The Criminology degree provides you with a broad understanding of the causes, legal framework and responses to crime, while offering the opportunity to achieve a deeper understanding in a specialist area.
Reasons to study Criminology at DMU:
- 97.3% of our Health and Life Sciences graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating
According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report [above the sector average of 94.6%]
- Practice-based course
allowing you to transfer your expertise directly to the workplace after graduation
- Tailor your learning with optional modules to choose your desired pathway
taught by experienced academics working at the cutting edge of criminological research
- DMU Criminology Society
enriches your experience through intellectually stimulating seminars and social events with fellow students
- Strong industry links
with Leicestershire Constabulary and other relevant agencies
- Gain international experience through our #DMUglobal programme
which has enabled students to gain a better understanding of state crime at the Auschwitz concentration camp, explore sub-cultures in Chicago, and understand inequality and segregation in New York
- DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]
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.