Look beyond traditional viewpoints, challenge your opinions and address complex social problems. Learn to evaluate evidence, think critically and craft arguments about criminal behaviour to open up many careers in the criminal justice system and crime prevention.
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On our BA (Hons) Criminology degree, you’ll consider crime, victimisation and criminal justice processes from a range of multidisciplinary academic perspectives, such as sociology, psychology, politics and the law. The degree will give you the opportunity to challenge your existing opinions and attempt to evaluate contrasting evidence around the causes of crime, think critically about the effectiveness of punishment and craft arguments about the representation of crime and victimization.
During your first semester, in the module Skills for Criminal Justice, you will begin building a portfolio for your future career and CV, identifying potential roles available in the Criminal Justice sector and developing a focus for your degree, including participation in a volunteer and employment fair.
Using cutting edge theory, research and case studies, you’ll explore the most relevant crime issues of today, such as violence against women and girls, crimes of the powerful, opportunistic crimes, war crimes, corruption and urban culture; their possible causes, how the criminal justice system responds to them and how they are represented by the media.
Our links to organisations such as Rape Crisis, the National Crime Agency and the Police (through our Policing Institute for the Eastern Region) will give you scope for project and dissertation work, including opportunities to interview key figures in the local community and potential work experience.
Throughout the course, your studies will be supported by our close community of staff and students. Whether through one-to-one personal tutoring, other student support groups or our dedicated ARU Criminology social media groups, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you’ll always be able to get in touch with someone when you need to.
You’ll find plenty of extra-curricular events to complement your learning. Our regular field trips have included Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, the Old Bailey and Royal Courts of Justice in London and, for the first time in 2017-18, a special simulated murder investigation at Wicken Fen.
We also host frequent guest lectures by key figures in criminal justice debates, such as Robert King and Albert Woodfox of the Angola Three, and authors of important criminology texts, including Professor Tim Newburn, Carlene Firmin and Professor Rod Morgan.
Finally, to celebrate the end of each year, we hold a Criminology Conference for all our students and staff, at which our graduating students are invited to present their dissertation findings, with certificates awarded to the best.
Course leader: Colleen Moore
Our bespoke BA (Hons) Criminology degree will allow you to choose a criminal justice-related area to work towards. Many of our previous students have chosen careers in the probation service; the prison service (officers and governers); the police (crime scene and victim liaison officers); the Home Office (researchers and policy analysts); the Crown Prosecution Service; the Court Service; Youth Offending Teams; and Crime Reduction Partnerships.
But the multidisciplinary nature of the course, with its focus on employability and transferable skills, will ensure you can also keep your options open, if you later decide you want a change of focus.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
We use a variety of assessment methods that further allow you to develop important transferable skills. These include 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 your individual Major Project.
We know how important constructive feedback is to your progress, and make sure every module includes plenty of opportunities for you to receive it.
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
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Important additional notes
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.
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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