Edinburgh Napier University

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We know what will help you get where want to be. We are the only Scottish university with a Policing degree, we offer you the opportunity to study abroad and all courses are informed by our staff’s own research in the field of criminology and criminal justice, social sciences and psychology. This includes areas such as health and illness, gender and migration, face recognition, jury decision making, policing, imprisonment, victimisation and restorative justice. You can study a range of modules in applied areas of psychology (such as forensic psychology, counselling psychology and work psychology), as well as core areas, which adds to the richness and relevance of the course in today’s world.

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    All our lecturers have PhDs in this exciting field, hold or are working towards fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are Chartered Psychologists.


    You'll study within a multidisciplinary school and share some modules with students studying on other programmes besides your chosen one.


    Our new Policing & Criminology BSc (Hons) will give you the competitive edge if you want to become a police officer by exploring social, political and economic factors that impact on policing and crime.


    We prepare you for the future by giving you practical experience now. In psychology you have access to excellent dedicated lab facilities and equipment. This includes an eye tracking lab, an EEG lab, and a 4D motion capture lab.

    Only 20 minutes from the city centre on the tram, our Sighthill campus is where these courses will be taught. On site, you will have access to facilities such as gym, cafeteria, coffee shops and libraries. There are also study areas with computers.

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    • Police Officer
    • Probation Officer
    • Prison Officer
    • Social Worker
    • Youth Worker
    • International Development Consultant
    • Life Coach
    • Pollster
    • Counsellor
    • Forensic Psychologist (after further PG study)
    • Social Researcher
    • Specialist and investigative journalism
    • Policy Analyst
    • Marketing Insight Manager
    • Human Resources Officer
    • Third Sector Worker
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    Nothing beats hands-on experience. It helps you put theory into practice. Our Policing & Criminology course gives you the opportunity to get involved with the Special Constabulary.

    All of our courses offer you the chance to join the ‘Getting Inside’ work shadowing scheme, and there is an optional module on volunteering and employability skills.

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    The Criminology and Social Sciences courses whisk you off to an International Summer school with institutions in the US. This gives you the opportunity to visit host institutions such as University of West Florida and participate in a programme of activities including lectures and trips to criminal justice institutions.