Criminology and Criminal Justice

Bangor University
3 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Criminology and Criminal Justice

About this program

Criminology and Criminal Justice

This course provides you with the opportunity to study two main subject areas; Criminology and Criminal Justice. Criminology examines theories and evidence relating to crime, criminals and victims, while Criminal Justice studies explore the various responses to crime and victims, from informal to formal legislative measures of social control and crime prevention; and examine the way in which the criminal justice system works - from policing through to imprisonment.

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Admission requirements

For 2020 entry:

Typical offer is based on a minimum 104 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification*"":

  • A Levels
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMM
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical/Extended Diploma: considered on a case by case basis
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Access: Pass
  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma: Grade C
  • Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.

International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements).

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

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Program content

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Understanding Society
  • Ess. Skills for Ac. Success
  • Intro to Criminal Justice

Semester 2

  • From Cradle to Grave
  • Power, Freedom & the State
  • Introduction to Criminology

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Social & Political Research
  • Criminological Theory

Semester 2

  • Policing, Security and the Sta

Optional Modules

  • Work Placement - Semester 1 (Semester 1)
  • Cont. Social and Political Deb (Semester 2)
  • Problemau Cymdeithasol Cymru (Semester 1)
  • Crime & the Media (Semester 1)
  • Work Placement - Semester 2 (Semester 2)
  • Theori Gymdeithasegol (Semester 1)
  • World Poverty and Inequality (Semester 2)
  • Identity & Diversity (Semester 1)
  • Cymdeithaseg Cerddoriaeth (Semester 2)
  • Classical Social Theory (Semester 1)
  • Social Issues (Semester 1)
  • Criminal Law (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Europe 1945-1992 (Semester 2)
  • Political Philosophy (Semester 2)

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Dissertation

Semester 2

  • Dissertation
  • Policing, Security & The State
  • Perspectives on Youth Crime (Semester 1)
  • Power, Crime & Punishment (Semester 2)

Optional Modules

  • Work Placement - Semester 1 (Semester 1)
  • Forensic Psychology (Semester 1)
  • Race democracy * pol ideaology (Semester 2)
  • Problemau Cymdeithasol Cymru (Semester 1)
  • Cymdeithaseg Cerddoriaeth (Semester 2)
  • Theori Gymdeithasegol (Semester 1)
  • Gender Perspectives (Semester 2)
  • Social Issues (Semester 1)
  • Europe 1945-1992 (Semester 1)
  • Issues in Housing (Semester 1)

*Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change.

Scholarships & funding

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


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Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a BA (Hons) degree.

Career paths

Career prospects for graduates of this course include policing, the prison service, criminal intelligence, community support, probation and law, teaching and research, jobs in voluntary sector organisations and public administrations.

Criminology and Criminal Justice

There are a wide range of options open to students following graduation and these include careers in social work, the police force, the probation service, the prison service and the legal profession.

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Bangor University

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Why study at Bangor University

A Top 30 university

The Complete University Guide 2022 results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 30 universities for student satisfaction (excluding specialist institutions). This reflects the University’s focus on the overall student experience.

Wide range of courses

We offer hundreds of courses across the arts and the sciences. We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching and our courses and lecturers have been rated in the top 5 in the UK (WhatUni 2022).

World-class teaching & research

Study at a world-class university, which is recognised for the quality of teaching and research. 85% of Bangor University's research is world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021).

Work experience and placements

We offer a variety of options to gain valuable employability skills, which include supporting you in work placements and internships that you may wish to undertake.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first-year students who apply by the deadline and select us as their Firm Choice. Our accommodation was rated Top 3 in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2022.

Free membership of all clubs and societies

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience with free membership of student clubs and societies. There are over 150 different ones to choose from, so you can try something new, get involved with sports, meet new friends and get out and explore the local area.


Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea – has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

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