BA (Hons) Criminology
In this leading course you’ll discover the most recent advancements in areas such as crime trends, policing and punishment. You will learn in new and exciting ways. For example, you can study how the media portrays crime, criminals and criminal justice in novels, film, TV dramas and video games and assess its factual accuracy. You will also learn how criminological research is undertaken and develop the skills required to conduct research of your own.
Criminology has been taught within the School of Law for over 35 years and has an outstanding reputation for both teaching quality and world-leading research. Your teaching team includes renowned experts in areas such as policing, victims and restorative justice, crime and politics, and the reasons why people stop offending. This innovative research shapes your teaching, allowing you to benefit from the latest developments in this rapidly changing sphere.
This course provides a wide range of innovative and fascinating optional subjects, studied in the context of what’s happening in the world right now. Are you interested in areas such as drugs, crime and control; gender, race and ethnicity within global criminal justice; youth crime and justice; internet crime; prisons and imprisonment?
Perhaps you’re keen to study the criminology of war, or maybe you would like to examine criminological links to masculinity, gangs, drugs and violence. Although options may change from time to time, our expertise is so wide-ranging you can be sure there will be subjects to suit your interests.
Skills for criminologists
Alongside your criminology studies are in-depth tutorials in small groups, which equip you with important transferable skills to make you more employable. You’ll learn how to work in a team, solve problems, produce and deliver presentations, communicate professionally and develop your advocacy skills. These are the skills employers are looking for and which make our graduates stand out in the competitive job market.
In your final year you write a dissertation, enabling you to develop detailed specialist knowledge on a specific topic of your choosing to match your particular interests and career plans. This allows you to work independently with support from leading experts, and gives you the opportunity to showcase your skills and interests to future employers.
Check out our free online course in Crime, Justice and Society, led by University of Sheffield School of Law criminologists. Sign up here.
We continually review our courses and reserve the right to discontinue or amend programmes/entry requirements. Course structures may be subject to change in future years. Content of our courses is reviewed annually to ensure it’s up-to-date. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.
In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.
Real world, real work
During the three years of your degree, you can join our in-house and community-based volunteering schemes, which provide you with the chance to help and advise real clients. There are opportunities to work at the local courts, or work with victims and witnesses of crime within local charities, or work in our Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre evaluating cases of possible wrongful imprisonment. In this way your criminological and real-world awareness is enhanced and you also use your education and skills to the benefit of others.
Our goal is to prepare you for the world of work in a relevant area. We provide a wealth of extracurricular sessions so you can gain the latest information from working law and criminology professionals, develop your own networks and hone your professional awareness skills. The School of Law’s criminologists have excellent connections with senior criminal justice professionals across the world, including judges, lawyers, academics, local and national government, NGOs, police and probation services. Our careers service are there to support you and provide guidance in areas such as how to produce your CV, apply for jobs and succeed at interview.
All applications are considered on an individual basis based on an applicant's merit and satisfactory references. As a general rule we do not interview standard entry candidates.
Standard offers are A Level grades AAB or international equivalent
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How to apply
Whether you are from the UK or overseas, you must apply through the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS) between 1 September and 15 January.
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Applicants with disabilities or dyslexia
We welcome disabled students and are committed to responding effectively and appropriately to individual support needs. We take all practicable steps to ensure that students with disabilities can participate in their studies without disadvantage, and can make full use of the university's academic and support services.
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