Criminology (2017 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

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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.

Criminology can also be studied as a single honors degree with Forensic Science. Click here to find out more.

Course content

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)

Looking for a more complete list of modules? You can view the module list for 2016 entry on our Module Catalogue. Please note this is not a guaranteed module list for future intakes:

Module Catalogue

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:

  • Policing and the Police
  • Working for Justice 
  • Mental Health and Offending

Third year

Elective modules:

  • Criminology Dissertation
  • The Politics and Cultures of the Death Penalty in the 21st Century
  • Risk and Criminal Justice
  • Criminology Work Placement
  • Popular Culture and Crime
  • Drugs: High Crimes or Misdemeanours?
  • Environmental Crimes
  • Prisons and Imprisonment
  • Living with Aliens: Immigration, Crime and Social Control
  • Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Desistance from Crime

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: 

  • Policing and the Police
  • Working for Justice 
  • Mental Health and Offending

Third year

Elective modules: 

  • Criminology Dissertation
  • The Politics and Cultures of the Death Penalty in the 21st Century
  • Risk and Criminal Justice
  • Criminology Work Placement
  • Popular Culture and Crime
  • Drugs: High Crimes or Misdemeanours?
  • Environmental Crimes
  • Prisons and Imprisonment
  • Living with Aliens: Immigration, Crime and Social Control
  • Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Desistance from Crime

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: 

  • Policing and the Police
  • Working for Justice 
  • Mental Health and Offending

Third year

Elective modules: 

  • Criminology Dissertation
  • The Politics and Cultures of the Death Penalty in the 21st Century
  • Risk and Criminal Justice
  • Criminology Work Placement
  • Popular Culture and Crime
  • Drugs: High Crimes or Misdemeanours?
  • Environmental Crimes
  • Prisons and Imprisonment
  • Living with Aliens: Immigration, Crime and Social Control
  • Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Desistance from Crime

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

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Criminology with Foundation Year: ML93 View Unistats for this course

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:

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.