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The BA (Hons) Criminology course offers an exciting combination of the theory, policy and practice of criminology and criminal justice studies. You’ll have the opportunity to take a number of modules underpinned by cutting-edge research and strong relationships with the police, the probation service, and other criminal justice agencies.
Why choose this course?
- You’ll have the chance to specialise through choosing distinctive optional modules, delivered by experts in their subjects.
- All modules draw on external practitioners’ experiences and knowledge to provide additional real-world perspectives.
- You can gain unique insights into the practical dimensions of criminology through accredited work experience opportunities in a number of organisations. There is also the opportunity to study abroad through our Erasmus+ programme, as well as the option to undertake a research project that will make a difference to a local organisation’s work within the community.
- We’re a top 10 University for Criminology in the Guardian University Guide 2019.
Careers and employability
The job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent Criminology graduates are following:
- Police Officer
- Police Community Support Officer
- Investigative Officer
- Community Protection Officer
- Probation Officer
- Police Force Control Room Operative
- Prison Officer
- Case Worker
- Independent Domestic Violence Advisor
- Project Officer
- Legal Secretary
Excellent work experience opportunities
If you choose to complete the BA (Hons) Criminology course you’ll study a Service Learning Placement module you’ll get the opportunity to complete a focused piece of research or undertake a period of voluntary work for an external organisation.
Alternatively, there may be the opportunity to take a year-long placement in a prison, giving you a unique insight into the work of HM Prison Service and providing an excellent start to your career. Places are subject to approval by HM Prison Service and will be announced during Year Two of your course.
Your career development
When you graduate you’ll be eligible for graduate membership of the British Criminological Society, and you’ll be well placed to embark on a successful career in the police, prison and probation services. You’ll have developed a range of knowledge-specific and transferable skills including communication, presentation, and problem-solving. You’ll be able to use a selection of forms of information technology to gather, analyse and present criminological data.
On completion of the course, you may also be interested in a career working in local community safety initiatives, drug projects, or other welfare contexts. Others continue studying on a postgraduate criminology course.