This course is designed to provide students with a deep understanding of both general psychological theory and its application in criminal and forensic settings. You will be exposed to a wide range of applied and research topics, along with students studying general psychology, and will then be given the opportunity to learn about the applications of this knowledge in forensic settings.
Why do people commit crimes? This course aims to help you answer that question. In the final level (your third year if you study full time), you will get to choose a number of optional, specialist modules. We run a slightly different range of specialist modules each year, depending on staff expertise. Please view a list of our staff, staff list. Other information about the department is here.
The course places emphasis on a problem-based learning approach. Right from the start, you will gain knowledge and skills through hands-on work with psychological data, examining issues from across the spectrum of human psychology, but especially those pertaining to criminal and forensic areas of psychology. You will also examine various philosophical approaches to psychology in order to be able to evaluate, critique and question current psychological thinking.
In Psychology at the University of Wolverhampton, we have the philosophy that it is research which defines both the discipline and the specialisms within it. With this in mind students choosing to study the BSc Psychology (Criminal Behaviour) course will follow a path which focuses on applying both methodologies and theory specific to this area. In the final year of study, you will also take a module which looks specifically at the skills and knowledge required for potential career paths as a psychologist specialising in aspects of the study of criminal behaviour.
You will specialise in psychology and criminal behaviour throughout the course, breaking away from the general psychology cohort at regular intervals to work on group projects and other assignments that pertain directly to criminal behaviour. You will receive support from personal tutors who are expert in relevant areas of both applied and theoretical psychology. We believe our system of personal tutoring contributes considerably to the success of our students through regular reviews of academic progress and opportunities for careers advice.
The Psychology Department at the University of Wolverhampton offers state-of-the-art facilities in which to study, including dedicated research and computer labs with specialist testing software, an observation room with a one-way mirror, video equipment, a psychological test library, plus much more.
The Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing series of seminars and lectures spans education, sport, care, psychology health and wellbeing, bringing you a variety of engaging speakers and experts from the University of Wolverhampton and many other UK universities, visit www.wlv.ac.uk/fehw/lectures
"During my time I felt all the staff in the department genuinely wanted me to do well and were more than happy to invest their time and effort in achieving this, they were always extremely helpful and understanding not to mention patient."
"Following graduation from an undergraduate psychology degree, I acquired the position of trainee practitioner with the National Autistic Society. Currently I am in the process of applying for a postgraduate course in clinical psychology. Although competition is high, with my education and experience I am hopeful that I will secure a placement."
"There are many great aspects to studying at the University of Wolverhampton. For me it meant that I could live locally, using the free shuttle bus between the campuses. The on-site facilities were very good too, giving me easy access to computers, books and journal articles."
A number of our graduates go on to train as Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychologists, to work in the NHS as trainee cognitive behavioural therapists, or to work in other helping professions such as social work. If you are interested in pursuing a career in the police force, intelligence services, or prison service, you may find this specialised route particularly appealing.
However, by choosing this specialist course, you will not be restricting your future career opportunities either within or outside of psychology and in addition have the respect conferred by a BPS-accredited degree. Each year, our graduates go on to apply the knowledge they have gained with us to a wide range of jobs in the private, public and non-profit sectors.
You will gain knowledge and skills of both a general and a specialised character. You will gain a broad understanding of psychological theories in a range of sub-disciplines, and gain listening and communication skills, analytic and statistical skills, and a good grounding in how psychology is applied in forensic and related settings. These transferable skills apply to a wide range of other disciplines within science, general management and sales.
The University of Wolverhampton prides itself on helping students gain a number of desirable graduate attributes, including specialist knowledge and enterprise, technological literacy, research skills, effective communication and global awareness. From our 2009 graduates, 90.7% were employed and/or in further study which is higher than the national average of 88.7%.
Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
GCSE Maths grade C+ / 4 or equivalent
The following are considered equivalent of grade 'C' mathematics:
The following are not accepted:
Should you have not achieved a GCSE Maths grade C or above or equivalent qualification please still apply and we will consider your existing qualifications on an individual basis.
Appropriate reference(s), as indicated in the relevant application form.
Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.
Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.
2015/6 fees for this course have not yet been agreed. Please contact for further information.
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2018/9. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact
These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.