Criminology BSc (Hons) – 2018 entry
Why choose this course
We are ranked 1st for criminology by the Guardian University Guide 2019.
Our Criminology programme helps you to develop a critical perspective on contemporary problems relating to crime, deviance and social control and to master the methods and analytical tools required to conduct and evaluate research into these areas. How is criminal behaviour defined? What motivates offenders? What impact does crime have upon victims, and which punishments should the courts impose on criminals? On our Criminology degree programme, you will be given the opportunity to explore these fascinating and vital questions.
What you will study
Our Criminology programme focuses on the study of crime, deviance and the criminal justice system and develops your understanding of the key concepts, theories and principles of criminology and their application across a range of case studies and examples.
You will study the cause and effect of criminal actions, the form and outcome of social disorders, the policing and regulation of public order, the procedures and techniques of the criminal justice system and the relationship between behaviours and punishments.
Through combining criminological theory with training in professional social research, you graduate with a broad range of communicative, analytical and organisational skills – and the confidence to apply them in your future career.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UCAS||KIS code|
|BSc (Hons)||36 months||2F46||View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||48 months||4L5T||View KIS data set|
Professional Training placements
As part of this course you'll have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.
On our four-year Criminology degree programme, you will further your knowledge by working in a professional placement during the third year.
This provides you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired during your first two years of study in a work environment, whilst receiving training and undertaking responsible work.
As a result of the placement, we find that our students return to their final year significantly more confident, mature and organised, and with clearer, more definite career aspirations. The process of preparing and applying for placement positions also significantly enhances job-seeking skills, which come into play in the final year and beyond when applying for graduate employment. After graduation, some students take up permanent posts with their professional placement employer.
Every effort is made to identify possible placement opportunities according to your interests, career plans and location preferences. Some of our placements are paid, usually in the region of £12,000–15,000 per annum. If you work on an unpaid placement, you can claim additional financial support and may also work for a reduced amount of time.
Companies and organisations that have participated in the scheme include:
- Home Office
- Ministry of Justice
- Sentencing Council
- House of Lords
- Probation Service
- Youth Offending Service
- Metropolitan Police
- British Market Research Bureau
Applying for placements
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Criminology provides a broad social scientific base from which to explore a world of job opportunities. Depending on what kinds of courses you concentrate on, you can use criminology to develop expertise for a range of different occupations.
Specifically, criminology delivers knowledge and analytical skills needed to pursue a professional degree in the public sector, business, education, health and medicine, social work or counselling.
It offers preparation for fields that involve investigative skills and working with diverse people, such as journalism, politics, marketing, business, human resources or public administration.
It also provides strong research skills preparation needed for positions in the criminal justice system, business, social service and government; it is a first step for future graduate work in criminology in order to become a researcher or professor.
One of the virtues of a degree in Criminology is flexibility in the job market. Actual entry-level job titles of recent graduates from this Department show this diversity:
- Operations planner for a defence firm
- Programme assistant for a social service agency
- Production coordinator for a publishing firm
- Social worker
- Communications technician for a telecommunications company
- Sales representative
- Government analyst
- Health intake counsellor
The occupations of alumni who have been in the workforce for a few years will reveal even more opportunities. Some examples are:
- Magazine editor
- Contract and grants administrator
- Personnel manager
- Probation officer
- Career counsellor
- Marketing director
- Information specialist
- Senior lecturer
- Political consultant
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.
You have the choice between working at an overseas organisation or studying at one of our partner universities, including:
- Copenhagen University
- Nanyang Technological University
- Seoul National University
- Cincinnati University
- North Carolina State University
- University of Central Florida
- Maryland University
- Monash University
- University of Sydney
- La Trobe University
- Brock University
If you chose to study at one of the European partners you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.
These opportunities allow you to earn credits that contribute to your degree. In addition to personal enrichment, an expanded cultural background is very valuable for the continuation of your studies and for your CV.
You are able to take advantage of a valuable range of facilities on this programme, including a recently expanded and fully networked computer laboratory based in the Department.
The degree also makes increasing use of online resources, including module guides and student discussion forums.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Academic year structure
The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course, you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.
Optional modules for Year 2 - FHEQ Level 5
Students must choose 2 from the listed optional modules (1 per semester)
Optional modules for Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6
Students must choose 2 from the listed optional modules (1 per semester)
Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
At Surrey, we emphasise the development of your practical and analytical skills in addressing contemporary criminological problems. You will benefit from a range of teaching methods, including small group tutorials, projects and workshops, as well as lectures and classes. We find that our students learn effectively in this environment, and projects will contribute to the development of your personal skills in leadership, effective communication and analytic ability.
During your studies, you will develop sophisticated skills in conducting both qualitative and quantitative research, and our excellent facilities – including a dedicated networked computer suite – are available to aid your studies.
There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
This course is taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
MCCARTHY D Dr (Sociology)
All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:
- Academic progress
- Pastoral/welfare issues
- Personal/professional development and employability.
Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.
Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.
Learning and disability support
We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.
Student Personal Learning and Study Hub
SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.
Find out more about the study support available.
Additional Learning Support
ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.
The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.
See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.
What qualifications do you need?
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.
Offers are normally made in terms of grades.
Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day.
Recognition of prior learning
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees||Professional Training fees|
|BSc (Hons)||36 months||£9,250||£15,800||Not applicable|
|BSc (Hons)||48 months||£9,250||£15,800||£1,850|
The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.
There are no associated costs for this programme.
Students may wish to partake in optional trips within Surrey and/or London - £60 approx.
Professional Training placement fees
Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.
A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.
Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.
How to apply
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