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Criminology BSc (Hons)

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3 years full-time

Arts, Design and Social Sciences
Northumberland Building, Newcastle City Campus

Criminology is a multidisciplinary subject that has developed from its sociological roots. This unique degree equips students with the knowledge and understanding required to evaluate the study of crime, criminology and the criminal justice systems nationally and internationally. Students will study the theoretical and methodological approaches to criminology and develop an understanding of the social contexts in which crime and deviance exist.

Throughout the programme students will apply knowledge gained to legislation and policy and practice in relation to areas such as crime reduction, restorative justice, youth justice, social inclusion, surveillance, control and punishment. Students will also examine ways in which criminological research is undertaken and address the debates concerning ‘the problem of crime’ as well as issues relating to transnational and organised crime, victimisation, fear, crime reduction, law enforcement, policing, justice and punishment. The final year of study is based around a dissertation/ research project and a series of options, to help students develop their own thinking, and enable them to pursue their own individual interests.

Throughout the degree students will engage with practitioners and organisations involved in the criminal justice sector, third sector and penal systems in order to develop skills that support future employment or further study. Opportunities for accredited and non-accredited volunteering are also available as this is an experience that employers often look for. Practical experience in the real world will also enhance understanding of issues raised in the classroom.


Your knowledge and understanding of the subject will be acquired via lectures, seminars, and small subject-specific sessions delivered by research-active experts in the field. There is an increasing emphasis on students acquiring knowledge and understanding through guided and independent learning.

There are opportunities for accredited placements and non-accredited volunteering. Practical experience in the real world will also enhance your understanding of issues raised in the classroom.


You'll be assessed through a range of criteria including written essays, seminar logs, workbooks, presentations, examinations and case studies.

The principles of 'assessment for learning' underpin this programme.  This means that assessment is not simply a measure of progress but the means of enhancing and enabling your achievement.  


Graduates have a repertoire of competencies and skills as articulate individuals who have been encouraged to consider, summarise and present difficult issues in a rigorous fashion. This puts them in a strong position to enter a variety of professions.

Our graduates are working in managerial and professional posts in the public and not-for-profit sectors such as local and central government, the police, the probation service, the prisons system, community safety, health agencies, the civil service and various research posts. Others move into careers in business including management training in the retail sector, media, marketing, information technology and advertising. Some choose a dedicated career path by taking an additional qualification and entering the teaching, social work, probation and legal professions. For others, academic study at postgraduate level is a popular choice and a number of these students continue on to successful study at doctoral level.


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