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Criminology (BSc)

Bachelor of Science
3 years
Course Type
UCAS Course code

About this course

Crime, security and justice are endlessly fascinating subjects, for culture, society and the media. This popular BSc Criminology degree will let you explore how the nature of crime and punishment changes around the world and over time. Specialist modules will help you steer your degree to a range of professional careers.

Criminology is one of the oldest social sciences. It explores the origins and patterns of criminality, the reasons for committing crime, and the workings of the criminal justice system.

On this course, you’ll study criminology and criminal justice, covering topics such as:

  • criminal behaviour

  • victimisation

  • the socio-legal context of crime

  • the reaction of society

  • the future of social control

Our criminology courses are led by knowledgeable and passionate academics at the forefront of the field. We also underpin all our criminology modules with up-to-date research.

This course will open the door to further research, or careers in public service, criminal justice and beyond.

As part of your degree you can:

  • study a minor subject, such as psychology, alongside your main degree

  • learn to analyse criminal behaviour and the workings of the criminal justice system

  • examine cyber and international crime

  • study abroad for a semester in Brazil, Canada or China

  • challenge yourself and help make a difference with our Social Impact Lab

  • take specialist modules from other disciplines to unlock a range of career options

The University is also home to the Institute of Criminal Justice. You can take part in seminars, workshops and lectures, and explore the relationships between criminal justice scholarship, research, policy, and practice.

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2021 to 2022. We're working hard to plan for a number of possible scenarios. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

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