Criminology, psychology & law

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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.

Undergraduate courses

Postgraduate courses

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.

What was special about the course was the variety of modules covered. Studying both psychology and criminology based modules provided me with valuable set up skills for employment and future research.

Ava Valashjardi

MSc Applied Criminology and Forensic Psychology

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Thinking about a career in the Police?

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 have the opportunity to 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
  • Ride-alongs 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, attending baseball games, visiting the beach and weekend trips 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. 

My ride along was one of the most amazing experiences of the whole trip. It was great to talk to a sheriff deputy and see their day to day life and activities.


4th year Criminology student on her visit to Pensacola, Florida 2016

For the first time I have become fully immersed in my studies. I have learned that I can throw myself into situations like this and thrive, which has opened up possibilities for my future.


3rd year Criminology student on her trip to Pensacola, Florida 2016

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