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BA (Hons)Criminology

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Some of the world’s most influential and respected criminologists teach and research within our Department. The Criminology degree tackles the problems of crime, deviance, victimisation and social harm in a high quality programme that makes the subject exciting and intellectually challenging. This degree draws on the Department’s expertise in crime prevention, surveillance, policing, sentencing, victimology, youth justice and corporate crime. Modules are continually updated and designed to provide you with a well-rounded Criminology learning experience.

Year One introduces you to Criminology and serves as a foundation for the second and third years.

In Year Two, you will study Understanding Crime, Justice and Punishment to provide you with a broader and deeper coverage of criminological perspectives and criminal justice controversies.

By Year Three, you will be able to study from a range of areas that include Crimes of the Powerful, Community and Public Involvement in Crime and Criminal Justice, The Risk Society Criminal Victimisation, Youth Crime, Youth Justice and Social Control.

In Year Three you may wish to study for your dissertation if you have completed the research methods modules. Alternatively, you can take the Applied Social Research module and carry out a piece of research commissioned by a local agency. This offers both a great opportunity for you to study in the ‘real world’ as well as an experience that will appeal to prospective employers.

Subject is available through Honours. More information here

Programme structure

Programme Year One

The first year of the programme provides an introduction to exploring ‘crime’ in its social, historical and political context. Getting to grips with the key concepts in Criminology and its wider social scientific roots is dealt with at Year One to ensure easy transition to Years Two and Three. Our Studying Society module explores the use of social science research methods and ensures that by the second year all students are fully acquainted with IT and virtual learning tools.

In addition to the compulsory modules, you may also choose 30 credits from the following optional modules:

Sociological Theory (30 credits)
Social Change and Social Policy in Contemporary Society 1 (15 credits)
Social Change and Social Policy in Contemporary Society 2 (15 credits)

Programme Year Two

In the second year, the core modules provide a deeper coverage of the range of criminological knowledge and particular controversies in criminal justice practice. We also explore the role of the criminologist in the world of policy and activism in modules such as Understanding Crime, Justice and Punishment, Policing, Crime and Social Control and Punishment, Penalty and Prisons. Students will also study Social Research Methods 1 and 2.

Optional modules currently include:

Social Exclusion
Beyond Crime: Culture, Power and Harm
Domestic and International Drug Policy
Understanding Non-Profit Organisations: Work Based Learning

Programme Year Three

In Year Three, students will have the choice to study specialist subjects in-depth and develop their independent learning. Those who opt for a Dissertation are given freedom to pursue their interest in a topic of their choice, whilst those opting for our Applied Social Research or Social Policy Project module get a chance to combine work experience with academic knowledge. We have considerable experience in combining your research interests with the work needs and aims of local agencies.

Optional modules currently include:

Gender and Crime
The Risk Society: Crime, Security and Public Policy
Youth, Crime, Youth Justice and Social Control
Criminal Evidence
The Risk Society
Social Control and the City
Murderous Cities
Criminal Victimisation, Welfare and Policy

Career opportunities

Our graduates have gone onto successful careers in the public and private sectors; social welfare and criminal justice agencies such as the police and probation services and non-governmental organisations (NGO s) e.g. working with organisations supporting homeless people, refugees and in social research.

We will enable you to develop a range of social scientific, analytic and communication skills and a variety of transferable skills valued by many employers in a range of industries (e.g. media organisations, local government and charitable organisations, and commercial and financial service sectors).

Studying with us also provides a sound basis from which you will be able to pursue postgraduate studies either with a vocational orientation (MA in Social Work, Legal Practice Course, for example) or to further your research skills at Masters and Doctoral levels.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States