BA (Hons) Criminology

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Explore a broad range of social, economic and political factors that contribute to the fascinating study of criminology.

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  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Award:

    BA (Hons)

  • Location:

    Sighthill campus

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Course introduction

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.

During this degree, you'll be introduced to a range of different ways to study crime and its control. Key issues relating to crime, punishment and the wider social, cultural and economic context of these phenomena are explored at a national and international level.

A variety of different approaches to teaching and learning are utilised and guest speakers and visits are organised where appropriate.

The breadth of this degree provides our graduates with a range of key skills relating to employability. At the same time, the focus on crime allows for specialisation in the important areas of crime and justice.

What you study

Year 1

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Contemporary British History
  • Understanding Social Science Research
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Understanding Social Change
Option module from
  • Legal Systems and Skills
  • 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
Option module from
  • Volunteering & Employability
  • Sociological Theory
  • Exploring Culture
  • Society, Space and Place

Year 3

  • Crime, Control & Punishment
  • Violence & Society
  • Researching the Social Sciences
A choice of three options from
  • History of Crime, Correction & Reform
  • Law & Society
  • Human Rights
  • Forensic Psychology 1
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Sexuality & Gender
  • Environment, Politics & Society
  • Interpreting Scottish History
  • Child Protection
  • Substance Misuse Over the Lifespan
  • Public Policy and Public Management
  • Sociology of Organisations

Year 4

  • Preparing for the Honours Project
  • Honours Project
  • Comparative & International Criminology
A choice of two options from
  • Victimisation & Victimology
  • Surveillance & Society
  • Forensic Psychology 2
  • Social Identities
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Crime in Text & Film

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.

Upon completion of this course, you will be well suited to careers with:

  • local or national government
  • voluntary sector
  • research; police
  • social work
  • offender supervision
  • youth justice and youth work.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement

ABBB including English or literary subject*.

National 5 C in Maths.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

ABCC or BBBC 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. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

BCC including English or literary subject*.

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System

B1, B1, B1, B3 at Higher Level including literary subject*.

C2 at Ordinary Level in Maths.

New Grading System

Grades H2, H2, H2, H3 at Higher Level to include a Literary subject*

Grade O4 at Ordinary Level in Maths.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

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 at minimum grade 5. 

4 points in SL Maths.


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

National 5 Grade C in Maths also required.

Minimum year 2

A Level

BBB to include Sociology and Psychology

Literary subjects accepted

* Modern Studies, History, Geography, Psychology or Sociology.

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.

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.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your 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 being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,250 tba
Overseas £12,350 tba

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