Criminology is the scientific study of deviant behaviour, the laws that are there to protect, the justice system, how to safeguard, and the duty of care we have to the people who have engaged in deviant behaviour.
Although criminology is one of the oldest social sciences, technological advancements and societal changes mean that the subject is always changing. You will explore questions such as: Why do people commit crime? What is the role of society and inequality in crime? How is cyber-crime different from other crimes? What is terrorism and counter-terrorism? Are laws tackling crime effectively?
This BSc (Hons) Criminology with Integrated Foundation Year course is for you if you have not met the course entry requirements yet, or if you feel like you may need a little more preparation to make the most of your university studies. This course can lead to future careers with the police, social work, the legal system, and in occupations working with offenders and their families.
You will graduate with a strong insight into deviant behaviour and employable skills that will prepare you to work in a wide range of fields. During the course you will develop critical and analytical skills, learn how to handle data, and manage your own independent project. You will gain necessary skills to start a career in the criminal justice system.
On this course you will:
- Expand your knowledge of criminology.
- Explore topics including security, law, intelligence, mental health, the role of society in deviant behaviour, terrorism, and security.
- Develop advanced research methods skills.
- Confidently undertake your own research.
- Grow your understanding of law and politics.
- Become a social scientist who can research in this field.
Teaching and Assessment
How you will learn
You will build your subject knowledge and practical experience through lectures, workshops and tutorials. These sessions will encourage theoretical and critical inquiry, debate, and practice research skills.
You will study core and optional teaching modules, and develop skills central to professional practice and criminological research.
Each module has three hours of contact time per week. You will study four modules per semester, and therefore have 12 contact hours per week. This time includes lectures, seminars and workshops.
You will be assessed through a range of assignments including scientific reports, essays, group and individual presentations, poster design, multiple choice papers, short answer papers, research participation and essay exams.
What you will study
You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year. Each module is worth a number of credits and is delivered differently depending on its content and focus of study.
This list is indicative and subject to change.
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Foundation Knowledge and SkillsIn this module you will develop your basic knowledge and skills to support your academic development and improve your confidence in your academic writing and reading.
Foundation in Psychology 1: Being and FeelingIn this module you will explore 'being' and 'feeling' — two components that enable us to experience the inside and outside worlds. Understanding these primary aspects of human psychology will create the foundation of your learning. You will be assessed through coursework, a group presentation and research participation.
Foundations in Psychology 2: Thinking and DevelopingThis module explores key lifespan transitions and cognition across these ages. You will learn to apply theory relating to cognition, perception and human lifespan development, and will be assessed through a portfolio and research participation.
Project: Psychology Foundation YearThis module is an applied piece of work related to your degree. You will need to apply the knowledge and skills you developed in foundation year. During this project you will develop an in-depth knowledge of your chosen specialisation and be encouraged to demonstrate creativity in the design, planning and execution of your project. You will be assessed through a portfolio.
Diversity and Duty of CareThis module will explore the broad concepts that underpin human rights, diversity and duty of care. You will focus on the development of social identities and the relationship between diversity, discrimination and oppression. Your research will be based on the initial premise that British society is diverse and includes a wide variety of cultures and will explore racism to exemplify the impact of oppression on people who are marginalised.
Foundation of Research Methods (Criminology)This module will introduce you to the statistical skills required to conduct research in criminology. You will learn to generate a research question and hypotheses as well as sources and types of error. You will examine additional parametric statistics including the application of t-test to compare experimental conditions.
Everyday Experience and Psychological Methods: Exploring Positive PsychologyThe module explores the experience of positive psychology relating the need to understand one’s own motivation, aspirations, and goals to self-development, personality, need for achievement, self-efficacy, and self-esteem. You will explore psychological theories and empirical findings from investigations into needs, motivation, and self-concept. You will be assessed through coursework and a practical report.
Criminal Law IThis module introduces you to the different aspects of Criminal Law. You will examine the theory Underpinning criminal law and the elements of criminal liability. You will develop an understanding of a range of criminal offences and be able to analyse and evaluate related case law. You will continue to develop legal reasoning, research and referencing skills.
Crime and SocietyThis module examines how society manages crime and criminals and introduces you to the wider judicial and prison systems. You will consider the role of the media, moral panics, emerging crimes, and world approaches to crime.
Crime and Punishment: Inside a Criminal MindThis module explores key issues and debates in criminology and gives you a solid foundation in these topics. You will explore the origins of crime, categorisation of crime, theories of crime, and the psychological frameworks of crime.
Study and Research Skills for Social ScientistsThis module will develop your personal, research and study skills.
Religions, Ethics and ViolenceThis module will introduce you to the historical study of religion and ethics and investigate the important contemporary question of the relationship between religion, ethics and violence.
Contemporary Security Studies: Terrorism and Counter-terrorismThis module will give you a critical understanding of security studies that goes beyond the disciplinary boundaries of International Relations. You will question the meaning of security, its referent objects and issues, and how security is supposed to be achieved. You will engage with various theoretical approaches to security, ranging from the realist tradition and game theory to peace studies and critical theory. You will also explore contemporary security challenges, such as counterterrorism, migration and human security.
Criminology Classics and ControversiesYou will develop your critical knowledge of classic and contemporary criminological cases and your understanding of the role of criminology in understanding different forms of crime. You will have the opportunity to compare and contrast profiles of criminological cases.
Intelligence in a Globalised WorldIntelligence services are an important part of public administration as well as in international politics and history. This module offers you another vision of Cold War espionage histories, focusing on such elements as the structure, the role, and the oversight mechanisms of intelligence agencies. You will also focus on the post-Cold War period and how it changed the role of agencies that had originally been developed to fight against the Russian-led communist/imperialist bloc. You will discuss the 9/11 terrorist attacks and how they opened a window for intelligence services to prepare against new threats including: international terrorism, organised crime, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Criminal Law IIThis module continues to develop your understanding of Criminal Law. You will examine homicide and non-fatal offences. You will also develop an understanding of a range of defences. You will be able to analyse and evaluate related case and statutory law and proposed reforms.
Cyber Crime and SecurityIn the age of technology and digitalisation, crime has become more diverse and often easy commit. This module introduces cybercrime and cybersecurity and will cover key emerging research on this contemporary topic.
Mental Health and Forensic PsychologyThis module is an opportunity to explore a comprehensive range of key constructs, theories, and research in mental health and forensic psychology. You will examine the numerous ways that psychological research, methods, and expertise are applied to the study of criminal behaviour and the issues that psychopathology create within the context of the criminal justice system. You will be assessed through an essay, a presentation and a reflective report.
Research Methods I: Experimental Designs and AnalysisThis module will develop your understanding of experimental designs and associated methods of analysis, and introduce you to research ethics.
Research Methods II: Survey and Qualitative Designs and AnalysisThis module will develop your understanding of survey and qualitative designs and associated methods of analysis related to criminology.
Project Management Skills (Criminology/Psychology)This project in criminology will support you to develop a wide range of skills from project management to the ability to present your research results in an accessible form. You will develop their scientific reasoning and reporting skills and produce a poster to present your research work.
Independent Project (Criminology/Psychology)This project is an opportunity to apply your criminology knowledge, concepts, techniques and research to an in-depth study of a particular question or problem. You will develop your understanding of the processes involved in undertaking a research project, and produce a written research report and a poster presenting your research and findings.
Crime Under DuressThis module provides an in-depth study of the criminal defence of duress. You will examine its historical development, current restrictions, and reform proposals and draw comparisons to other common law jurisdictions.
International LawThis module introduces you to international law: the body of law which governs the legal relations between or among states and nations. You will study the theories, principles and processes of international law, including its sources, legal personality, jurisdiction and realms of responsibility. In addition, you will also be introduced to debates about the regulation of international activities, including the use of force, dispute settlement processes, human rights, and the role of the UN.
Sexual Offenders – Across the Life CourseThis module will introduce you to the theoretical models that underpin sexually problematic behaviours perpetrated across the life course, while considering the typology of offenders in this cohort.
Young People and CrimeYou will examine the factors that contribute to young people becoming involved in crime and consider crimes committed against them. You will explore the Youth Justice System in the UK and the interventions offered to young people to reduce their offending behaviour.
Criminology in Professional PracticeThis will introduce you to the practice in real life of criminology and give you an idea of where you could apply your skills. You will explore jobs relating to criminology degrees, including: community development worker, detective, police officer, prison officer, probation officer, social worker, and youth worker.
Use industry standard equipment
Use facilities including the Brain Imaging Unit, VR Immersive Suite, Psychological Test Centre, Interview and Observation Suite and individual fully equipped testing cubicles and use industry standard equipment and software throughout your studies.
Brain Imaging Unit and Neuroimaging: NIRScout
Virtual Reality Unit and Immersive Suite
Advanced Physiological Data Acquisition system
Eye tracking software
Specialist Advanced Research Software
Learning Resource Centre
Dedicated Lab Technician
Visit new places
We support students who wish to broaden their academic and cultural experience by choosing to study abroad for one semester as part of their degree studies. This is an exciting chance for students who wish to widen their horizons and immerse themselves in a different culture and encounter how the discipline of Criminology is viewed and taught at universities in Europe or North America. For example, under Erasmus agreements, students might study for a semester at either Maastricht or Radboud universities in the Netherlands, where Criminology classes are delivered through the English language.
Where you could go after your studies
This BSc (Hons) Criminology degree prepares you for a range of careers. You could work in welfare careers like social work or the probation service or in areas such as the prison service, police or the Home Office. You could work in criminal justice, the legal system, or HM Revenue and Customs.
You will develop your research skills during the course so you could work as a researcher in large company or the Civil Service. Many students also go on to postgraduate studies and become independent researchers.
Careers routes after this degree include:
- Victim or offender support
- Social welfare
- HM Revenue and Customs
- Home Office
- Justice system
- IT or computing
- Data analysis
- Market, government or social research
- Civil Service
Typical offers (individual offers may vary):
Non-standard Application Entry Routes
The University has an alternative entry route for applicants who have relevant skills and experience but who do not hold the formal minimum entry qualifications required. Applicants who demonstrate the necessary skills and experience to enter a course of higher education will be asked to complete an entry task involving the completion of specially set assignments
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When does this course start?
This course starts in September 2022.