BSc (Hons)

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Learn from some of the UK’s top crime experts

M930UCAS code 3yrsfull time 1yrplacement option

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Why take this course?

This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of criminology and criminal justice, drawing on staff expertise in sociology, social policy, psychology, police studies and theoretical criminology. It also offers you a balance of core study and personal choice through specialised options.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Engage with and evaluate current critical debates surrounding the causes of crime and criminal justice responses
  • Discuss career options with our panel of recent graduates working in the criminal justice sector
  • Include languages or work experience placements alongside your degree study
  • Spend a year abroad studying with an international partner university

What opportunities might it lead to?

Given the broad range of issues considered and the skills acquired throughout the degree programme, upon graduating you will be well equipped to embark upon a diverse range of career choices. Over the years our graduates have found employment in areas including policing (both as officers and as civilian staff), crime analysis, probation, the courts and prison service, local authorities, academia and research, the third sector, charities and private industry to name just a few.

Sian Rowe, BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice student 2013

I chose to study here as the Institute of Criminal Justice has a high reputation and provided the best learning experience for me.

Sian Rowe, BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice student 2013

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Key Facts

UCAS Course Code:
3 years full time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
The UCAS tariff for 2017 entry has changed. See how this affects your tariff score A LEVELS
96-128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent, to include a minimum of 40 points in a relevant subject. See full entry requirements

We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications

96-128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent. See full entry requirements

We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications


UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2017/18 entry: full time: £9,250 p/a*

International students
2017/18 entry: full time: £12,600 p/a**

*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.
**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

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Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
Programme specification


Law and Criminology

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  • Putting their knowledge into practice in real and mock situations
  • Practical hands-on opportunities to extend experience and practical skills
  • Lecturers with practical experience in the subjects

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Year one

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Institutions, Processes and Social Control
  • Introduction to Psychology for Criminologists
  • Skills for Criminologists
  • Researching Criminology 1

Study of Languages (0 credits) - which if combined with Year 2 Languages Study, leads to a Certificate.

Year two

Core Units

  • Questioning Criminology
  • Key Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Researching Criminology 2

Optional units

  • Police, Law and Community (leading to Certificate in Knowledge of Policing – CKP)
  • Crime, Media and Culture
  • Victims of Crime: Key Players in Criminal Justice
  • Crimes of the Powerful
  • Policing a Diverse Society
  • Wildlife Crime: Threats and Response
  • Criminal Investigation
  • The Fraud Problem
  • Anti-Fraud Strategies
  • Penology and Prison
  • Community Justice
  • Global, State and Corporate Security
  • Youth Crime, Youth Justice
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Learning from Experience (Faculty Wide Option)

Year-long language option for credit which, if combined with Year 1 Languages Study, leads to a Certificate.

Year three

Core units

  • Dissertation
  • Contemporary Criminologies

Optional units

  • Crime, Exclusion and Mental Health
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Dangerous Offenders and Public Protection
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders
  • Miscarriages of Justice
  • Hate Crime
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders
  • Cybercrime: Deviance, Crime and Terror
  • Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response
  • Gender and Crime
  • Professional Skills in Criminal Justice
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Criminal Justice Clinic
  • Introduction to Teaching

Full-time undergraduate student Study Abroad opportunities

During your time at the Institute of Criminal Justice Justice studies, you will be actively encouraged to develop your language skills, to develop your international and comparative subject expertise, and to consider Study Abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, South Asia or North America.

We currently have 3 European Union partnerships, plus 2 outside of Europe in Canada and South Korea. All our Study Abroad opportunities are for a full academic year – operating as a "sandwich year" at year three of a four year degree. 

Teaching and Assessment

Our teaching approach involves lectures, seminars, tutorials, group discussions, practical workshops and forensic crime scene examinations. We'll teach you the skills necessary for degree-level work through study skills tutorials in year one and two, and focus on dissertation supervision in year three. You will have access to software and web-based learning materials, which will enhance your educational experience.

How are you assessed?

Assessment is through a combination of coursework, practical crime scene assessments and examinations. These include open, pre-seen papers and closed traditional examinations. Coursework involves seminar papers, presentations, group projects and a 10,000-word dissertation. Full support is given to help you develop the necessary techniques.

Professional accreditation

Through their studies students can also gain professional accreditation that will directly assist them in the development of their employability prospects. For example:

  • in undertaking the Optional unit Police, Law and Community, students can additionally gain professional accreditation from the College of Policing with the Certificate of Knowledge in Policing (exempting them from parts of police training), subject to any additional requirements set down by the College of Policing.
  • in undertaking the Optional unit The Fraud Problem, students can additionally gain professional accreditation from the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board as an Accredited Counter Fraud Technician (ACFTech), subject to additional requirements set down by the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board
  • in undertaking the Optional unit Anti-Fraud Strategies, students can additionally gain professional accreditation from the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board as an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS), subject to additional requirements set down by the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board.
Dr Nick Pamment

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Dr Nick Pamment
Criminology and Criminal Justice

This is a fascinating course enabling you to study all aspects of criminology and criminal justice. Supported by highly-experienced academic staff and innovative teaching methods, this degree has a strong record of student satisfaction, achievement and employability.

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The Institute of Criminal Justice Studies was founded in 1992 and has since grown to comprise 50 academic staff and more than 1,800 students. Now an internationally-renowned focal point for the multidisciplinary study of crime and criminal justice processes, it draws together expertise in criminological analysis, applied psychology, police governance and management, victimology, penology, risk and security.

Professional Links

Our extensive experience and close professional relationships with the police service and criminal justice agencies ensure that our courses reflect the changing needs of the profession. You may benefit from these links by hearing guest speakers, listening to leading-edge research and being helped to find professional work placements.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Kate Maynard, Criminology and Criminal Justice

Living abroad was a life-long ambition and the Erasmus+ Study Year Abroad helped develop me [...] my academic development has been improved beyond recognition of my Level 4/5 abilities and interests, through the study of international law and human rights at University of Oslo.

Kate Maynard, Norway 2015-16 (BSc (Hons) Criminology & Criminal Justice)

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

Other costs to consider

For placements abroad, you will be required to pay for additional costs. These will vary depending on the placement and length of stay, ranging from £50 - £1,000 to cover travel, accommodation or subsistence.

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Career prospects

Where next?
Where next?

You can expect to work within the police, probation and prison services, in the fields of community safety, crime prevention and criminological research, or the forensic science services.

Our graduates have gone on to jobs as:

  • paralegal executive
  • investigative data analyst
  • police officer
  • probation officer
  • youth offending support officer
  • emergency planning officer
  • offender case administrator

Work experience

Employment boosting opportunities
Employment boosting opportunities

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option, which lets you earn credits toward your degree for work/research placements, volunteer roles or internships undertaken alongside your studies. This gives you the opportunity to enhance your employability skills, reflect on the ways in which you've done so, as well as learn to express this to potential employers.

Career planning

Career planning
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To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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