Criminology and Criminal Justice

Course Introduction

If you’re interested in the problem of crime in contemporary societies, our Criminology and Criminal Justice course is for you.

As a criminology student you’ll investigate the nature of crime and criminality, studying society’s response through the criminal justice system. You’ll learn how societies try to control and punish crime and disorder, gaining a theoretical and practical understanding of this fascinating subject.

Criminology takes a social sciences approach by studying and classifying crime, and exploring theories around criminal behaviour. As well as the theory, you’ll learn how society deals with criminal behaviour by studying institutions and roles such as the police, courts, prisons and probation service.

The course offers a wide choice of options in your final year and you’ll be expected to undertake an independent piece of research on a relevant topic of particular interest to you.

Course Modules

We recently revised this course to ensure you benefit from the most up-to-date ideas, concepts and research in this evolving field of study.

Foundation Year:

Key ideas and issues for Social Scientists (core)

Understanding Work in Contemporary Society (core)

Perspectives on Race and Racism (core)

Technology and Self (core)

Year 1:

Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice (core)

Contemporary Issues of Youth Justice and Criminology (core)

Constitutional And Administrative Law (core)

Thinking Sociologically (core)

Year 2:

Research Methods in Criminology (core)

Applied Criminology and Professional Practice (core)

Theoretical Criminology (core)

Crime, Deviance and Social History (core)

Year 3:

Project (core)

Global Illicit Drug Trafficking (optional)

Mentally-disordered Defendants and Suspects (optional)

Preventing and Correcting Offending Behaviour (optional)

Psychological Criminology (optional)

Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Justice (optional)

Prison Studies (optional)

Terrorism Studies (optional)

Youth Crime and Subculture (optional)

Work-based Learning (optional)

Football Hooliganism (optional)

Surveillance, Technology and Society (optional)

Psychosocial Perspectives on Criminal Behaviour (optional)

Start Date


Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £12,100 Overseas Fees