On our course you’ll engage with the everyday experiences of dealing with crime: the impacts on the victim, the implications for society, forensic investigation, policing in the community, the workings of the criminal justice system, and approaches to preventing and deterring criminal behaviour. Explore the causes and implications of different types of crime, including environmental crime, homicide, sexual violence and crimes against humanity.
Our Criminology courses are ranked in the top 10 in the UK for student experience, and 11th for teaching quality by The Times Good University Guide 2022.
Our lecturers include a leading expert who advises the police on domestic violence and homicide and makes regular media appearance including the BBC’s Panorama.
Alongside lectures and seminars, you’ll learn through teamwork activities and research projects. You’ll investigate scenarios in our crime scene houses, collecting and analysing evidence and discovering how it is presented in court. You’ll have access to a forensic interviewing suite and virtual reality equipment to study issues such as the reliability of eye-witness testimony.
In your first year you’ll develop your knowledge and skills on a GB-based residential field week. Later on your course you can choose to attend an international field trip, recent destinations include Bosnia, Canada and South Africa. During your course you’ll contribute to an ongoing research project which has been influencing crime-prevention initiatives in the local community, and you can also gain academic credit through work experience with a police force, local authority or charitable organisation.
You’ll be invited to join our special interest groups – the Homicide Research Group, the Sexual Violence Research Group, and the Prisons Study Group – where staff and students collaborate in research and investigation. We also encourage students to help the police tackle anti-social behaviour by volunteering for the Student Community Patrol.