|Study location||United Kingdom, Colchester Campus|
|Type||Bachelor courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||4 years|
|Tuition fee||To be confirmed|
High school / secondary education (or higher)
The entry qualification documents are accepted in any language
At least 1 reference(s) must be provided.
On our four-year BA Criminology (including foundation year), we work with you to improve your language skills, to develop your subject-specific knowledge, and to improve your academic skills. You receive a thorough grounding in these areas during your foundation year (known as Year Zero) to prepare you for a further three years of undergraduate study at Essex.
You are an Essex student from day one, a member of our global community based at the most internationally diverse campus university in the UK.
At Essex, our course will allow you to explore the nature of crime, criminal justice and punishment within wider social contexts. Our flexible course means that you can study an exciting range of topics, from the impact of computer games on crime, to terrorism and illegal migration, to policing and controlling society.
We are a large and friendly department, offering a range and diversity of research interests, with leading international experts in the areas of:
- Organised crime, surveillance and counter-terrorism
- Environmental harm
- Visual criminology
- Social history and crime
You’ll also receive training in criminological methods – how to design a survey, conduct an interview, and use quantitative analysis from basic statistic to big data – in order to ask the difficult questions.
Our BA Criminology is run by the Department of Sociology, which was rated top 10 in the UK for research quality (REF 2014), and we consistently receive strong student satisfaction scores, including 91% overall student satisfaction in 2014.
Political and Social Theory From Plato to the Present Day
Major Writers in English Literature
An Introduction to the History of the United Kingdom During the Twentieth Century
Western Philosophy: Fundamental Questions, Major Thinkers
Researching Social Life I
Introduction to Crime, Law and Society
The Sociological Imagination
Media, Culture and Society (optional)
Researching Social Life II (optional)
Sociology of Crime and Control
Policing, Punishment and Society
Race, Class & Gender (optional)
Research Project: Sociology
Globalisation and Crime
Policing and Society
Crime, Policy and Social Justice
Children and Young People: Criminological Approaches – Current Debates (optional)
Psychiatry and Mental Illness (optional)
Careers linked to criminology are varied. Our courses provide an excellent training for work within the criminal justice system, for example as community safety officers, risk assessors, court managers, researchers, paralegals, police officers, probation officers and youth workers.
Our recent graduates have gone on to work for a wide range of high-profile companies including:
The Institute of Public Finance
Synergy Healthcare Research
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.