BSc (Hons) in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Swansea University
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025

About this program

BSc (Hons) in Criminology and Criminal Justice

The criminology undergraduate degree will give you the opportunity to examine the many factors involved in criminal behaviour, and how society responds through the criminal justice system.

You will study the most important theories of crime and deviance and their relevance to contemporary criminal justice policy, research, and practice.

Alongside this, you will gain an in-depth knowledge of the structures of the criminal justice system, covering the courts, prison, the probation service, and the police.

Throughout your studies, you will develop excellent research and analytical skills and learn to present your ideas effectively both verbally and in writing.

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Admission requirements

Our standard offer for our criminology programs is 3 A Levels at grades ranging from ABB-BBB or equivalent. For applicants whose first language is not English we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent).

Swansea University English Language Training

Swansea University's English Language Training services offer a variety of English courses including pre-sessionals, year round English, exam preparation and short courses. If you hold an offer from Swansea University you are able to take the Swansea English Language Test (SWELT) to fulfil your English language entry requirement. This is a 3 hour test which includes Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

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Program content

Year 1 (Level 4)

  • Criminology, Crime and Society
  • Victims and Victimology
  • Employability and Personal Development
  • Foundations in Research
  • Law, Criminal Justice and Human Rights
  • The Criminological Imagination
  • An Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • Study Skills in Criminology

Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory Modules

  • Research Methods in Criminology
  • Criminological Theory: Content and Application

Optional Modules

  • Penology and Punishment
  • Applied Offender Rehabilitation
  • Crime, Drugs and Alcohol
  • Media, Crime & Criminal Justice
  • Leadership and Management in Social Justice
  • The Criminal State: International Issues
  • An Introduction to Policing
  • Developing and Planning a Research Project

Year 3 (Level 6)

Optional Modules

  • Young Offenders and Youth Justice
  • Criminalisation of Sex
  • Understanding & Countering Terrorism & Violent Extremism
  • Social and Environmental Harms
  • Sexual Crimes
  • Dissertation
  • Delivering Social Justice Interventions: Entrepreneurial Criminology
  • Homicide: Criminalising Death and Dying
  • The Criminalisation of Asylum Seekers and Irregular Migrants
  • Work, Crime and Punishment

Scholarships & funding

International Excellence Scholarships are available to both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students. Other scholarships are available, please see our website for more information including eligibility criteria and closing dates.


The full tuition fee for UK students is £9,000. The tuition fees for international students vary, please see our website for more details

Career paths

Criminology and Criminal Justice Employment Opportunities

Studying a BSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Swansea University can lead to a range of careers. Our graduates go on to a wide variety of occupations, which include working in:

  • Community Development
  • Criminal Justice
  • Local Government
  • the Police Force
  • Postgraduate Study
  • the Prison Service
  • the Probation Service
  • Research
  • Social Work
  • Education
  • Training
  • UK Government
  • Victim Support
  • Voluntary Organisations.

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Swansea University

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Swansea University

Singleton Park
SA2 8PP Swansea
United Kingdom

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