Please note that this course is currently under review. Therefore the information shown is subject to change and indicative only. The review is expected to be completed by February 2017. This page will be updated after that date and will then represent the basis on which the University intends to deliver the course
Our Criminology BSc is delivered by renowned social scientific scholars in our interdisciplinary research and teaching environment of our School of Social Sciences.
Criminology is the field of study which focuses on criminalisation, victimisation, and social responses to crime and disorder. Our degree programme offers the opportunity to explore sociological, psychological and political approaches to criminology.
Criminology at Cardiff draws on a range of social science perspectives – including sociology, law, psychology, and history – and we encourage you to combine theories and methods to increase your knowledge and understanding of crime and its control.
You will examine how to approach problems of crime, justice and control as a social scientist before applying your new research-driven skills to real world issues and debates.
- The opportunity to learn from leading criminologists with strong links to police, probation and prisons, as well as local authorities, and Welsh and UK government institutions.
- The opportunity to study in a School that was ranked 3rd in the UK for research quality in sociology and 5th for education in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
- A strong emphasis on introducing you to the research methods involved in gathering criminological data.
- The involvement of research-active staff in teaching.
- The emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment.
- The variety of modules on offer in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary School.
- The opportunity to study abroad.
|Next intake||September 2017|
|Typical places available||The School typically has 280 places available.|
|Typical applications received||The School typically receives 1250 applications.|
For detailed entry requirements see the School of Social Sciences admissions criteria pages.
|Typical A level offer||AAB, excluding General Studies.|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||Grade A in the Core, plus grades AB at A-Level.|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||35 points.|
|Other qualifications||Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online.|
This is a three-year, full-time course, consisting of 120 credits a year, with a 40-credit dissertation in year 3. You’ll study six 20-credit modules a year. The final degree classification that you are awarded is based on the grades you achieve in the modules that you take in years two and three.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2017/18 academic year. The final modules will be published by July 2017.
In year one, you will study three core modules. You will then choose three more modules from a selection that includes introductions to sociology, education, psychology, social analytics, and social policy. Criminology foundation modules focus on developing your capacity to think about problems of crime, justice and crime control as a social scientist. A strong emphasis is placed on introducing you to the research methods involved in gathering criminological data and the relationships between this evidence and the theories developed within criminology.
In the first year, you’ll have a more intensive personal tutor programme to help you to make the transition to higher education.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Education and Society||SI0005||20 credits|
|Introduction to Social and Public Policy||SI0236||20 credits|
|Sociology, Society and Social Change||SI0237||20 credits|
|Philosophy & Methodology of the Social Sciences||SI0257||20 credits|
|Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics||SI0258||20 credits|
|Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology||SI0267||20 credits|
You will take core modules from the Criminology portfolio, including specialised training in criminological research design, as well as two more modules from a selection across the social sciences, as listed below.
Your personal tutor will help you to choose modules to best suit a particular pathway with your future career choices in mind.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Human Development||SI0036||20 credits|
|Social Policy Analysis||SI0067||20 credits|
|Gender Relations and Society||SI0072||20 credits|
|Migration, 'Race' and Ethnic Relations||SI0235||20 credits|
|Cultural Sociology||SI0239||20 credits|
|Knowing the Social World - Online and Offline||SI0259||20 credits|
|Poverty & Social Security in the UK||SI0260||20 credits|
|Cognitive and Biological Psychology||SI0261||20 credits|
|Real World Research (with placement)||SI0265||20 credits|
|Current Debates in Identity and Subjectivity||SI0268||20 credits|
In year three, you will undertake a dissertation project, designing, conducting and writing up a small scale research project under the supervision of a member of academic staff. The dissertation will be studied alongside core modules.
How will I be taught?
In the School of Social Sciences you will learn from scholars who are shaping the future of their fields. Our courses reflect both the core ideas of their disciplines and contemporary debates, theories and research.
In year one you will lay the foundations for later specialist study, taking a number of core modules and following a study skills programme designed to help you make the transition to higher education. In years two and three, you will be encouraged to study and learn more independently, giving you the opportunity to read more widely and to develop your own interests.
As social science develops in response to the social world, so our curriculum also changes. Our students play an important role in these developments, with the Student-Staff Panel being consulted about major changes and all students completing module evaluations and an annual student survey.
How will I be supported?
A personal tutor will guide you for the duration of your studies. The tutors are available to discuss progress and provide advice and guidance on your academic studies.
All modules within the course make use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Blackboard, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and information relating to assessment tasks. Additional module-specific support is provided by seminar tutors, lecturers and/or module convenors. Support for the dissertation is provided by a supervisor who will meet with students regularly.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across the degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, practical work, presentations, and individual and group projects
You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake assessments that don’t count towards your final grade but give you an opportunity to assess your progress and to get feedback on your work.
What skills will I practise and develop?
You will acquire and develop a range of skills, including both discipline specific and generic employability skills. These include:
- knowledge of contemporary theory and research in your chosen discipline;
- communicating and presenting oral and written information, arguments and ideas (individually and as part of a team);
- using ICT;
- interpreting and presenting relevant information, for example as part of a research project;
- demonstrating interpersonal skills to enable team/group work;
- recognising, recording and communicating skills and knowledge to achieve personal/career goals;
- managing learning and performance (including time management);
- demonstrating a commitment to continuing learning and development.
In 2013/14, 95% of School of Social Science graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.
Turning theory into practical application and providing experience of the working world are important facets of preparing our graduates for life outside of education.
We encourage our students to think about life beyond University from day one, offering modules and support to give you a competitive advantage on graduating.
Our Criminology graduates have gone onto a range of related careers in criminal justice and the growing fields of community safety, crime reduction and security management. Others have followed a variety of career paths including research, teaching, policing, legal professions, social work and social care, administration and management.
- Educational Psychologist
- Youth and Community Work
- Police and Probation Service
- Careers Guidance
- Human Resource Management
- Speech Therapist
- Market and Policy Researcher
UK and EU students (2017/18)
Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our Funding and fees section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.
Students from outside the EU (2017/18)
Tuition fees for international students are fixed for the majority of three year undergraduate courses. This means the price you pay in year one will be the same in years two and three. Some courses are exempt, including four and five year programmes. Please check with us for full clarification.
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