Criminology BSc (Hons) – 2019 entry
Why choose this course
We are ranked 1st for criminology by the Guardian University Guide 2019 and our sociology courses have been ranked top 10 in the UK by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
Our BSc Criminology course will help 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 course, you will be given the opportunity to explore these fascinating and vital questions.
What you will study
Our BSc Criminology course focuses on the study of crime, deviance and the criminal justice system. It will develop your understanding of the 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 will 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 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 BSc Criminology course, you will further your knowledge by undertaking a Professional Training 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
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- HM Prison High Down
- Surrey Youth Support Service
- Ministry of Justice
- Romford Police Station
- Surrey County Council.
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 career 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 academic.
One of the virtues of a degree in criminology is flexibility in the job market. Some of the roles our recent graduates have gone on to work in include:
- Police Officer, British Transport Police
- Training Assistant, Citizens Advice Bureau
- Safer Custody Coordinator, HMP Maidstone
- Trainee Probation Officer, National Probation Service
- Police Constable, Metropolitan Police
- Research Officer, HM Inspectorate of Prisons
- HR Case Manager, Ministry of Justice.
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:
- Nanyang Technological University
- Seoul National University
- University of Cincinnati
- North Carolina State University
- University of Central Florida
- Maryland University, College Park
- Monash University
- University of Queensland
- La Trobe University
- Brock University
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- University of North Carolina, Wilmington
- George Mason University.
These opportunities will 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.
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Campus locationStag Hill
Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught.
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.