Criminology and Law 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Our Law and Criminology programme provides a strong foundation for those interested in developing their understanding of, and building towards a career in, criminal justice and related areas.

Combined Honours
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International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: M930

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Course Overview

Keele's research experience in these fields will enable you to study relevant and research-led modules from each discipline to build an intellectually exciting programme that wil encourage you to think critically about the world.

You will explore questions such as: what are the relationships between the courts and other branches of criminal justice? How does the law influence policing, the prison system or the rehabilitation of offenders? How can criminal justice agencies both punish offenders and uphold their human rights? Alongside studying a variety of perspectives on law and developing your legal skills, you'll also develop a strong understanding of crime, its relationship to society, and the criminal justice system. You'll learn about the crime and official and unofficial responses to it. 

What will this mean for my future?

You will have the opportunity to take part in mooting (practising oral arguments), client interviewing, and to work as a Community Legal Companion, within the innovative CLOCK programme pioneered at Keele. You may also 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. These opportunities will strengthen and diversify your skills, experience and your CV. 

You may choose a career in local or national government, the voluntary sector, in the police, probation or prison services, in social work and community care, crime reduction and community safety, or in occupations concerned with the regulation of the environment, public health, financial services and the tax and benefits system.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Understanding Crime
  • Criminal Justice: Process, Policy and Practice
  • Legal Skills
  • Public Law 1: Constitutional Law
  • Public Law 2: Administrative Law

Second year

  • Crime and Justice in a Global Contacts
  • Research Methods in Criminology
  • Introduction to Public International Law

Third year

  • Dissertation
  • Risk and Criminal Justice
  • Popular Culture and Crime
  • State Crimes and Crimes against Humanity
  • Drugs: High Crimes or Misdemeanors
  • Child Law