BA (Hons) Criminology

BA (Hons) Criminology

As society evolves, crime changes too. From your first day on our course you will consider how criminological theory, and crime itself, changes. We will start by looking at the history of criminological thought. This will help you understand different types of deviance and how they are shaped by developments in society.

As you progress you can choose from a range of modules covering varied topics. This allows you to tailor your degree to your interests and future career ambitions.

On specialist modules you will learn the qualitative and quantitative research methods used by criminologists and apply them to your own research. We will introduce you to the different theoretical perspectives you will use to analyse topics such as:

  • Victimology, the study of victims of crime
  • Deviance
  • Terrorism
  • Murder

Because we care about your ambitions we give you the chance to engage with professionals working in different sectors. You can learn from their experiences and ask advice to help you prepare for the future. 

We will help you develop your critical thinking skills so you can back up your ideas with evidence and reason. Our team of academic staff will support you throughout your studies. They are all active in social research, meaning the material you cover is the most relevant it can be. Work with them in seminars, workshops and 1 to 1 tutorials and let their expertise become your own.

If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year. 

Entry Requirements


  • 104 UCAS Tariff points
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our international pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Career Prospects

On this course you will gain valuable skills which can lead to a variety of different career paths, some of which are directly related to criminology and some allow you to apply your skills more broadly. You will gain research, analytical and presentation skills that are in high demand in a range of careers.

This degree could be the first step toward your career as a:

  • Civil service administrator 
  • Community development worker 
  • Crime scene investigator 
  • Prison officer
  • Probation officer 
  • Youth worker

Course Details

Year 1

Researching and Presenting
Fundamentals of Criminological Theory
Crime and Deviance in the Contemporary World
Preventing and Punishing
Introduction to the Criminal Justice System

Year 2

Social Research Methods 2
Working with Criminology
Issues in Criminal Justice
Crime and the Economy
Ethnicity, Nationality and Social Control
Terrorism, State Crime and Political Violence
The Culture of Contemporary Policing
Social Research Methods 1

Year 3

Criminological Investigation
Sex Work
Critical Criminology
Professional and Organised Crime
Spatial Sociology
Technology and Society
Solving Social Problems
Crime and Media
Prisons and Penology
Youth and Resistance
State, Nation and Migration
Health, Illness and Society
Digital Entrepreneurship and Social Transformation

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