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BA (Hons) Criminology

Take a fresh look at crime and disorder

2017/18 entry

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3 years full-time

Typical offer

AAB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2017 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2017/18)

International fees

£16,290 per year (2017/18)

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Explore what crime means in our culture and society and how it affects our lives.

Look beyond traditional views and develop new ways of thinking about the effects of crime, how it impacts individuals and societies and how we respond to it.

Challenge your own opinions about the nature of crime and disorder and learn to evaluate evidence, think critically and craft arguments – attributes valued by employers. After a core introduction to Criminology you can tailor your degree to your developing specialist interests.

You'll be taught across two world-class departments, and learn from leading academics whose expertise spans the social sciences.

I have gained real-world experience on the course - during my second year we visited the York Crown Court where we investigated the varying roles within a legal court case. We've also got to meet inspirational guest speakers, such as prison directors and forensic psychologists – they have broadened my knowledge of the career paths available to me and given me aspirations for the future.
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Course content

The course progresses from broad to specialised topics. Core modules in the first year introduce you to the breadth of Criminology. You'll study the social, economic and cultural aspects of crime and criminal justice, developing preferences and expertise in the following years, leading up to your 10,000-word dissertation.

Our teaching is led by our research, covering real-world issues, and there are also opportunities to study abroad as part of your course.

Study abroad

There are opportunities to study abroad as part of your course. You can study at a leading European university for a semester in your third year as part of our Erasmus programme.

The University's exchange scheme also allows you to study abroad further afield in North America, South Africa, Asia and Australia.

Year 1

You'll be introduced to the core aspects of criminology, policy, crime and criminal justice.

You'll take four core modules:

  • Introducing Social Policy
  • Introduction to Social Theory
  • Sociology of Crime and Deviance
  • Understanding Criminal Justice

These modules are the ones currently running and are indicative of what will run in future years. We do update our modules to reflect the latest research. 

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

You'll learn how social, cultural and policy changes shape criminal activities and you'll develop social research skills. You can also choose an area of interest from a range of options.

You'll take three core modules:

  • Crime, Culture and Social Change
  • Social Research Methods
  • Debates in Criminal Justice

You'll also select one optional module:

  • Popular Culture, Media and Society
  • Citizenship, Difference and Inequality
  • Victimisation and Social Harm
  • Policy Process
  • Contemporary Political Sociology
  • Gender, Sexuality and Diversity
  • Sociology of Illness and Health
  • Division and Inequalities: Race and Ethnicity, Class and Religion

These modules are the ones currently running and are indicative of what will run in future years. We do update our modules to reflect the latest research. 

Year 3

You'll complete a criminological dissertation under the guidance of an academic supervisor.

  • Dissertation

Choice of four modules: 

At least one of your choices should be from Sociology and one should be from Social Policy. You'll also need to take at least two of the modules marked with a *. 


  • Crime, Gender & Sexuality*
  • Theoretical Criminology*
  • Advanced Social Theory
  • Birth, Marriage & Death
  • Morbidity, Cultures & Corpses
  • The Racial State*
  • Paranormal in Society
  • Migration & Tourism
  • Analysing Dr-Patient Interaction
  • Emotions in The Social World
  • The Global Transformation of Health
  • Humans & Other Animals

Social Policy: 

  • Criminal Justice & Policing*
  • Illicit Drug Use*
  • Vulnerability, Deviance & Social Control*
  • Youth Justice*
  • Welfare States in Crisis
  • Death & Policy
  • Housing Policy
  • Gender, Citizenship & The Welfare State
  • Understanding Families & Family Life
  • Sustainable Development & Social Inclusion
  • Poverty & Inequality
  • Wellbeing of Children & Young People
  • Prisons & Penal Policy*
  • Philosophy of Criminal Law*

These modules are the ones currently running and are indicative of what will run in future years. We do update our modules to reflect the latest research. 

* Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2017/18

UK/EU International
£9,250 £16,290

Additional costs

You may choose to buy textbooks, but this is not required. You may also incur some minor costs through occasional printing or photocopying, and the production of your final year dissertation.

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

Work placements and study abroad

Going on a work placement or year abroad? You’ll pay a reduced tuition fee for that year.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.


We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.

Home/EU students

International students

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

You'll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-ones. We offer a personal approach to learning with much of our teaching conducted in small groups (typically under 15 students in a seminar group). Our staff are very approachable and our doors are always open. Your personal supervisor provides support and guidance throughout your studies, offering weekly feedback and guidance hours.

Research-led teaching

You'll be taught by academics at the forefront of research across a number of diverse areas such as, crime, language and interaction, culture and new media, gender and sexuality, health and social care, medicine and the body, urban studies, welfare and poverty and criminology. As world-leading experts in their field, our academics' expertise and experience feeds directly into our teaching.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Sociology on Campus West. Much of your teaching will take place in Wentworth College, with additional contact hours elsewhere on Campus West and some on Campus East.

Course location

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Your first-year work doesn't contribute towards your final marks. We recognise that students are beginning to develop over the course of their degree.

From Year Two onward, formal assessments contribute toward your degree. Assessments range from essays to portfolios and group presentations to examinations.

In Year Three your 10,000-word dissertation focuses on a specific topic of your choice and is supported by an academic supervisor.

Careers and skills

You'll have the skills to enter a broad range of careers including the probation and prison service, the police force, voluntary organisations, the public sector and postgraduate training or study. Increasingly opportunities exist within private security, crime prevention and offender management.

The course includes employability skills development, giving you the practical skills that employers are looking for in graduate recruits.

Many of our students organise work placements out of term time, for example at North Yorkshire Youth Commision, York Crown Court and Refugee Action York. We encourage you to do this so you can gain workplace experience and a deeper insight into issues that interest you.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are highly sought after in sectors including:

  • Policing
  • Probation and criminal justice
  • Law
  • Accountacy
  • Public administration
  • Social and community work
  • Education
  • Health work
  • Media ands creative industries

Transferable skills

As a criminology student, you'll learn about the world around you and the challenges faced by people in society. As well as developing your subject-specific knowledge, you'll develop skills in:

  • Problem solving
  • Evaluating evidence
  • Forming reasoned arguments
  • Thinking creatively
  • Working as a team
  • Intellectual independence
  • Communication skills.


Entry requirements

Qualification Grade
A levels

AAB. We accept General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Access to Higher Education Diploma Obtain Access to HE Diploma with 30 credits achieved from units awarded Distinction and 9 credits achieved from units awarded Merit or higher
BTEC BTEC National Extended Diploma: DDD
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDD
Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, M2
European Baccalaureate An overall average of 80%
Irish leaving Certificate AAAABB
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers AAAAB at Higher level

English language

If English is not your first language you may be asked to provide evidence of your ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component
  • Pearson: 61, with a minimum of 51 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (Taken from January 2015): 176, with a minimum of 162 each component
  • TOEFL: 87 overall, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE III: Merit in all components

Other accepted tests and qualifications


To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

2017 entry application deadlines

  • 15 October 2016: The closing date for Medicine applicants at the Hull York Medical School.
  • 15 January 2017: The deadline for equal consideration for all other courses (not Medicine - Hull York Medical School). We will consider applications received after this date if places are available. We cannot guarantee applications submitted after 15 January deadline will be given the same level of consideration as those which arrive by 15 January.
  • 30 June 2017: The deadline for late applications - although we recommend you apply as early as possible. Applications received after this date will be held for Clearing (for applicants who haven't received any offers).

We consider applications for deferred entry, including requests made after taking up an offer.

We encourage mature students to email the Admissions Tutor for consultation and advice.

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