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BA (Hons) Criminology and Psychology

Gain a unique insight into criminality, investigate the complexities of criminology and the criminal justice process, discover the science of mind and behaviour, and explore the fundamental principles of psychology.

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      UCAS Code: C5P3
      Course Length: 3 Years Full-Time, 5 Years Part-Time
      Start Dates: September 2022, September 2023
      Subjects: Criminology and Offending
      Location: Edge Hill University
      Example Offers: BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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      This degree combines the study of criminology and psychology in a single programme, enabling you to explore multiple contrasting and complementary perspectives to a variety of aspects of the two subjects, fostering the capacity for critical evaluation of both disciplines.

      You will develop the criminological skills to research, analyse and critique the complexities of behaviour categorised as criminal, as well as gain a detailed understanding of the workings of the criminal justice system. The degree will also enable you to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding of some of the major issues and perspectives within psychology. An optional dissertation will provide you with the opportunity to combine specific aspects of your interests across both fields of study via an independent research project, conducted with the support of your tutors.

      Please note, this degree does not confer eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS), the first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist. If you wish to study a slightly higher number of Psychology modules than Criminology modules and gain this accreditation, you should consider our BSc (Hons) Psychology & Criminology degree.

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      What will I study?

      In Year 1 of this degree, you will be introduced to the key concepts and principles of criminology and psychology. You will study criminological theory, the criminal justice process, criminology in contemporary society, applied psychology and various elements of behavioural psychology.

      Year 2 immerses you in critical criminological theory. You will select two additional Criminology modules and three further Psychology modules from a range of options. You can choose to cover criminology themes such as the relationship between crime, criminology and the media, the impact of stereotypes on particular social groups, or the relationship between gender, violence and society. Psychology options include the opportunity to specialise in developmental psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology and/or biological psychology.

      In Year 3, you will deepen your understanding of selected areas of Criminology and Psychology and have the opportunity to complete a criminological dissertation which may draw and combine insights and concerns from both disciplines. The modules will enable you to build upon your understanding of some of the topics presented earlier in the degree. You may choose to study, for example, topics such as crimes perpetrated by states and powerful organisations, key aspects of the criminal justice system, policing, and/or imprisonment. The elective Psychology modules include an examination of substance misuse from a psychological perspective, studying individual differences in human behaviour, exploring the expanding field of forensic psychology and/or specialising in the psychological experiences which influence decision making in a courtroom.

      How will I study?

      The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, student-led seminars, small group work, practical workshops, directed study (preparing for classes) and independent study.

      How will I be assessed?

      Assessment methods include essays, formal examinations, statistical exercises, group research projects, report writing, oral presentations, designing a research proposal and completing a dissertation.

      Who will be teaching me?

      You will be taught by a highly-committed team of research-active, expert tutors whose primary areas of specialism correspond directly with the themes of the modules available across this programme.

      A Great Study Environment

      A lecturer addresses students in a Harvard-style lecture theatre.The £6million Law and Psychology building provides contemporary teaching and learning facilities for students in the Department of Law and Criminology and the Department of Psychology.

      The three-storey building includes a 250-seat lecture theatre, seminar and tutorial rooms, and social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning. There are also specially designed experimental facilities for psychological research.

      Psychology resources include state-of-the-art eye trackers, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) methods, and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) for examining cognitive functioning and brain activity. Other specialist laboratories include a group testing laboratory, two bi-directional observation rooms, a ‘bar simulation laboratory’ (for alcohol research), audio-visual suites and dedicated IT facilities equipped with subject specific software installed to support experimental work.


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      Year 1

      Compulsory modules:

      CRI1005Criminology and the Modern World (20 credits)

      Criminology and the Modern World presents you with a number of case studies on substantive topics of current interest and importance. You will undertake a systematic examination of some of the major changes that are occurring and their implications for British society and other societies across the world. Phenomena such as the economic crisis, the environmental crisis, the increasing religiosity of politics and problems in the developing world will be considered in order to foster an understanding of contemporary society and some of the key issues it faces. Aspects of social and criminal justice, harms and rights, and the role that the media plays in shaping social perceptions will be subject to analysis.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      CRI1124Introduction to Criminological Theory (20 credits)

      Introduction to Criminological Theory introduces you to key theoretical perspectives relevant to the study of crime and social justice. The module will use contemporary case studies in crime, deviance and conflict to evaluate the main theoretical traditions and recent critiques within criminology, providing a foundation in critical analysis. In particular, the module will emphasise the political underpinnings to theoretical perspectives and will encourage you to recognise the need to locate theories of crime and deviance in their structural contexts.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

      CRI1125Introduction to the Criminal Justice Process (20 credits)

      Introduction to the Criminal Justice Process introduces you to key aspects of the criminal justice system, primarily in England and Wales but with some reference to other UK and international jurisdictions. The module will critically analyse official responses to ‘crime’ and deviance through an examination of fundamental criminal justice agencies including the police, criminal courts and prisons as well as probation and youth justice services.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

      PSY1109Essential Skills in Applied Psychology (20 credits)

      Essential Skills in Applied Psychology develops a range of academic, personal and interpersonal skills designed to enhance your potential both within and beyond university. The focus is on harnessing key undergraduate skills such as academic reading, writing and critique, group working, finding and presenting information, time management, self-awareness and reflection, and applying them in the context of the degree subject. The module takes a holistic approach to applications of theory.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      PSY1111Introduction to Personality, Social and Developmental Psychology (20 credits)

      Introduction to Personality, Social and Developmental Psychology will familiarise you with the approaches and concepts central to the study of behaviour. The module explores the historical and theoretical concepts of personality and individual differences, social cognition and social and cognitive development.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

      PSY1112Introduction to Cognitive and Biological Psychology (20 credits)

      Introduction to Cognitive and Biological Psychology considers the processes underlying behaviour (such as perception, sensation and memory) and how human beings are embedded in their world (e.g. by way of their shared biology and learned knowledge). In this way, the module aims to equip you with a broad understanding of basic theories and concepts and a range of interrelated approaches towards the psychological study of human behaviour.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

      Year 2

      Compulsory modules:

      CRI2225Critical Criminological Theory (20 credits)

      Critical Criminological Theory provides a grounding in critical criminological theory and its application to contemporary debates and issues concerning harm and criminal justice. The module will familiarise you with the development of criminological theory in historical and political contexts. You will be encouraged to apply theoretical perspectives to issues incorporating harm and crime, as well as social and state responses, drawing on national and international examples. The module will challenge mainstream theories of crime and deviance by locating current examples of harm, criminalisation and criminal justice within determining contexts of class, gender, sexuality, neo-colonialism and age within political priorities of the neoliberal agenda.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

      You will select two of the following optional modules:

      CRI2023'Race', Crime and Criminology (20 credits)

      ‘Race’, Crime and Criminology explores how ideas about ‘race’ help to shape and determine social, judicial and political responses to perpetrators and victims of crime. The module explores the role of race as a major source of social division and aims to show the significance of racism to the reproduction of structural inequalities. You will gain knowledge about patterns of continuity and change in racism and an awareness of the relationship between ethnic and cultural diversity and social and criminal injustice.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

      CRI2024Crime, Media and Criminology (20 credits)

      Crime, Media and Criminology investigates how the news media plays a primary role in the  construction of social problems, crime, deviance  and, to an extent, reality. The relationship between crime, media and criminology is long established, so this module critically explores the representation of ‘crime’ and criminal activity within various types of media forms incorporating traditional print, online news domains and social media forums. Developing a critical theoretical framework, the module will enable you to examine the criminological and wider societal significance of the production and reproduction of dominant images and discourses around ‘crime’, criminalisation and the construction of victims, perpetrators  and events.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

      CRI2025Gender, Sex and Violence (20 credits)

      Gender, Sex and Violence explores the concept of violence and the various forms it can take. Specifically, the module will focus on the relationships between gender, sex, sexuality and violence, and the ideological, cultural and religious underpinnings of such violent acts. You will be encouraged to look beyond established understandings of what constitutes a violent act to explore more abstract forms of violence such as harm, denial of rights, and poverty. Criminological and social science theory will form the basis of considerations of aspects of violence. The structural relations of class (production), ‘race’ (neo-colonialism) and gender/sexuality (reproduction) will be highlighted as the determining contexts in which such violence occurs and is legitimated. Power, dominance, legitimacy, hegemony and ideology  will be key themes of the module.

      Assessment: Written Exam(s): 100%.

      CRI2027Crime, Law and Society (20 credits)

      Crime, Law and Society explores the application and effect of the criminal law upon individuals in society from criminological and complementary socio-legal perspectives. Through utilising both of these perspectives, you will be encouraged to look beyond established traditional legal explanations for crime and the legal responses to it, in order to explore the wider social, historical, political and theoretical context of the laws relating to crime. The module will enhance your understanding of how determining contexts impact upon how laws relating to crime are created, developed and enforced.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

      CRI2222Doing Criminological Research (20 credits)

      Doing Criminological Research provides a thorough grounding in understanding and undertaking criminological research. The module explores the development of criminological research and explores different qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. You will consider the theoretical context of approaches such as positivism and interpretivism and gain the skills necessary to evaluate criminological research (particularly in terms of research ethics and politics). On successful completion of the module, you will be fully prepared for engaging in the research process and be required to produce a research proposal.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      CRI2223Generating Reputations (20 credits)

      Generating Reputations highlights and explores the production of identities, reputations and stereotypes and the impact these have on particular social groups. A key focal point of the module will be the role of the media in shaping reputations and perceptions. You will consider ways in which determining contexts can influence societal perceptions of individuals and groups, as well as the impact of stereotypes, reputations and ‘common sense’ thinking on criminal justice policies and responses.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      CRI2224Violence and Society (20 credits)

      Violence and Society explores the concept of violence and the various forms it can take, ranging from intrapersonal violence (e.g. self-harm) to interpersonal violence, institutional and state violence, and violence on a global scale. You will be encouraged to look beyond established understandings of what constitutes a violent act to explore more abstract forms of violence such as harm, denial of rights, and poverty. Criminological theory will form the basis of considerations of aspects of violence. The structural relations of class (production), ‘race’ (neo-colonialism) and gender/sexuality (reproduction) will be highlighted as the determining contexts in which such violence occurs and is legitimated. Power, dominance, legitimacy and hegemony will be the key themes of the module.

      Assessment: Written Exam(s): 100%.

      You will select three of the following optional modules:

      PSY2112Developmental Psychology (20 credits)

      Developmental Psychology addresses the processes involved in key aspects of human development and their relevant applications in real world settings. It will focus mainly (though not exclusively) on development in childhood including areas such as cognition, memory, language, emotional, and social development. Emphasis will be placed on the evaluation of key theories and psychological research that have informed our understanding of development in these areas.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

      PSY2113Social Psychology (20 credits)

      Social Psychology reveals the extent to which social influences and interactions are pervasive in affecting individual behaviour, while also considering how the actions of an individual in turn affect other individuals and groups. You will develop an awareness of the relationship between person and situation and examine how this dynamic relationship both influences, and is crucial to, the understanding of behaviour.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

      PSY2114Cognitive Psychology (20 credits)

      Cognitive Psychology will examine both classic and contemporary research that has led to the development of theories regarding how attention, perception and memory all function. The module will also examine how each of these components interact during everyday tasks. You will consider how thinking, language and emotion enable us to reason about, and interact meaningfully with, the external world, gaining an understanding of the processes used to communicate, comprehend, and use information and knowledge.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

      PSY2115Biological Psychology (20 credits)

      Biological Psychology studies the human nervous system, including its structure and functioning. There will be a particular focus upon the brain. You will learn in detail the processes by which messages are passed through the system and the way the brain interacts with the hormones of the endocrine system in order to preserve life. The methods by which the brain is commonly researched will also be explored in order to provide a basis for understanding much current research and theorising in psychology.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      Year 3

      You will select a total of 60 credits from the following optional modules. Please note, if you wish to complete a Criminology dissertation, CRI3020 Dissertation, you must have taken CRI2222 Doing Criminological Research in Year 2.

      CRI3020Dissertation (40 credits)

      Dissertation represents the culmination of your critical engagement with the theoretical and methodological debates within the subject area of criminology. This module offers you the opportunity to study a topic in-depth and undertake independent research, with support provided by the programme team. You must devise and adopt a methodology appropriate for the primary research you wish to undertake and gain appropriate ethical approval. The nature of your primary research will be agreed with your supervisor.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      CRI3021Crimes of the Powerful 1 (20 credits)

      Crimes of the Powerful 1 traces and explores serious harms and crimes perpetrated by states and associated professional and commercial interests from the eighteenth to mid-twentieth century. Adopting a zemiological frame, the module locates such harms within a range of political forms, particularly during times of social and economic upheaval, and ethnic, national and imperial conflict. The module concludes with a detailed exploration of the origins, implementation, consequences of, and responses to, the extreme state violences of the first half of the twentieth century. The aim is to enable you to critically explore issues at the cutting edge of criminological thinking.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

      CRI3022Crimes of the Powerful 2 (20 credits)

      Crimes of the Powerful 2 considers the key forms and determinants of serious contemporary harms originating in the actions or omissions of corporations, states and associated powerful organisations after the Second World War. The module critically examines the origins of such harms, the ways in which they are framed within dominant and alternative discourses, and critiques the responses to them. The module takes an expansive view of harm, drawing upon examples from within and without the criminal justice system, at local, national and international levels.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

      CRI3023Crime and Place (20 credits)

      Crime and Place enables you to build your knowledge and understanding of the relationships between crime and place and examine developments in policy relating to place, criminality and safety. The module appraises the strengths and weaknesses of different theoretical, philosophical and practical approaches to crime and place. Geographies/landscapes of crime and criminalisation are examined utilising empirical and theoretical materials.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      CRI3109The Politics of Policing (20 credits)

      The Politics of Policing equips you with a critical knowledge and understanding of the concept of policing, both in its philosophical sense and as a function of the modern liberal democratic state. The module will consider the role and function of the police service, and explore related issues including police powers, political accountability, protection of civil liberties and the concept of equality before the law. Contemporary strategies and approaches to policing will be located within their structural, political, social and geographical contexts. The module is underpinned by theories of authority, power and legitimacy.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

      CRI3110The Politics of Imprisonment (20 credits)

      The Politics of Imprisonment provides you with a critical knowledge and understanding of the nature, functions and justifications for the use of punishment, specifically incarceration, in modern society. The module will consider the philosophical theories that are used to legitimise the state’s use of imprisonment and the sociological theories that explain historical developments in the purpose of state punishment. The various divisions and functions of the prison estate will be examined within their historical, structural, political, social and geographical contexts. Related methods of state punishment, such as the death penalty, will also be considered. You will adopt an international perspective and explore penal theory and practice in a range of countries. The relationships between power, legitimacy and justice will be central themes throughout the module.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

      CRI3112Justice, Rights and the State (20 credits)

      Justice, Rights and the State examines the development of the discourse about rights and justice. Taking a national and international approach, the module will consider the development of rights historically and the new discourses of rights. You will evaluate statutory policies and responses to the issue of rights and justice and consider how states respond to issues of justice and rights, including where states themselves uphold or violate citizen’s rights.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

      CRI3113Expanding the Criminological Imagination (20 credits)

      Expanding the Criminological Imagination critically reflects upon and analyses the discipline of criminology. You will examine criminology’s political, practical and theoretical strengths and limitations and explore the production and commodification of criminological knowledge. The module will consider whether criminology has become a ‘parasitic’ discipline with the criminalisation of social problems, and the ever increasing techniques of crime control, forming the justification for the discipline’s existence, rather than providing a platform for resistance. You will explore the concept of the ‘criminological imagination’ as an alternative way of envisaging the discipline and its utility. You will also examine the way in which criminology has to connect with other disciplines in order to expand the range of issues it deals with. This is a necessity in order to help criminologists make sense of issues where the ‘normal’ boundaries of criminology would stifle or limit an analysis.

      Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Practical(s): 60%.

      CRI3114Learning Together: The Sociological Imagination (20 credits)

      Learning Together: The Sociological Imagination involves Edge Hill University students and HMP Thorn Cross students studying and learning together. The module will be taught at HMP Thorn Cross, a young offenders’ institution near Warrington for those aged 18 to 25. The aim is to use education as a means to connect people in higher education and in the criminal justice system: to dismantle stereotypes and prejudices in both directions; and to provide a reflective, empowering and empathic learning experience. C Wright Mills’ seminal work The
      Sociological Imagination will be the foundation of the substantive content. You will reflect on the interplay between ‘personal troubles’ and ‘public issues’ and, additionally, challenge the process of ‘othering’ by considering your own role in the social and political world.

      Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

      You will select three of the following optional modules:

      EDP3104Special Educational Needs (20 credits)

      Special Educational Needs examines special educational needs (SEN) within the school system by providing an understanding of psychological research and its applicability to this area. The module will take into consideration the policies and strategies behind supporting SEN in school, with particular attention to autism and dyslexia. In addition, this module will explore both the history of SEN and the new direction it is taking.

      Assessment: Coursework: 75%, Practical(s): 25%.

      EDP3105Foundations for Learning (20 credits)

      Foundations for Learning examines some of the key areas in early years education from a psychological perspective. The primary focus will be on communication and language development, physical education, and personal, social and emotional development. The module will critically evaluate how development in these areas may be enhanced via play, movement activities, music, song and drawing. The concept of school readiness will be critically evaluated, with particular reference to international comparisons in the development of pre-school foundation skills, as well as the longer term impact on subsequent academic attainments and socio-emotional development.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      PSY3122Psychology of Substance Misuse (20 credits)

      Psychology of Substance Misuse examines various aspects of substance misuse (including the misuse of alcohol) from a psychological perspective which will also be informed by other academic perspectives, such as those of brain science and sociology respectively. A broad range of psychological consequences of substance misuse, such as memory impairments, will be studied and the psychological interventions for substance misuse will be examined.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      PSY3123Clinical and Abnormal Psychology (20 credits)

      Clinical and Abnormal Psychology introduces you to the exciting world of clinical psychology and psychiatric disorders. The module will provide you with a thorough understanding of a variety of perspectives in psychology and how they apply to mental health. You will develop your understanding and assess the relative merits of the medical/clinical model (diagnosis and treatment) of specific disorders, which may include schizophrenia, personality disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders, bipolar disorders and cognitive disorders related to ageing and autistic spectrum disorders. Overall, the module will encourage you to critically analyse the medical model of mental health, as seen from historical, social, psychopharmacological (neuroscience/neuropsychological) and medical perspectives.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      PSY3129Personality and Individual Differences (20 credits)

      Personality and Individual Differences influence all aspects of human behaviour. Knowledge and understanding of the nature of individual differences and the processes by which they influence our behaviours and motivations in everyday life is at the very essence of human psychology. Such knowledge is relevant in key disciplines such as clinical and forensic psychology, as well as to individuals generally in their efforts to understand what makes people ‘tick’. This module will explore and evaluate theories and research that have advanced our knowledge and understanding of this key area of psychology. It will develop your capacity for critical thinking, for active and independent learning, and for effective communication and teamwork.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      PSY3131Psychology and the Virtual World (20 credits)

      Psychology and the Virtual World will examine psychological underpinnings and experiences associated with a range of different virtual environments. These include video gaming, internet use and social networking. There will be a particular focus on the application of recent psychological research and how it provides an insight into the technological experiences which comprise a substantial part of modern day life.

      Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

      PSY3132Applying Psychology to Lifestyle Behaviour (20 credits)

      Applying Psychology to Lifestyle Behaviour explores the role of psychology applied to the context of lifestyle. Specifically, the module considers the application of theory and evidence-based research to help you better understand, predict and change lifestyle-related behaviours. In addition this module will elucidate how psychological concepts are linked to both healthy and unhealthy lifestyles in the real-world.

      Assessment: Written Exam(s): 40%, Practical(s): 60%.

      PSY3133Applied Psychopharmacology (20 credits)

      Applied Psychopharmacology examines the mechanisms by which drugs, both legal and illegal, exact their effects once consumed. Examples of illegal drugs to be covered include cannabis, ecstasy (MDMA) and cocaine, whilst coverage of legal drugs will include alcohol and caffeine. Consideration will also be given to some common food ingredients such as polyphenols.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      PSY3139Forensic Psychology: Eyewitnesses and Suspects (20 credits)

      Forensic Psychology: Eyewitnesses and Suspects examines the expanding field of forensic psychology. The aim is to help you understand human behaviour and its underlying thoughts, feelings and motivations, with particular reference to criminal behaviour. You will develop the expertise to assess evidence about human behaviour and garner a wide range of skills in relation to forensic investigation. You will be introduced to some of the skills that forensic psychologists use when investigating eyewitness reports and offenders and consider related theories and associated research evidence.

      Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

      PSY3140Psychology in the Courtroom (20 credits)

      Psychology in the Courtroom specialises in the area of ‘applied’ forensic psychology and examines psychological underpinnings and experiences associated with a range of factors that influence decision making in the courtroom. These include jury decision making, expert witness testimony, witness credibility, defendant appearance and cross-examination techniques. Across the module, there will be particular focus on how psychological theory and research has aided our understanding of real-world issues in an applied context.

      Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

      PSY3142Social Neuroscience (20 credits)

      Social Neuroscience is a module focused on social interaction, recognising it as a critical aspect of day-to-day life, crucial to how we perceive each other, how we interpret behaviour and intentions, and then plan and react accordingly. It will explore the different processes and abilities that together make social interaction possible, as well as the impairments and deficits that can occur.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

      PSY3143Cognitive Neuroscience (20 credits)

      Cognitive Neuroscience explores an area that aims to understand the mechanisms of human thought by asking how mental processes such as perception, memory, language and emotion are implemented within the brain. An explosion of new methods dependent on computers and brain imaging has led to enormous progress in this field and allows an array of new problems to be tackled directly. This module provides you with an understanding of how research in cognitive neuroscience has informed our understanding of cognitive processes in the brain. You will discover how to describe and critically evaluate the experimental methods most frequently used by psychologists working in cognitive neuroscience and explore their relative suitability in a variety of domains.

      Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

      PSY3144Psychology of Language (20 credits)

      Psychology of Language provides you with the fundamental issues in the psychological study of language. The issues include language production and comprehension, first and second language acquisition on the oral and sign domains, language disorders, and various applied topics (such as embodiment, and language in the internet). The module also introduces research methods in psycholinguistics.

      Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

      PSY3146Evolutionary Psychology (20 credits)

      Evolutionary Psychology explores adaptive influences on behaviour and equips you with an understanding of evolutionary science and the contributions of evolutionary psychology to our current understanding of the brain and behaviour. Most psychologists and psychology researchers believe that the neural mechanisms that underpin our psychological abilities and propensities are the product of evolution – of natural, kin, and sexual selection. Furthermore, the general principles of evolution can be applied not only at species level but also at an individual level in terms of how a person’s neural and functional processing evolves as a function of their environment. By studying evolutionary psychology, you will gain knowledge of the origins of behaviour that challenges traditional assumptions about humans, their minds, and their collective interaction. The module will empower your critical evaluation of personal, social and cultural issues in your future employment and everyday life.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.


      Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.


      Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

      Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

      Entry Criteria

      Entry Requirements

      Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

      Please note, for the purposes of studying psychology, level 2 numeracy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in Mathematics.

      Example Offers

      Some examples of how you can achieve 112-120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

      • A Level: BBC-BBB;
      • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
      • T Level: Overall grade of Merit;
      • International Baccalaureate (IB): We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points;
      • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

      Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

      If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

      For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

      EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

      International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

      English Language Requirements

      International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

      If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

      Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

      If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

      Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      Upon successful completion of this degree, you will be well placed to pursue a career in a range of professions, including areas such as probation work, youth and community work, research, the police service, prison service and criminal justice agencies.

      Alternatively, you may wish to continue your studies and join a postgraduate conversion course in psychology. This would enable you to pursue a role or career for which the successful completion of a higher education programme accredited by the British Psychological Society is required.

      How can I enhance my employability?

      It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

      Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

      • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
      • Studying Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a four year degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
      • Learning a Language – you may be able to participate in Language Steps classes, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as additional study.

      Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or studying abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.


      Tuition Fees

      If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a full-time basis in academic year 2022/23, the tuition fee will be £9,250 a year (subject to final Government approval). Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme on a full-time basis in academic year 2022/23 are £15,000 a year.

      If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a part-time basis in academic year 2022/23, the tuition fee will be £77 per credit (subject to final Government approval). This is equivalent to £1,540 per 20 credit module. 360 credits are required to complete an undergraduate degree.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

      The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

      Financial Support

      Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this undergraduate degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this programme in academic year 2022/23, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2022/23 guide for your intended mode of study.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see for further details.

      Financial support information for international students can be found at


      ScholarshipsEdge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students.

      These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

      To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit


      How to Apply

      If you wish to study full-time, apply online through UCAS at Visit to find out more about the application process.

      If you wish to study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University at

      Further information for international students about how to apply is available at

      Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

      Visit Us

      If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at

      Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about our full range of events for prospective students, including campus tours and virtual activities, at

      Request a Prospectus

      If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at

      Get in Touch

      If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

      International students should visit or email [email protected] with any queries about overseas study.

      Course Changes

      Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

      25th January 2022 - Clarification of Entry Requirements

      Please note, for the purposes of studying psychology, level 2 numeracy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in Mathematics.

      12th March 2021 - New Module Added

      PSY3146 Evolutionary Psychology (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 3.

      21st January 2021 - Change of Modules

      EDP3104 Special Educational Needs (20 credits), EDP3105 Foundations for Learning (20 credits), PSY3131 Psychology and the Virtual World (20 credits), PSY3132 Applying Psychology to Lifestyle Behaviour (20 credits), PSY3143 Cognitive Neuroscience (20 credits), PSY3123 Clinical and Abnormal Psychology (20 credits), PSY3133 Applied Psychopharmacology (20 credits) and PSY3142 Social Neuroscience (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 3. PSY3135 Dissertation (30 credits) and PSY3136 Reflections and Future Directions (10 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 3.

      11th February 2020 - Change to Entry Requirements

      112-120 UCAS Tariff points are required to join this programme with effect from September 2021 entry.

      Covid-19 - Criminology and Psychology Essential Information

      Teaching and Learning at Edge Hill University in 2020

      In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, answers your questions and explains how teaching will work when you join us at Edge Hill University in September.

      Campus Facilities at Edge Hill University in 2020

      In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, explains how we’re preparing the campus for your arrival in September and the facilities that will be available.

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