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BA (Hons) Criminology

  • Course Type: Undergraduate Degree
  • Institution Code: P56
Course overview

What can this course lead to?

Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:

  • Probation Officer
  • Prison Officer
  • Youth Worker
  • Victim Support Worker
  • Police and Emergency Services
  • Researcher
  • Data Analyst 
  • Local Government Officer

Who is it for?

Are you interested in the problem of crime in contemporary societies? If so, our Criminology course may be for you.

As a Criminology student, you will investigate the nature of crime and criminality as well as studying societies response through the criminal justice system.

You’ll learn about the social and personal impacts of crime and what it means to be a victim of crime. You will understand how societies control and punish disorder and study forms of transnational crime that cross-national borders. Criminology takes a social scientific approach to studying and classifying crime as well as exploring theories around criminal behaviour. In addition to theory, you will study the institutions of the criminal justice system including police, law courts, prisons and probation services.

Students will get the opportunity to take trips to the Crown Court (including the Old Bailey) and participate in the Peterborough Crime Walk, police riot training and prison visits. As a Criminology student, you will learn how to conduct independent research drawing on a range of methods utilised by social scientists. You’ll also be encouraged and supported to adopt an interdisciplinary problem-solving approach to social issues working collaboratively with students from other disciplines to find solutions.

Finally, you will hone in on your future career path, testing your interests and skills working with local organisations and building your professional network for when you graduate.

You will have the opportunity to undertake a live research project with a range of local partners and undertake research that makes a material difference in people’s lives. This will enable you to graduate not just with a good degree but a range of real-world experience which will help you progress into your desired career. The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 20 students.

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What is covered?

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)

  • Academic and Professional Skills for Social Scientists (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Criminology (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice (30 credits)
  • Politics, Ideology and Society (15 credits)
  • Exploring Crime and the Media (15 credits)
  • Popular Culture Representations of Crime and Criminal Justice (15 credits)

Year two for full-time students (Level 5)

  • Research Skills for Social Scientists (30 credits)
  • Exploring Issues with the Courts (15 credits)
  • Violence in Contemporary Society (15 credits)
  • Prisons and Punishment (15 credits)
  • Advanced Criminological Theory (15 credits)
  • Policing and Investigation (15 credits)
  • War, Globalisation and Security (15 credits)

Final year for full-time students (Level 6)

  • Undergraduate Major Project (30 credits)
  • Global Transnational Crime (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Criminal Justice Policy and Implementation (15 credits)
  • Investigative Psychology (15 credits)
  • Youth Justice (15 credits)


  • Sex, Sexual Violence and Society (15 credits)
  • Critical Studies in Race and Ethnicity (15 credits)
  • Live Research Project (15 credits)
  • Exploring Employment (15 credits)
  • Deviance in Pleasure and Leisure (15 credits)

If it is unviable to run an optional module due to student demand, an alternative module will be offered.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

88 UCAS Points and 5 GCSE grades C/4 or above including English and Maths.

Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience. For more information on EU and overseas qualifications, UCAS, accreditation of prior learning and failure to meet the entry requirements please visit

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The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students will be £8,250 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 90 credits per year will be 75% of the tuition fee).There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

Full-time: 3 years (2 full days a week over two semesters per year) Part-time: 4 years (1-2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

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