BA (hons) Criminology

Award BA (Hons) Criminology
UCAS Code M900
Locations Birmingham, Leeds or London Bloomsbury.
Duration 3 Years (full-time)/4 Year (with Foundation Year)
Next Start 16 September 2019
Course Fees, per year £9,250 (UK/EU) / £13,500 (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.

With Foundation Year
(Four years)

UCAS Code         M910

Next start date  16 September 2019

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 2019 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

We have Open Days for this course in June.

Course Content

  Optional Foundation Year Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Set Modules

Introduction to Legal Personnel and Principles

Academic and Report Writing


Introduction to Marketing

Public/Private Law

Citizenship and the Law

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

Zemiology (Social Harms)


The Evolution of the Prison System

Urban Criminology

Youth and Crime

Research Methods







Optional Modules   None


Optional International Leadership Summer School in Berlin (5 days)

Choose three modules from:


Race, Religion and Ethnicity


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 plus one week optional International Leadership Summer School in Berlin
  • Year 3: 30 study weeks

Course Dates

BA (Hons) Criminology (with Foundation Year) Course dates 19-20 - 4 Year

BA (Hons) Criminology Course dates 19-20 - 3 Year


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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