This programme will help provide you with transferable skills useful in the criminal justice sector and allied career fields (social work, drugs and alcohol programmes). You can develop your practical experience through a wide range of volunteering opportunities (through the DMU Students’ Union) in local criminal justice agencies, including HM Prison and Probation Service, youth offending services and victim support.
This is an applied course and you will learn first-hand from a team of experienced academics who have strong links with the British Society of Criminology and the British Sociological Association.
You will study a range of topics, including Crime and Punishment in Contemporary Society, Crime, Risk and Community Safety, and Young People and the Criminal Justice System. As the course progresses, you will have the flexibility to tailor your learning through optional modules to your desired pathway.
Upon graduation there are a variety of career paths available, including policing, private security, crime prevention, victim support, prison and probation service, youth justice and drug and alcohol services.
- Choose to study Criminology to explore three key question, what is a crime, why does crime happen, and how can we prevent it. Or Choose to study Criminology with Psychology to focus on personality, social psychology and more.
- Recent graduates have gone on to work in sectors including policing, youth justice, victim support, social work, HM Prison & Probation Service and teaching.
- We have a large team of criminologists involved in teaching and research, most of whom have worked within criminal justice or allied fields and have strong links with the British Society of Criminology and the British Sociological Association.
- There is a wide range of volunteering opportunities available to Criminology students (through DMU Students’ Union) in local criminal justice agencies, including HM Prison Service, the National Probation Service, youth offending services and victim support.
- You will study a range of topics including punishment and society, drugs and substance abuse misuse, domestic violence, human trafficking and media and crime.
- Be taught by experienced academics working at the edge of criminological research and working to promote SDG16 (for which DMU is the global hub) on Peace, Justice and Stronger Institutions
- Students have gained insights into criminological issues in other parts of the world through our DMU Global programme. Previous opportunities have seen Criminology students gain a better understanding of state crime at the Auschwitz concentration camp, explore sub-cultures in Chicago, and a visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina to explore the experiences of victims of the Bosnia genocide.
Structure and assessment
- Introduction to Criminology
- Researching Crime and Justice
- The Criminal Justice System and its Legislative Context
- Crime and Punishment in Contemporary Society
- Research for Effective Practice
- Crime, Risk and Community Safety
- Punishment and Society
Plus a range of option modules, which may include:
- Domestic Abuse
- Mental Health and Crime
- Drugs, Substance Use and Crime
- Religion, Faith and Crime
- Young People and the Criminal Justice System
- Critical Criminology
- International Perspectives
Facilities and features
Health and Life Sciences
Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.
The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.
Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.
We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.
During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.
We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.
They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.
Opportunities and careers
We have a team of practice-based criminologists, helping you develop the knowledge and skills required to work within the criminal justice sector.
Volunteering and research opportunities, develop your practical and professional skills, and enhance your employability upon graduation. Previous students have volunteered with local criminal justice agencies, including prison, probation offices, youth offending services, and victim support. Students are also encouraged to visit the local magistrates’ courts and prisons.
Strong links with criminal justice and allied agencies encourage you to volunteer within the sector. You will be supported to find opportunities that suit your personal and professional development.
Graduate career opportunities are varied, with recent graduates going on to work in sectors including:
- Youth justice
- Community safety
- Crime prevention
- Victim Support
- Prison Service
- National Probation Service and probation partner organisations
- Substance misuse services
- Social work
International experiences can help you differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. We offer fantastic opportunities throughout Europe and further afield which will help you gain invaluable educational, work-related and cultural experiences through our #DMUglobal and Erasmus schemes.
Recent global experiences have included summer schools in Turkey, Japan and South Korea, giving students the opportunity to learn alongside students from around the world, study unique modules and explore the cities of Istanbul, Fukuoka and Seoul.
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