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Year of Entry 2020/21
BA (Honours)


Full-time Criminology

Study the causes and effects of crime, and prepare for your career in the criminal justice sector.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
International: £13,650 per year
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? M931
When do I start? September 2020
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Learn the real-life applications of criminological theory to experience and behaviour in your student community.
  • Tailor your studies to reflect specialist interests, which enhances independent thinking and creativity.
  • Enhance key personal and transferable skills for enhancing employability.

Gain a comprehensive understanding of patterns of crime and deviance and prepare for a rewarding career in the criminal justice or social justice sector.

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Watch student Emma Higgs talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

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Watch the Head of Criminology Shawna McCoy talk about this course.

Gain the knowledge, skills and attributes required for a professional career in the criminal justice or social justice sector and develop your ability to be a confident communicator.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • class-based discussion and debate
  • group tasks
  • projects
  • tasks utilising digital platforms
  • simulation
  • case study analysis
  • online learning resources

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme.

Course leaders and tutors

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Alex Black
Lecturer in Criminology

Applied learning

Work placements

To maximise your career prospects in this area, you will have various opportunities for work-related learning during the course. Employability and placement opportunities are embedded across all three years of the degree course. These include student placement modules and activities with criminal justice/third sector agencies, project work with external agencies, simulation modules, and voluntary work through our employability fair. You will also have access to degree-specific careers advice and support.

International opportunities

You will have the opportunity to study abroad for the second semester of your second year, at institutions in Australia, USA or Canada. You will choose modules that you wish to study, and get the chance to learn about different cultures and learning styles, as well as travel to new places and meet new people.

Networking opportunities

The Helena Kennedy Centre ensures that teaching focuses directly and indirectly on ethical and social justice issues related to the social exclusion/inclusion of a range of vulnerable groups and on promoting social access to all available community resources. You are provided with career-related support from department specialists who help with access to graduate opportunities.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • the police service
  • the probation service
  • the prison service
  • youth work
  • victim support work
  • citizens advice work
  • community liaison work
  • drug and alcohol services

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • BBC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include up to two AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language or or English Literature at grade C or 4
  • Mathematics at grade C or 4

• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

• Grade B from CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in both reading and writing and 5.5 in all other skills, or equivalent

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applying Criminology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Criminal Justice Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: Criminological Landscapes Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Graduate Research And Development 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Graduate Research And Development 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Human Rights And Crime Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Controversies Of Punishment Credits: 20
Module: Deconstructing Research Credits: 20
Module: Victims Offenders And Vulnerabilities Credits: 20
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Cybercrime And Society Credits: 20
Module: Exclusion Rights And Justice Credits: 20
Module: Experiencing Criminal Justice Credits: 20
Module: Inspiring Real World Criminology Credits: 20
Module: Investigating Cutting Edge Criminology Credits: 20
Module: Life Beyond Crime, Substance Use And Offending Credits: 20
Module: Professional Practice On Placement Credits: 60
Module: Studies Abroad In Criminology Credits: 60

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Dissertation Credits: 40
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: 21St Century Crime: Threats, Responses And Human Rights Credits: 20
Module: Crime And Justice In The Information Age Credits: 20
Module: Criminal Justice Realities Credits: 20
Module: Experiencing Custodial And Community Sentences Credits: 20
Module: Making Desistance And Recovery A Reality Credits: 20
Module: Policing And Crime Reduction Credits: 20
Module: Sex Violence And Extremism Credits: 20
Module: Simulating Justice Practice Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 per year.

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Financial support for home/EU students

How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Criminology courses (PDF)

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