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Criminology BSc(Hons) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

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About the course

Crime exists in every world economy and the nature of crime is constantly changing. This means, however, that demand for understanding crime and for crime reduction and control is high, and continues to rise as societies attempt to address criminal behaviours.

This course uses diverse and exciting teaching methods. You might hear from guest speakers who are experts in their field (e.g. retired police officers, drug outreach workers) and you'll participate in topical debates on why people commit crime, the most effective ways to stop crime, and how to prevent victimisation.

The research and specialist knowledge of our teaching staff help to make the course engaging. They know more about crime and criminology than just the theory, and continue to advise the various agencies of the criminal justice system and voluntary sector.

We'll support you to develop the personal, professional and academic skills needed to prepare you for a future career working with offenders, victims and organisations to reduce crime.

Why study Criminology at Huddersfield?

  • In your second year, you'll have the opportunity to benefit from a work placement. This will help to increase your future employability prospects and give you the chance to make useful contacts in industry.

  • Our exchange programme could give you the opportunity to study abroad for a term in Europe, the USA or South East Asia.

  • In the 2015 National Student Survey, sociology studies at Huddersfield received a 100% satisfaction score.

UCAS code:

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


3 years full-time

Course type:

Full Time


Clearing helpline:
03301 232 277

Course content

On this course, you'll explore criminal action ranging from petty theft to state-sponsored terrorism. You'll investigate attempts to reduce crime and critically examine the agencies of the criminal justice system (police, Crown Prosecution Service, community safety and prevention, courts and prisons).

The course also covers contemporary topics including sexual offending, youth crime, international crime, and environmental/wildlife crime.

Throughout your three years, you'll be supported to develop a range of analytical tools beneficial to your future career prospects.

Read on for details of each core and option module.

Year 1

Core modules:

Exploring the Social Sciences

This module guides you through the process of exploring social science subjects at university and develops your ability to be a successful student. You’ll have the opportunity to strengthen your academic study skills, as well as your knowledge of research approaches and methods, using subject-specific topics and case studies. You’ll explore ways to assess your learning needs, set learning goals, develop learning action plans and produce effective academic assignments. You’ll also be introduced to the philosophies, methods and ethics of social research processes. Assessment on this module is through coursework.

Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice

You'll be introduced to the key areas of study within crime, criminology and criminal justice. The module is assessed through three pieces of coursework. Firstly your understanding of crime, antisocial behaviour and criminal law will be assessed in a workbook (worth 25% of module marks). Secondly you'll consider the functions and decision-making involved in the criminal justice system through a group poster presentation (worth 35% of module marks). You'll also explore some of the key theories that have been proposed to explain why people commit crime in a seen exam (worth 40% of module marks).

Human Rights in Contemporary Society

You'll examine the history of human rights and consider the debates which exist in contemporary society. You'll be introduced to a number of issues including genocide, the death penalty, freedom of expression, immigration, the rights of women and children, assisted suicide and abortion. Key documents including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act will also be discussed. You'll be assessed through coursework involving the analysis of six contemporary media articles in relation to issues of human rights.

Myths and Realities of Crime

You'll explore both the myths and realities of crime through written coursework. The realities of crime are examined by considering how we measure the amount and types of crime being committed in England and Wales, who by, against whom and where. The myths of crime are studied through media (mis)representations of crime, offending and victimisation, considering the factors that shape crime reporting. The effects of these representations on the public will be considered by exploring research undertaken linking media reporting of crime to fear of crime, violent behaviour or aggression.

Year 2

Core modules:

Explaining and Responding to Crime

This module explores the explanations for crime and disorder, which you will relate to the ways that society responds to crime. These issues will be set in a social, political, theoretical and historical context. You will be assessed through two pieces of coursework, where you will complete a theory-based essay and compile a crime prevention strategy document.

Exploring Work and Careers

You’ll have the opportunity to plan and complete a practical work based experience related to your course. This will give you the chance to apply your theoretical subject knowledge to a professional setting, helping to develop your employability skills in preparation for your future career. You’ll be assessed on your reflection upon the skills you have developed through coursework.

Doing Criminological Research

You’ll build on your foundation year of study in research methods to explore in greater depth how to design, conduct and analyse different forms of criminological research in preparation for your independent final year research project. You’ll be provided with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of doing and analysing criminological research alongside theoretical study of research methodologies and design. You’ll be assessed through coursework on your understanding of the research process, quantitative and qualitative data.

Option modules:

Choose one from Pool A which may include-

Working with offenders and Victims

You‘ll be introduced to critical perspectives of the methods and processes of work undertaken with offenders and victims within the criminal justice process. This will include an exploration of factors that may influence criminal offending and how these may be addressed with strategies to reduce and manage offending through coursework involving an oral presentation. You’ll also explore patterns of victimisation and repeat victimisation and strategies to address the needs of victims through written coursework.

The Police and Policing

You'll focus on the evolution of the police and policing functions in England and Wales, through written coursework, producing a timeline of key policing events. You will also compare policing in England and Wales with that of another country for example France, Russia and the USA, through written coursework.

Choose one from Pool B which may include-

Gender Sexuality and Crime

You'll look at gender and sexuality and explore the significance of these categories in relation to crime, deviance and regulation. You'll explore a range of topics from children and crime, deviant women, men, masculinity and crime, and sexual/domestic violence. You'll also watch videos, documentaries and news broadcasts and analyse how these construct and represent gender and crime. The module is assessed through coursework involving an essay and a seen exam.

Violent Crime

You'll explore the nature, variety and extent of violent crime and its prevention (for example terrorism, homicide, work-placed bullying, and stalking). You'll demonstrate your knowledge of theoretical explanations for violent crime and violence prevention methods through an unseen exam.

Organised and International Crime

You’ll explore two aspects of organised crime. Firstly, you'll study white-collar, financial crimes and the damaging impact that they can have on the economy of a country. Secondly you’ll examine how organised crime can drive people trafficking and trading of drugs and illegal arms, which enables ‘rogue’ states to wage war on their own people. Finally you‘ll explore how both kinds of crime relate to your own life. You’ll be assessed through a 2 hour unseen examination.

Year 3

Core modules:

Final Year Project for the Social Sciences

You'll research a topic of your choice in depth, giving you the opportunity to develop your own research interests. Drawing on the area you have chosen to study, you'll engage with issues of project design and research methods. You'll be assessed through two pieces of coursework. Firstly through an oral presentation (worth 10% of module marks) you'll discuss your project proposal. You'll then produce a dissertation (worth 90% of module marks) about your research topic. You’ll receive individual support from a dedicated staff member in supervision sessions, which will include providing feedback on up to 25% of the final draft of the project (if submitted by an agreed date)

Contemporary and Comparative Criminology

You'll be encouraged to critically consider contemporary and newly emerging issues and debates within criminology, through coursework involving a written case study of your choice. You'll be introduced to the field of comparative criminology by exploring key criminological problems in England and Wales within the context of historical and international comparisons of crime patterns and trends, criminal justice policy, practice and theoretical developments. Example topics include prostitution, the illegal trade in endangered species, management of sex offenders, genocide and people trafficking.

Option modules:

Choose one from Pool A which may include-

Experiencing Punishment and the Penal System

You'll be encouraged to critically examine the adult penal or 'punishment' system in England and Wales. You'll focus on how people working and caught in the system experience this, exploring areas such as prison subcultures, effects of imprisonment on family members and how prisoners cope with life inside. Through coursework involving an oral presentation you'll consider the diversity of experiences alongside a theoretical consideration of these experiences in the context of the formal structures and role of the system, assessed through coursework involving a written assignment.

Profiling and investigating Serious Crime

You'll be introduced to the field of serious crime (for example murder, serial murder and sex offences), offender profiling and the associated police investigation process in the UK. You'll have the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of offender profiling by producing written coursework and the criminal investigation process through an unseen exam.

Choose one from Pool B which may include-

Offenders and Mental Disorder

In this module you'll be supported to develop your knowledge of the relationship between mental illness and criminal activity. You'll explore a range of mental illnesses and disorders as a cause of offending through a written coursework assignment, and will have the opportunity to consider the links between theory and practice by completing a written coursework assignment on the appropriateness of treatment for offenders within the forensic mental health system.

Race; Ethnicity and Difference

In this module you'll consider contemporary British society in relation to issues of race, ethnicity and difference. You'll explore the extent to which race and ethnicity continue to shape contemporary society, in relation to education, health, employment, government policies and popular culture such as films and music. The module is assessed through written coursework on topics such as multiculturalism, race and sport, and the representation of racialised groups.

Substance Misuse and Crime

In this module you'll be supported to develop your knowledge of the relationship between substance misuse and criminal activity. You'll be encouraged to consider the nature of addiction and substance taking as a cause of crime and examine a range of illegal substances through a written coursework assignment and will have the opportunity to consider the links between theory and practice by completing coursework in the form of a case-study based written assignment exploring legislation, policy and treatment options for an individual with a drug or alcohol dependency.

Conflict Resolution and Terrorism

Through this module you'll be supported to develop a critical understanding of the ways in which terrorism has been defined. You'll demonstrate this understanding through coursework, involving a written assignment. Debates about legitimacy and political violence will be applied to a number of case studies, allowing you to explore the motivations of different groups who have used violence as a political strategy. This will be assessed through an exam.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


The course includes a compulsory 30 hour work placement in your second year.

Previous placement providers have included youth offending teams, prisons, police stations and courts as well as in voluntary agencies that provide support to adult and juvenile offenders and victims in the community.

There are also some opportunities for students to study abroad in Europe and America for part of your second year.

Career opportunities

89% of graduates from this course go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.

Previous Huddersfield Criminology graduates have gone on to roles relating to education, social services, healthcare, legal, research and consulting in organisations including West Yorkshire Police, the National Probation Service, Lloyds Banking Group, Barclays, HM Prison Service, the NHS, and the UK Ministry of Defence.*

*Source: LinkedIn

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through seminars and tutorials, group work, practical experience and lectures.Student-centred learning is used where appropriate.

Assessment will include coursework, presentations, work-based learning and examinations.

16.7% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

How much will it cost me?

The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Further study

Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies, there may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree.Please check the course details to confirm this.

Students graduating with a good Criminology degree from the University of Huddersfield may be eligible to continue their studies at postgraduate level in any social science subject.

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If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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