Psychology and Law

Anglia Ruskin University
In Cambridge (England)

Price on request

Important information

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Cambridge (England)
  • Duration:
    3 Years

Provide the basis for a rigorous and creative approach to understanding human behaviour. In addition, the course offers you the opportunity to develop confidence in a variety of core competencies, including literacy, numeracy, communication and analytical skills. The final-year project will enable you to develop your skills by conducting an independent piece of research.

Important information

Requirements: Preferred subject(s): GCE A-level Psychology or Science GCSE(s) Required: English grade C, Mathematics grade C We welcome applications from International and EU students. There are country-specific entry requirements.


Where and when

Starts Location
01 October 2016
Cambridge Campus, East Road, CB1 1PT, Cambridgeshire , England
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What you'll learn on the course

IT Law
Skills and Training

Course programme

Course overview

Psychology is a fascinating science concerned with the study of the mind and behaviour. It has links with a variety of disciplines such as the biological, computer and forensic sciences, as well as with the humanities such as sociology, philosophy and literature. A number of areas of Law, including criminal law, medical law and law of evidence, have strong links with Psychology. The common factor linking people who study Psychology is curiosity and the search for knowledge.

There are a number of reasons why you may wish to study Psychology. Psychology is exciting: for example, is there a relationship between psychological disorders and brain biochemistry? Psychology is challenging: for example, does psychotherapy help people overcome psychological problems such as depression and anxiety? Psychology is useful: psychology has a broad range of real-world applications in everyday life, ranging from stress, health, mental illness, artificial intelligence and human-machine interaction, to personal development, social interaction and the environment, to name but a few. Psychology offers good career prospects.

The main topics will include social, cognitive, developmental and individual differences psychology as well as relevant research methods. You will be encouraged to evaluate theories and research methodologies critically and to be aware of the philosophical debates, issues and controversies inherent in the discipline.

Year one core modules

  • Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology
  • Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Law in Practice I: The Legal System and Legal Skills
  • Key Skills for Psychology

Year two course modules

  • Criminal Law
  • Research Techniques for Psychology

Year three core modules

  • Professional and Historical Issues
  • Law of the European Union
  • Major Project in Psychology or Law

Year one optional modules

  • Foundations of the Law of Tort
  • Introduction to the Law of Obligations
  • An Introduction to Public and European Law
  • An Introduction to Public International Law
  • Law of Contract

Year two optional modules

  • Biopsychology
  • Contemporary Social Psychology
  • Essential Health Psychology
  • Learning, Memory and Perception
  • Lifespan Development
  • Personality, Intelligence and Psychometrics
  • Consumer Law
  • Family Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Independent Learning Module
  • Introduction to Employment Law
  • Issues in Medical Law
  • Law of Business Associations
  • Law in Practice II - Fact Investigation and Analysis
  • Law of Property I
  • Law of Property II
  • Learning from Work Experience
  • Socio-legal Issues in Sport

Year three optional modules

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Clinical and Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Clinical Psychology: Behavioural and Biological Approaches
  • Consumer Psychology
  • Critical Issues in Health, Illness and Disability
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Emotion and Consciousness
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Language and Thought
  • Stress and Health
  • Administrative Law: Legal Regulation of Governmental Action
  • Commercial Law
  • Conflict of Laws in a Business Context
  • Criminology
  • Fundamental Elements of Business Taxation
  • General Principles of Insolvency
  • Independent Learning Module
  • International Business Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • Interviewing and Negotiation
  • Issues in the Law Relating to Children
  • Law of Evidence
  • Law of Succession
  • Legal History: Law and Society 1640-1800

Additional information

Career opportunities: A successful Psychology graduate can be expected to be able to write coherent and logical reports, understand statistical and other forms of evidence and have a good understanding of human behaviour. Taken together, such skills are very appealing to a wide range of employers and not just those in specifically psychological areas.