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BA Criminology / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course description

Karen Kei Ching Ho

Choosing to study criminology at The University of Manchester was easy because it has a great location and high employment rate for graduates.

It also contains a broad range of research material for students and the course content is slightly different from other universities which focus on different aspects of the criminal justice system.

Karen Kei Ching Ho / BA Criminology

Our BA Criminology course enables you to understand why crime has become a dominant social problem, and how crime and criminal behaviour relating to other social issues.

Understanding the causes and consequences of crime will enable you to contribute to discussions about how some of these problems might be remedied.

You will learn how we can research the challenges that face the criminal justice system.

Under the guidance of our team of criminology experts, you will develop analytical skills to assess complex data related to experiences of criminality.

You have the opportunity to take part in field trips and discussions with professionals to gain a real insight into how criminological knowledge is applied in a variety of sectors.

You will 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 victimisation.

Special features

Hannah Watts

In Year 2, I was fortunate enough to take part in a Q-Step internship at the Home Office in London.

I had an eight-week paid placement where I worked on current projects around domestic homicides, child sexual abuse and cyber bullying. This really opened my eyes to the importance of social research and the influence this can have on policy.

Hannah Watts / MRes Criminology student and BA Criminology graduate

Learning Criminology Inside

Learning Criminology Inside enables you to take seminars in a local prison to study a final year option alongside prison-based students. 

Study abroad

You can apply to  study abroad between Years 2 and 3, gaining experience of another culture and valuable connections.

Paid placement opportunity

You'll have the opportunity to apply for a paid Q-Step internship during the summer between the second and third year of your course.

Societies

Benefit from networking and professional development opportunities through our student societies .

Teaching and learning

Lectures are delivered to a large group of students, covering an overview of a particular subject.

Seminars are small groups where you discuss and present aspects of a legal topic which you are learning. You are expected to prepare in advance and submit written work for each subject.

We offer skills sessions with local and international lawyers and our Careers Service to enhance your academic learning and employability. 

If you apply for study abroad, you will complete course units in your host university, taught in English, which focus on Criminology subjects or other topics of interest.

Also, weekly classes are offered to help you with English research and essay-writing skills.

You will spend about 40 hours per week studying inclusive of lectures and seminars.

Coursework and assessment

Methods of assessing your work are:

  • exams;
  • essays;
  • oral presentations;
  • short exercises or written pieces ie book reviews; and
  • project work.

We provide helpful and detailed feedback on all written and oral work.

Course content for year 1

Compulsory course units allow you to develop an understanding of the sociological and psychological explanations for crime and criminal behaviour. Study the criminal justice system and criminal law alongside theories of criminal behaviour.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Crime and Society CRIM10001 20 Mandatory
Criminological Research Methods CRIM10072 20 Mandatory
Foundations of Criminal Justice CRIM10421 20 Mandatory
Psychology, Crime and Criminal Justice CRIM10432 20 Mandatory
Foundations of Criminological Scholarship CRIM10441 20 Mandatory
Criminal Law (Criminology) LAWS10082 20 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

Extend your understanding of criminological theory and your knowledge of the practices and techniques used in contemporary criminal justice systems.

Develop your knowledge of specific patterns of crime and criminality, as well as your understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Policing and the Police CRIM20051 20 Mandatory
Explaining Crime and Deviance CRIM20412 20 Mandatory
Making Sense of Criminological Data CRIM20441 20 Mandatory
Modelling Criminological Data CRIM20452 20 Mandatory
Understanding Punishment CRIM20692 20 Mandatory
Criminology and Criminal Justice in Action CRIM20701 20 Optional

Course content for year 3

Continue to extend your understanding of criminological theory and your knowledge of the practices and techniques used in contemporary criminal justice systems.

Develop your knowledge of specific patterns of crime and criminality, as well as your understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Drugs and Society CRIM30601 20 Optional
Long Dissertation CRIM30610 40 Optional
Short Dissertation CRIM30620 20 Optional
Serious and Organised Crime CRIM30811 20 Optional
Criminology and Mass Violence CRIM31052 20 Optional
Youth, Crime and Justice CRIM31101 20 Optional
Crime Mapping: an introduction to GIS and spatial analysis CRIM31152 20 Optional
Prisons: Exploring the Carceral World in the UK CRIM31212 20 Optional
Understanding Violence CRIM31222 20 Optional

What our students say

Read profiles of our students to find out about their experiences of studying at Manchester.

Facilities

You will have access to first-class facilities to work and practice your skills.

With a world-class library, outstanding student-focused learning spaces (for example, the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons), well-provisioned computing labs, and `gold standard' lecture spaces, your learning experience will be second to none.

Criminology is one of the smaller departments, ensuring there are excellent opportunities for staff and students to interact and build a sense of identity and belonging.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk