What causes crime? How can we deter or rehabilitate criminals? How does the media depict crime? How does the criminal justice system work and how should it evolve? These are some of the questions you’ll explore on this course.
Criminology draws on many disciplines including media studies, sociology, politics and psychology to help resolve some of society’s most important issues. By the time you graduate you’ll be able to contribute to the policy debate and find your way around the criminal justice world in a variety of jobs, from probation officer to journalist.
Individual modules, practical and theoretical, look at topics such as why we create laws and why people break them; strategies and policies for crime prevention and punishment; the public perception of crime; and the agencies, procedural frameworks and practices that exist throughout the criminal justice system and society at large.
We’ll bring things to life using true case studies, guest lecturers, court visits, conferences, placements and opportunities to shadow a crown court judge. You’ll gain a comprehensive introduction to the field, as well as personal and professional skills that you can use in any career.
Additionally you’ll be part of a wider community that includes sociologists, forensic scientists, psychologists and media specialists. Many of our staff our active researchers, contributing to our institutes and research groups, so you can be confident your course contains the latest developments.
You’ll have the opportunity to learn from leading academics and professionals throughout your course, along with:
Our graduates go on to successful careers in many fields, including the National Probation Service, the Police, the Prison Service, Youth Justice, the Home Office, scenes of crime work, the court system, social policy and academic research.
We’ll assess your progress in many different ways, including case studies, presentations, essays, patchwork texts, portfolios, data analysis exercises, exams, group work and your major project.
In the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, we use our expertise and connections in Cambridge and beyond to nurture creativity through experimentation and risk-taking, and encourage critical thinking, in order to educate, entertain, inspire and understand, as well as to improve people’s lives.
For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages.
Important fee notes
The part-time course fee assumes that you’re studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity, or 60 credits per year). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period, or for more credits. All fees are for guidance purposes only. Your offer letter will contain full details of credits and fees, or you can contact us if you'd like more information.
You can pay your fees in the following ways.
UK students can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or 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.
Most new UK undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This also applies to EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who have citizens' rights following Brexit.
Government funding 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 range of ARU scholarships, which can provide extra financial support while you’re at university.
88 UCAS tariff points. A levels required: 2 A levels and 1 AS level in related subjects. BTEC/Access required; A BTEC National or 30 credits Merit at Access Certificate in a related subject. GCSEs required: 3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science.
Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning in September 2021, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in 2021-22.
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.
Full-time, full-time with placement, full-time with foundation year undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with foundation year, 4 years with placement)
Full-time, full-time with foundation year undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with foundation year)
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