Criminology BA (Hons)

Criminology is the academic study of issues relating to crime and deviance. This may include the way in which crime and deviance is represented to the way in which the justice system responds to it. Criminology offers you the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of issues that reflect your concerns about crime and deviance.

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2018 - 2019: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,500 per annum
3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2018
Study options
Available with integrated Foundation Year

Course overview

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Criminology is concerned with the study of crime, diversity and equity, criminal justice, crime prevention, punishment, rehabilitation and victimology. Students acquire proficiency in using criminological theories and methods to analyse complex social problems related to crime and deviance. They develop a sound understanding of various theoretical perspectives and are trained in the qualitative and quantitative research methods used by criminologists. Students develop a critical knowledge of the relationship between theory and empiricism, and apply methods appropriate to the study of criminology as they initiate, design, plan, and execute research. There is an emphasis on the development of reasoned thought and action, and of transferable critical thinking skills. 

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Course structure

Level 1

Compulsory modules

  • 1CL001 Introduction to Researching and Writing for Criminologists
  • 1CL002 Fundamentals of Criminological Theory
  • 1CL003 Key Concepts for Criminologists
  • 1CL004 Victimology
  • 1CL005 Crime and Deviance in a Contemporary World
  • 1CL006 Preventing and Punishing

All modules are worth 20 credits unless otherwise stated.

Level 2

Compulsory modules

  • 2CL001 Qualitative Approaches to Research
  • 2CL002 Quantitative Approaches to Research
  • 2CL003Working with Criminology
  • 2CL004 Gender, Sexuality and Crime
  • 2CL005 Ethnicity, Crime and the Criminal Justice System
  • 2CL006 Crime and the Economy

All modules are worth 20 credits unless otherwise stated.

Level 3

Compulsory modules

  • 3CL009 Independent study (40 credits)

Optional modules

  • 3CL001 Philosophical Aspects of Criminological Theory
  • 3CL002 Terrorism, State Crime and Political Violence
  • 3CL003 Exploring Murder
  • 3CL004 Surveillance
  • 3CL005 Crime and Popular Culture
  • 3CL006 Sex Work
  • 3CL007 Youth, Crime and Justice
  • 3CL008 Prisons and Penology
  • 3CL010 Animal Abuse and Wildlife Crime
  • 3CL011 White Collar & Corportae Crime
  • 3SC010 Death and Mortality 

All modules are worth 20 credits, unless otherwise stated.


Teaching & Assessment

You will experience a range of teaching styles and settings and a variety of approaches to learning. Classes will generally involve tutor-led input interspersed with student activities. Activities may include small group work, discussions, guided reading and library-based research leading to feedback alongside seminars (small groups of students with a tutor) and tutorials (one-to-one meetings with a tutor). In addition, there is a major emphasis on independent study outside of formal teaching sessions. This Supported Open Learning (SOL) will include directed reading tasks, student-based project work, engaging with the online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and the Learning Centre and encouragement to attend guest lectures and research seminars. The range of resources is designed to enable you to work collaboratively and build your knowledge beyond guided reading. Criminology is such a rich and varied discipline that you must be able and willing to explore the depth of knowledge and experience at your disposal. You will study challenging issues and cases. This will require you to undertake reflective learning.

BA (Hons) Criminology will draw upon research-informed teaching to make effective use of staff research in modules. York St John University adopts the position that students are co-producers of knowledge rather than just recipients of it. We see students as an important aspect of a student centred approach. As such there will be opportunities for students to engage in research in different ways such as through the Research Assistant scheme. This provides students the opportunity to take part in research projects being carried out by staff if successful.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96-112 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language

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Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for the ability to demonstrate knowledge and commitment to the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, for example, through previous study or wider reading around the subject of how societies define and deal with crime.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Completing volunteer work
  • Work experience
  • Subscribing/reading relevant journals/magazines
  • Doing further relevant study
  • Discussion of future career plans
  • Evidencing transferrable skills e.g. team work, independence, initiative

Candidates should use the personal statement to talk about what they have learnt from their experiences and how this will support their studies. Tell us why you have chosen to study Criminology and what you want to get from taking this course. Use it to reveal what interests you.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,500 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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