BA Criminology and Policing

Abertay University
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2024

September 2025

September 2026

About this program

BA Criminology and Policing

Our BA (Hons) Criminology and Policing degree gives you an in-depth knowledge of contemporary policing and criminal justice. You’ll learn from both academics and invited speakers with real-world policing experience, getting a genuine feel for key issues related to police work.

In the first two years you concentrate on foundations of criminology and sociology. In years three and four you study the specific areas related to criminal justice and policing, such as:

  • Criminal investigation and policing in practice.
  • Cybercrime and policing technology.
  • Drugs, addiction and society.
  • Gender, crime and victimology.
  • The sociology of race and ethnicity.

If you are keen to work for the police, you have the opportunity to apply to be a special constable. This experience puts you in a great position to pursue a career in the police force or to work in the police service after graduation.

We place a strong emphasis on developing your research skills, which are highly valued in the workplace. Whether it's collaboration, assessing evidence, writing reports, researching or completing project work, your criminology studies will make you extremely employable.

Admission requirements

Subject Requirements

All applicants must have passes in English and Maths - National 5 English grade C or GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent. National 5 ESOL is accepted in lieu of National 5 English. National 5 Lifeskill Maths/Applications of Maths/National 4 Maths/National 4 Lifeskill Maths or Chemistry, Biology or Physics IS accepted in lieu of Maths. GCSE Maths or Numerate subject such as Science, Biology, Chemistry at grade C/4.

English Language Requirements

All courses at Abertay University are taught in English. If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate that you meet our English language requirements. Accepted English language qualifications include:

  • IELTS - overall score of 6.0 with no band lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL - overall score of 78 (individual elements: L-17, R-18, S-20, W-17)
  • Cambridge FCE/CAE/CPE - overall score of 169 on Cambridge Grading Scale
  • International Baccalaureate - English B at S5 or H4, English A no specific grade required
  • European Baccalaureate - English Language 1 at grade 6 or English Language 2 at grade 7

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Core Courses

Year 1

  • Crime and Punishment
  • Contemporary Social Issues
  • Criminal Justice Processes
  • Media & the Digital Society
  • Social Research in Action 1: Researching Scotland

Year 2

  • Classical Social Theory
  • Criminological Theories 2: Crime, Power & Social Change
  • Introduction to Policing
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Social Research in Action 2

Year 3

  • Penal Institutions
  • Social Research in Action 3
  • Cybercrime & Policing Technology
  • Policing in Practice
  • Criminal Investigation

Year 4

  • Honours Project
  • Policing and Criminal Justice in the 21st Century
  • Policing, Societies and Communities

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • Scottish students: £1,820 per year
  • English, Welsh, Northern Irish and Irish students: £9,250 per year
  • EU and International students: £15,500 per year


Award Title: BA (Hons)

Career paths

If you are interested in working for the police, you can apply to be a special constable. This experience puts you in a great position to pursue a career in the police force or work in the police service once you have graduated.

Whatever career you choose, we help you to become a confident, knowledgeable graduate with a great set of transferable skills.

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Abertay University

Abertay University, in Dundee, is the UK University of the Year for Teaching Quality (The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021) and a UK top 10 institution for both student satisfaction and teaching (Guardian University Guide 2021). Having...

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Abertay University

Abertay University
Bell Street
DD1 1HG Dundee
United Kingdom

Phone no: +441382 308080

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