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BSc (Hons) - Criminology

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.


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Course Overview

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.

On this course you will...

  • Study a degree programme which has been designed and informed with our connections in the Police, Solicitors Regulator Authority, and the British Psychological Society.
  • Learn from academic tutors who are former or practising professionals in diverse fields including policing, probation, substance misuse, domestic violence work and the law.
  • Have the opportunity to volunteer with organisations connected to the criminal justice system, gaining real-life criminology in practice experience to boost your cv.
  • Engage in our active student-led Criminology Society with socials, film nights and crime reading groups.
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Course Structure

What you will learn

You won’t just ‘learn about’ criminology theoretically, you’ll apply your knowledge to real life issues and modern day 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.

Year one
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Becoming a Criminologist
  • Crime Stories
  • Crime and Social Justice
  • Global Crime
Year two
  • Explaining Crime
  • Bringing Offenders to Justice
  • Prison and Punishment
  • Real World Research
  • Social Exclusion
  • Crimes of the Powerful
Year three
  • New Challenges in Criminology
  • Inequalities in the Criminal Justice System
  • Victimology
  • Research and Practice
  • Dissertation
  • Criminal Law and Evidence (optional)
  • Representations of Crime (optional)

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