About Criminology

Criminology is broadly concerned with how crime and deviance are understood, the efforts made to control crime and the consequences of crime for offenders, victims and societies. Criminology is a dynamic subject which draws on theories and methods from the social sciences, law, and the human sciences to develop an understanding of such issues as:  the possible causes of criminal behaviour and methods for tackling these causes; the impact of crime on victims and on society; criminal justice processes and the penal system; and the representation of crime, offenders and criminal justice in the media and popular culture. 

Keele was the first University to offer criminology as an undergraduate degree in the UK.  From its pioneering beginnings, we continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes of study at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, which combine established and contemporary topics.  The programmes are taught by a group of active criminological researchers who specialise in fields such as policing, prisons, community justice, criminological theory, environmental crime, drugs policy, the voluntary sector in criminal justice, mental health and offending, victim studies, and the history of crime and punishment.   Staff are frequently nominated for, and win, University Learning and Teaching Excellence awards.  The programme has extensive links with community and criminal justice agencies, which facilitates work experience, volunteering and practical learning opportunities.  

Dr Helen Wells
Director of Programmes in Criminology