Criminology BSc

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom

criminology-bsc

Next enrollment cycle

January 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 24,081

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  • 3 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
Crime and its impact are at the forefront of current political and social debate. We only have to check social media, switch on the television or pick up a newspaper to see headlines about crime and victimisation and to realise how relevant to everyday life the study of criminology has become. Our Criminology BSc enables you to explore the reality behind these headlines and examine a topic that is relevant, topical and has real, practical application in contemporary society.
  • Leicester ranks #2 in the UK for teaching Criminology (The Guardian University Guide 2021). We are one of very few Schools in the country exclusively dedicated to teaching and researching criminology, and we are home to some of the UK’s leading criminologists. As such, you will benefit from a pure, focused and definitive education in the study of crime. Our strong performance in the National Student Survey since it began in 2005 reflects the popularity of the course among our students, as well as the dedication of the academic staff.
  • This course is designed to enable a smooth transition to higher education, providing you with full study skills support and a comprehensive research methods programme which will enable you to complete a research project of your own in your final year. Our degree offers flexibility and choice with a range of option modules for you to choose from, and you have the opportunity to study a semester (half year) or a full year abroad. The curriculum includes a three-year careers and employability programme, giving you the opportunity to develop the skills you'll need for graduate jobs. Job prospects are excellent, with 97% of our criminology students are employed (or studying for a Masters degree) six months after graduating.

Our research expertise feeds directly into our teaching programme, providing innovative and exciting content, as well as keeping you abreast of current debates on crime and criminal justice. Our award-winning research has real impact in wider society, and it influences policy and practice within the UK and beyond. Our research strengths include:

  • Desistance and rehabilitation
  • Sexual violence
  • Forensic science
  • Hate crime
  • Investigative psychology
  • Policing
  • Prisons
  • Sex work

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2022

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB. All subjects accepted. Two AS-levels may be considered in place of one A-level.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB EPQ at grade B.
  • GCSE: English at grade C (4).
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points overall.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma at DDM.
  • Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year – Society and Culture run by the Global Study Centre. The GSC provides academic support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.
  • Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

  • When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.
  • Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the School.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Year 1

Modules

  • Introduction to Criminology (double module)
  • Criminal Justice in Action (double module)
  • Victims of Crime (double module)
  • Theories of Crime and Criminality (double module)

Year 2

Core modules

  • Understanding Criminological Research (double module)
  • Doing Criminological Research (double module)
  • Punishment and Rehabilitation (double module)

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • Organised Crime
  • Investigative Psychology
  • Youth Crime and Justice
  • Decolonising Criminology

Then choose one option module from:

  • Legal Psychology and Offender Rehabilitation
  • Terrorism
  • Sex and Violence
  • Criminal Investigations

Final Year

Core modules

  • Being a Criminologist (double module)
  • either Student Research Project (double module) or Student Placement Project (double module)

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • Violence
  • Hate Crim
  • Gender and Crime

Then choose two option modules from:

  • Forensic Science and Criminal Justice
  • Drugs, Crime and Society
  • Criminal Justice and Mental Disorder

Year Abroad (optional)

  • If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.
  • UK and EU Students 
  • Starting in 2021 
  • The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement. £9,250 in your first year. 
  • Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years 
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

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