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What makes a crime?
Bridge the gap between right and wrong, discover the stories behind crime, and better understand the social challenges people face on a daily basis. Here at Edinburgh Napier University, our courses are tailored to benefit your interests. Whether you set your sights on becoming a lawyer, a social worker, or joining the police services - we have the right course for you.
Criminology is the study of crime and criminals, and it encapsulates a number of disciplines - such as psychology, sociology and law. We’re looking for inquisitive minds, and hands-on learners with an outward perspective. With the opportunity for practical work placements, we'll equip you with the skills and confidence you require to tackle the societal problems of the 21st Century.
In disciplines such as Law, our LLB lets you choose a number of business-related non-law modules, including Financial Accounting or Exploring Entrepreneurship - and there is also the option to study a language.
As for Psychology, you’ll benefit from the latest research and professional practice in areas such as forensic, counselling, sport and health psychology. Before completing your studies, you’ll be able to choose whether to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (BA), or Bachelor of Science (BSc) qualification. Both awards are accredited by the British Psychological Society, and will make you eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartership, the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
We know what employers want
We want you to know what it's really like to work in the psychology or criminology sectors. That's why our courses are shaped by employers and give you the option of work placements.
Enhance your career prospects with our MSc in Applied Criminology and Forensic Psychology - it was designed with direct input from employers, and features sought-after work placements with Police Scotland, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), and other organisations linked to criminal justice.
Criminology students who travel
In your 3rd and 4th year of studying our BA (Hons) Criminology or BA (Hons) Social Sciences courses you can apply to attend our annual two-week summer school. The programme alternates each year between Scotland and various universities in the USA. If you apply you will experience a two-week long programme of lectures, criminology related tours and recreational experiences.
Our students who attended the summer school in the University West of Florida in Pensacola in July 2016 took part in a range of unique activities including:
- Speaking to American police officers, prison staff and prisoners at correctional facilities
- Visiting crime labs and district courts
- Meeting with federal judges, criminal justice personnel and ex-offenders
- A ride-along with the local police department in Pensacola
- Working closely with American students, including attending lectures on American crime, society and politics
- Exploring the lighter side of traveling abroad and attended baseball games, visited the beach and took a weekend trip to New Orleans
The programme in Scotland in 2017 is planning to include guest lectures from experts in the field, visits to prisons, the High Court, police stations and more.