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BA (Honours) Criminology

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

Course length 3 Years
Location Collegiate Campus
UCAS M931 Course code

Course description

What you study

Using the theory and application of criminology in the real world you learn about the many types, causes and consequences of crime, while also studying the criminal justice institutions and processes that seek to reduce offending, in a department that received the British Society of Criminology award for teaching excellence in 2014.

You gain a foundational understanding in key areas of criminology and criminal justice in your first year then specialise in your second and third years with optional modules such as • rights, justice and exclusion • sex, violence and extremism • experiencing custodial and community sentences • making desistance and recovery a reality • policing and crime prevention.

As well as being prepared for a career in criminology, criminal and community justice areas, you also gain skills that make you attractive to all employers, including • information gathering and analysis • problem solving • presentation skills • organisational and time management skills • critical thinking and analysis • equality and diversity awareness.


You benefit from the expertise of lecturers who are active in the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice and have a wealth of academic and practical experience. We also have strong links with local, regional and national agencies in the criminal justice sector. For example, the criminology team train probation officers across the Yorkshire and Humberside region on behalf of the Ministry of Justice. This means they can offer you practical, up-to-date and real world perspectives on your studies.

Work-based learning

To maximise your career prospects in the area, you have access to a range of industry opportunities during the course. These include student placement activities with criminal justice/third sector agencies, simulation modules, voluntary work through our employability fair and possible opportunities to work on clinical modules in our law clinic. You also have access to degree-specific careers advice and support.

Study abroad

You also have the opportunity to gain an international outlook with overseas study exchange options. International academic exchanges take place in the second semester of your second year. Previous exchanges have taken place with universities in Australia, Canada and the United States. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C or grade 4 or above. We do not accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept up to two AS levels. We accept general studies.


• 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – at least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS average score of 6.5 with at least 6.5 in reading and writing with a minimum score of 5.5 in all other skills

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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• graduate research and development 1 and 2 • criminological landscapes • criminal justice • human rights and crime • applying criminology

Year two core modules

• (de) constructing research • exploring placements • controversies of punishment • victims, offenders and vulnerabilities

Year two options

• rights, justice and exclusion • life beyond crime, substance use and offending • extending crime control in the community

Year three core module

• dissertation

Year three options

• sex, violence and extremism • making desistance and recovery a reality • policing and crime prevention • simulating criminal justice practice • enacting human rights • crime and justice in the information age • experiencing custodial and community sentences • supported practice initiative

  • examinations
  • coursework
  • case studies
  • presentations
  • dissertation in year three


You can find careers in areas such as • the police service • the probation service • the prison service • youth work • victim support work • citizens advice work • community liaison work • drug and alcohol services. Roles include • police community support officer • support worker (employment of offenders) • support worker (victims of sexual abuse) • humanitarian aid worker • security services.


Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,250 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

Additional course costs

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Additional costs information

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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