Undergraduate study


Criminology and Social Policy

Social Sciences

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich LL64 ABB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time ML24 ABB 1 October 2018 16 June 2021


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DLHE 2015

Top 5

in the UK for overall student satisfaction

in Communication and Media Studies

NSS 2016

Top 10

for Sociology

Criminology and Social Policy course overview

The Criminology and Social Policy degree helps you gain an understanding of crime and criminology and social issues and problems, and of how policies are formulated and implemented to try to alleviate the problems.

Studying Criminology and Social Policy helps you to gain a critical understanding of crime. Our course explores why anti-social, deviant and criminal behaviour happens, how the criminal justice system operates, and the key role social policy and welfare play in tackling the problem of crime.

Learning and Teaching

Learning and teaching is provided using a number of methods, including:

  • Lectures – these are larger classes used to communicate knowledge or theory to a large number of students
  • Tutorials – individual and small group work to look into the issues and topics raised during lectures in a much more in-depth way
  • Laboratory based statistics sessions – these are designed for you to develop statistical and data analytic skills
  • Self-study – this is directed study undertaken in your free time outside of timetables classes
  • Seminars – smaller classes to allow group discussion. Often you will prepare verbal and/ or visual presentation or discussion papers for these groups

Optional English Language Assistantship placement

This involves the option of taking a four year degree, in which a student can apply for a British Council placement to work as an English language assistant in a school abroad during their third year. This is paid employment and earns the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) which is an additional qualification to the final degree.


Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy
  • Crime and Social Welfare: Policy in Practice
  • Study Skills
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Social Psychology

Optional modules include

  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Politics
  • Languages (French, German, Spanish, Mandarin)

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Criminological Theory
  • Social Research Methods
  • Operational Policing Issues
  • Understanding Criminological Research

Plus a selection of optional modules

Optional placement / study year

Salaried professional placement and/or overseas study.

Final year

Compulsory modules

  • Criminology/Social Policy Dissertation
  • Crime Prevention
  • The Criminal Justice System in England and Wales

Plus a selection of optional modules 


Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.



Assessment is carried out using a number of different methods. The type of method depends on the nature of the module. Methods include:

  • Examinations
  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • In-class tests
  • Multiple choice examinations
  • Independent work exercises
  • Dissertation

To find out more information about teaching, learning and assessment, please see our website.

For an indicative overview of the aims, learning outcomes and structure of this course please see the programme specification.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

LL64 Criminology and Social Policy - BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS

ABB (General Studies accepted)
34 (6,5,5 HL)
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM

ML24 Criminology and Social Policy - BSc (Hons)

ABB (General Studies accepted)
34 (6,5,5 HL)
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM


Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application.  If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Course fees 2018/19

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £16,400

You should plan for inflationary increases to fees in future years of study.

Additional costs for course

There may be additional costs related to completion of your research project (dissertation). Depending on the topic you choose to research and the nature of the project there may be travel costs, field expenses and postage costs that you will need to meet. 

Graduate destinations

Our students go on to a wide variety of careers in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Some enter welfare-related careers such as probation and social work, while others join the police, the prison service, management training schemes, and the personnel departments of large companies. A number go on to do postgraduate study or teacher training.

Professional placement year

One of the many benefits of undergraduate study in the Department of Social Sciences is that students have the opportunity to take a one-year professional placement between their second and third year of studies.

A professional placement helps you test drive a career and stand out to employers. Placement options are wide and varied but would typically be a graduate level role with one of a broad range of companies or organisations which can be based in the UK or overseas.

We have strong industry links which help our students secure year-long placements in the UK and internationally. These placements are an invaluable opportunity to enhance employability and apply skills and knowledge to a working environment.

Students are expected to secure their own placement, however, extensive support from the School Placement Officer and Careers Network team is always available.

Placement destinations differ slightly according to the subject studied, in previous years students have gone on placement to Unilever, HM Inspectorate of Prisons, NBC Universal, NHS Partnerships and The Prince’s Trust.

Students work towards an additional qualification whilst on placement – the Diploma in Professional Studies, which, on successful completion, is awarded at graduation.

Transfer between the three and four year courses is normally possible.

Our students

Department / School Key Information Sets

BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: LL64

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: ML24