Look beyond traditional viewpoints, challenge your opinions and address complex social problems on our full-time Criminology degree in Cambridge. Choose to study abroad for a semester in the US and go on field trips in the UK or Europe. Learn to evaluate evidence, think critically and craft arguments, to prepare for a career in criminal justice and crime prevention.
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On our BA (Hons) Criminology degree, you’ll consider crime, victimisation and criminal justice processes from a range of multidisciplinary academic perspectives, such as sociology, psychology, politics and the law. The degree will give you the opportunity to challenge your existing opinions and attempt to evaluate contrasting evidence around the causes of crime, think critically about the effectiveness of punishment and craft arguments about the representation of crime and victimization.
During your first semester, in the module Skills for Criminal Justice, you will begin building a portfolio for your future career and CV, identifying potential roles available in the Criminal Justice sector and developing a focus for your degree, including participation in a volunteer and employment fair.
Using cutting edge theory, research and case studies, you’ll explore the most relevant crime issues of today, such as violence against women and girls, crimes of the powerful, opportunistic crimes, war crimes, corruption and urban culture; their possible causes, how the criminal justice system responds to them and how they are represented by the media.
Our links to organisations such as Rape Crisis, the National Crime Agency and the Police (through our Policing Institute for the Eastern Region) will give you scope for project and dissertation work, including opportunities to interview key figures in the local community and potential work experience.
Throughout the course, your studies will be supported by our close community of staff and students. Whether through one-to-one personal tutoring, other student support groups or our dedicated ARU Criminology social media groups, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you’ll always be able to get in touch with someone when you need to.
You’ll find plenty of extra-curricular events to complement your learning. Our regular field trips have included Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, the Old Bailey and Royal Courts of Justice in London and, for the first time in 2017-18, a special simulated murder investigation at Wicken Fen.
We also host frequent guest lectures by key figures in criminal justice debates, such as Robert King and Albert Woodfox of the Angola Three, and authors of important criminology texts, including Professor Tim Newburn, Carlene Firmin and Professor Rod Morgan.
Finally, to celebrate the end of each year, we hold a Criminology Conference for all our students and staff, at which our graduating students are invited to present their dissertation findings, with certificates awarded to the best.
Course leader: Colleen Moore
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and our bespoke BA (Hons) Criminology degree will allow you to choose a criminal justice-related area to work towards.
Many of our previous students have chosen careers in the probation service; the prison service (officers and governers); the police (crime scene and victim liaison officers); the Home Office (researchers and policy analysts); the Crown Prosecution Service; the Court Service; Youth Offending Teams; and Crime Reduction Partnerships.
But the multidisciplinary nature of the course, with its focus on employability and transferable skills, will ensure you can also keep your options open, if you later decide you want a change of focus.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
We use a variety of assessment methods that further allow you to develop important transferable skills. These include case studies, presentations, essays, patchwork texts (short pieces of writing, or 'patches', built up week by week), portfolios, poster presentations, data analysis exercises, examinations and group projects, as well as your individual Major Project.
We know how important constructive feedback is to your progress, and make sure every module includes plenty of opportunities for you to receive it.
At the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, we believe in thinking critically about the past, present and future to challenge perceptions and better understand communities and people.
With expertise from gender issues to literary analysis to exploring how the past has shaped our modern world, all our staff members are active researchers. This is reflected in our teaching, allowing us to support our students with the latest theories and practices, as well as essential employability advice.
You'll have the chance to go on field trips to experience real-world areas of criminological interest. Our past trips have included Auschwitz, Poland and Reykjavic, Iceland
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. 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.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
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 postgraduate 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.
Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 year extended)
Full-time, full-time with placement year undergraduate (3 years, 4 year extended, 4 years with placement)
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