Undergraduate study


Criminology and Social Policy

Social Sciences

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


of graduates in work or further study

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 


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.

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.

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

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

Course fees

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £16,000   |   Year of entry: 2018

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

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.

Optional placement schemes

Other placement schemes operated by the University may also be undertaken with the approval of the operating Department, which may lead to the Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS), depending on the scheme.

Note that employability skills are studied throughout the course and are tied to academic content.

Our students

Department / School Key Information Sets

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

UCAS code: LL64

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: ML24