BSc Criminology

The information on this page relates to September 2016 entry. For 2017 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.

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In choosing to study BSc Criminology at Aberystwyth University you will develop an understanding of crime, punishment, victimisation and the effect crime has on society. The degree is taught in the oldest and most well-regarded Law School in Wales, and you will benefit from the experience and enthusiasm of our expert staff. This twenty-first century BSc Criminology degree will deliver the skills and competences demanded in the many career options available to you upon its successful completion. You will emerge with real world capabilities, enabling you to shape your future and develop the career you deserve. Studying for a degree in Criminology (M900) will provide you with an excellent academic grounding, perfect for opening doors for a career in the Police, the Prison Service, and the National Probation Service amongst many other career pathways.

Department of Law and Criminology: 82% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

100% of undergraduates who graduated from the Law Department at Aberystwyth University in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Overview

This BSc Criminology programme examines social definitions of criminal behaviour, the consequences for people who transgress societal boundaries, and the impact of their actions upon victims and society in general. This degree will provide you with an insight into criminological and criminal justice theories, including psychological, sociological and legal approaches to the subject.

Why study Criminology at Aberystwyth?

The Department of Law and Criminology at Aberystwyth is the oldest Law School in Wales, founded in 1901, and has an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching and the expertise of its staff. Your learning is closely linked to the vigorous research activity carried out in the department, providing you with an outstanding, dynamic and up-to-date learning environment. You will benefit from a mature and well-stocked Law library, supplemented by generous electronic resources.

The university has a proud tradition of research excellence, as demonstrated in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment. It placed the university in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

As well as being active in research and publication, our lecturers also participate in national and international debate and policy-making in legal, criminological and related fields. Recently, for example, our staff have been involved in the work of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA); the Countryside Commission for Wales; the Youth Justice Board; the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee; the Welsh Assembly Standing Orders Commission; and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

We can offer you the opportunity to undertake work experience in one of the criminal justice agencies, which will greatly increase your employability upon graduation.

There is a strong international staff and student profile in the Department and there are frequent visits by academics and experts from other countries. There are also opportunities for you to study abroad at one of our partner institutions in Utrecht (Netherlands) Katowice and Wroclaw (Poland), Brno (Czech Republic) and Helsinki (Finland), all of which offer courses in English.

The Department also offers a number of modules taught through the medium of Welsh. Further details may be obtained from the Department.

Our Staff

Department of Law and Criminology lecturers are mostly either qualified to PHD level or have professional experience and qualifications as practicing lawyers. Many staff also have a PGCE (Higher Education).

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Year 1 Core (10 Credits) English Language version only

Semester 1

Foundations Of Law LA15710

Year 1 Options Students must choose between the CR and TR modules listed below based on language preference:

Year 1 Options

Semester 1

Readings In Criminology CR10410

Darlleniadau Mewn Troseddeg TR10410

Year 1 Options

Semester 2

Crime Control And Prevention CR10320

Rheoli Ac Atal Troseddu TR10320

Year 1 Options

Semester 1

Elements Of Criminology CR12400

Elfennau Troseddeg TR12400

Semester 2

Elements Of Criminology CR12430

Elfennau Troseddeg TR12430

Year 1 Options

Semester 1

Criminal Law For Criminologists CR12220

Cyfraith Troseddau Ar Gyfer Troseddegwyr TR12220

Year 1 Options

Semester 1

Criminology Research Skills 1 CR12100

Sgiliau Troseddeg 1 TR12100

Semester 2

Criminology Research Skills 1 CR12130

Sgiliau Troseddeg 1 TR12130

Year 2 Options M900 year 2 core modules - students MUST take Criminology Research Skills 2 (CR/TR dependant on language preference)

Semester 1

Criminology Research Skills 2 CR31420

Sgiliau Troseddeg 2 TR34220

Available both years Options M900 year 2 and 3 - students must study one dissertation module from the following (CR31420 must be studied before taking a dissertation, therefore, in practice only CR32520 is available in year 2)

Semester 1

Criminology Dissertation 1 (sem 1) CR30520

Empirically Based Criminology Dissertation CR30600

Traethawd Estynedig Troseddeg 1 (sem 1) TR30520

Traethaed Estynedig Empiraidd TR30600

Semester 2

Empirically Based Criminology Dissertation CR30640

Criminology Dissertation 1 (sem 2) CR32520

Traethaed Estynedig Empiraidd TR30640

Available both years Options M900 year 2 and 3 optional criminology modules - students MUST choose at least 160 credits from all optional CR Criminology modules, LA36320, LA33310, and LA37410 (some modules are offered on alternate years - therefore some of those listed will be replaced in subsequent academic years):

Semester 1

Criminology Dissertation 1 (sem 1) CR30520

Empirically Based Criminology Dissertation CR30600

Criminology Dissertation 2 (sem 1) CR31320

Criminology Research Skills 2 CR31420

Youth Crime & Youth Justice CR31520

Psychological Explanations Of Criminal Behaviour CR31720

Criminal Justice Placement CR32400

Police, Policing And Society CR32820

Criminal Justice And The Penal System LA36320

Traethawd Estynedig Troseddeg 1 (sem 1) TR30520

Traethaed Estynedig Empiraidd TR30600

Traethawd Estynedig Troseddeg 2 (sem 1) TR31320

Profiad Gwaith Cyfiawnder Troseddol TR32400

Sgiliau Troseddeg 2 TR34220

Semester 2

Empirically Based Criminology Dissertation CR30640

Victims CR30820

Criminology Of Human Rights Violations CR31120

Contemporary Issues In Criminology CR31620

Psychopathology CR31920

Criminal Justice Placement CR32420

Criminology Dissertation 1 (sem 2) CR32520

Criminology Dissertation 2 (sem 2) CR32620

A History Of Crime And Punishment LA33310

Principles Of Evidence LA37410

Traethaed Estynedig Empiraidd TR30640

Profiad Gwaith Cyfiawnder Troseddol TR32420

Available both years Options M900 year 2 and 3 - students may choose a max of 40 credits of their optional modules from the list below (some modules are offered on alternate years - therefore some of those listed will be replaced in subsequent academic years):

Semester 1

Human Rights - Theories, Institutions & Remedies LA30510

Family And Child Law LA36420

Semester 2

Law And Society LA33710

Medicine, Ethics And Law LA36720

Available both years Options M900 year 2 and 3 - students must study one dissertation module from the following (CR31420 must be studied before taking a dissertation, therefore, in practice only CR32520 is available in year 2)

Semester 1

Criminology Dissertation 1 (sem 1) CR30520

Empirically Based Criminology Dissertation CR30600

Traethawd Estynedig Troseddeg 1 (sem 1) TR30520

Traethaed Estynedig Empiraidd TR30600

Semester 2

Empirically Based Criminology Dissertation CR30640

Criminology Dissertation 1 (sem 2) CR32520

Traethaed Estynedig Empiraidd TR30640

Available both years Options M900 year 2 and 3 optional criminology modules - students MUST choose at least 160 credits from all optional CR Criminology modules, LA36320, LA33310, and LA37410 (some modules are offered on alternate years - therefore some of those listed will be replaced in subsequent academic years):

Semester 1

Criminology Dissertation 1 (sem 1) CR30520

Empirically Based Criminology Dissertation CR30600

Criminology Dissertation 2 (sem 1) CR31320

Criminology Research Skills 2 CR31420

Youth Crime & Youth Justice CR31520

Psychological Explanations Of Criminal Behaviour CR31720

Criminal Justice Placement CR32400

Police, Policing And Society CR32820

Criminal Justice And The Penal System LA36320

Traethawd Estynedig Troseddeg 1 (sem 1) TR30520

Traethaed Estynedig Empiraidd TR30600

Traethawd Estynedig Troseddeg 2 (sem 1) TR31320

Profiad Gwaith Cyfiawnder Troseddol TR32400

Sgiliau Troseddeg 2 TR34220

Semester 2

Empirically Based Criminology Dissertation CR30640

Victims CR30820

Criminology Of Human Rights Violations CR31120

Contemporary Issues In Criminology CR31620

Psychopathology CR31920

Criminal Justice Placement CR32420

Criminology Dissertation 1 (sem 2) CR32520

Criminology Dissertation 2 (sem 2) CR32620

A History Of Crime And Punishment LA33310

Principles Of Evidence LA37410

Traethaed Estynedig Empiraidd TR30640

Profiad Gwaith Cyfiawnder Troseddol TR32420

Available both years Options M900 year 2 and 3 - students may choose a max of 40 credits of their optional modules from the list below (some modules are offered on alternate years - therefore some of those listed will be replaced in subsequent academic years):

Semester 1

Human Rights - Theories, Institutions & Remedies LA30510

Family And Child Law LA36420

Semester 2

Law And Society LA33710

Medicine, Ethics And Law LA36720

Employability

Career prospects

Your BSc in Criminology opens up a range of exciting opportunities for employment and further training. You will be a strong candidate for the Police and Prison services, National Probation Services, UK Border Agency, or as an intelligence analyst for the Security Services. Regulatory fields such as Trading Standards and HM Revenue and Customs are other appropriate career destinations. A recent study by HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) showed that almost 90% of Criminology graduates find paid employment or continue with further study upon graduation.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Criminology will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form

• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills

• the ability to work independently

• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines

• self-motivation and self-reliance

• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement

• research skills

You will also learn to critically appraise relevant literature and research documents and – importantly – apply your learning to concrete case studies related to your chosen field of interest. This will equip you for any area of work that requires skills in research, analysis, appraisal, reporting and the application of theory.

In addition to these skills, you will benefit from the prestige of holding an BSc in Criminology from one of the UK's foremost universities. As part of broad discipline of Law, Criminology is rightly perceived as an academically demanding subject, and this puts you at an advantage over your competitors in any employment context.

Year in Employment scheme (YES)
The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement.

GO Wales
GO Wales is administered by the University’s Career Service, working with local businesses to create paid work placements of a few weeks’ duration for students. It gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience which will enhance your CV and make you more attractive to potential employers

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

What will I learn?

This BSc Criminology programme is multidisciplinary in its attempt to understand a range of problematic behaviours, and draws upon psychological, sociological, legal, economic and historical theories in its explanation. The study of criminology develops critical thinking skills and the ability to analyse and reflect upon a range of theories.

In the first year you will be introduced to the basic principles of crime control, enforcement and prevention. You will also gain an understanding of key legal concepts and become familiar with legal method and argument. A compulsory module in criminology research skills will introduce you to some fundamental principles of research design, data handling and interpretation embracing both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and you will be encouraged to actively engage in the research process and undertake one-to-one interviewing.

In the second and third years you will further develop your criminological research proficiencies, building upon the skills you developed in your first year. These will be invaluable when you come to write your dissertation in your chosen field of criminology. A wide range of elective modules, including History of Criminology; Crimes and Misconduct in Business, Politics and the Professions; and Psychology and Crime, will enable you to tailor your study to suit your own interests. You will also have the opportunity to undergo work placement training in one of the criminal justice agencies, giving your academic learning practical application.

How will I be taught?

The Department is committed to teaching through tutorials and small-group seminars alongside traditional lectures, and to delivering innovative and high quality teaching that will allow you to realise your potential, and will meet your learning expectations.

You will be assessed through a combination of essays, exams, reports, exercises in qualitative interviewing, and oral presentations.

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

The lectures, seminars and the Department's supportive staff will greatly assist you in your criminological training. You will also benefit from the many opportunities within the department and the university to develop your academic rigour and professionalism so that, upon graduation, you are perfectly positioned for the next stage of your career.

Student Views

Criminology is a really interesting course, combining lots of different elements such as history and psychology in order to understand crime and the criminal justice system. There is a wide range of interesting modules to study, including elements of criminology, victims and crime control and prevention. Robert Wade

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Key Facts

UCAS Code: M900

Please note that the tariff below may not apply during Clearing. Contact us on 0800 121 40 80 or fill in the form above for more information.

Tariff Required: 280

Entry Requirements: GCSE: Grade C in English or Welsh.

Course Length: 3 Years

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