Criminology

Study options

Award

Key facts

UCAS code:
M012
UCAS code:
M015
UCAS code:
M013
UCAS code:
M014
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Study option:
Full-time, with a foundation year
Study option:
Full-time, with a placement year
Study option:
Part-time
Study option:
Full-time
Study option:
Part-time
Duration:
3 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Duration:
6 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Duration:
8 Years
Start date:
19 September 2022

Tailor your degree

Choose a specialist pathway to align with your career aspirations

Connected professionals

Study under academics with active professional connections in the field

Dedicated facilities

Get access to facilities such as our dedication mock courtroom and Crime Scene House

Our Criminology degrees don’t just teach you the theories behind criminality, we help you understand the causes, reactions and solutions to crime.

At Staffordshire University, you’ll study the complex causes of crime and how our societies should respond to pressing problems, such as domestic violence, knife crime, or drug related crime, as well as supra national issues such as terrorism and transnational organised crime. What’s more, you’ll learn to consider the social context in which crime and punishment takes place, and eventually, you’ll start to challenge your preconceptions of ‘violence’, ‘harm’ and ‘justice’.

You’ll explore the relationship between criminological theories and criminal justice policies and practices. You’ll be investigating and discussing the explanations for crime and how the courts deal with them. Plus, you’ll explore the role of punishment and the secure estate, investigate crimes of the powerful, and come to understand the role of the media within the justice system.

We have three-year, placement year and MSci degrees. There is also a Foundation year route for students who may not have the necessary academic profile for entry onto one of our three or two-year courses or who have been out of formal education for a while and would like to enhance their skills and capabilities first. 

Pathway Options

You will be given the chance to specialise in a particular area of Criminology in your second and third years, tailoring your study to align with your career aspirations. You will be able to continue to study Criminology as a broad subject, or specialise by taking one of the following pathways: Offender Management, Victim Support, Organised Crime and Terrorism. 

At Staffordshire University, you’ll study the complex causes of crime and how our societies should respond to pressing problems, such as domestic violence, knife crime, or drug related crime, as well as supra national issues such as terrorism and transnational organised crime. What’s more, you’ll learn to consider the social context in which crime and punishment takes place, and eventually, you’ll start to challenge your preconceptions of ‘violence’, ‘harm’ and ‘justice’.

You’ll explore the relationship between criminological theories and criminal justice policies and practices. You’ll be investigating and discussing the explanations for crime and how the courts deal with them. Plus, you’ll explore the role of punishment and the secure estate, investigate crimes of the powerful, and come to understand the role of the media within the justice system.

The Foundation Year option is available for those who may not have the academic profile for direct entry onto the 3-year degree. It will prepare you for the Criminology degree by enhancing your skills and knowledge with modules such as, Theories of Criminality and Crime in Context. The Foundation year is taught with the City of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College, so you will be on the Staffordshire University Stoke on Trent campus and the college's campus for the first year. 

Pathway Options

You will be given the chance to specialise in a particular area of Criminology from your third year, tailoring your study to align with your career aspirations. You will be able to continue to study Criminology as a broad subject, or specialise by taking one of the following pathways: Offender Management, Victim Support, Organised Crime and Terrorism. 

At Staffordshire University, you’ll study the complex causes of crime and how our societies should respond to pressing problems, such as domestic violence, knife crime, or drug related crime, as well as supra national issues such as terrorism and transnational organised crime. What’s more, you’ll learn to consider the social context in which crime and punishment takes place, and eventually, you’ll start to challenge your preconceptions of ‘violence’, ‘harm’ and ‘justice’.

You’ll explore the relationship between criminological theories and criminal justice policies and practices. You’ll be investigating and discussing the explanations for crime and how the courts deal with them. Plus, you’ll explore the role of punishment and the secure estate, investigate crimes of the powerful, and come to understand the role of the media within the justice system.

The BSc (Hons) Criminology with a Placement Year has been designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain practical experience by taking a year-long placement in industry. The placement takes place between the second and final year of study.

Pathway Option

You will be given the chance to specialise in a particular area of Criminology from your second year on wards, tailoring your study to align with your career aspirations. You will be able to continue to study Criminology as a broad subject, or specialise by taking one of the following pathways: Offender Management, Victim Support, Organised Crime and Terrorism. 

At Staffordshire University, you’ll study the complex causes of crime and how our societies should respond to pressing problems, such as domestic violence, knife crime, or drug related crime, as well as supra national issues such as terrorism and transnational organised crime. What’s more, you’ll learn to consider the social context in which crime and punishment takes place, and eventually, you’ll start to challenge your preconceptions of ‘violence’, ‘harm’ and ‘justice’.

You’ll explore the relationship between criminological theories and criminal justice policies and practices. You’ll be investigating and discussing the explanations for crime and how the courts deal with them. Plus, you’ll explore the role of punishment and the secure estate, investigate crimes of the powerful, and come to understand the role of the media within the justice system.

We have three-year, placement year and MSci degrees. There is also a Foundation year route for students who may not have the necessary academic profile for entry onto one of our three or two-year courses or who have been out of formal education for a while and would like to enhance their skills and capabilities first. 

Pathway Options

You will be given the chance to specialise in a particular area of Criminology in your second and third years, tailoring your study to align with your career aspirations. You will be able to continue to study Criminology as a broad subject, or specialise by taking one of the following pathways: Offender Management, Victim Support, Organised Crime and Terrorism. 

At Staffordshire University, you’ll study the complex causes of crime and how our societies should respond to pressing problems, such as domestic violence, knife crime, or drug related crime, as well as supra national issues such as terrorism and transnational organised crime. What’s more, you’ll learn to consider the social context in which crime and punishment takes place, and eventually, you’ll start to challenge your preconceptions of ‘violence’, ‘harm’ and ‘justice’.

You’ll explore the relationship between criminological theories and criminal justice policies and practices. You’ll be investigating and discussing the explanations for crime and how the courts deal with them. Plus, you’ll explore the role of punishment and the secure estate, investigate crimes of the powerful, and come to understand the role of the media within the justice system.

The MSci course combines Bachelors-level and Masters-level study in one integrated programme. Students follow the same structure of study in years 1 to 3, but complete advanced modules and an integrated placement option in their fourth and final year. 

Pathway Options

You will be given the chance to specialise in a particular area of Criminology from your second year onwards, tailoring your study to align with your career aspirations. You will be able to continue to study Criminology as a broad subject, or specialise by taking one of the following pathways: Offender Management, Victim Support, Organised Crime and Terrorism. 

Criminology at Staffordshire University is dynamic and diverse, and this four-year MSci (Hons) Criminology course is unique – we are the first to offer such an opportunity. By studying with us for four years, supported by four years of undergraduate student finance, you will graduate with an Integrated Master’s qualification which will make you stand out in the competitive race to secure graduate employment.

At Staffordshire University, you’ll study the complex causes of crime and how our societies should respond to pressing problems, such as domestic violence, knife crime, or drug-related crime, as well as supranational issues such as terrorism and transnational organised crime. What’s more, you ’ll learn to consider the social context in which crime and punishment takes place,  and eventually, you’ll start to challenge your preconceptions of ‘violence’, ‘harm’ and ‘justice’.

You’ll explore the relationship between criminological theories and criminal justice policies and practices. You’ll be investigating and discussing the explanations for crime and how the courts deal with them. Plus, you’ll explore the role of punishment and the secure estate, investigate crimes of the powerful, and come to understand the role of the media within the justice system.

You won’t just be learning theory either, throughout the course you’ll develop priceless employability skills while studying core modules that align with the probation training required knowledge qualifying modules. There’s also the benefit of additional expertise in policing, forensics and law to complement the expertise in Criminology. This, combined with opportunities of work placement and the chance to establish future connections during the course, means you’ll leave with the best chance of launching a future career in criminology.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Criminology

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Criminology

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Criminology

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Criminology

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSci Criminology

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSci Criminology

Part-time study

Part-time study over 8 years.

Work placements

If you choose to study the Placement Year route, you will complete a placement between the second and final years of the course. Depending on your chosen pathway, there will also be a core Placement module in your final year.

Work placements

If you choose to study this Placement Year route, you will complete a placement between the second and final years of the course. Depending on your chosen pathway, there will also be a core placement module in your final year.

Work placements

If you choose to study the MSci route, you have the opportunity to complete a placement in your final year. Depending on your chosen pathway, there is also a core Placement module in your third year.

Course content

During your time of study with us, you will come to understand the development of the criminal justice institutions (police, prisons and courts) in the UK, as well as the inter-relationships between these systems, as mechanisms to respond to crimes and social harms

We will consider how different social groups and individuals experience crimes and social harms, as well as the policies and regulatory responses that are supposed to alleviate or ameliorate these issues. During the course, you will also come to understand the construction and representation of crime and of responses to it in policy making, the media in all its forms, and public opinion. We develop in you an understanding and appropriate use of research strategies and methods in criminological research.

In your first year students on all pathways will study the same modules such as, The Criminal Justice Process, Case Studies in the Criminal Justice System and Psychological Contexts of Crime and Punishment.

In your second year, you will study core modules in Law for Justice, Theories of Crime and Justice and begin designing your research project. You will have the opportunity to study three option modules on the Criminology pathway. Additional core modules for the Offender Management pathway include modules on identifying self-harm, managing offenders and prison and probation laws. For the Organised Crime and Terrorism pathway, you will also study core modules on causes and theories of terrorism, organised crime and you will have the opportunity to choose and option module. On the Victim Support pathway, you will study core modules about working with victims, identifying suicide and self-harm and crime and victimisation. 

In your final year, you will complete a research project for all pathways, along with Punishment and Penology and Placement as core modules. On the Criminology pathway, you have the flexibility to choose a range of option modules to suit your area of interest. The Offender Management Pathway has three additional core modules on Community Justice, Rehabilitation of Offenders and Mental Health Assessment for Non-Mental Health Professionals. For the Organised Crime and Terrorism pathway, you will complete a Placement module along with modules on Transnational Organised Crime and Modern Slavery, and Contemporary Terror Movements: Classification and Response. The Vicitim Support pathway has core modules on the Rehabilitation of Offenders, Mental Health Assessment for Non-Mental Health Professionals and a Placement module.

During your time of study with us, you will come to understand the development of the criminal justice institutions (police, prisons and courts) in the UK, as well as the inter-relationships between these systems, as mechanisms to respond to crimes and social harms

We will consider how different social groups and individuals experience crimes and social harms, as well as the policies and regulatory responses that are supposed to alleviate or ameliorate these issues. During the course, you will also come to understand the construction and representation of crime and of responses to it in policy making, the media in all its forms, and public opinion. We develop in you an understanding and appropriate use of research strategies and methods in criminological research.

In Year 1, you will build on your academic skills by discussing the different Theories of Criminality, Crime in context, Sociology of Crime and will be introduced to the Principles of Law.

In your second year students on all pathways will study the same modules such as, The Criminal Justice Process, Case Studies in the Criminal Justice System and Psychological Contexts of Crime and Punishment.

In your third year, you will study core modules in Law for Justice, Theories of Crime and Justice and begin designing your research project. You will have the opportunity to study three option modules on the Criminology pathway. Additional core modules for the Offender Management pathway include modules on identifying self-harm, managing offenders and prison and probation laws. For the Organised Crime and Terrorism pathway, you will also study core modules on causes and theories of terrorism, organised crime and you will have the opportunity to choose and option module. On the Victim Support pathway, you will study core modules about working with victims, identifying suicide and self-harm and crime and victimisation.

In your final year, you will complete a research project for all pathways, along with Punishment and Penology and Placement as core modules. On the Criminology pathway, you have the flexibility to choose a range of option modules to suit your area of interest. The Offender Management Pathway has three additional core modules on Community Justice, Rehabilitation of Offenders and Mental Health Assessment for Non-Mental Health Professionals. For the Organised Crime and Terrorism pathway, you will complete a Placement module along with modules on Transnational Organised Crime and Modern Slavery, and Contemporary Terror Movements: Classification and Response. The Vicitim Support pathway has core modules on the Rehabilitation of Offenders, Mental Health Assessment for Non-Mental Health Professionals and a Placement module.

During your time of study with us, you will come to understand the development of the criminal justice institutions (police, prisons and courts) in the UK, as well as the inter-relationships between these systems, as mechanisms to respond to crimes and social harms

We will consider how different social groups and individuals experience crimes and social harms, as well as the policies and regulatory responses that are supposed to alleviate or ameliorate these issues. During the course, you will also come to understand the construction and representation of crime and of responses to it in policy making, the media in all its forms, and public opinion. We develop in you an understanding and appropriate use of research strategies and methods in criminological research.

In your first year students on all pathways will study the same modules such as, The Criminal Justice Process, Case Studies in the Criminal Justice System and Psychological Contexts of Crime and Punishment.

In your second year, you will study core modules in Law for Justice, Theories of Crime and Justice and begin designing your research project. You will have the opportunity to study three option modules on the Criminology pathway. Additional core modules for the Offender Management pathway include modules on identifying self-harm, managing offenders and prison and probation laws. For the Organised Crime and Terrorism pathway, you will also study core modules on causes and theories of terrorism, organised crime and you will have the opportunity to choose and option module. On the Victim Support pathway, you will study core modules about working with victims, identifying suicide and self-harm and crime and victimisation.

On the Placement Year route, you will complete your placement year between your second and final year.

In your final year, you will complete a research project for all pathways, along with Punishment and Penology and Placement as core modules. On the Criminology pathway, you have the flexibility to choose a range of option modules to suit your area of interest. The Offender Management Pathway has three additional core modules on Community Justice, Rehabilitation of Offenders and Mental Health Assessment for Non-Mental Health Professionals. For the Organised Crime and Terrorism pathway, you will complete a Placement module along with modules on Transnational Organised Crime and Modern Slavery, and Contemporary Terror Movements: Classification and Response. The Vicitim Support pathway has core modules on the Rehabilitation of Offenders, Mental Health Assessment for Non-Mental Health Professionals and a Placement module.

During your time of study with us, you will come to understand the development of the criminal justice institutions (police, prisons and courts) in the UK, as well as the inter-relationships between these systems, as mechanisms to respond to crimes and social harms

We will consider how different social groups and individuals experience crimes and social harms, as well as the policies and regulatory responses that are supposed to alleviate or ameliorate these issues. During the course, you will also come to understand the construction and representation of crime and of responses to it in policy making, the media in all its forms, and public opinion. We develop in you an understanding and appropriate use of research strategies and methods in criminological research.

In your first year students on all pathways will study the same modules such as, The Criminal Justice Process, Case Studies in the Criminal Justice System and Psychological Contexts of Crime and Punishment.

In your second year, you will study core modules in Law for Justice, Theories of Crime and Justice and begin designing your research project. You will have the opportunity to study three option modules on the Criminology pathway. Additional core modules for the Offender Management pathway include modules on identifying self-harm, managing offenders and prison and probation laws. For the Organised Crime and Terrorism pathway, you will also study core modules on causes and theories of terrorism, organised crime and you will have the opportunity to choose and option module. On the Victim Support pathway, you will study core modules about working with victims, identifying suicide and self-harm and crime and victimisation. 

In your final year, you will complete a research project for all pathways, along with Punishment and Penology and Placement as core modules. On the Criminology pathway, you have the flexibility to choose a range of option modules to suit your area of interest. The Offender Management Pathway has three additional core modules on Community Justice, Rehabilitation of Offenders and Mental Health Assessment for Non-Mental Health Professionals. For the Organised Crime and Terrorism pathway, you will complete a Placement module along with modules on Transnational Organised Crime and Modern Slavery, and Contemporary Terror Movements: Classification and Response. The Vicitim Support pathway has core modules on the Rehabilitation of Offenders, Mental Health Assessment for Non-Mental Health Professionals and a Placement module.

During your time of study with us, you will come to understand the development of the criminal justice institutions (police, prisons and courts) in the UK, as well as the inter-relationships between these systems, as mechanisms to respond to crimes and social harms

We will consider how different social groups and individuals experience crimes and social harms, as well as the policies and regulatory responses that are supposed to alleviate or ameliorate these issues. During the course, you will also come to understand the construction and representation of crime and of responses to it in policy making, the media in all its forms, and public opinion. We develop in you an understanding and appropriate use of research strategies and methods in criminological research.

In your first year students on all pathways will study the same modules such as, The Criminal Justice Process, Case Studies in the Criminal Justice System and Psychological Contexts of Crime and Punishment.

In your second year, you will study core modules in Law for Justice, Theories of Crime and Justice and begin designing your research project. You will have the opportunity to study three option modules on the Criminology pathway. Additional core modules for the Offender Management pathway include modules on identifying self-harm, managing offenders and prison and probation laws. For the Organised Crime and Terrorism pathway, you will also study core modules on causes and theories of terrorism, organised crime and you will have the opportunity to choose and option module. On the Victim Support pathway, you will study core modules about working with victims, identifying suicide and self-harm and crime and victimisation.

In your third year, you will complete a research project for all pathways, along with Punishment and Penology and Placement as core modules. On the Criminology pathway, you have the flexibility to choose a range of option modules to suit your area of interest. The Offender Management Pathway has three additional core modules on Community Justice, Rehabilitation of Offenders and Mental Health Assessment for Non-Mental Health Professionals. For the Organised Crime and Terrorism pathway, you will complete a Placement module along with modules on Transnational Organised Crime and Modern Slavery, and Contemporary Terror Movements: Classification and Response. The Vicitim Support pathway has core modules on the Rehabilitation of Offenders, Mental Health Assessment for Non-Mental Health Professionals and a Placement module.

In your final year as an MSci student, you will have the opportunity to work more independently through either a professional placement or a research project and complete advanced core modules.

During your time of study with us, you will come to understand the development of the criminal justice institutions (police, prisons and courts) in the UK, as well as the inter-relationships between these systems, as mechanisms to respond to crimes and social harms

We will consider how different social groups and individuals experience crimes and social harms, as well as the policies and regulatory responses that are supposed to alleviate or ameliorate these issues. During the course, you will also come to understand the construction and representation of crime and of responses to it in policy making, the media in all its forms, and public opinion. We develop in you an understanding and appropriate use of research strategies and methods in criminological research.

In your first year students on all pathways will study the same modules such as, The Criminal Justice Process, Case Studies in the Criminal Justice System and Psychological Contexts of Crime and Punishment.

In your second year, you will study core modules in Law for Justice, Theories of Crime and Justice and begin designing your research project. You will have the opportunity to study three option modules on the Criminology pathway. Additional core modules for the Offender Management pathway include modules on identifying self-harm, managing offenders and prison and probation laws. For the Organised Crime and Terrorism pathway, you will also study core modules on causes and theories of terrorism, organised crime and you will have the opportunity to choose and option module. On the Victim Support pathway, you will study core modules about working with victims, identifying suicide and self-harm and crime and victimisation. 

In your final year, you will complete a research project for all pathways, along with Punishment and Penology and Placement as core modules. On the Criminology pathway, you have the flexibility to choose a range of option modules to suit your area of interest. The Offender Management Pathway has three additional core modules on Community Justice, Rehabilitation of Offenders and Mental Health Assessment for Non-Mental Health Professionals. For the Organised Crime and Terrorism pathway, you will complete a Placement module along with modules on Transnational Organised Crime and Modern Slavery, and Contemporary Terror Movements: Classification and Response. The Vicitim Support pathway has core modules on the Rehabilitation of Offenders, Mental Health Assessment for Non-Mental Health Professionals and a Placement module.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 20 and 40 academic credits.

All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The courses have one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 20 and 40 academic credits.

All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The courses have one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 20 and 40 academic credits.

All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The courses have one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 20 and 40 academic credits.

All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The courses have one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 20 and 40 academic credits.

All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The courses have one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 20 and 40 academic credits.

All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The courses have one start point in September.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Case Studies In Criminal Justice 20 credits
Introduction To Crime And Crime Prevention 20 credits
Introduction To Research Skills 20 credits
Media And Crime 20 credits
Psychological Contexts Of Crime And Punishment 20 credits
The Criminal Justice Process 20 credits

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 0 compulsory modules
Year 0 compulsory modules
Core Legal Skills 20 credits
Crime In Context 20 credits
Introduction To Principles Of Law 20 credits
Sociology Of Crime 20 credits
Theories Of Criminality And An Introduction From Crime Scene To Courtroom 40 credits
Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Case Studies In Criminal Justice 20 credits
Introduction To Crime And Crime Prevention 20 credits
Introduction To Research Skills 20 credits
Media And Crime 20 credits
Psychological Contexts Of Crime And Punishment 20 credits

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Case Studies In Criminal Justice 20 credits
Introduction To Crime And Crime Prevention 20 credits
Introduction To Research Skills 20 credits
Media And Crime 20 credits
Psychological Contexts Of Crime And Punishment 20 credits
The Criminal Justice Process 20 credits

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Crime And Punishment In The Modern Era 15 credits
Discovering Qualitative Research Methods 15 credits
Media, Representation And Society 15 credits
The Criminal Justice Process 15 credits

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Case Studies In Criminal Justice 20 credits
Introduction To Crime And Crime Prevention 20 credits
Introduction To Research Skills 20 credits
Media And Crime 20 credits
Psychological Contexts Of Crime And Punishment 20 credits
The Criminal Justice Process 20 credits
Year 4 compulsory modules
Year 4 compulsory modules
Advanced Criminological Theory 20 credits
Contemporary Issues In Criminology And Criminal Justice 40 credits
Postgraduate Project 60 credits
Working In Criminal And Social Justice 20 credits

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Crime And Punishment In The Modern Era 15 credits
Discovering Qualitative Research Methods 15 credits
Media, Representation And Society 15 credits
The Criminal Justice Process 15 credits
Year 5 compulsory modules
Year 5 compulsory modules
There are no compulsory modules for this year.
Show 7 optional modules
Year 6 compulsory modules
Year 6 compulsory modules
Dissertation 60 credits
Year 7 compulsory modules
Year 7 compulsory modules
Advanced Criminological Theory 30 credits
Researching Crime And Society: Research Design And Data Collection 30 credits
Year 8 compulsory modules
Year 8 compulsory modules
Postgraduate Dissertation 60 credits

Entry requirements

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC 
  • BTEC: DMM

Typical UCAS Offer: 48 points

  • A levels: A, DD, EEE
  • BTEC: PPP

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC 
  • BTEC: DMM

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC 
  • BTEC: DMM

Typical UCAS Offer: 120 points

  • A levels: ABC 
  • BTEC: DDM

Typical UCAS Offer: 120 points

  • A levels: ABC
  • BTEC: DDM

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

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Facilities

Libraries

We have Libraries and Service desks at both sites in Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford. All have experienced and friendly staff who can answer your IT queries, help you to access resources, show you how to research for your assignments and even help with referencing.

Some libraries are open 24/7 at key times in the academic year and we have a 24 hour help line too.

Careers

A Criminology degree from Staffordshire University unlocks the pathways to a wide range of rewarding and exciting careers, our graduates go on to establish careers in a multitude of fields within roles in the following sectors:

  • Private security services; NCA; MI5 & MI6
  • 3rd sector: victim support; rape crisis; drug and alcohol support
  • Graduate schemes
  • Social/crime related research roles
  • Local/central government – e.g. community safety partnerships, policymaking departments
  • Civil Service
  • Education

Interested in further study? A Criminology degree will put you in the perfect position for masters level study in relevant areas.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

Our teaching and learning strategies require you to engage with the curriculum through a variety of means. Teaching and learning methods include lectures, tutorials, student led learning groups; workshops; small group work; research projects; interactive lectures; team teaching; role playing and utilising the opportunities offered by information technology. Our core skills and research modules focus on a wide range of problem-solving activities to support and develop student learning and these are strongly connected to the employability agenda by enhancing transferable skills which are valued in the workplace. Where potential projects can be identified, and resources allow for it, group research projects are undertaken within or for community or voluntary organisations. These research opportunities make the most of the valuable transferable skills in ‘real’ rather than purely ‘academic’ learning environments and provide you with real work experience. Seminars and workshops are designed to facilitate in-depth discussion, pursuit of enquiry and a collegiate environment.

Our teaching and learning strategies require you to engage with the curriculum through a variety of means. Teaching and learning methods include lectures, tutorials, student led learning groups; workshops; small group work; research projects; interactive lectures; team teaching; role playing and utilising the opportunities offered by information technology. Our core skills and research modules focus on a wide range of problem-solving activities to support and develop student learning and these are strongly connected to the employability agenda by enhancing transferable skills which are valued in the workplace. Where potential projects can be identified, and resources allow for it, group research projects are undertaken within or for community or voluntary organisations. These research opportunities make the most of the valuable transferable skills in ‘real’ rather than purely ‘academic’ learning environments and provide you with real work experience. Seminars and workshops are designed to facilitate in-depth discussion, pursuit of enquiry and a collegiate environment.

Our teaching and learning strategies require you to engage with the curriculum through a variety of means. Teaching and learning methods include lectures, tutorials, student led learning groups; workshops; small group work; research projects; interactive lectures; team teaching; role playing and utilising the opportunities offered by information technology. Our core skills and research modules focus on a wide range of problem-solving activities to support and develop student learning and these are strongly connected to the employability agenda by enhancing transferable skills which are valued in the workplace. Where potential projects can be identified, and resources allow for it, group research projects are undertaken within or for community or voluntary organisations. These research opportunities make the most of the valuable transferable skills in ‘real’ rather than purely ‘academic’ learning environments and provide you with real work experience. Seminars and workshops are designed to facilitate in-depth discussion, pursuit of enquiry and a collegiate environment.

Our teaching and learning strategies require you to engage with the curriculum through a variety of means. Teaching and learning methods include lectures, tutorials, student led learning groups; workshops; small group work; research projects; interactive lectures; team teaching; role playing and utilising the opportunities offered by information technology. Our core skills and research modules focus on a wide range of problem-solving activities to support and develop student learning and these are strongly connected to the employability agenda by enhancing transferable skills which are valued in the workplace. Where potential projects can be identified, and resources allow for it, group research projects are undertaken within or for community or voluntary organisations. These research opportunities make the most of the valuable transferable skills in ‘real’ rather than purely ‘academic’ learning environments and provide you with real work experience. Seminars and workshops are designed to facilitate in-depth discussion, pursuit of enquiry and a collegiate environment.

Our teaching and learning strategies require you to engage with the curriculum through a variety of means. Teaching and learning methods include lectures, tutorials, student led learning groups; workshops; small group work; research projects; interactive lectures; team teaching; role playing and utilising the opportunities offered by information technology. Our core skills and research modules focus on a wide range of problem-solving activities to support and develop student learning and these are strongly connected to the employability agenda by enhancing transferable skills which are valued in the workplace. Where potential projects can be identified, and resources allow for it, group research projects are undertaken within or for community or voluntary organisations. These research opportunities make the most of the valuable transferable skills in ‘real’ rather than purely ‘academic’ learning environments and provide you with real work experience. Seminars and workshops are designed to facilitate in-depth discussion, pursuit of enquiry and a collegiate environment.

Our teaching and learning strategies require you to engage with the curriculum through a variety of means. Teaching and learning methods include lectures, tutorials, student led learning groups; workshops; small group work; research projects; interactive lectures; team teaching; role playing and utilising the opportunities offered by information technology. Our core skills and research modules focus on a wide range of problem-solving activities to support and develop student learning and these are strongly connected to the employability agenda by enhancing transferable skills which are valued in the workplace. Where potential projects can be identified, and resources allow for it, group research projects are undertaken within or for community or voluntary organisations. These research opportunities make the most of the valuable transferable skills in ‘real’ rather than purely ‘academic’ learning environments and provide you with real work experience. Seminars and workshops are designed to facilitate in-depth discussion, pursuit of enquiry and a collegiate environment.

Assessment

We recognise the importance of enabling you to benefit from a range of different forms of assessment. Therefore, you will encounter both traditional (for example, unseen examinations and essays) and newer modes of assessment (portfolios; reflective diaries; case studies; presentations). The assessment strategy also includes the reflective portfolio and presentation we use to assess the placement module (and the placement year for those taking the BSc (Hons) Criminology with a Placement Year). Our assessment strategy strives to provide a mixture of controlled forms of assessment (examinations) and autonomous forms which are reviewed annually via award monitoring. This variety of assessment arises from a concern firstly, to ensure that you can realise your educational potential as fully as possible and secondly, to ensure that you are exposed to forms of assessment which enable you to demonstrate a range of learning outcomes appropriate to the particular modules, levels and award.

We recognise the importance of enabling you to benefit from a range of different forms of assessment. Therefore, you will encounter both traditional (for example, unseen examinations and essays) and newer modes of assessment (portfolios; reflective diaries; case studies; presentations). The assessment strategy also includes the reflective portfolio and presentation we use to assess the placement module (and the placement year for those taking the BSc (Hons) Criminology with a Placement Year). Our assessment strategy strives to provide a mixture of controlled forms of assessment (examinations) and autonomous forms which are reviewed annually via award monitoring. This variety of assessment arises from a concern firstly, to ensure that you can realise your educational potential as fully as possible and secondly, to ensure that you are exposed to forms of assessment which enable you to demonstrate a range of learning outcomes appropriate to the particular modules, levels and award.

We recognise the importance of enabling you to benefit from a range of different forms of assessment. Therefore, you will encounter both traditional (for example, unseen examinations and essays) and newer modes of assessment (portfolios; reflective diaries; case studies; presentations). The assessment strategy also includes the reflective portfolio and presentation we use to assess the placement module (and the placement year for those taking the BSc (Hons) Criminology with a Placement Year). Our assessment strategy strives to provide a mixture of controlled forms of assessment (examinations) and autonomous forms which are reviewed annually via award monitoring. This variety of assessment arises from a concern firstly, to ensure that you can realise your educational potential as fully as possible and secondly, to ensure that you are exposed to forms of assessment which enable you to demonstrate a range of learning outcomes appropriate to the particular modules, levels and award.

We recognise the importance of enabling you to benefit from a range of different forms of assessment. Therefore, you will encounter both traditional (for example, unseen examinations and essays) and newer modes of assessment (portfolios; reflective diaries; case studies; presentations). The assessment strategy also includes the reflective portfolio and presentation we use to assess the placement module (and the placement year for those taking the BSc (Hons) Criminology with a Placement Year). Our assessment strategy strives to provide a mixture of controlled forms of assessment (examinations) and autonomous forms which are reviewed annually via award monitoring. This variety of assessment arises from a concern firstly, to ensure that you can realise your educational potential as fully as possible and secondly, to ensure that you are exposed to forms of assessment which enable you to demonstrate a range of learning outcomes appropriate to the particular modules, levels and award.

We recognise the importance of enabling you to benefit from a range of different forms of assessment. Therefore, you will encounter both traditional (for example, unseen examinations and essays) and newer modes of assessment (portfolios; reflective diaries; case studies; presentations). The assessment strategy also includes the reflective portfolio and presentation we use to assess the placement module (and the placement year for those taking the BSc (Hons) Criminology with a Placement Year). Our assessment strategy strives to provide a mixture of controlled forms of assessment (examinations) and autonomous forms which are reviewed annually via award monitoring. This variety of assessment arises from a concern firstly, to ensure that you can realise your educational potential as fully as possible and secondly, to ensure that you are exposed to forms of assessment which enable you to demonstrate a range of learning outcomes appropriate to the particular modules, levels and award.

We recognise the importance of enabling you to benefit from a range of different forms of assessment. Therefore, you will encounter both traditional (for example, unseen examinations and essays) and newer modes of assessment (portfolios; reflective diaries; case studies; presentations). The assessment strategy also includes the reflective portfolio and presentation we use to assess the placement module (and the placement year for those taking the BSc (Hons) Criminology with a Placement Year). Our assessment strategy strives to provide a mixture of controlled forms of assessment (examinations) and autonomous forms which are reviewed annually via award monitoring. This variety of assessment arises from a concern firstly, to ensure that you can realise your educational potential as fully as possible and secondly, to ensure that you are exposed to forms of assessment which enable you to demonstrate a range of learning outcomes appropriate to the particular modules, levels and award.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Inclusion Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Feedback on your performance is provided in a variety of ways – all the way through the course you will be receiving informal and more detailed feedback on your performance, in your discussions with teaching staff in seminars or tutorials for instance. Feedback should help you to self-assess your work as you progress through the module and help you to better understand your subject.

Feedback is not just the marks at the end of a module – it could regular verbal advice about your work, perhaps as you develop a portfolio of work, comments made by tutors or fellow students in group discussions or the written comments on your work.

Feedback on your performance is provided in a variety of ways – all the way through the course you will be receiving informal and more detailed feedback on your performance, in your discussions with teaching staff in seminars or tutorials for instance. Feedback should help you to self-assess your work as you progress through the module and help you to better understand your subject.

Feedback is not just the marks at the end of a module – it could regular verbal advice about your work, perhaps as you develop a portfolio of work, comments made by tutors or fellow students in group discussions or the written comments on your work.

Feedback on your performance is provided in a variety of ways – all the way through the course you will be receiving informal and more detailed feedback on your performance, in your discussions with teaching staff in seminars or tutorials for instance. Feedback should help you to self-assess your work as you progress through the module and help you to better understand your subject.

Feedback is not just the marks at the end of a module – it could regular verbal advice about your work, perhaps as you develop a portfolio of work, comments made by tutors or fellow students in group discussions or the written comments on your work.

Feedback on your performance is provided in a variety of ways – all the way through the course you will be receiving informal and more detailed feedback on your performance, in your discussions with teaching staff in seminars or tutorials for instance. Feedback should help you to self-assess your work as you progress through the module and help you to better understand your subject.

Feedback is not just the marks at the end of a module – it could regular verbal advice about your work, perhaps as you develop a portfolio of work, comments made by tutors or fellow students in group discussions or the written comments on your work.

Feedback on your performance is provided in a variety of ways – all the way through the course you will be receiving informal and more detailed feedback on your performance, in your discussions with teaching staff in seminars or tutorials for instance. Feedback should help you to self-assess your work as you progress through the module and help you to better understand your subject.

Feedback is not just the marks at the end of a module – it could regular verbal advice about your work, perhaps as you develop a portfolio of work, comments made by tutors or fellow students in group discussions or the written comments on your work.

Feedback on your performance is provided in a variety of ways – all the way through the course you will be receiving informal and more detailed feedback on your performance, in your discussions with teaching staff in seminars or tutorials for instance. Feedback should help you to self-assess your work as you progress through the module and help you to better understand your subject.

Feedback is not just the marks at the end of a module – it could regular verbal advice about your work, perhaps as you develop a portfolio of work, comments made by tutors or fellow students in group discussions or the written comments on your work.

Year 1

16% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
84% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 2

17% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
83% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 3

9% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
91% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 1

25% practical exams
75% coursework
0% written exams

Year 2

38% practical exams
62% coursework
0% written exams

Year 3

0% practical exams
83% coursework
17% written exams

Staff

You will be taught be dedicated, research active, enthusiastic lecturers who will put your student experience and learning at the forefront of their work. Each of our team has a PhD, or is working towards one, and all are members of the Higher Education Authority. Each of our team has extensive contacts within the Criminal Justice System and/or local community partnerships.

Dr Emma Temple-Malt

Course Director

Em is the Course leader for the PG Transnational Organised Crime Masters,, Sociology and Social Justice Masters and Criminology and Criminal Justice Masters. Her expertise are in domestic abuse education and research methodology.

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Dr Luke Telford

Lecturer

Luke is a Lecturer in Criminology, having recently finished his ESRC funded PhD on working class nationalism in a deindustrialised and relatively deprived locality.

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Dr Arta Jalili-Idrissi

Lecturer

Arta is a critical criminologist and Lecturer in Criminology at Staffordshire University. Arta's main areas of interest are imprisonment, carceral space and technology, penalty and social control.

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Sarah Page

Senior Lecturer

I teach on the Sociology and Transnational Organised Crime Masters degrees.

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Fees

For the course starting on 19 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons)-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Full-time To be confirmed

For the course starting on 19 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons) Full-time, with a foundation year
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Full-time To be confirmed

For the course starting on 19 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons) Full-time, with a placement year
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Full-time To be confirmed

For the course starting on 12 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons) Part-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part-time To be confirmed

For the course starting on 19 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MSci Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Full-time To be confirmed

UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:
Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:
  • Text books are available from the library, but some students choose to purchase their own copies.
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from any placements
  • Clothing suitable for any placements and facilities
  • Any optional field trips
  • Text books are available from the library, but some students choose to purchase their own copies.
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from any placements
  • Clothing suitable for any placements and facilities
  • Any optional field trips
  • Text books are available from the library, but some students choose to purchase their own copies.
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from any placements
  • Clothing suitable for any placements and facilities
  • Any optional field trips
  • Text books are available from the library, but some students choose to purchase their own copies.
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from any placements
  • Clothing suitable for any placements and facilities
  • Any optional field trips
  • Text books are available from the library, but some students choose to purchase their own copies.
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from any placements
  • Clothing suitable for any placements and facilities
  • Any optional field trips
  • Text books are available from the library, but some students choose to purchase their own copies.
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from any placements
  • Clothing suitable for any placements and facilities
  • Any optional field trips
Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting: www.gov.uk

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Our students

As a mature student working and studying part time, Staffs Uni have been incredibly supportive. Last year was amazing; I completed modules on Reasearching Social Life and Terrorism. For the RSL module, I linked study with my current role working within the education sector and was able to produce a piece of qualitative research related to my job. The course was broken down methodically and this appealed to me as I try to maintain a work/study/home life balance.

Lisa Wood

Criminology

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Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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