BA (Hons) Criminology72H2

    Course Overview

    Duration: Three years full-time or part-time options available
  • Our criminology degree studies crime from sociological and psychological perspectives. You will study the causes of crime, the social impact of crime and the criminals involved to understand what motivates criminal behaviour; also the political landscape, the effectiveness of anti-crime policies and impacts on the victims of crime. Our degree is different in that it focuses on psychological profiling and psychosocial pathologies, exploring how to predict the behaviour of criminals. 

    You'll examine big questions relating to social justice and also the various challenges that exist in the criminal justice system. This criminology degree explores questions such as:

    • What is crime?
    • Who commits crime?
    • How should we manage crime?
    • How best do we support victims and offenders to prevent crime?

    Our criminology degree blends theory with practice through research and work placements within criminology focused organisations, which frame your knowledge with real life case study examples from within the criminal justice system. Much of the course will be delivered in the authentic environment of criminal justice agencies using Place Space and Play Pedagogy.  This means for example, that your class would be held in an actual court room, policy custody suite and police station. Back on campus you'll have access to realistic, simulated environments such as a mock prison, police cell and crime scenes and a moot court room. You will examine crime in the context in which it happens at the local, national and international arena and you will attend two site criminological visits per year. This is a new course starting in 2017 and is currently subject to validation.

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* denotes an optional module:

1st Year
  • Crime and criminology
  • Understanding research - theory & method
  • Criminal justice careers
  • Biopsycho-social criminology
  • Introduction to psychology
  • Psychology in practice
  • Victims and offenders - children and young people
  • Law and human rights


2nd Year
  • Bio-genic criminology
  • Thinking like a criminologist
  • Quantitative research methods*
  • Policing and managing crime*
  • Psychology*
  • Media and crime*
  • Crime and the environment
  • Crime research placement
3rd Year
  • Transnational criminology
  • Punishment & prisons
  • Dissertation
  • Crime & deviance in society*
  • Contemporary issues in psychology*
  • Conflict & conflict resolution
  • The ethical professional
  • Forensic psychology*
  • Community psychology*

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

There is a myriad of employment opportunities for graduates with a degree in criminology, these include community development worker, police officer, prison officer, probation officer, social worker and youth worker.

Course Leader

The team is headed by acclaimed Criminologist Dr Lystra Hagley-Dickinson, Associate Professor of Law and Criminology. Lystra’s fascination with studying social justice was sparked whilst working as a lawyer with clients on death row in Trinidad & Tobago and she has worked in prison probation, police prisons and other criminal justice related agencies, the European Union and the community and voluntary sectors. She is joined by Dr Hazel Bending, a psychologist with over 12 years working with offenders and prisoners and Jo Trelfa who has worked in both the social and probation services.