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Criminology (BSc)

Bachelor of Science
Length of course
3 years, starts September 2020
Course type
UCAS course code

About this course

Crime, security and justice are endlessly fascinating subjects, for culture, society and the media. This popular 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:

  • criminal behaviour

  • victimisation

  • the socio-legal context of crime

  • the reaction of society

  • the future of social control

Our criminology teaching staff are 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.

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 246.77 KB).

Location and awarding body

The course location is Highfield campus in Southampton. The awarding body is University of Southampton.