Criminology with Psychology

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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Why is this course for me?

Criminology is the study of crime, the causes of crime and its impact on individuals and society. This unique new degree is designed to provide students with an advanced conceptual knowledge of Criminology and Psychology, an insight into the contribution of both disciplines to understanding key aspects of human behaviour and an ability to appraise the methodologies used in both areas.

What Will I Study

First & Second Year

In first year, you will study the following core modules:

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Law & Society
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Brain & Behaviour
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Law & Crime
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Penology
  • Introduction to Applied Psychology

Optional modules can then be selected in Law, Psychology, Sociology & Social Work, Social Policy and Social Justice.

In second year, in addition to core modules, there will be the opportunity to select from optional modules such as:

  • Race & Racism
  • Gender Power & Politics
  • Human Rights & Social Justice.

There will also be the opportunity to take additional elective modules drawn from disciplines across the university.

Third & Fourth Year

In third and fourth year, you will tailor your degree to choose optional modules in Criminology, Law and Psychology, as well as Sociology & Social Work, Social Policy and Social Justice

In third year, students will have the opportunity to apply to study abroad in a wide range of partner universities in Europe and around the world.

In fourth year, you will be required to undertake a two-trimester core capstone research dissertation. With this, you will combine the methods and substantive training across criminology and psychology to produce a dissertation, under the supervision of academic faculty.

International Study Opportunities

Students can apply to spend time abroad during their third year at partner universities in a wide choice of locations throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

As a graduate of the BSc in Criminology with Psychology, you will be well positioned to pursue a variety of careers. The degree will open up the potential of pursuing a career in:

  • An Garda Siochána
  • Prison Services
  • Probation services
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Research
  • Academia

For students interested in further deepening their knowledge of the subject, the School of Law offers a one-year MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Other Entry Routes

“Criminology is the systematic study of crime and its control. Criminologists ask what causes crime and how we might best respond to it; and why certain behaviours are criminalised while others are not. This new undergraduate programme brings together expertise in the Sutherland School of Law and the School of Psychology to offer an inspiring interdisciplinary learning experience. Students will develop versatile analytical skills and the ability to compare and contrast different perspectives as they consider crime, punishment, law, psychology and social policy in new and exciting contexts. The programme equips graduates with the tools to be active citizens, professional problem solvers and seekers of social justice.”

Dr Jonathan Ilan, Programme Director

Contact Information

UCD Sutherland School of Law
Belfield, Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 4110

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