Northumbria University Newcastle - Criminology BSc (Hons)

Northumbria University Newcastle

Criminology BSc (Hons)

This undergraduate criminology degree at Northumbria University is the ideal choice for anyone with a critical and enquiring mind. If you have an interest in the causes of crime and victimisation, and the ways in which societies respond to crime, this course is for you.

You will learn from an experienced academic team who span a range of specialist backgrounds. Members of our team hold leading roles in professional associations, including the British Society of Criminology.From day one you will gain invaluable insight into the complex areas of crime, deviance, and social policyAs this criminology degree progresses, you have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to the real world via a work placement and a series of modules that allow you to plan, conduct, and analyse research first-hand. 

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

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Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

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English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

In Criminology, our approach to teaching evolves in line with changes in the sector. Multi-agency working is become more commonplace and this has led to a greater need for graduates with highly developed inter-personal skills. Research skills are also in greater demand than ever before.

The BSc provides you with the chance to take part in optional work experience modules and placements. This includes working with the police, within a prison or within the public/voluntary sector. There are also opportunities to spend a semester or year abroad to experience the study of criminology in an alternative culture.

We place a real emphasis on developing the transferable skills that will open doors to a range of criminology careers and advanced study opportunities. These include writing, communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, quantitative and qualitative research skills, as well as the ability to work individually and in groups.

Course Details

As one of the largest criminology courses in the UK we can offer a wide range of core and optional modules, giving you the chance to tailor the course more closely to your interests. You can also choose from a dynamic programme of activities outside of timetabled hours which include workshops, talks from international criminology academics, criminal justice practitioners and ex-offenders.

Our students have access to a number of specially developed work placement opportunities. These might be in the criminal justice field, for instance prisons or police stations, or in the voluntary sector.

Year 1

Explaining Crime (Core,20 Credits)
Victims and Victimisation (Core,20 Credits)
Real World Research 1 (Core,20 Credits)
Crime Myths and Realities (Core,20 Credits)
Identity and Diversity in Criminology (Core,20 Credits)
The Criminal Justice System 1 (Core,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Humanities and Social Sciences (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Year 2

Social Sciences Study Abroad (60 credit) (Optional,60 Credits)
Concepts, Perspectives and Theories in Criminology (Core,20 Credits)
Sex Work: Theory, Practice, Regulation (Optional,20 Credits)
Youth, Crime and Deviance (Optional,20 Credits)
Contemporary Issues in Criminality (Core,20 Credits)
The Criminal Justice System 2 (Core,20 Credits)
Crime and Media (Optional,20 Credits)
Drugs, Crime and Society (Optional,20 Credits)
Real World Research 2 (Core,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Humanities and Social Sciences (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits

Year 3

Social Sciences Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)
Social Sciences Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)
Year in International Business (This is made up of modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)
Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation (4 modules studied in Amsterdam (Semester 1) & Newcastle (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)

Year 4

Contemporary Policing and Security (Optional,20 Credits)
Crimes of the Powerful (Optional,20 Credits)
Mentally Disordered Offenders (Optional,20 Credits)
Work Experience Dissertation (Optional,40 Credits)
Crime, Animals and the Environment (Optional,20 Credits)
Understanding Extreme Violence (Optional,20 Credits)
Life after Crime (Optional,20 Credits)
Crime, Technology and Surveillance (Optional,20 Credits)
Social Harm (Optional,20 Credits)
Intimate Partner Violence (Optional,20 Credits)
Social Sciences Dissertation (Optional,40 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Humanities and Social Sciences (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

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