Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code M900
Duration 3 years
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Related subjects Criminology

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School of Law
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School of Law

A world top 100 law department
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018

Top 10 in the UK for research excellence
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

Criminology has been taught here for more than 30 years and we are proud of our outstanding reputation in this area. You'll be taught by internationally renowned criminologists, whose research will feed into their teaching.

You'll examine real-world examples of crime and punishment, and get to grips with the history of how different societies have understood and responded to crime.

You'll also choose between a wide range of optional modules that cover topics like policing, youth justice and internet crime. We have links with international centres of criminal justice and criminology, including in the US.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAB
A Levels + additional qualifications ABB + B in a relevant EPQ
International Baccalaureate 34
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject (Applied Law, Applied Science, Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Health and Social Care or Personal and Business Finance)
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAABB + A
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AA
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • At least two of your three A Levels should be in acceptable subjects
    Guidance on acceptable A Level subjects
  • BTEC relevant subjects: Applied Law, Applied Science, Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Health and Social Care, Personal and Business Finance. Access relevant subjects: Law, Business Studies/Management, Humanities, Social Science Access relevant subjects: Law, Business Studies/Management, Humanities, Social Science
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on School of Law website

First year

Core modules:

Comprehending Criminology
Contemporary Issues in Crime and Justice
Criminal Law and Justice
Introducing Criminological Research
Representations of Deviance and Social Control
Situating Crime
Skills for Criminologists (S4C)

Second year

Core modules:

Analysing Crime Data
Criminology Research Project
Punishment and Penal Policy
Responding to Crime

Optional modules:

Advanced Criminal Law and Justice
Crime, Law and History
Criminal Process
Criminology and War
Drugs, Crime and Control
Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice
Police and Policing in a Global Context
Prisons and Imprisonment
Restorative Justice
Sexual Offending and Sex Offenders
The Rehabilitation of Offenders
Youth Crime and Justice

Third year

Core modules:

Dissertation (BA Criminology)
Dissertation Preparation (BA Criminology)

Optional modules:

Crime, Law and History
Criminal Evidence
Criminal Process
Drugs, Crime and Control
Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice
Police and Policing in a Global Context
Prisons and Imprisonment
Restorative Justice
Sexual Offending and Sex Offenders
Special Project: Pro Bono
The Rehabilitation of Offenders
Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Law
Youth Crime and Justice

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. 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.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 17%
Independent study 83%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 26%
Coursework 73%
Practical 1%

School of Law

All of our courses prepare you for the challenges of professional life. Learning to identify and address
the complex legal, moral, ethical or social questions that underpin the law is key to your success here.
Your teachers will be researching the very latest aspects of law and criminology and amongst them
are practising legal professionals. Their discoveries become yours, as their research filters into teaching.

Top law firms regularly visit us to meet our students and take a hands-on approach by contributing
to your wider education. They also interview our high-achieving students for jobs.

We have over 200 places for voluntary work experience, which gives you the chance to do real client work that has a positive impact in the community. You can get involved in our free legal clinic and the Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre, an opportunity to work on cases of wrongful imprisonment. You can work on our commercial pro bono project, on our criminal justice initiative or at the courts, providing help and support to individual litigants. You can also work with several local charities as a trained adviser, helping individuals with their legal problems

Our degrees have a strong international focus to prepare you for a career that could take you
anywhere. Our study abroad scheme is one of the largest of its kind in the UK and includes destinations in Europe, Australia, China, the US and Canada.

School of Law website

What our graduates do

Many of our students enter the legal profession, either as barristers or solicitors. For those planning to become solicitors, we have an in-house Legal Practice Course which is a masters programme. Many of our graduates secure training contracts as solicitors in top law firms.

Our former students have joined global, national and regional law firms, barristers' chambers and have become judges. Three Lord Justices of Appeal are among our former graduates and regularly visit to support us. With all the opportunities and skills on offer here, our students have also taken up careers in the criminal justice system and in a wide range of managerial professions.

Student profile

Lanxin Zhao, School of Law

"Studying at the School of Law brings me plenty of opportunities to get to know the professionals who are top in their field. Some of my seminar tutors work, or used to work, as qualified solicitors with a successful legal career, hence they are able to give students their perspectives on real-life problems. Each of the students has a personal and academic tutor who has rich life experience and is always keen to provide help."

Lanxin Zhao ,

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