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Bachelor's Degree in Criminology

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021
Application deadline: 30 June 2021

Program description

Bachelor's Degree in Criminology

Crime, security and justice are endlessly fascinating subjects, for culture, society and the media. This popular BSc Criminology degree will let you explore how the nature of crime and punishment changes around the world and over time. Specialist modules will help you steer your degree to a range of professional careers.

Criminology is one of the oldest social sciences. It explores the origins and patterns of criminality, the reasons for committing crime, and the workings of the criminal justice system.

On this course, you’ll study criminology and criminal justice, covering topics such as:

  • criminal behaviour
  • victimisation
  • the socio-legal context of crime
  • the reaction of society
  • the future of social control

Our criminology courses are led by knowledgeable and passionate academics at the forefront of the field. We also underpin all our criminology modules with up-to-date research.

This course will open the door to further research, or careers in public service, criminal justice and beyond.

Admission requirements



International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 32 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level


  • D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AB from two A levels
  • DD in the BTEC Diploma plus B grade from one A-level
  • DDM in the BTEC Extended Diploma

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

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

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Program content

Year 1

  • Criminal Justice Studies
  • Exploring Other Cultures
  • Foundations in Social and Anthropological Theory
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods
  • Social Problems and Social Policy
  • Transformations of The Modern World
  • Understanding Everyday Life

Year 2

  • Criminological Psychology
  • Perspectives in Criminology
  • Qualitative Research: Foundations, Principles and Skills
  • Research Methods in The Social Sciences

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • Children and Society
  • Class Structure and Social Inequality
  • Cosmology, Ritual and Belief
  • Crime and Criminal Justice: Historical Perspectives
  • Criminological Psychology
  • Culture, Communication and Cognition
  • Gender & Society
  • Globalisation, Inequalities & Power
  • Social Theory
  • Course structure

Year 3

  • Dissertation
  • Issues in Law Enforcement and Social Control

You must also choose from the following modules in year 3:

  • Children and Society
  • Class Structure and Social Inequality
  • Comparative Sociology
  • Comparing Welfare States - Evolution, Politics & Impact
  • Penology
  • Sexuality and Intimacy
  • The Deserving and Undeserving: Victims and Scroungers in Criminology and Social Policy
  • Violent and Sexual Offenders

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition fees

  • UK, Channel Island, Isle of Man and Irish students: £9,250 per year.
  • EU and international students: £18,520 per year.


  • Final award: Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons))
  • Name of Award: Criminology
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

You’ll develop the knowledge and skills required for criminological and psychology research, including:

  • methods and techniques
  • ethical principles
  • evaluation of results
  • communication
  • problem solving

Career opportunities

This course can lead to management, planning and delivering social and public services and criminal justice. It also offers an excellent foundation for professional training or postgraduate study.

Our graduates embark on diverse career pathways including:

  • academia
  • community development
  • criminal justice
  • government
  • police
  • research and education
  • social services and welfare

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University of Southampton

The University of Southampton is a top 100 global University with a top 15 UK University place. We are a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group, as demonstrated by our research intensity. We have a wonderful global community, with...

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Why study at University of Southampton

The University of Southampton is a welcoming and close knit student community of roughly 22,000 students. We have an international student population which makes up just under 30% of our student body which is wonderful. With 98% of our graduates going into work or further study 6 months after graduation, we offer the chance to study at a world leading Russell Group University whilst safe in the knowledge you will be well on your way to succeeding your chosen career.

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University of Southampton

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SO17 1BJ Southampton
United Kingdom

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