Criminology BSc(Hons)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20)

Crime affects every society. Offenders, victims, the criminal justice system, terrorists… you’ll study a wide range of topics and explore how to reduce crime.

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Start date

17 September 2018


3 years full-time



Phone contact: 0330 123 2277

About the course

Crime is a feature of social life in every community and society throughout the world. As the behaviours that are regarded as crime, and the types of criminal behavior committed constantly change, the need for criminal justice related agencies and governments to understand crime and how to reduce it continues to rise. This course could give you the skills and knowledge you need for a future career working with offenders, victims and criminal or social justice organisations.

This course uses a range of teaching methods to engage and inspire you. You’ll have the chance to hear from guest speakers such as police officers, drug outreach workers or criminal justice staff. You’ll have the opportunity to take part in debates about the latest issues, such as why people commit crime, how to stop crime, and how to prevent people being victimised. You could investigate some fascinating topics such as sexual offending, cyber and environmental crime.

You’ll study a wide spectrum of criminal behavior, from petty theft through to state-sponsored terrorism. And you’ll be encouraged to investigate ways to reduce the crime rate, and assess the effect of organisations within the criminal justice system, such as the police and the Crown Prosecution Service.

You’ll be taught by tutors who have a wide range of research specialisms and knowledge of the issues involved in criminology today. They’ll engage you in debates, and give you a good picture of what it’s like in the real world. Many have worked in the criminal justice system or the voluntary sector, and they’ll use their expertise to give you practical examples of the work you could end up doing. You could be working with offenders or victims, or advising organisations on the steps they can take to reduce crime.

In your second year you’ll complete a compulsory work placement. Previous students have worked with youth offending teams, in prisons, police stations and courts as well as in voluntary agencies supporting offenders and victims in the community. You could also study abroad for a term in your second year.


This course includes a compulsory work placement module in the second year. You will be expected to undertake at least 30 hours of work placement during that year. The module is designed to enhance your academic and personal development through work experience that shapes your key skills and increases your confidence for future employability.

Previous placement providers have included youth offending teams, prisons, police stations and courts as well as in voluntary agencies that provide support to adult and juvenile offenders and victims in the community.

My work placement was at Kirklees Foundation, working alongside the adult offenders helped me prepare for the workplace. Developing key skills such as communication, listening and teamwork has improved my employability for the future.

Natasha Percival, graduated Criminology BSc(Hons) 2016

Natasha Percival, graduated from BSc(Hons) Criminology in 2016

Entry requirements

Please ring the Clearing helpline on 0330 123 2277.

Student story

Watch Chloe's film to see what influenced her to choose Criminology BSc(Hons) at the University of Huddersfield.

Chloe describes how she wanted to be a police officer when she was younger and had an interest in understanding what drove people to commit crimes. She enjoys listening to her tutors' real-life experiences of working in Probation and Policing. Her course has enabled her to debate and express her own opinions, inspiring her new ambition to study a Masters' in Human Rights.

Course Detail

Exploring the Social Sciences

This module guides you through the process of exploring social science subjects at university and develops your ability to be a successful student. You’ll have the opportunity to strengthen your academic study skills, as well as your knowledge of research approaches and methods, using subject-specific topics and case studies. You’ll explore ways to assess your learning needs, set learning goals, develop learning action plans and produce effective academic assignments. You’ll also be introduced to the philosophies, methods and ethics of social research processes. Assessment on this module is through coursework.

Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice

You’ll be introduced to the key areas of study within crime, criminology and criminal justice. The module is assessed through three pieces of coursework. Firstly your understanding of crime, antisocial behaviour and criminal law will be assessed in a workbook. Secondly you’ll consider the functions and decision-making involved in the criminal justice system through a group poster presentation. You’ll also explore some of the key theories that have been proposed to explain why people commit crime in a seen exam.

Human Rights in Contemporary Society

You'll examine the history of human rights and consider the debates which exist in contemporary society. You'll be introduced to a number of issues including genocide, the death penalty, freedom of expression, immigration, the rights of women and children, assisted suicide and abortion. Key documents including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act will also be discussed. You'll be assessed through coursework involving the analysis of six contemporary media articles in relation to issues of human rights.

Myths and Realities of Crime

You'll explore both the myths and realities of crime through written coursework. The realities of crime are examined by considering how we measure the amount and types of crime being committed in England and Wales, who by, against whom and where. The myths of crime are studied through media (mis)representations of crime, offending and victimisation, considering the factors that shape crime reporting. The effects of these representations on the public will be considered by exploring research undertaken linking media reporting of crime to fear of crime, violent behaviour or aggression.

Lauren, graduated Criminology BSc(Hons) in 2016

“The criminology course at Huddersfield is fantastic. The structure of the course is great because it allows you to choose the modules which you're interested in. Some modules require examinations, presentations or written essays, so this is helpful in tailoring modules to suit my learning style.”

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through seminars and tutorials, group work, practical experience and lectures. Student-centred learning is used where appropriate. Assessment will include coursework, presentations, work-based learning and examinations. 17% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career

We know you’re coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition.

So while you’re here (and even after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance, including industry-supported workshops, careers fairs and one-to-one guidance sessions.

*Source: Percentage of graduates from this subject area at Huddersfield who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers Survey 2014/15 and 2015/16 aggregated).

90-91% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which you would be a part of should you decide to study this course. The school provides you with support in a variety of areas, these include:

Student Hub:a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances and extension requests, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks, welfare support, as well as binding, loan of MP3 recorders and print credit.

Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.

Royal Literary Fund Fellow: a professional writer who helps students improve their essay writing. They provide assistance with structuring essays, developing an argument and improving the style and use of language.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Unilearn System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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