Criminology BSc (Hons)

UCAS code M900 BSC/CR

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About this course 2018/19

This course is the ideal choice for anyone with a critical and enquiring mind, an interest in the causes of crime and victimisation, and the ways in which societies respond to crime.

You will learn from an experienced academic team who span a range of specialist backgrounds. Some hold leading roles in professional associations including the British Society of Criminology, others have worked as Visiting Fellows in universities across Europe, America and Australia.

From day one you will gain invaluable insight into the complex areas of crime, deviance and social policy, from the criminal justice system and its impacts on victims and offenders to the ways in which social research can enable social change.

As the course progresses you have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to the real world via a work placement and a series of modules that allow you to plan, conduct, and analyse research first-hand.

Northumbria was ranked top 25 in the Guardian University Guide 2017 for Criminology.

Social Sciences at Northumbria University, Newcastle. from Northumbria University on Vimeo.

Follow us on Twitter @CriminologyNU

Learn from the best

When you join the Criminology BSc course at Northumbria University you will draw on the expertise of our vibrant and dynamic academic team who combine high quality teaching with first class support and strong background in research led teaching.

All of the teaching team hold doctorates or extensive professional experience in the fields of criminology or criminal justice, in areas as diverse as police culture, domestic violence, hate crime and the regulation of the escort industry.

You will also benefit from our partnership with state and third sector organisations - for example, undertaking a work placement in your 3rd year in organisations such as the police, prisons and third sector organisations. Further, we regularly invite practitioners from the organisations to deliver workshops and guest lectures.

To help you get the most out of your degree, the Criminology team has developed a support framework to help you develop the skills to plan, manage and review your work, it also offers full pastoral support to help with any issues that may impact on your studies.

caption: Meet the team

Teaching and Assessment

As one of the largest criminology courses in the UK we can offer a wide range of core and optional modules, giving you the chance to tailor the course more closely to your interests. You can also choose from a dynamic programme of activities outside of timetabled hours which include workshops, talks from international criminology academics, criminal justice practitioners and ex-offenders.

Our students have access to a number of specially developed work placement opportunities. These might be in the criminal justice field, for instance prisons or police stations, or in the voluntary sector.

Our wide ranging assessment methods vary according to the modules studied, but all assessment takes a student-centred approach and you might find yourself marked on anything from wikis, blogs, essays, exams, portfolios, group reports, presentations and individual research projects.

Learning Environment

We are always looking for new ways to improve the learning environment and increase interaction with our students. We draw upon technology to provide an interactive, dynamic experience that extends beyond the traditional study environment to help you get more from your degree. For example, in lectures and seminars we use mobile technology software (e.g. Socrative) so that you are able to participate and engage in real time.

Using our online virtual learning environment you can compose video podcasts and test your knowledge in our online quizzes. We also develop your technology skills by asking you to collaborate with your peers via web-based platforms (e.g. PebblePad) and to design posters and webpages.

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

Research excellence is embedded into our teaching. By involving our undergraduate students in current research developments we feel we are able to offer a broader learning experience and potentially improve your graduate prospects.

To keep up to date with contemporary criminological issues, all core modules are designed to develop your understanding of social and criminological theory and research methods. As you progress through the course you will learn how to conduct research, critically assess the work of others, investigate and solve problems and to translate findings into intellectual questions and arguments.

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

In Criminology, our approach to teaching evolves in line with changes in the sector. Multi-agency working is become more commonplace and this has led to a greater need for graduates with highly developed inter-personal skills. Research skills are also in greater demand than ever before.

The BSc provides you with the chance to take part in optional work experience modules and placements. This includes working with the police, within a prison or within the public/voluntary sector. There are also opportunities to spend a semester or year abroad to experience the study of criminology in an alternative culture.

The Careers Services also hosts a number of tailored events for groups of criminology students.

caption: Student Placements

Your Future

We place a real emphasis on developing the transferable skills that will open doors to a range of criminology careers and advanced study opportunities. These include writing, communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, quantitative and qualitative research skills, as well as the ability to work individually and in groups.

Our graduates go on to careers in criminal justice and social work settings; a number of students secured these roles where they were on placement during their degree. Others go on to have varied careers in teaching, research, local and national government and third sector employment. A number continue in education.

About this course 2019/20

This course is the ideal choice for anyone with a critical and enquiring mind, an interest in the causes of crime and victimisation, and the ways in which societies respond to crime.

You will learn from an experienced academic team who span a range of specialist backgrounds. Some hold leading roles in professional associations including the British Society of Criminology, others have worked as Visiting Fellows in universities across Europe, America and Australia.

From day one you will gain invaluable insight into the complex areas of crime, deviance and social policy, from the criminal justice system and its impacts on victims and offenders to the ways in which social research can enable social change.

As the course progresses you have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to the real world via a work placement and a series of modules that allow you to plan, conduct, and analyse research first-hand.

Northumbria was ranked top 25 in the Guardian University Guide 2017 for Criminology.

Social Sciences at Northumbria University, Newcastle. from Northumbria University on Vimeo.

Follow us on Twitter @CriminologyNU

Learn from the best

When you join the Criminology BSc course at Northumbria University you will draw on the expertise of our vibrant and dynamic academic team who combine high quality teaching with first class support and strong background in research led teaching.

All of the teaching team hold doctorates or extensive professional experience in the fields of criminology or criminal justice, in areas as diverse as police culture, domestic violence, hate crime and the regulation of the escort industry.

You will also benefit from our partnership with state and third sector organisations - for example, undertaking a work placement in your 3rd year in organisations such as the police, prisons and third sector organisations. Further, we regularly invite practitioners from the organisations to deliver workshops and guest lectures.

To help you get the most out of your degree, the Criminology team has developed a support framework to help you develop the skills to plan, manage and review your work, it also offers full pastoral support to help with any issues that may impact on your studies.

caption: Meet the team

Teaching and Assessment

As one of the largest criminology courses in the UK we can offer a wide range of core and optional modules, giving you the chance to tailor the course more closely to your interests. You can also choose from a dynamic programme of activities outside of timetabled hours which include workshops, talks from international criminology academics, criminal justice practitioners and ex-offenders.

Our students have access to a number of specially developed work placement opportunities. These might be in the criminal justice field, for instance prisons or police stations, or in the voluntary sector.

Our wide ranging assessment methods vary according to the modules studied, but all assessment takes a student-centred approach and you might find yourself marked on anything from wikis, blogs, essays, exams, portfolios, group reports, presentations and individual research projects.

Learning Environment

We are always looking for new ways to improve the learning environment and increase interaction with our students. We draw upon technology to provide an interactive, dynamic experience that extends beyond the traditional study environment to help you get more from your degree. For example, in lectures and seminars we use mobile technology software (e.g. Socrative) so that you are able to participate and engage in real time.

Using our online virtual learning environment you can compose video podcasts and test your knowledge in our online quizzes. We also develop your technology skills by asking you to collaborate with your peers via web-based platforms (e.g. PebblePad) and to design posters and webpages.

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

Research excellence is embedded into our teaching. By involving our undergraduate students in current research developments we feel we are able to offer a broader learning experience and potentially improve your graduate prospects.

To keep up to date with contemporary criminological issues, all core modules are designed to develop your understanding of social and criminological theory and research methods. As you progress through the course you will learn how to conduct research, critically assess the work of others, investigate and solve problems and to translate findings into intellectual questions and arguments.

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

In Criminology, our approach to teaching evolves in line with changes in the sector. Multi-agency working is become more commonplace and this has led to a greater need for graduates with highly developed inter-personal skills. Research skills are also in greater demand than ever before.

The BSc provides you with the chance to take part in optional work experience modules and placements. This includes working with the police, within a prison or within the public/voluntary sector. There are also opportunities to spend a semester or year abroad to experience the study of criminology in an alternative culture.

The Careers Services also hosts a number of tailored events for groups of criminology students.

caption: Student Placements

Your Future

We place a real emphasis on developing the transferable skills that will open doors to a range of criminology careers and advanced study opportunities. These include writing, communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, quantitative and qualitative research skills, as well as the ability to work individually and in groups.

Our graduates go on to careers in criminal justice and social work settings; a number of students secured these roles where they were on placement during their degree. Others go on to have varied careers in teaching, research, local and national government and third sector employment. A number continue in education.

Course info

UCAS Code M900 BSC/CR

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Social Sciences

Location Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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