BA (hons) Criminology

Award BA (Hons) Criminology
UCAS Code M900

Birmingham, Leeds, London Bloomsbury, Manchester or Nottingham

Duration 3 Years (full-time)/ 4 Year (with Foundation Year)
Next Start

September 2020

Course Fees, per year

£9,250 (UK/EU) / £13,750 (International)


Further information on course fees

Three Year Full-time

Designed 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.

As we specialise in teaching, with a focus on problem solving and weighing up arguments, you’ll develop a formidable range of essential skills that can make all the difference when starting your career. The University of Law was awarded a silver rating in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) in June 2019. We were found to deliver high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and consistently exceed rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.

Ulaw has also achieved top ten placements among universities in the UK for 5 categories in the National Student Survey 2019: teaching, learning opportunities, academic support, learning resources and student voice.

With Foundation Year
(Four years)

UCAS Code         M910

Next start date   September 2020

Locations            Birmingham, Leeds, London Bloomsbury, Manchester, Nottingham

The first year is a Foundation year which students study alongside our LLB (Law) students and is taught by our law tutors. This year focuses on developing the key skills required to undertake degree level study. The subsequent three years then follow our full-time BA (Hons) Criminology degree course.

International Leadership Summer School

Students starting their course in September 2020 will have the opportunity to attend our International Leadership Summer School in Berlin, during the second year of their degree or third year of a degree with Foundation Year.* This week will focus on developing employability skills.

*Terms and conditions apply.


Criminology Open Days

The best way to find out more about the course is to attend an Open Day.

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 in the Criminal Justice System

Gender, Sexuality and Crime

Research Methods

Zemiology (Social Harms)


The Evolution of the Prison System

Youth, Crime and Media

Urban Criminology - The City and Globalisation








Optional Modules


Optional International Leadership Summer School in Berlin (5 days)

Choose two modules from:

Race, Ethnicity and  Religion


The Politics of Policing

The modules for the optional Foundation Year are: Academic and Report Writing, Numeracy, Citizenship and the Law, Introduction to Legal Personnel and Principles, Introduction to Marketing, Public/Private Law.

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 plus one week optional International Leadership Summer School in Berlin
  • 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

A range of assessment methods will be used across the programme; these include invigilated unseen examinations, written coursework assignments, and a dissertation module. This variety of assessment techniques reflects the diversity of the curriculum and enables students a greater chance of success; by offering a variety of assessment methods, we aim to remove barriers to students who may find that more traditional ways of assessment do not truly reflect their abilities.

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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