BA (Hons) Criminology

Undergraduate, Full-time

Criminology BA (Hons)



The course is informed by staff’s own research in the field of criminology and criminal justice

Overview

Criminology is the study of crime, explanations for crime and social reactions to crime.

As an interdisciplinary social science subject, criminology draws on a range of perspectives, for example sociology, psychology and law.

Criminology aims to go beyond our common-sense assumptions and explore the complex and contentious nature of crime and criminal justice.

Two students, on placement at Torphicen Street Station, sitting across the desk from a policeman

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

4 years

Start date:

Sep

UCAS code:

M900

Placement:

Yes

Study Abroad:

Yes


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Course details

During the four year course, you will develop a clear understanding of the key disciplines which will inform your criminological studies, such as sociology, psychology and history. You will also develop your skills in research methods, including collecting and analysing both quantitative and qualitative data, and will have an understanding of the ethical issues in criminological research.

As you progress through the course, you will gain theoretical knowledge of key criminological theories, issues in crime control and punishment, as well as specific forms of crime such as violence. You will also have the opportunity to study a number of optional modules, giving you further insight into the interdisciplinary nature of criminology. You will put this knowledge and your understanding of research methodologies into practice in your final year by conducting and writing up your Honours Project.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    The BA (Hons) Criminology programme takes an innovative approach to learning and teaching. Your lectures and tutorials will include activities such as debates, group discussions, presentations and case study analysis. Your lecturers will bring topics to life by drawing on their own diverse experiences of conducting research in Criminology and Social Sciences. There is also a high level of independent study in the programme.

  • note and pen Assessments

    There is a variety of formative and summative assessments in the BA Criminology (Hons) programme. You will complete assessed coursework such as essays, reports, reflective portfolios and media analyses. Other assessments will include poster and oral presentations and debates, examinations, multiple choice tests, project work and exercises requiring computing proficiency. Your final year honours project will allow you to demonstrate your research skills to the highest level of this award. You will be assessed on activities that require you to show initiative, critical analysis and research skills.

  • briefcase Work placement

    There is the opportunity to get involved in the Getting Inside Programme.

  • study abroad Study abroad

    Our programme benefits from an International Summer school with institutions in the US. This gives students the opportunity to visit host institutions such as University of West Florida and participate in a programme of activities, including lectures and trips to criminal justice institutions.

    'My ride-along was one of the most amazing experiences of the whole trip. It was great to talk to a sheriff deputy and see their day-to-day life and activities. It is something you just cannot learn at university but it is so important to understand'. (Criminology Summer School student on their trip to the USA)

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Contemporary British History
  • Understanding Social Science Research
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Understanding Social Change

One option from modules such as:

  • Behavioural Studies
  • Family Law
  • Introduction to the Web

Year 2

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems in the UK
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Quantitative Research Methods Criminological Theory
  • Youth, Crime & Deviance

An option from the following:

  • Volunteering & Employability
  • Exploring Culture
  • Society, Space and Place

Year 3

  • Crime
  • Control & Punishment
  • Violence & Society
  • Researching the Social Sciences

Three options from the following:

  • History of Crime
  • Correction & Reform
  • Law & Society
  • Human Rights
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Sexuality & Gender
  • Environment, Politics & Society
  • Child Protection

Year 4

  • Preparing for the Honours Project
  • Honours Project
  • Comparative & International Criminology

Two options from the following:

  • Victimisation & Victimology
  • Surveillance & Society
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Social Identities
  • Abnormal Psychology

Disclaimer

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement

ABBB including English or literary subject*

National 5 C in Maths.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BBBC/ ABCC including English or literary subject* at grade B

National 5 grade C in Maths.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. For further information, see our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

BCC including English or a literary subject*

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

Grades B1, B1, B3, B3 at Higher Level including English or a literary subject*

C2 at Ordinary Level in Maths.

New Grading System:

Grades H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level including English or a literary subject*

O4 at Ordinary Level Maths.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in Health & Social Care, Applied Science (Forensic Science) or Public Services.

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 29 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 5 including English or a literary subject* at minimum grade 5.

4 points in SL Maths. 

HNC

Pass HNC Social Science/ Police Studies/ Legal Services with A in the graded unit for year 1 entry.

National 5 Grade C in Maths also required.

Accepted literary subjects

*Modern Studies, History, Geography, Psychology and Sociology

Minimum year 2 - Not available for 2018 entry

Minimum year 3 - Not available for 2018 entry

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £12,350 tba
RUK Students starting in 2018/19 will be invoiced the 2018/19 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Students starting in 2019/20 will be invoiced the 2019/20 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study.


Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

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Career opportunities include:

  • Local or national government
  • Voluntary sector
  • Policing
  • Offender supervision
  • Youth justice and youth work
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