Psychology of Criminal Conduct - PSYC8050

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 7 20 (10) Afroditi Pina checkmark-circle


This module examines the topic of criminality from a broad psychological perspective. The origins of the criminal tendency in childhood are detailed and its abundant expression in adolescence highlighted and examined. The evidence that consistent criminal tendencies can be reliably assessed is considered, and the extent to which personality factors can explain that consistency is evaluated. The concept of psychopathy is explored along with examining more generally the relationship between crime, law and moral judgement. The role of victims in creating, defining and reporting crime is analysed, and the psychological consequences of crime for victims and potential victims are explored.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 33
Private study hours: 167
Total study hours: 200


Compulsory to the following courses:
• MSc Forensic Psychology

Optional to the following courses:
• None

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Report (5,000 words)

Reassessment methods

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of criminological and psychological theory regarding the offending and its origins.
2 Demonstrate knowledge of techniques for the study of offender behaviour and its contribution to police work, through critical evaluation of current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline.
3 Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of rational decision-making as applied to crime and offences.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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