THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTHAMPTON

Criminology

BA (Hons)  |  Placement Year:   No

Studying Criminology with us gives you a distinctive approach to learning, drawing on the disciplines of sociology, psychology, history and law. This provides you with a comprehensive introduction to key theoretical and methodological issues at the heart of the discipline.

The course is designed for those who have an interest in crime and the criminal justice system. The first year of the course provides you with an interdisciplinary foundation to the study of crime and justice within a broad social science framework. A key focus of the single honours course in year two is a practical fieldwork project where you will have the opportunity to study a specific criminal justice agency or institution. The third year builds upon the knowledge and the analytical skills that you’ve previously gained. You will also have the unique opportunity to study a module that is taught in a prison.

Programme description

Studying Criminology with us gives you a distinctive approach to learning, drawing on the disciplines of sociology, psychology, history and law. This provides you with a comprehensive introduction to key theoretical and methodological issues at the heart of the discipline.

The course is designed for those who have an interest in crime and the criminal justice system. The first year of the course provides you with an interdisciplinary foundation to the study of crime and justice within a broad social science framework. A key focus of the single honours course in year two is a practical fieldwork project where you will have the opportunity to study a specific criminal justice agency or institution. The third year builds upon the knowledge and the analytical skills that you’ve previously gained. You will also have the unique opportunity to study a module that is taught in a prison.

Key Modules

Career Opportunities

Criminology is a popular degree that will provide you with excellent career prospects. You will develop a range of analytical and critical skills related to criminology that can also be applied to a variety of working environments related to the subject. The course provides a broad critical grounding which could be relevant to careers in policing, probation work, the prison service, the Home Office, the criminal courts and postgraduate studies.

As the problem of crime has increasingly become a matter of public and political concern, the prevention of crime has been prioritised as a matter of social policy. Whilst traditional ways of working have come under pressure or changed, new innovative and ethically minded perspectives have begun to emerge. The knowledge and skills accumulated by our graduates throughout their studies enables them to become extremely reflective and adaptable. Furthermore, the development of Changemaker attributes such as empathy, problem-solving, ethical awareness, combined with a strong sense of social justice, make our graduates increasingly relevant and desirable for a variety of different career paths.

Our alumni have progressed to a variety of employment opportunities ranging from the traditional; policing, probation and prisons; to the more contemporary; community rehabilitation companies, drug rehabilitation programmes, youth offender teams and fraud detection services to name a few.

Module & Subject

Course modules (17/18)

stage1

  • Crime and Society (20 credits)

    • Module code: CRI1002
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    • Core module Y
  • The Science of Crime and Criminals (20 credits)

    • Module code: CRI1007
    •  
    • Core module Y
  • Applied Criminological Research (20 credits)

    • Module code: CRI1004
    •  
    • Core module Y
  • The Psychology of Crime and Criminal Behaviour (20 credits)

    • Module code: CRI1005
    •  
    • Core module Y
  • Law and Society (20 credits)

    • Module code: LAW1002
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Youth, Crime and the Media (20 credits)

    • Module code: CRI1003
    •  
    • Core module N
  • True Crime and Other Fictions (20 credits)

    • Module code: CRI1006
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Equality and Diversity in the Criminal Justice System (20 credits)

    • Module code: CJS1005
    •  
    • Core module N

stage2

  • Doing Research in Criminology (40 credits)

    • Module code: CRI2003
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    • Core module Y
  • Crime and Justice (20 credits)

    • Module code: CRI2001
    •  
    • Core module Y
  • Outsiders (20 credits)

    • Module code: CRI2002
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Crime, Policing and Punishment in England 1700 – 1900 (20 credits)

    • Module code: HIS2010
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Personality Psychology (10 credits)

    • Module code: PSY2014
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Social Psychology (10 credits)

    • Module code: PSY2016
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Youth, Victims and Restorative Justice (20 credits)

    • Module code: CRI2005
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Human Rights in the United Kingdom (20 credits)

    • Module code: LAW2013
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Critiquing Criminalistics (20 credits)

    • Module code: CRI2006
    •  
    • Core module N

stage3

  • Criminology Dissertation (40 credits)

    • Module code: CRI4003
    •  
    • Core module Y
  • Crime and Punishment (20 credits)

    • Module code: CRI3001
    •  
    • Core module Y
  • European and International Human Rights (20 credits)

    • Module code: LAW3019
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Forensic Psychology (20 credits)

    • Module code: PSY3016
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Policing and Crime Control (20 credits)

    • Module code: CRI3005
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Crime: Perspectives of Gender and Race (20 credits)

    • Module code: CRI3002
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Violence: from Domestic to Institutional (20 credits)

    • Module code: CRI3003
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Crime and Popular Culture in the late Nineteenth Century City (20 credits)

    • Module code: HIS3019
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Addiction: Crime and Criminalisation (20 credits)

    • Module code: CRI3004
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Beyond Justice (20 credits)

    • Module code: CRI3006
    •  
    • Core module N
Entry Requirements
  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. We welcome international applications and applications from those with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications. If you have a lively interest in issues of crime and justice and are prepared to pursue and develop that interest through reading and study then you will be considered for this course.
  • For study at undergraduate level – minimum standard – IELTS6.0 (or equivalent
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 41-45 Months
Course Fee:  12000.00
Course Level:  UNDERGRADUATE
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Park Campus, Boughton Green Rd, Northampton NN2 7AL, UK. Phone:+44 1604 735500
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER