Criminology and Philosophy 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Criminology and Philosophy.

Combined Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: MVX5

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Course Overview

 For the Criminology element of your course, 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.

For the Philosophy element of the course, you will explore central themes such as moral philosophy, epistemology and political philosophy, considering key philosophical problems and the various solutions proposed. You’ll learn about past and present approaches to philosophy, especially where associated with particular movements and methodologies. You’ll enhance your logical and critical thinking skills, developing the use of sound arguments while detecting fallacies and other argumentative weaknesses. Keele has a thriving student led Philosophy Society, and the programme engages widely with other universities, especially through its Royal Institute of Philosophy lecture series.

What will this mean for my future?

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. A Criminology degree from Keele opens up a wide range of career options in the fields of crime reduction, offender rehabilitation or community safety. It provides an entry to further study or training to allow you to work as a probation officer, social worker, youth worker, prison officer or a solicitor. You can also aspire to work in areas such as victim support, penal reform and advocacy, the courts or in local or central government.

Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. This course provides a superb grounding in understanding the way people think and approach problems, which is why philosophy has one of the best records for graduate employment among non-vocational degrees. You will possess highly developed skills in critical thinking and exploring multiple approaches to problem solving, both of which are highly prized by employers. You could pursue a huge range of careers, or continue to further study. You might go into education, the law, finance, government, publishing, the media or the arts, or information management, for example.