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BA Criminology and Politics

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  • Objectives
    Criminology is concerned with the systematic empirical study of crime, disorder and crime reduction. Criminological enquiry includes the exploration of popular conceptions of crime in the media. It is concerned with the explanation of criminal action ranging from petty theft to state sponsored terrorism. It also includes the critical consideration of crime reduction including the activities of the police, Crown Prosecution Service, courts, prisons and community safety or crime prevention. Politics offers a critical understanding of political processes and institutions at national and international level. It also analyses the ideas and philosophies behind contemporary social and political debates.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements The UCAS tariff range is 260-280 points. We welcome applicatns with other entry requirements provided that they can demonstrate their suitability for the course.
  • Academic Title
    BA Criminology and Politics
  • Course description
    Course Structure

    Year 1

    Crime and Disorder
    Crime Reduction
    Social Research Methods

    British Politics
    Political Philosophy
    International Relations

    Year 2

    Key Ideas in Criminology
    Justifying Crime Reduction


    plus one of the following:

    Violent Crime
    Investigating the Social World
    Crime and Punishment 1780-1914

    and three of the following:

    American Government and Politics
    Development Studies
    The Conservative Party
    Political Philosophy
    Work Placement

    Year 3

    Key Issue in Criminology
    Dissertation

    Plus one of the following:

    Police, Policing and Community Safety
    The Penal System
    Profiling and Investigating Serious Crime

    Applied Research

    and two of the following:

    European Politics
    African Politics

    Ethics and Society
    The Labour Party
    Global Terrorism and Society

    Work Placement;

    In year 2 you will complete a six week placement. This will help you compete more effectively in the employment market. Many of our graduates obtain jobs as a direct result of their work placement.

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