The BA (Hons) Criminology course offers an exciting combination of the theory, policy and practice of criminology and criminal justice studies. You'll have the opportunity to take a number of modules underpinned by cutting-edge research and strong relationships with the police, the probation service, and other criminal justice agencies.
Why choose this course?
- You'll have the chance to specialise through choosing distinctive optional modules, delivered by experts in their subjects.
- All modules draw on external practitioners' experiences and knowledge to provide additional real-world perspectives.
- You can gain unique insights into the practical dimensions of criminology through accredited work experience opportunities in a number of organisations. There is also the opportunity to study abroad through our Erasmus+ programme, as well as the option to undertake a research project that will make a difference to a local organisation's work within the community.
How you're taught
To provide you with a first-class learning experience and to guarantee you have an opportunity to make the most of your time at university, you'll receive contact time through a diverse range of delivery methods. Structured teaching will be delivered through a combination of traditional lectures, seminars and workshops. The smaller group seminars and workshops provide opportunities to develop your skills in problem-solving, group working, analysis, debating, and presentation. They also give you the chance to get involved in discussions about a wide range of views.
Tutorials with staff
As the relationship between students and tutors is an important one, you can expect to have lots of direct contact and support through seminars and one-to-one tutorials. At these sessions you'll have the opportunity to discuss and gain feedback about your work, ask questions about the projects you're working on, and raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your university experience.
Independent study is an important part of this course. Throughout your three years of study, the scheduled contact hours you receive will gradually decrease as you develop the skills required to undertake an independent study or write a dissertation in your final year. You'll still have regular contact with your tutors and, if necessary, ad hoc tutorials can be arranged.
Virtual learning environment
You'll use our virtual learning environment, NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that allows you to have 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and other students, and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.
How will I be assessed?
In your first year the majority of your work will be assessed through formal examinations with some coursework-based assignments. In your second year you'll be assessed by a combination of exams, coursework-based essays and reports, as well as policy papers. Assessments in your final year will focus around your dissertation or independent study as well as coursework and exams. In response to student feedback, the University have introduced a policy ensuring marked work is returned to you electronically within three weeks of submission.Learning from expert staff
You'll be taught by enthusiastic, engaged and expert staff. The course draws upon the multidisciplinary nature of the team through their expertise, research interests and experience. Many have also published textbooks in their specialist area of interest.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
- enhance your communication skills
- enrich your experience when travelling abroad
- boost your career prospects.
Find out more about the University Language Programme.
- Year 1 coursework (67%), written (33%)
- Year 2 coursework (56%), written (17%) and practical (27%)
- Year 3 coursework (50%), written (43%) and practical (7%)
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
- Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%), independent study (75%)
- Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (21%), independent study (71%)
- Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (19%), independent study (81%)
Careers and employability
Excellent work experience opportunities
If you choose to complete the BA (Hons) Criminology course you'll study a Service Learning Placement module. You'll get the opportunity to complete a focused piece of research or undertake a period of voluntary work for an external organisation. You may also have the opportunity to study abroad through the Erasmus + foreign exchange scheme. Find out more about studying abroad.
Your career development
When you graduate you'll be eligible for graduate membership of the British Criminological Society, and you'll be well placed to embark on a successful career in the police, prison and probation services. You'll have developed a range of knowledge-specific and transferable skills including communication, presentation, and problem-solving. You'll be able to use a selection of forms of information technology to gather, analyse and present criminological data.
On completion of the course, you may also be interested in a career working in local community safety initiatives, drug projects, or other welfare contexts. Others continue studying on a postgraduate criminology course.
The job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent Criminology graduates are following:*
- Border Force assistant officer
- Police constable
- Prison officer
- Paralegal officer
- Youth support worker
- Investigative officer in the police
- Crime prevention and alert administrator
- Special constable
- Executive officer immigration case owner
- Researcher in the police
- Probation officer
- Court liaison officer
- Data intelligence developer in the police
- Police officer.
*Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results, 2011-12 and 2014-15.
Our Employability Team
We have a dedicated Employability team located on the City Campus. The team are well placed to give you specialist guidance and practical help that will really make a difference to your prospects once you do graduate.
As a Social Sciences student you will have easy access to the fantastic facilities in the Chaucer and Taylor buildings, including:
- lecture theatres and teaching classrooms
- open access PCs and secure wireless points
- study areas and social spaces
- Chaucer café, serving drinks and light snacks
- our brand new School of Social Sciences reception, providing you with easy access to our helpful and friendly support staff.