Criminology (2016 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours, Dual Honours, Major.
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years/ 4 years with international year, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Criminology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Clearing 2016

For an up to date list of courses available through clearing, please see Current Vacancies and Clearing Entry Requirements

Course Overview

Keele pioneered the teaching of criminology at undergraduate level in the UK, and we continue to offer a dynamic and cutting edge programme. You will learn from criminological researchers who specialise in areas such as policing, prisons and community justice, systems of justice and of punishment.

Criminology is a rapidly developing field which draws on insights and methods from disciplines such as law, social science, cultural studies and psychology to explore crime, crime control and justice from a range of perspectives. You will examine such issues as the impact of crime on society and on its victims. You will be able to gain insights into how society responds to crime through systems of crime control, the workings of our criminal justice institutions, as well as through media representations. You will gain a critical understanding and detailed insight into the politics and development of criminal justice policy. You will learn about the nature and causes of crime and offending and also explore the methods used to collect and analyse criminological data, which are vital skills for a future career in criminal justice.

Whilst studying Criminology at Keele you may be able to apply for opportunities to gain hands-on experience through volunteering in the community and/or work experience with external agencies who work in criminal justice or resettlement.

Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours Criminology.

First year

Core modules:

  • Understanding Crime
  • Criminal Justice: Process, Policy and Practice

Elective modules:

  • Psychology and Crime
  • Murder
  • Investigating Crime: Criminological Perspectives
  • Punishment: Beyond the Popular Imagination

Second year

Core modules:

  • Crime and Justice in a Global Context
  • Research Methods in Criminology

Elective modules:

  • Crime, Culture and Conflict 1700-1914
  • Policing and the Police
  • Working for Justice (prerequisite for the placement module at level 6)
  • Mental Health and Offending

Third year

Elective modules:

  • Criminology Dissertation
  • Gender, History and Punishment 1486-1955
  • The Politics and Cultures of the Death Penalty in the 21st Century
  • Power, Process and Victimisation
  • Risk and Criminal Justice
  • Criminology Work Placement
  • Popular Culture and Crime
  • Criminology Dissertation
  • Drugs: High Crimes or Misdemeanours?
  • State Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity
  • Environmental Crimes
  • Criminology Work Placement
  • Prisons and Imprisonment
  • Living with Aliens: Immigration, Crime and Social Control

Dual Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of dual honours Criminology.

First year

Core modules: 

  • Understanding Crime
  • Criminal Justice: Process, Policy and Practice 

Elective modules: 

  • Psychology and Crime
  • Murder
  • Investigating Crime: Criminological Perspectives
  • Punishment: Beyond the Popular Imagination

Second year

Core modules: 

  • Crime and Justice in a Global Context
  • Research Methods in Criminology 

Elective modules: 

  • Crime, Culture and Conflict 1700-1914
  • Policing and the Police
  • Working for Justice (prerequisite for the placement module at level 6)
  • Mental Health and Offending

Third year

Elective modules: 

  • Criminology Dissertation
  • Gender, History and Punishment 1486-1955
  • The Politics and Cultures of the Death Penalty in the 21st Century
  • Power, Process and Victimisation
  • Risk and Criminal Justice
  • Criminology Work Placement
  • Popular Culture and Crime
  • Criminology Dissertation
  • Drugs: High Crimes or Misdemeanours?
  • State Crimes and Crimes against Humanity
  • Environmental Crimes
  • Criminology Work Placement
  • Prisons and Imprisonment
  • Living with Aliens: Immigration, Crime and Social Control

Major Minor

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of major honours Criminology.

First year

Core modules: 

  • Understanding Crime
  • Criminal Justice: Process, Policy and Practice 

Elective modules: 

  • Psychology and Crime
  • Murder
  • Investigating Crime: Criminological Perspectives
  • Punishment: Beyond the Popular Imagination

Second year

Core modules: 

  • Crime and Justice in a Global Context
  • Research Methods in Criminology 

Elective modules: 

  • Crime, Culture and Conflict 1700-1914
  • Policing and the Police
  • Working for Justice (prerequisite for the placement module at level 6)
  • Mental Health and Offending

Third year

Elective modules: 

  • Criminology Dissertation
  • Gender, History and Punishment 1486-1955
  • The Politics and Cultures of the Death Penalty in the 21st Century
  • Power, Process and Victimisation
  • Risk and Criminal Justice
  • Criminology Work Placement
  • Popular Culture and Crime
  • Criminology Dissertation
  • Drugs: High Crimes or Misdemeanours?
  • State Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity
  • Environmental Crimes
  • Criminology Work Placement
  • Prisons and Imprisonment
  • Living with Aliens: Immigration, Crime and Social Control

Course workload

This contact time measure is intended to provide you with an indication of the type of activity you are likely to undertake during your programme. The data is compiled based on module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what you are likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

Undergraduate courses at Keele contain an element of module choice; therefore, you will experience a different mix of contact time and assessment types dependent upon your own individual choice of modules. The figures below are an example of activities that you may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are based on 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students.

First year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 20%
  • Guided independent study – 80%

Second year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 17%
  • Guided independent study – 83% 

Third year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 16%
  • Guided independent study – 84%

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

A Criminology degree from Keele opens up a wide range of career options. Many of our graduates have gone on to work in Policing, Prisons, crime reduction, offender rehabilitation, community safety, probation, social work, youth work and similar careers. But studying Criminology at Keele isn’t just about preparing people to work in crime related professions - our focus is on helping our students to become independent critical thinkers, able to analyse complex arguments, concepts and data and contribute to producing real world solutions to real world problems. We offer students the chance to develop a range of skills and abilities that are in demand by employers, not just in criminal justice related jobs, and our track record for graduates going into a broad range of non-crime related jobs also speaks for itself.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Students are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) (BA Hons) if their two Principal courses are in humanities and/or social science subjects.
All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

can be combined with:

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Criminology with Foundation Year: ML93 View KIS Stats

Unconditional Offers

We are offering a limited number of unconditional offers to exceptional applicants to our Single Honours Programme.

Full Unistats data is available at unistats.direct.gov.uk (opens new window)

Study abroad

On the Criminology Programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on the your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from your destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if they study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination. 

Find out more about the course

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF) Dual Honours and Major Minor Course Information Document (PDF)

2017 Entry details

Our full course information for 2017 entry is yet to be finalised. We may make changes to our course content from year to year in order to keep pace with current research and innovation.

Our typical offer for 2017 entry is BBB/ABC.

Here is a list of indicative modules for 2017 entry:

First year

  • Understanding Crime
  • Criminal Justice: Process, Policy and Practice

Second year

  • Crime and Justice in a Global Context
  • Research Methods in Criminology

Third year

  • Criminology Dissertation
  • Risk and Criminal Justice
  • Popular Culture and Crime
  • State Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity
  • Drugs, High Crimes or Misdeameanours

It is important that you read the information at Terms and Conditions which explains how and why we might need to make changes to the educational services that we provide.