Full-time undergraduate (3 years)
Study crime issues both in and outside the lecture room, and improve your understanding of current criminological debates. You’ll graduate with key employment skills in areas as diverse as policing, probation, youth offending and government.
This course will take you on a journey through the topical crime issues of the day, the criminal justice responses to them and their portrayal in the media. Using real-life case studies, academic research and interactive learning sessions, you’ll gain a deep understanding of critical criminological debates. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your own specific research interests in your final year dissertation.
Over three years, you’ll study issues such as the media, its moral panics and promotion of fear; sex, violence and the profiling of such offenders; deviant behaviour; youth offending; war and terror; and genocide. What else interests you? Our modules will give you the chance to explore issues from corporate crime to human rights, and sexual violence to burglary.
But you’ll go beyond the lecture theatre, too. With opportunities to visit courts and prisons, you’ll examine the trial process and methods of rehabilitation, punishment and retribution, both historical and modern. Every year you’ll have the opportunity to travel abroad on one of our field trips and examine crime and crime control in different geographical and cultural contexts. Our previous trips have included visits to Amsterdam, Krakow, Estonia and Spain.
Working alongside experienced, research-active academics, you’ll develop your research skills, and get used to speaking in public at our conferences and research seminars.
Course leader: Dr Samantha Lundrigan
Our graduates go far in many fulfilling careers, such as probation officers and prison-based probation service officers with the National Probation Service; various roles with the police, including crime scene and victim liaison officers; prison officers and governors with the Prison Service; researchers and policy analysts with the Home Office; and other employers including the Crown Prosecution Service; the Court Service; youth offending teams/youth work and Crime Reduction Partnerships.
During your degree, you’ll have many opportunities to engage with potential employers, thanks to our excellent links with agencies such as Cambridgeshire Police, National Crime Agency and the Probation Service.
We use a variety of assessment methods, allowing you to develop important transferable skills. You’ll show your progress through a mixture of case studies, presentations, essays, patchwork texts (short pieces of writing, or ‘patches’, built up week by week), portfolios, poster presentations, data analysis exercises, examinations and group projects, as well as an individual Major Project.
We know how important helpful feedback is and embed opportunities for formative feedback into our modules so you can make the best progress possible.
The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences is an academic community of nearly 800 students and teaching staff. Our students are supported by leading practitioners, so you'll always have access to the latest theoretical and practical knowledge, as well as invaluable career advice. Subjects in the Humanities and Social Sciences lead to work in many roles you might not have considered, maybe as a politician, chief executive – or even an inventor.
We organise many activities to help our students prepare for their future, like work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
Study abroad options
During semester 1 of year 2, you’ll have the opportunity to apply to study abroad at Marshall University, West Virginia, USA.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
Entry requirements are for September 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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