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BA Criminology / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
3 Years [Full-Time]
Typical A-level offer
Grades ABB.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

6,5,5 at Higher Level with an overall score of 33 in the IB Diploma.

We welcome all subjects from Arts, Humanities, Mathematics & Science. However, we do not accept General Studies or Critical Thinking.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
As a guide, for 2015 entry we received approximately 480 applications for 70 places.
How to apply
Apply through UCAS .
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UCAS course code
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Course description

Criminology teaching at Manchester has a distinguished history - with courses in crime, policing and criminal justice being offered since the 1970s. The single honours degree is an exciting development and rests on this long and esteemed tradition of criminological research and teaching at the University; the current staff within the Centre for Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies are all actively involved in advancing knowledge in this discipline.

If you are intrigued by some of the following questions then you are the kind of student we are interested in:

  • What is ' crime ', what are its causes and how does society respond to it?
  • Why does the UK currently have a record high prison population, a record number of police officers and more CCTV cameras than any other western country?
  • Why is tackling anti-social behaviour among young people a government priority and how is it broadly defined?
  • Why do people feel afraid when overall recorded crime rates have fallen consistently over the last decade?
  • Is there any evidence for the effectiveness of sentences given by our magistrates' and judges?
  • Does psychological profiling of serial criminals assist or hinder police work?
  • How can we improve our ability to prevent crime?

The Criminology course will enable you to understand why crime has become a dominant social problem, how crime and criminal behaviour are related to other social issues and how we can best research the challenges which face the criminal justice system. It will give you the necessary analytical skills to critically engage both with complex data and the intricate policy debates within the field of criminology.  The course will also enable you to develop skills relevant to a variety of key professions concerned with criminal justice and crime reduction, including the police, prisons, offender management, youth justice and community safety.

Open days

Information about our Open days and Guided tours can be found on the University's Open Days page .


Fees for entry in 2017 have not yet been set. For entry in 2016 the tuition fees were £9,000 per annum for home/EU students, and are expected to increase slightly for 2017 entry.


No specific scholarships available for this course.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Law
+44 (0)161 306 1271
+44 (0)161 275 4724
Academic department overview
See: About Us .

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