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BSc (Hons) Criminology

New for 2021 entry 

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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 Years Full Time

Top 30
UK University
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5 Star
Rating for inclusiveness, teaching, and facilities
1. Guardian University Guide 2021 | 2. WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2020 | 3. QS Stars University Rating

Entry Requirements and Fees

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • UCAS Tariff points: 104 – 120 (A levels or combination with AS/EPQ/BTEC/Cambridge Technical)
  • A levels: BBB – BCC
  • BTEC/Cambridge Technical: DDM – DMM
  • GCSEs: English Language, Mathematics and a science at grade C/4 or better
  • International Baccalaureate: 26 - 28 points
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass


2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Course content

Course overview

The BSc (Hons) Criminology degree allows you to build knowledge of Criminology, develop advanced research methods skills and integrate an understanding of law and politics. At the end of the degree, you will transform from someone interested in Criminology to a social scientist who can research in this field. 

By studying this degree, you'll have the skills needed to start a career in the criminal justice system including probation work, police service, youth work and the prison service. it also opens the door to employment routes within the Home Office, HM Revenue and Customs and other relevant support roles in crime-related work.

Topic areas you will cover:

  • Why do people commit crime?
  • What is the role of society and inequality in crime?
  • How is cyber-crime different from other crimes?
  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
  • Are laws tackling crime effectively?

Our facilities

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Psychology labs and equipment

Our specialist facilities and equipment include:

  • Brain Imaging Unit
  • Virtual Reality Unit
  • Psychological Test Centre for psychometric assessments
  • Individual testing cubicles
  • Interview and Observation Suite
  • Eye tracking software
  • Biopac software to measure brain, heart and motor neuron activity
  • Inquisit –  an extensive library of psychological testing paradigms for measuring and manipulating a broad range of psychological constructs
  • aLIAS - an affective immersive emotional Virtual Reality stimuli package which allows researchers to create ‘different worlds’
  • NIRScout - a cutting edge 3D scalable neuroimaging platform with a dedicated ultra-high-density near-infrared spectroscopy system which measures changes in the cerebral cortex

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Learning Resource Centre

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus.  It hosts:
  • A modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors 
  • A range of study areas for group study
  • Over 80 open access PC and Mac stations
  • Wi-Fi areas for laptop use
  • A substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research
  • Online library resources you can access from anywhere at any time
  • Costa Coffee
  • Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone (SIZ) to help with any enquiries while at university
  • At SIZ, there's an equipment loans centre offerings laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's main Campus including Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Town Centre, The South Downs and West Wittering Beach

The local area

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore

Where this can take you

The BSc (Hons) Criminology at the University of Chichester provides a strong foundation for a wide variety of careers. You could be working in welfare-focussed careers such as social work or probation service. Another career route could be focused on prison service, police work or the Home Office.

As you'll develop sound research skills during this programme, you could also work as a researcher in large companies or the Civil Service. Many students also go on to postgraduate studies and become independent researchers in this field. Some of the possible career routes are:

  • Victim or offender support
  • Social welfare
  • HR Revenue and Customs
  • Home Office
  • Justice System
  • IT or computing
  • Data analysis
  • Market, government or social research
  • Civil Service

Indicative modules

Year One

Diversity and Duty of Care

The aim of this module is to enable you to locate and process your own perceptions and experiences of encountering diversity. You'll explore experiences of power, powerlessness and oppression and make links between these and the broader conditions in which they are produced. You'll move from simple to complex understandings of diversity and oppression. 

Foundation of Research Methods 

You'll be introduced to statistical skills required to conduct research in criminology. You will learn how to generate a research question and hypotheses as well as sources and types of error. The course will examine additional parametric statistics including the application of t-test to compare experimental conditions.

Exploring Positive Psychology

Based on the discipline of Positive Psychology, the module will explore the experience of living the dream relating the need to understand well-being, motivation, aspirations, and goals to self-development, personality traits, needs for achievement, self-efficacy, and self-esteem and the enhancement of life quality. Psychological theories and empirical findings from investigations into needs, motivation, and self-concept will be introduced, as will the use of selected nonparametric statistics will be explored.

Criminal Law 1

Be introduced 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 Society 

Theories surrounding crime and its conceptual construction will be explored. Alongside this, a consideration of the role and function of law in society will be made. You will undertake an exploration of what leads people to commit crime, and will consider the relevance of class, culture, age and gender. Historical links to criminal behaviour, mental health, religion and sexuality will also be explored.

Crime and Punishment: Inside a Criminal Mind

This exciting module will look at key issues and debates in criminology. These topic areas will form the foundation for theory and knowledge covered through the rest of the degree. Some of the topics will include origins of crime, categorization of crime, theories of crime and the psychological frameworks of crime.

Study and Research Skills for Social Scientists

This module is designed to give students the appropriate opportunities to advance their personal, research and study skills.

Religions, Ethics and Violence

The twofold aim of this module is to introduce you to the historical study of religion and ethics whilst investigating the important contemporary question of the relationship between religion, ethics and violence. Explore the relationship between religion, ethics and violence. 


Year Two

Contemporary Security Studies: Terrorism and Counter-terrorism           

You will be encouraged to have a critical understanding of security studies that goes beyond the disciplinary boundaries of International Relations (IR). You'll learn to question the meaning of security, its referent objects and issues, as well as how security is supposed to be achieved. You will engage with the various theoretical approaches to security, ranging from the realist tradition and game theory to peace studies and critical theory; both ‘old’ and new concepts, such as war and climate change; institutions and their roles (e.g. United Nations and peacekeeping); as well as contemporary security challenges, such as counterterrorism, migration and human security.

Criminology Classics and Controversies

This module will provide a comprehensive and critical knowledge of classic and contemporary criminological cases and the role of criminology in today’s understanding of different forms of crime. You will have the opportunity to compare and contrast as well as note the similarities on profiles of criminological cases.

Intelligence in a Globalised World

Intelligence services are an important part of public administration as well as in international politics and history. Labelled as the ‘missing dimension’ in the study of International Relations, its role in the most relevant and important chapters of our modern history is virtually unknown. 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. In addition, the module will 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. Then, the ‘9/11’ terrorist attacks opened a new window for developing intelligence services and to prepare them to fight against the threats of the beginning of the new millennium: international terrorism, organised crime, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, to name just the most relevant.      

Criminal Law 2

This 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 Security

In the age of technology and digitalisation, crime has become more diverse and often easy commit. This module constitutes and introduction to cybercrime and cybersecurity. The module will cover key emerging research on this contemporary topic of criminology.

Mental Health and Forensic Psychology

This module is designed to provide the opportunity for students to explore a comprehensive range of key construct, theories, and research in clinical and forensic psychology. We will examine the numerous ways that psychological research, methods, and expertise are applied to both the study of psychopathology, and to issues that come before the legal system.  

Research Methods 1  

The module aims to develop an understanding of experimental designs and associated methods of analysis related to Criminology, and to introduce you to research ethics.       

Research Methods 2

The module aims to develop an understanding of survey and qualitative designs and associated methods of analysis related to Criminology.


Year Three

Project Management Skills      

The Independent Project in Criminology is demanding of a wide range of skills, from project management to presentation of results in an accessible form.  This module aims to provide you with the opportunity to develop their project management skills, to further develop their scientific reasoning and reporting skills, and to learn skills enabling the production of a poster presenting research work.

Independent Project

The Independent Project provides an opportunity to apply appropriate knowledge, concepts, techniques and research methods of Criminology to an in-depth study of a particular question or problem related to Criminology.  This module aims to foster a greater understanding of the processes involved in undertaking a research project, and marks the culmination of the student’s learning experience.  The study will enable you to produce a written research report, and a poster presenting a summary of their research and findings.

Crime Under Duress

This module provides an in-depth study of the criminal defence of duress by examining its historical development, current restrictions, reform proposals and drawing comparisons to other common law jurisdictions. 

International Law  

The module aims to provide you with the following: first, an informed understanding of the rules and procedure of international law, especially that promulgated by the United Nations; second, a critique of the relationship between political power, the pursuit of justice and international law; third, an understanding of the possibilities and limits of international law in dispute avoidance and resolution; and the intellectual tools to help you consider the application of the above to contemporary international problems. 

Sexual Offenders – Across the Life Course

You'll be introduced to the theoretical models that underpin sexually problematic behaviours perpetrated across the life course whilst considering the typology of offenders within this cohort.

Young People and Crime  

This module focuses solely on young people and crime. You'll examine what factors contribute to young people becoming involved in crime and considers crime committed against them. Attention will additionally be paid to the Youth Justice System in the UK and the interventions offered to young people to reduce their offending behaviour.

Criminology in Professional Practice

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the practice in ‘real life’ of criminology.  It will equip you with an idea of where you could apply the skills learned in this degree.  Examples of jobs that are directly related to a Criminology degree are

  • Community development worker
  • Detective
  • Police officer
  • Prison officer
  • Probation officer
  • Social worker
  • Youth worker

With that in mind, this module will aim to introduce you to the professional areas of practice that your degree might take you on. 

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment


You will build your subject knowledge and practical experience through modules appropriate to the breadth of the curriculum. Your learning encompasses the development of core knowledge and skills intrinsic to professional practice and psychological research. Learning is supported by lectures, workshops and tutorials to encourage theoretical and critical inquiry, debate and practical research skills.

Meet the lecturers

Our programmes are taught by a team of experienced academics who are at the forefront of their discipline. Take a look at their profiles to see who could be teaching you.


Summative assessment involves a wide range of activity such as scientific reports, essays, group and individual presentations, poster design, multiple choice papers, short answer papers, research participation and essay exams.

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