Criminology and Criminal Justice BSc (Hons)

Overview

Have you got an interest in what makes a criminal and how we should respond to crime in society?

Criminology goes hand-in-hand with criminal justice. You can study both of these subjects on this BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice degree course. You'll learn about key issues in criminal justice, such as the sentencing of offenders or the reputation and responsibilities of police forces, while you develop your understanding of the bodies involved in law enforcement, government, the court system and international agencies.

This course is ideal prep for a career working in police, probation, the prison service, community safety, and third sector roles such as victim support. You'll also set yourself up to do further research into crime prevention and criminology or continue your studies at postgraduate level.

What you'll experience:

  • Examine different perspectives on crime
  • Join in lively debates in one of the country’s largest criminology departments and contribute ideas on how we should respond to crime as a society
  • Tailor your studies by choosing the topics that interest you most – topics you can choose include new approaches to policing, contemporary terrorism, hate crime, victimology and wildlife crime
  • Learn from criminology, probation and policing experts
  • Interact with practitioners from criminal justice agencies, businesses and charitable organisations

You can also:

  • Spend a year abroad, studying with an international partner university
  • Learn a new language and get credits towards your degree

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.

What you'll study:

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core Modules

Crime and Society – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll develop your knowledge and understanding of the relationship between crime and society, as well as analysing crime as a social problem.

Criminal Justice – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll explore the theoretical and practical issues related to national and international criminal justice systems.

Essential Skills for Criminologists – 40 credits- This module introduces you to the fundamental scholarly skills required to ease your transition into higher education and succeed at University.

Psychology for Criminologists – 20 credits- This module develops your understanding of psychological theory and principles, and the relationship of theory to criminology and criminal justice issues.

Understanding Criminology – 20 credits- This module introduces you to the origins and developments of criminological thinking.

Year 2

Core Modules

Key Issues in Criminal Justice – 20 credits- Within England and Wales, criminal justice legislation, policy and organisation has changed significantly since the 1960s as a result of critical issues in criminal justice.

Questioning Criminology – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll examine various criticisms and challenges that have been made of criminology and the social sciences. 

Researching Criminology – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll build on your knowledge of research methodology and further develop your research skills. 

Optional Modules

Crimes of the Powerful – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll examine different forms of state crime and the responses to them.

Foundation of Economic Crime – 20 credits- This module introduces you to the concept of economic crime. Grounded in the discipline of criminology, you’ll adopt a holistic approach to looking at economic crime cases.

Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation – 20 credits- This module introduces you to forensic investigation with a focus on how forensic science is used in practice and how it fits into the context of criminal investigations and the criminal justice system.

Global, State and Corporate Security – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll critically examine an extensive array of crime and security considerations, as well as security agencies and security strategies.

Hate Crime – 20 credits- This module introduces you to the subject of hate crime.

Introduction to Teaching – 20 credits- The module will introduce you to the role and expectations of a teacher.

Modern Foreign Language (IWLP) - 20 credits- In this module, you'll study 1 of 8 modern languages on the University's free Institution-Wide Language Programme.

Learning from Experience – 20 credits- On this module you can gain credits from paid or unpaid work, volunteering, research placements, internships and other work-related learning including self-employment.

Missing Persons: Issues and Investigation – 20 credits- This module introduces you to a variety of issues relating to missing persons cases.

Penology and Prison – 20 credits - This module introduces you to the subject of penology and prison, looking at the focus on relationships between ethics, legislation and policy with a focus on the harms of imprisonment.

Police, Law and Community – 20 credits- This module introduces you to the subject of police, law and community.

Policing a Diverse Society – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll critically examine the complexities of policing a diverse society.

Principles of Economic Crime Investigation – 20 credits- This module gives you a foundation in the principles of investigation such as investigative techniques, including information and evidence gathering, surveillance, and whistleblowing.

Wildlife Crime: Threats and Response – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll examine the types of wildlife crime and their environmental factors. 

Youth Crime, Youth Justice – 20 credits- This module introduces you to the core elements of youth crime and youth justice.

Optional sandwich year

Work Placement Year - 120 credits

With support, you'll identify and arrange a placement opportunity with an appropriate company or organisation.

Year 3

Core Modules

Contemporary Criminologies – 20 credits- In this module, you'll focus on two core themes in contemporary criminology: the centrality of punishment and the administering of pain in the criminal justice system, and how its problematic relationship to society has occupied recent criminological thought.

Dissertation/Major Project – 40 credits- In this module, you’ll design and complete an extended academic or work based study which has clear and specific aims and is based on your own enquiry, research, original thought and personal learning of a specialised topic of study.

Optional Modules

Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll examine terrorism in its global context. Rooted in the contemporary context, you’ll consider, compare and contrast the rise of terrorism, and the apparent attraction of the ideological and operational contexts. You’ll focus on research on radicalisation, sociological and psychological theories of individual and social motivation, and issues of gender identity and the role of women within terrorist organisations.

Cybercrime: Deviance, Crime and Terror – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll look at activities covered by the umbrella term of cybercrime.

Dangerous Offenders and Public Protection – 20 credits- This module introduces you to the topic of dangerous offenders and public protection in the UK.

Forensic Psychology: Investigation – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll get an introduction to forensic psychology and its practical application.

Gender and Crime – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll re-examine crime and the criminal justice system through a gendered lens.

Green Crime and Environmental Justice – 20 credits- As a broadening specialised area of criminology, this module charts the development of environmentalism.

Intelligence Analysis – 20 credits- This module introduces you to the different forms of intelligence analysis used in the public and private sectors.

Introduction to Teaching – 20 credits- The module will introduce you to the role and expectations of a teacher.

Learning from Experience – 20 credits- On this module you can gain credits from paid or unpaid work, volunteering, research placements, internships and other work-related learning including self-employment.

Management of Criminal Investigations – 20 credits- This module introduces you to the management of criminal investigations.

Miscarriages of Justice – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll take an holistic approach to miscarriages of justice and examine reasons why miscarriages of justice occur.

Money Laundering and Compliance – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll be introduced to the notions of governance, risk, and compliance.

Murder Investigation: Key Challenges – 20 credits- This module introduces you to the subject of murder investigations. You’ll get the basic knowledge required to work in the criminal justice system.

Political Extremism – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll examine the significance of right-wing political extremism in the disciplines of criminology and political science.

Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates – 20 credits- On this module you'll develop your understanding of the job application process from the perspective of recruiters and candidates.

Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders – 20 credits- This module introduces you to disputed concepts of treatment and rehabilitation in the criminal justice system.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • coursework
  • examinations
  • presentations
  • group projects
  • a dissertation or major project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 18% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 75% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 10% by practical exams and 90% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 8% by written exams, 13% by practical exams and 79% by coursework

Careers and opportunities:

When you complete this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge you need to work in the police, probation and prison services in areas such as:

  • community safety
  • crime prevention
  • youth offending teams
  • the Home Office
  • fraud investigation
  • criminological research

What jobs can you do with a Criminology and Criminal Justice degree?

Roles our previous graduates have gone on to include:

  • investigative data analyst
  • police officer
  • probation officer
  • youth offending support officer
  • emergency planning officer
  • offender case administrator

You could also continue your studies by doing a postgraduate course.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

96-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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