BA (hons) Criminology*

Award BA (Hons) Criminology*
UCAS Code M900
Locations Birmingham, Leeds, London Bloomsbury

3 Years (full-time) 

Next Start

16 September 2019

Course Fees, per year 

£9,250 (UK/EU) / £13,500 (International)


Further information on course fees

*Subject to approval

Taught by practising criminologists, this three year degree programme will enable you to develop an understanding of contemporary criminology concepts and theories, looking at areas such as drugs, cybercrime, migration, mass incarceration, terrorism, and trafficking. Different perspectives of criminology will be explored, including feminism, race and cultural approaches.   

Aimed at students looking to work in the criminal justice sector or associated fields, this course benefits from both a theoretical basis as well as a vocational and applied nature. This will enable you to develop a comprehensive understanding of criminology and apply this to current socio-economic policies and conditions.

You will learn through a variety of group sessions, workshops, digital media and a wide range of learning resources, completing a dissertation in your final year or a research project and research methods module. In addition to your knowledge of criminology, you will gain a wide range of analytical, research, problem-solving and communication skills, which are in high demand by employers.

Course Content

  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Set Modules

Foundations of Criminology

Society and Punishment

Media, Crime and Control

Criminal Justice in Modern Britain

Contemporary Criminology

Drugs and the role they play in the Criminal Justice System


Gender, Sexuality and Crime

Zeminology (Social Harm, Criminal victimisation of the poor)


The Evolution of the Prison System

Urban Criminology

Youth, Culture and Controls


Research Methods

Dissertation/Research Project





Optional Modules



Choose three modules from:

Migration (Criminalisation of the Movement of People: Refugees)

Race, Religion and Ethnicity (Criminalisation of Communities)


The Politics of Policing

Course Structure

Each year is made up of two semesters consisting of 12 teaching weeks and one week consolidation/revision and two weeks to complete assessments. You will study a total of 18 modules over the three years of the course.

  • Year 1: 31 study weeks including a one-week induction
  • Year 2: 30 study weeks
  • Year 3: 30 study weeks



Assessments are spread out throughout the duration of the course, rather than having lots of exams at the end of the year. This means at the end of each semester, you have a revision/consolidation week followed by two weeks for assessment in each module.

Method of assessment

Throughout the course you are assessed by a variety of different assessment methods to enable you to demonstrate the development of your knowledge and skills throughout the programme. The methods of assessment include:

Examinations (two hours, ten multiple choice questions and a choice of two from six long form questions)

Coursework & essay, project report or portfolio.

Oral or digital media presentation.

The range of assessment methods reflects the learning outcomes of the programme and aligns the assessment with the learning outcomes of the programme. 

Your degree classification

You must pass each module to be awarded your degree. The pass mark for each subject is 40%.

In calculating the overall average, for purposes of deciding the degree classification, the assessments are weighted as below.


Weighted average Degree classification
70% and above 1
60-69% 2.1
50-59% 2.2
40-49% 3

Course Fees

UK/EU Course Fee per year


International course fees per year


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