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The award
BA

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
find out

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 18000 per year

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About Criminal Justice and Criminology at School of Law, University of Leeds

Drawing on the world-leading research of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, this course will give you an advanced understanding of crime and its control.

You'll explore the complex questions around why crime happens, how offenders should be dealt with and how crime can be prevented. You will examine the individual, social, legal and political forces that shape both crime and how it is controlled. In addition, you'll study the workings of criminal justice agencies like the police, courts, prisons and probation as well as the private companies and voluntary groups who have increasing roles in offender management and crime prevention.

Core modules will give you a firm grounding in the substantive, methodological and theoretical components of criminology as well as related aspects of the disciplines of law, sociology and psychology. You will gain both the subject knowledge and research skills needed to understand and contribute to wider knowledge of crime and criminal justice. From anti-social behaviour to war crimes and from drug use to terrorism, the range of optional modules on offer will also allow you to focus on topics that suit your interests and career ambitions.

Student profile

'Lecturers are approachable and extremely helpful, they often attend CrimSoc socials and always reply to emails. There's mutual respect and the staff's main priority is that students achieve their best' Read more Heather Bradbury, Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Course content

Year one lays the foundations of your degree. You'll explore crucial issues around how crime is defined, how it is measured and how key social issues, such as inequality, impact upon it. You'll be introduced to the study of criminal law, sociology and forensic psychology. You'll develop the academic and research skills needed to study criminal justice at undergraduate level.

Year two allows to consolidate and extend what you have learned. You'll build your understanding of criminological theory and, through learning about research methods, you will also gain valuable research skills and experiences. To give you a different perspective on criminal justice, further compulsory modules will examine crime prevention and crime science, as well as evolving issues of transnational and international crime. Optional modules will allow you to explore a wide range of related topics in the social sciences, from youth crime to race and ethnicity studies.

In year three, the core modules will give you in-depth knowledge of policing institutions and operations in the UK, in addition to penology - the study of how offenders are punished. You'll also choose from further optional modules, exploring diverse topics including crime history, mass atrocities, technology and crime, and sex work. In addition, the year culminates with your dissertation - an independent research project on a topic of your choice, which allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAB excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

    Two of your A-levels must be in traditional academic subjects. Please see our Accepted A-level subjects document to check your subjects.

    If your choice of A-level subjects has been constrained by factors outside your control (such as if your school or college did not offer certain subjects), please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office to discuss your application.

    GCSE: grade B or above in English Language, or an appropriate English language qualification.

    • Career opportunities

      This flexible degree will equip you with valuable subject knowledge and a wide range of transferable skills. It lends itself to careers in criminal justice, such as the police, prison or probation services, or as researchers in this area. Many of our graduates pursue postgraduate study in related fields.

      We also see students pursue a wide range of careers, from the civil service to the media.

      Careers support

      We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

      Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

      The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

    • Study abroad and work placements

      On this course you can apply to extend your degree by a year and spend Year 3 studying at one of our partner institutions abroad.

      You could study at one of three partner universities - currently Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, Griffiths University in Brisbane, Australia, and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

      Work placements

      Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

      Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course feesGBP 18000 per year

Entry requirements

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    Being a part of the Law Society has been really fun! They put on awesome events where people from the faculty can get to know each other while doing something fun, such as the annual Law Ball. I remember being really anxious during the first week of term and the Equality and Diversity Secretary put on a great ice-breaker event where I got to meet other students who I am still friends with today!

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