Develop your understanding of current issues in criminology and policing on our full-time degree course in Cambridge. Choose to study abroad for a semester in the US and go on field trips in the UK or Europe. Jump-start your career in the criminal justice sector with practical modules on crime, policing, youth justice, the prison system and public service.
Our BA (Hons) Criminology and Policing will allow you to balance an exploration of complex criminological perspectives with the practical application of policing skills and knowledge.
By considering the relationship between society and the criminal justice system, and simulating real-life activities such as investigating crime scenes, you’ll develop skills that will help you succeed professionally in the police service, or in a policy-related / criminal justice agency environment.
You’ll also develop skills in critical analysis and research methodologies, helping you become an independent learner with the ability to manage your own projects and research.
As well as completing core modules in criminology and policing, our optional modules will give you the chance to develop specialisms in areas such as leadership and management, public policy, and issues concerning social and political inequality.
On some modules, a significant part of your teaching will be delivered by policing and criminal justice practitioners - for example, 'Basic Criminalistics' will be delivered by former and active Crime Scene Investigators.
Through our relationship with regional police forces and practitioners, you’ll also have opportunities to engage with professionals from the criminal justice sector through guest lectures (including those organised by our Policing Institute for the Eastern Region), workshop events, study trips and research projects. You may also have opportunities to work closely with local police forces, for example a student recently carried out research on police officer demographics and recruitment, sponsored by Cambridgeshire Constabulary.
Throughout the course, you’ll be supported by our expert staff members through timetabled group meetings, individual meetings and one-to-one personal tutoring. You’ll also have access to the University's student support groups and dedicated ARU Criminology groups on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Course Leader: Carina O’Reilly
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 they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
Our BA (Hons) Criminology and Policing will help you develop the skills and knowledge necessary for careers in many areas connected to the criminal justice system, including the police force, probation, prisons and youth justice. You will also be well equipped for work in the Border Force; the military; security; local government; and work in the public sector generally. If you are already working within the sector, it will allow you to progress your career to graduate level.
Our optional modules also give you the chance to study a language, allowing you to prepare for work in an international context.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure (pdf).
You’ll be assessed using a range of methods depending on the nature of the module. These include essays; portfolios; problem-solving activities; case studies; blogs; policy documents; presentations; and a major research project.
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 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.
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 undergraduate 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.
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