Full-time undergraduate (3 years)
Develop a critical understanding of current issues in both criminology and policing with our theoretical and practical modules. Jump-start your career in the criminal justice sector, or progress it to graduate level.
Our BA (Hons) Criminology and Policing will allow you to balance an exploration of complex criminological perspectives with the practical application of policing skills and knowledge.
By considering the relationship between society and the criminal justice system, and simulating real-life activities such as investigating crime scenes, you’ll develop skills that will help you succeed professionally in the police service, or in a policy-related / criminal justice agency environment.
You’ll also develop skills in critical analysis and research methodologies, helping you become an independent learner with the ability to manage your own projects and research.
As well as completing core modules in criminology and policing, our optional modules will give you the chance to develop specialisms in areas such as leadership and management, public policy, and issues concerning social and political inequality.
On some modules, a significant part of your teaching will be delivered by policing and criminal justice practitioners - for example, 'Basic Criminalistics' will be delivered by former and active Crime Scene Investigators.
Through our relationship with regional police forces and practitioners, you’ll also have opportunities to engage with professionals from the criminal justice sector through guest lectures (including those organised by our Policing Institute for the Eastern Region), workshop events, study trips and research projects. You may also have opportunities to work closely with local police forces, for example a student recently carried out research on police officer demographics and recruitment, sponsored by Cambridgeshire Constabulary.
Throughout the course, you’ll be supported by our expert staff members through timetabled group meetings, individual meetings and one-to-one personal tutoring. You’ll also have access to the University's student support groups and dedicated ARU Criminology groups on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Course Leader: Carina O’Reilly
Our BA (Hons) Criminology and Policing will help you develop the skills and knowledge necessary for careers in many areas connected to the criminal justice system, including the police force, probation, prisons and youth justice. You will also be well equipped for work in the Border Force; the military; security; local government; and work in the public sector generally. If you are already working within the sector, it will allow you to progress your career to graduate level.
Our optional modules also give you the chance to study a language, allowing you to prepare for work in an international context.
You’ll be assessed using a range of methods depending on the nature of the module. These include essays; portfolios; problem-solving activities; case studies; blogs; policy documents; presentations; and a major research project.
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.
You’ll have the chance to access talks and seminars at the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Criminology, with which we have close and supportive links.
During semester 1 of year 2, you’ll be able 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.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.
Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
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.
Read this institution's report