On our Criminology degree you consider the criminal justice system alongside criminological and sociological theories. We give you the strong theoretical grounding, analytical expertise and communication skills needed to start a successful career in the criminal justice sector and elsewhere.
Reasons to study Criminology at Kent
Ranked 1st in the UK for research quality in The Times Good University Guide 2022Boost your employability with a year or term abroad, a volunteering placement or by getting involved in some of our experiential learning opportunitiesDevelop your criminological imagination by engaging with our wide range of optional modules from interdisciplinary perspectivesJoin our vibrant Socrates student society and take up opportunities to contribute to the development of our learning environmentBenefit from a wide range of opportunities to develop key academic skills, enhanced research skills and receive comprehensive student support.
What you'll learn
Explore critical approaches to the criminal justice system, debate key issues in criminology, compare with international perspectives and evaluate how effective we are in responding to crime.
Our wide range of optional modules allow you to focus on criminal justice institutions like the police or prisons, engage with cutting-edge developments in the discipline like terrorism or cybercrime, and explore criminology's connections with related disciplines of sociology, social policy, cultural studies and psychology. You will learn how to apply theoretical analysis to real world examples of crime, harm and social justice.
See the modules you'll study
We use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, case studies, group projects and individual and group tutorials.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- the principal concepts and theoretical approaches in criminology, sociology and social policy
- the social processes that shape contemporary society and the relationships between groups
- the key international policy developments around human rights
- contemporary issues and debates in specific areas of criminal justice
- the main sources of data about crime and social welfare and a grasp of the research methods used to collect and analyse data
- patterns of social diversity and inequality and their origins and consequences
- interdisciplinary approaches to issues in criminology and the ability to use ideas from other social sciences.
You develop the following intellectual skills:
- problem-solving and the ability to seek solutions to criminal issues and other social problems and individual needs
- research, including the ability to identify a research question and to collect and manipulate data to answer that question
- evaluation and analysis, to assess the outcomes of crime prevention and social policy intervention on individuals and communities
- sensitivity to the values and interests of others and to the dimensions of difference
- interpretation of both research data and official statistics
- identification and gathering of appropriate library and web-based resources, making judgements about their merits and using the available evidence to construct an argument to be presented orally or in writing.
You gain the following subject-specific skills:
- identification and use of theories and concepts in criminology and analysis of policies and practices
- seeking out and using statistical data relevant to issues of crime and sociological issues
- undertaking an investigation of an empirical issue, either on your own or with other students
- understanding the nature and appropriate use, including the ethical implications, of diverse social research strategies and methods
- distinguishing between technical, normative, moral and political questions
- understanding the socio-legal context in which individuals and agencies operate.
You gain the following transferable skills:
- communication: communicating ideas and arguments to others, both in written and spoken form for both specialist and non-specialist audiences making short presentations to fellow students and staff; preparing essays and referencing the material quoted according to conventions in social policy
- numeracy: analysing and utilising basic statistical data drawn from research and official sources at a rudimentary level
- information technology: using IT to word process, conduct online searches, communicate by email and access data sources
- working with others: developing interpersonal and teamworking skills to enable you to work collaboratively, negotiate, listen and deliver results
- improving own learning: exploring own strengths and weaknesses; having an appetite for learning and being reflective, adaptive and collaborative in your approach; studying and learning independently, using library and internet sources; developing skills in time management by delivering academic work on time and to the required standard
- problem-solving: developing the ability to identify and define problems, exploring alternative solutions and discriminating between them.