Criminology (BSc)

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.

Distinctive features

  • 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.

Key facts

UCAS CodeL370
Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Typical places availableThe School typically has 280 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives 1250 applications.
Typical A level offerAAB, excluding General Studies.  
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrade A in the Core, plus grades AB at A-Level.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer35 points.
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online. Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course
Admissions tutor(s)

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.

Year one

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.

Year two

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.

Year three

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.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Criminological PracticeSI020420 credits
Policing: Theory, Evidence and PolicySI026320 credits
Diversity, Crime and Criminal JusticeSI018420 credits
Prisons and Community SanctionsSI020320 credits
DissertationSI013140 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

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.

Jobs

  • Educational Psychologist
  • Youth and Community Work
  • Police and Probation Service
  • Careers Guidance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Speech Therapist
  • Market and Policy Researcher

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

We have a dedicated Placements Manager who can offer advice on available work placements, internships, work experience and opportunities to enhance your CV and broaden your horizons. Support with job applications and interview techniques is also available.


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