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BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies (Q48)

Why does crime occur? What makes people do harm to others? This degree explores a range of fascinating issues to do with crime, criminal justice and psychology – including antisocial behaviour, surveillance, security, social justice, social welfare and environmental degradation. You will gain a thorough understanding of a range of broader psychological and criminological theories and topics, such as how the mind works and the relationship between social welfare and crime control.

BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences (Q15)

Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving problems and you are interested in the practical application of economics and mathematics, this degree course could be what you are looking for. It will give you a thorough grounding in mathematical, statistical and computational skills, and a sound knowledge of economic theory – together with a good understanding of economic issues.

NEW - Bachelor of Science (Honours) Forensic Psychology (Q82)

Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving problems and you are interested in the practical application of economics and mathematics, this degree course could be what you are looking for. It will give you a thorough grounding in mathematical, statistical and computational skills, and a sound knowledge of economic theory – together with a good understanding of economic issues.

BSc (Honours) Psychology (Q07)

The frequent query 'What do you have in mind?' quite literally captures much of what psychology – the science of mental life and behaviour – is all about. This fascinating degree investigates why we do the things we do; how we interact with others; how psychologists use research evidence to explore and debate issues such as ageing, crime, education, employment, forensic science, mental health, and relationships; and much more. This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

NEW - Bachelor of Science (Honours) Psychology with Counselling (Q84)

The value of counselling to improve wellbeing and quality of life is increasingly recognised. From everyday worries to serious mental health issues like chronic anxiety and depression, counselling and psychological therapy can help us cope. This degree explores theoretical and practical perspectives in these two closely aligned subject areas, with a specific focus on how counselling works and how it can help people change. This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

NEW - Bachelor of Science (Honours) Social Psychology (Q83)

Why do we cooperate with one another? Are leaders born or made? Why is one person receptive to a political speech or an advert and another immune? How do we intervene in situations like rioting and looting, when public opinion is very strong? This degree investigates such fascinating questions, developing your understanding of contemporary social psychology. You will also explore psychology more generally, gaining insights into the workings of the mind, and why people behave as they do. This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences (Q69)

Develop a rich synthesis of knowledge and skills drawn from the breadth of social sciences subjects: criminology; economics; geography; politics; psychology; sociology; and social policy.

BA (Honours) Environmental Studies (Q19)

What makes people do harm to others? What is a psychopath? How do you conduct an intervention with someone convicted of a violent crime, or help someone who has been the victim of crime? This degree explores these and many other important questions to do with psychology, crime and justice. You'll also cover the field of psychology more broadly, gaining a window into the workings of the mind and insights into why people behave the way they do.

BA (Honours) International Studies (Q11)

Our world is divided into different societies. Yet it is increasingly interconnected. Relationships between nations, companies, cultures and individuals extend across regions and the globe. This course explores the political, economic and cultural issues that these complex interconnections create – focusing on international politics, diplomacy, cooperation, war and security; international economics and development; cultural and religious interactions between different societies; and global environmental problems.

BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies (Q43)

What makes us happy? Do humans display irrational biases? How can I, a mere physical being, have thoughts and emotions? How does science progress and can I trust it? By what moral authority does the state rule over me? Who should get what? Is there a God? This fascinating course explores how we seek the answers to profound questions about ourselves, our minds, our behaviour, and our place in the social and physical universe.

BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Q45)

Where does social order (and disorder) come from? How can we make ourselves richer, and does society always gain? What does justice mean, how do we define our rights? Politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) – and the ideas and values that inform them – are central to how modern societies are organised and governed. This degree explores fundamental questions of power and ideology, beliefs and values, and how income and wealth are produced and distributed.

BA (Honours) Social Policy and Criminology (Q57)

What is the relationship between crime, social inequality and social exclusion? If anti-social behaviour is associated with family and community breakdown, mental health problems and substance abuse, how can we deal with these issues more effectively? This degree takes the study of key questions in contemporary criminology and social policy to an advanced level – examining controversies about crime and disorder in the context of the current recession and cutbacks in social care, education and youth justice budgets.

Foundation Degrees

Foundation Degree in Counselling (X09)

The value of counselling to improve wellbeing and quality of life is increasingly recognised. From everyday worries to serious mental health issues like chronic anxiety and depression, counsellors and psychotherapists are helping us cope. This foundation degree, developed in partnership with the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB), will prepare you to become a professional counsellor – equipping you with the theoretical understanding and practical skills required to work in this field.

Diplomas of Higher Education

Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychological Studies (W39)

If you are fascinated by the relationship between social welfare and crime control, and why people engage in criminal behaviour, this diploma is for you. It explores issues such as antisocial behaviour, surveillance, security, social justice, social welfare and environmental degradation. You will learn how to construct and analyse arguments; use published work across a range of issues; understand the contexts for statistical information; and apply concepts and ideas to the real world.

Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences (W40)

Does material consumption make us happier? Is parenting a social as well as individual activity? How does recession affect ordinary households? This diploma explores how social scientists seek to answer some of today's most pressing questions, and how they find evidence to test their ideas and theories. You will investigate the way our lives are shaped by individuals, groups and institutions – and by the end of your studies, you will have changed the way you look at the world forever.

Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling (W09)

This diploma course will prepare you to become a professional counsellor, equipping you with the theoretical understanding and practical skills required to work in this field.

Diploma of Higher Education in Environmental Studies (W46)

This interdisciplinary diploma will give you knowledge and understanding of the social, political, economic, scientific and technological issues at the heart of contemporary environmental problems. It focuses on issues such as climate change, dwindling resources and the loss of biodiversity, examining how and why our environment is under threat.

Diploma of Higher Education in Psychology (W45)

If you are interested in psychology and would like to develop skills and knowledge relevant to a wide range of careers, this diploma is for you. You will explore how psychologists use evidence to contribute to debates on ageing, crime, education, employment, forensic science, mental health and relationships; and choose options to suit your particular interests.

Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology (W38)

What is the link between poverty and crime? How are inequality and injustice factors in anti-social behaviour? Can crime prevention schemes provide an effective alternative to punishment through the criminal justice system? This fascinating and wide-ranging diploma explores the debates and controversies surrounding crime and disorder in a time of recession, rising unemployment, and deepening public sector austerity.

Certificate of Higher Education

Certificate of Higher Education in Environment (T16)

Natural and built environments support many aspects of our lives and livelihoods, but they are under threat from climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. This certificate course combines aspects of science, technology and social science to help you understand the environments in which we live and work; how our activities influence them; how they influence what we do; and how can we live sustainably within them.

Certificate of Higher Education in Psychology (T22)

If you are interested in psychology and would like to learn more, or find out if it is the right subject for you, this certificate could be the ideal starting point. You will learn about the different ways in which psychologists investigate the human mind and behaviour, and how psychological research addresses real-life issues – including ageing, crime, education, employment, forensic science, mental health, relationships and much more.

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences (T06)

What shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make? Why do people continue to smoke when they know the risks, and why do governments want to reorganise the NHS? Social scientists build theories and conduct research to understand why and how people, groups and institutions respond to change, exercise power and make decisions.

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