You are passionate about developing a deep understanding of the causes and consequences of crime and committed to providing a specialist response. We are here for you with a criminology course designed by academics with a wealth of research and practice expertise.
You will immerse yourself in all aspects of criminology to understand how and why crime occurs at local, societal and global level. Based at our Fusehill Street Campus in Carlisle, you will develop a critical insight into the work of the criminal justice system in bringing offenders to justice. We will encourage you to sharpen your sense of social justice by exposing you to the realities of crime committed by the powerful and relatively powerless, and the different ways these impact on victims.
From the outset, you will be able to satisfy your curiosity about criminology in innovative ways, such as exploring how crime stories are told. Through developing creative criminology research skills, you will be empowered to produce knowledge, not just learn it. Our strong links with criminal justice and community-based organisations and groups in Cumbria will provide you with excellent volunteering opportunities and job prospects.
We are here to make your experience at university as easy as possible. Whether you need advice on finances, childcare, travel or placements, we have award-winning* support. From online study skills before you start, to a personal tutor and helpful staff on-site, we’ll help you get the most out of your university experience.
Why Choose University of Cumbria?
Our course is designed so that you don’t merely learn about criminology theoretically, but through practical sessions can confidently apply your knowledge to real life issues and problems – giving you the edge as a future expert in this fascinating subject area.
You’ll have the flexibility to shape your degree with modules that interest you and fit your intended career path, because your employability is important to us.
- You’ll be taught by tutors who regularly contribute to national and international research and policy debates, giving you the opportunity to get up-to-date learning and engage with key issues in the study of crime and criminal justice
- You’ll often be taught in small classes, so we get to know you well and guide you in your studies
- Volunteering opportunities with organisations connected to the criminal justice system
- Student-led Criminology Society with socials, film nights and crime reading group
- You'll be taught by academic tutors, some who are former or practicing professionals, in diverse fields including psychology, policing, substance misuse, and law
- Our close links with the Police, Solicitors Regulator Authority, the British Psychological Society, Law Society and a number of voluntary and commercial organisations provide you with great job prospects
- All specialist modules available to you are designed to complement each other. They include applying psychology to the criminal justice system, research in crime and justice, prisons and punishment, and victims of crime
You’ll be studying in Carlisle, within 20 minutes of Scotland in one direction and the stunning Lake District National Park – now a UNESCO World Heritage site - in the other. So, you’ll never be stuck for something to do when you’re not studying.
Criminology ranks 1st in the North West for 'Satisfied with Teaching' - Guardian University Guide 2021
Many of our full-time programmes can be studied over a longer period on a part-time basis. Please contact the course enquiries team for further details.
This course will give you the skills and knowledge to work in any aspect of criminology. You may decide to work directly with offenders in a probation, prison or community-based setting, or, focus your career on the needs of victims. You will also be ideally placed for a career in crime policy or postgraduate criminology research.