Risk Insecurity and Terrorism (2)

CR3023 Prisons  

CR3027 Drugs, Crime and Society

CR3028 Gender, Sexuality and Crime

CR3029 Sentencing and Penal Policy

CR3030 Victims and Witnesses

Psychology courses

PS3022 Language, Communication and Thought

PS3031 Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience

PS3041 - Advanced Developmental Psychology

PS3050 - Health Psychology

PS3060 - Consciousness and Cognition

PS3061 - The Ageing Brain

PS3090 - Advanced and Applied Social Psychology

PS3110 - Adult Psychological Problems

PS3121 - Developmental Disorders

PS3131 - Human Neuropsychology

PS3151 - Occupational and Organisational Psychology

PS3171 - Human Performance: Work, Sport, and Medicine

PS3181 - Criminal and Forensic Psychology

PS3190 Educational Psychology


Psychology 3rd  Year Options

CrimSoc students may have an opportunity to select an option from the Psychology Department.  Students are selected according to academic ability and attendance during their second year. 

PS3151 Occupational and Organisational

PS3110 Adult Psychological Problems

PS3181 Criminal and Forensic Psychology

PS3090 Advanced and Applied Social Psychology 


First Year

During the first year of the LLB Law students take four mandatory modules:

LL1001 Public Law (Constitutional Administrative and Human Rights Law)

LL1002 The Law of Contract

LL1003 Criminal Law

LL1004 The English Legal System, Methods and Legal Practice (Legal Skills)







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