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 undertake an internship programme or apply to study abroad.

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 an exciting discipline that can empower society through developing an understanding of offending, policing, social control and the penal power of the state. We are delighted to offer this new undergraduate programme which brings together the expertise in both the Sutherland School of Law and the School of Psychology to offer students an interdisciplinary learning experience. Students will have the opportunity to gain a unique perspective on the nature, causes and effects of crime, and to understand and critically analyse the intersections between law, social policy, psychology and crime.

Associate Dean, Dr Cliona Kelly

Contact Information

UCD Sutherland School of Law
Belfield, Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 4110

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