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BSc (Hons) Criminology*

New for 2021 entry 

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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 Years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £13,500

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

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 or better
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass

Course content

  • Top 10 UK university for Psychology (The Guardian League Tables 2021)
  • 1st for research intensity (Complete University Guide League Tables 2021)
  • 1st for overall satisfaction, learning community, teaching on my course and academic support (NSS 2020)

Course overview

The BSc (Hons) Criminology programme will provide the opportunity for you to develop knowledge of theory of Criminology, develop advanced research methods skills and integrate advanced knowledge of law and politics. At the end of the degree you will transform from someone interested in Criminology to a social scientist who can conduct research in this field. The course is designed to take you from the core discipline knowledge of theory and empirical findings relevant to deviant behaviour to an in-depth understanding of criminology with the opportunity to conduct an independent dissertation project.

You'll be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills that will facilitate entry into a variety of criminal justice careers including the probation work, police service, youth work and the prison service. The justice system, police work, prison, HM Revenue and Customs, Home Office and other relevant support roles in crime-related work are also potential employment routes.

Topic areas you will cover:

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

Find out more at an open day

For more information, read our Criminology brochure.

Our facilities

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

Criminology lab facilities and equipment

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. In addition, due to the sound research skills you will develop in this programme, you could also work as a researcher in large companies or the Civil Service. Many students also go on to go 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

  • Criminal Law 1        
  • Diversity and Duty of Care
  • Foundation of Research Methods          
  • Positive psychology
  •  Crime and Society 
  • Crime and Punishment: Inside a Criminal Mind
  • Study and Research Skills for Social Scientists
  • Religions, Ethics and Violence

Year Two

  • Contemporary Security Studies: Terrorism and Counter-terrorism           
  • Criminology Classics and Controversies
  • Intelligence in a Globalised World         
  • Criminal Law 2
  • Cyber Crime and Security 
  • Mental Health and Forensic Psychology
  • Research Methods 1         
  • Research Methods 2

Year Three

  • Project Management Skills          
  • Independent Project
  • Crime under Duress/ International Law           
  • Sexual offenders – across the life course
  • Young People and Crime  
  • Criminology in Professional Practice

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 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. 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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