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BSc (Hons) Criminology


Course code L612

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Course code L612

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Location Carlisle - Fusehill Street
Duration Full-time, 3 Years
Start date September 2020
Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)
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If you want a future supporting law enforcement and the criminal justice sectors - or it is a field which you're interested in - then our real-world criminology course is for you.

Our course – taught by dedicated and highly-qualified academics and professionals – leads to exciting career opportunities whether in the police, prison and probation systems, community and charity organisations or government agencies.

You’ll explore the causes and effects of criminal behaviours in relation to the criminal justice system, examining the major concepts and theoretical approaches in relation to crime and the criminal justice system. This includes social harm, victimisation, penal practice, processes of exclusion and crimes committed by the powerful internationally.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

But 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.

  • 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
  • Tutors regularly contribute to national and international research and policy debates, so you get up-to-date learning on key issues in the study of crime and criminal justice
  • Taught in small classes, so we get to know you well and guide you in your studies
  • Access to simulation facilities, including our mock ‘crime house’
  • Take part in realistic-staged major incidents, such as our Operation Blackstock, to enable you to get hands-on experience
  • Academic tutors are former or practising professionals in diverse fields including psychology, policing, substance misuse and law
  • Study in Carlisle, within 30 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

Employability is woven into our course through practical sessions and up to date learning, so you can get a firm grasp of the skills that employers require.

So, for a criminology degree which enables you to develop a critical understanding of the complex nature of crime and its impact on society and bolsters your career prospects, look no further.



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.

Course Study Options

We also offer this course with an Integrated Foundation Year - follow the link for more information.  

Integrated Foundation Year

Graduate destinations

The skills you learn on this course will lead to a variety of careers in the criminal justice sector, as well as wider partner agencies.

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