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Key Facts

  • UCAS Tariff

    96 - 120

  • Course Length

    3 Year

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BSc Criminology, here at Aberystwyth University, will enable you to develop an understanding of the causes of crime and the impact it has on individuals, communities and society. You will also study the current challenges facing the criminal justice system.

Criminology is multidisciplinary in nature and therefore when studying Crime Causation and Crime Reduction you will draw information from a diverse range of disciplines, including Psychology, Sociology and Law. 

Modules in criminology research methods will also provide you with cutting-edge technical and analytical skills necessary to engage in contemporary debates surrounding policies and practices designed to prevent crime.

On completion of your degree, you will possess a repertoire of skills essential for pursuing a professional career in areas such as Policing, Prisons and Youth Justice. 

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

91% overall student satisfaction on M900 Criminology (NSS 2020).

91% overall satisfaction for the Department of Law and Criminology (NSS 2020).

Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Law (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)


Why study Criminology at Aberystwyth University?

  • The degree provides a balanced coverage of theory, policy and practice issues in criminology and criminal justice studies
  • The current teaching team comprises staff with expertise in the main disciplines that inform criminological study, such as psychology, sociology and law
  • Our modules are continually revised and updated to reflect recent changes in patterns of criminal behaviour and crime policy responses
  • You will be taught by criminologists who are actively engaged in research.
  • There are opportunities to undertake a criminal justice placement
  • Students can undertake supervised independent criminological research
  • We have an excellent working relationship with local criminal justice agencies
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).


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.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Introduction To Criminology * LC12220 20
Legal And Criminal Justice Systems * LC10120 20
Crime Control And Prevention * LC10320 20
Criminal Law * LC10520 20
Criminology In Action * LC14120 20
Essential Skills For Criminologists * LC13120 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Criminology Research Skills 2 * LC25120 20
Youth Crime And Justice * LC26120 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Criminal Justice And The Penal System * LC26320 20
Humanitarian Law * LC27620 20
International Law * LC26920 20
Introduction To Criminology * LC22220 20
Police, Policing And Society * LC21020 20
Psychological Explanations Of Criminal Behaviour * LC28120 20
Animal Abuse And Wildlife Crime * LC22120 20
Company Law * LC27220 20
Crime And The Media * LC24320 20
Drugs And Crime * LC28220 20
Environmental Law * LC27720 20
Principles Of Evidence * LC26520 20
Tort * LC21120 20
Victimology * LC20820 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Animal Abuse And Wildlife Crime * LC32120 20
Company Law * LC37220 20
Crime And The Media * LC34320 20
Criminal Justice And The Penal System * LC36320 20
Critical And Radical Criminology * LC37120 20
Drugs And Crime * LC38220 20
Empirically Based Criminology Dissertation * LC30140 40
Employability Skills For Professionals * LC36620 20
Environmental Law * LC37720 20
European Law * LC30720 20
Humanitarian Law * LC37620 20
International Law * LC36920 20
Introduction To Criminology * LC32220 20
Law And Criminology Dissertation * LC39020 20
Police, Policing And Society * LC31020 20
Principles Of Evidence * LC36520 20
Psychological Explanations Of Criminal Behaviour * LC38120 20
Public Law * LC30620 20
Victimology * LC30820 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


The degree will not only help you to develop a range of key transferable skills that are important for employment in general, but will also provide specialist skills and knowledge relevant to a professional career in a criminal justice setting (e.g. police, probation or prison service). 

Your future is important to us and our degrees will equip you with the following:

  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in both written and oral forms
  • Enhance your problem-solving and creative thinking skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Time management and organisation skills
  • Encourage self-motivation and self-reliance
  • Transferable skills, such as computer literacy and key research skills relating to both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis

What career opportunities are there as a student at Aberystwyth?

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Learning & Teaching

The teaching programme is designed to provide you with a detailed insight into the nature and causes of crime and help you develop a critical understanding of the politics of criminal justice policy.

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

In your first year you will be introduced to:

  • Sociological and psychological approaches to the study of criminal behaviour
  • Criminal law and the workings of the criminal justice system
  • Basic research skills in criminology

In your second and third years you will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop your understanding of the relationship between theory, research and criminal justice practice
  • Enhance your criminology research skills
  • Conduct independent research on a topic of your own choosing
  • Undertake  a voluntary work placement in a criminal justice setting

Choose from a long list of elective modules including:

  • Critical Perspectives on Imprisonment
  • Police, Policing and Society
  • Youth Crime and Youth Justice
  • Psychology and Crime

How will I be taught?

A wide variety of teaching methods are used. You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and practical classes. High quality teaching and supervision will enable you to realise your full potential. You will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning and work on projects both individually and in groups.

A number of different types of assessment are used throughout the undergraduate programme. In addition to essays and written exams, you will undertake practical exercises (e.g. conducting a qualitative interview) and give individual and group presentations. You will receive constructive feedback on all coursework assignments.

You will be assigned a personal tutor, who will be the key contact when you have issues or queries.

There is an 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.

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

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120

A Levels BBB-CCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:

International Baccalaureate:

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact

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