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Okay so dilemma ahead-😂
I have 2 main options of universities and preferably I’d like to go to Cardiff. The problem is I want to take Criminal Psychology (which the university doesn’t offer as one degree) if I went to this Uni, I would have to take Criminology and Psychology as two separate degrees and after seeing the Psychology subject presentation in a virtual open day, I’m really not interested and it’s not for me.
The second university being Swansea, has the Criminal Psychology course as one which suits me down to the ground but I don’t want to go there as I want to experience a proper Uni life if that makes sense? And I feel Cardiff being a bigger place and new city I’d feel more excited there. So, after racking my brain all night I came to the conclusion I could either go to Cardiff and take Criminology as 1 degree and after the 3 years, then go onto do a masters/major in Criminal Psychology. Or, just go to Swansea in the first place next year. I’m asking for any advice from anyone who’s been a student and wanted to go onto the Criminal Psychology path (Criminal Profiling being my dream job) what did you take and what advice would you give to me??
Thank you guys sorry if it’s confusing 😂x
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You cant take 'two separate degrees' in parallel.

You best solution is to take a single honours in Psychology and then a Masters in a Psychology/Forensic Psychology specialism.
You need to do both to work as a Forensic Psychologist : https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-prof...c-psychologist
Criminology is a social science. Interesting but no clinical relevance. Do straight Psychology as a first degree.

Make sure that any Psychology degree you do is BPS accredited : https://www.bps.org.uk/public/become...edited-courses
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Thank you for the reply! Thing is if Criminal Psychology is offered should I just take that as a straight course? I’ve researched into Forensic Psychology and there’s a difference between that and Criminal Psychology as two separate jobs? Hope this makes sense
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Okay so dilemma ahead-😂
I have 2 main options of universities and preferably I’d like to go to Cardiff. The problem is I want to take Criminal Psychology (which the university doesn’t offer as one degree) if I went to this Uni, I would have to take Criminology and Psychology as two separate degrees and after seeing the Psychology subject presentation in a virtual open day, I’m really not interested and it’s not for me.
The second university being Swansea, has the Criminal Psychology course as one which suits me down to the ground but I don’t want to go there as I want to experience a proper Uni life if that makes sense? And I feel Cardiff being a bigger place and new city I’d feel more excited there. So, after racking my brain all night I came to the conclusion I could either go to Cardiff and take Criminology as 1 degree and after the 3 years, then go onto do a masters/major in Criminal Psychology. Or, just go to Swansea in the first place next year. I’m asking for any advice from anyone who’s been a student and wanted to go onto the Criminal Psychology path (Criminal Profiling being my dream job) what did you take and what advice would you give to me??
Thank you guys sorry if it’s confusing 😂x
There's not really anything like criminal profiling in the UK, the closest we have over here is working as a Behavioural Investigative Advisor for the CIA but that's basically impossible to get into. It sounds like you're more interested in Forensic Psychology or Criminology imo, I don't know so much about the latter but for FP, you'd need to take a 3 year Psychology degree, then an accredited MSc in Forensic Psychology, then either the professional doctorate or BPS Stage 2 qualification.

(Original post by tabithasmith2223)
Thank you for the reply! Thing is if Criminal Psychology is offered should I just take that as a straight course? I’ve researched into Forensic Psychology and there’s a difference between that and Criminal Psychology as two separate jobs? Hope this makes sense
The most important thing at this stage is making sure the undergraduate degree you choose is accredited by the BPS.
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Okay so dilemma ahead-😂
I have 2 main options of universities and preferably I’d like to go to Cardiff. The problem is I want to take Criminal Psychology (which the university doesn’t offer as one degree) if I went to this Uni, I would have to take Criminology and Psychology as two separate degrees and after seeing the Psychology subject presentation in a virtual open day, I’m really not interested and it’s not for me.
The second university being Swansea, has the Criminal Psychology course as one which suits me down to the ground but I don’t want to go there as I want to experience a proper Uni life if that makes sense? And I feel Cardiff being a bigger place and new city I’d feel more excited there. So, after racking my brain all night I came to the conclusion I could either go to Cardiff and take Criminology as 1 degree and after the 3 years, then go onto do a masters/major in Criminal Psychology. Or, just go to Swansea in the first place next year. I’m asking for any advice from anyone who’s been a student and wanted to go onto the Criminal Psychology path (Criminal Profiling being my dream job) what did you take and what advice would you give to me??
Thank you guys sorry if it’s confusing 😂x
Hey tabithasmith2223!

Is this the course you're looking at in Swansea? - Criminology and Psychology BSc - this course is a joint honours programme, so two subjects within one (honours) degree, and this course is accredited by the BPS.

If you're interested in what the our current student's career plans are, as well as finding out more about their student experience, you can chat with them using our Ambassador chat. You can also attend a Virtual Open Day with us on November 7th, this would be a good chance to chat with academics and attend a subject talk, if you're interested then you can register here.

It sounds like you're looking at University with the big picture in mind which is great! there are a lot of things you can consider, so I would advise getting as much information and as many different opinions in as possible - the more info you have, the easier it should hopefully be to make an informed decision
Some other things I advise students to consider when looking at University is:
1. Cost of living
2. Location - would you prefer a city or a campus University?
3. The course syllabus and modules from 1st-3rd year.
4. Student satisfaction
5. Employability

I hope this helps, and best of luck!

- Mia
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