Criminology, BA Hons

Our BA Hons Criminology degree is contemporary, global and critical. By studying criminology at the extremes - comparing street crime with large-scale state crimes – this programme demonstrates that the causes, consequences and prevention of crime operate at the local, national and international levels. Core subjects explore the social, cultural and political debates surrounding crime, victimisation and deviance and cover current concerns within the discipline, including:Representations of crime and detection in popular TV and filmImprisonment, prisoners and human rightsGender, race and discriminationPolicing and organised crime. Courses cover key transnational issues, including security, terrorism, cybercrime and the criminology of war. Over read more

Overview

Overview

Our BA Hons Criminology degree is contemporary, global and critical. By studying criminology at the extremes - comparing street crime with large-scale state crimes – this programme demonstrates that the causes, consequences and prevention of crime operate at the local, national and international levels. Core subjects explore the social, cultural and political debates surrounding crime, victimisation and deviance and cover current concerns within the discipline, including:

  • Representations of crime and detection in popular TV and film
  • Imprisonment, prisoners and human rights
  • Gender, race and discrimination
  • Policing and organised crime.

Courses cover key transnational issues, including security, terrorism, cybercrime and the criminology of war. Over the three years of the full-time degree, you will learn about crime scene investigation, forensic psychology, criminal profiling and the criminal justice system. In your second year of the full-time programme, learning how to carry out research on crime and criminals will equip you for a final-year research project on a criminological topic of your choice.

The degree has been designed to enhance your academic knowledge, develop your key skills, and provide transferable skills to aid your future employment. Ultimately, the programme aims to provide you with a range of potential career paths. You will be encouraged to volunteer with various criminal justice agencies during your time at Greenwich.

Work placement

You will have the opportunity to apply to be selected to undertake a work placement in your final year of the full-time programme. If you are selected you will work in agency that is either part of, or complementary to, the criminal justice system. Students selected for the placement option will typically attend the placement for one day a week during the timetabled teaching weeks of the final yearof the full-time programme.

What you'll study

For information on courses for this programme click here.

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

120 UCAS points of which at least 104 UCAS points should come from A2 A-level. (Please note that General Studies is not accepted). We are happy to consider equivalent qualifications to A2 A-levels including: 

  • BTECs
  • the International Baccalaureate
  • Access to Higher Education Diplomas (in a relevant subject) 
  • Scottish and Irish Highers.

You will also require GCSEs at grade C or above in both English language and mathematics.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Please note that if you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score MUST be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

In addition:

  • We welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds
  • Applications are considered based on potential
  • You may be invited to interview.

Extra information

Assessment

The programme employs a range of innovative teaching and learning methods. Lectures and seminars are dynamic and interactive. Activities may include:

  • Role play
  • Real-world problem solving
  • Speed debates
  • Presentations
  • Project supervision
  • Work-based placements 
  • Tutorials 
  • Where possible and depending on the courses studied, one or more field trip (please note that any field trip will be a day-time trip only, not an overnight or multi-day trip).

Assessment of learning is usually based on a mixture of examination and coursework and can include presentations/group work, the submission of essays and the sitting of examinations.

Careers

Studying this programme will open up a wide range of potential career paths. Career opportunities related to criminology include the police and prison and security services, as well as the Home Office, UK Visas and Immigration and HM Revenue & Customs. Alternative career paths include social work, child protection, mental health, community safety and crime reduction, and working for the Youth Justice Board. In addition, since it develops easily transferable problem-solving, research and communication skills, the BA Hons Criminology programme provides a good foundation for other occupations in both the public and private sectors.

What you'll study 

From time-to-time we update our programmes, so the programme structure, mode and the courses and course structure can be subject to change from what is listed below. The availability of option courses also varies from year-to-year according to student preference, staff availability and may, for some courses, also depend on a student's academic performance. Until the academic term immediately prior to the academic term in which an option is listed to run, we are not able to guarantee that an option listed will be available. In addition, please note that some courses may only be open to certain students and may also involve an application process which may include successfully passing a selection process to take the course. For these reasons, the structure (i.e. the mode(s), the courses and the course structure) of the programme shown in this information is shown for illustrative purposes only.

Full-time programme starting in 2017:

Year 1

  • Foundations of Criminology (30 credits)
  • Understanding Deviance (30 credits)
  • Forensic Criminology (30 credits)
  • Professional Practice in Criminal Justice (15 credits)
  • Criminal Justice Process (15 credits)

Year 2

  • Criminological Perspectives (30 credits)
  • Criminological Research Methods (30 credits)
  • Plus a total of 60 credits from:
    • Crime, Discrimination and Society (30 credits)
    • Crime and the Media (15 credits)
    • Penology (15 credits)
    • Delinquency, Psychopathy and Forensic Mental Health (15 credits)

Year 3

  • Crime in the City Crime and the State (30 credits)
  • Plus a total of 90 credits (i.e. 3 options) from:
    • Criminology Undergraduate Dissertation Project (30 credits)
    • Policing (30 credits)
    • Perspectives on Violence (30 credits)
    • Women, Crime and Justice (30 credits)
    • Criminology, the Community and Work-Based Practice (30 credits)

If you would like more information on this programme, please contact us at law@gre.ac.uk.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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