Course Insight

Criminology studies crime from multiple perspectives to understand its impact on individuals and society. Drawing on a range of disciplines including sociology, law, psychology and philosophy, you will explore the theories, policies, processes and relationships that influence attitudes, beliefs and behaviour. You will also develop a range of skills that enhance your employability, such as critical thinking and data interpretation, how to evaluate evidence and write reports, presenting reasoned arguments and making ethical judgments. BA(Hons) Criminology at UWE Bristol gives you an in-depth understanding of crime and criminal justice and allows you to apply theories, knowledge and research to live, contemporary issues. Supported by inspirational staff who are leading practitioners and active researchers, our course provides the opportunity to explore criminology from a multi-disciplinary, social science angle that addresses the victims, offenders, the criminal justice system and cultural forces. Graduates are valued by employers for their research and IT skills, their literacy and numeracy, and their incisive understanding of individuals, social institutions and processes.

Teaching and Learning

You will experience lectures, seminars, workshops, media presentations, independent project work and reflective diaries. Teaching is carried out by a team of experienced, enthusiastic and supportive lecturers dedicated to translating aspects of their research into their teaching.


Forms of assessment are equally varied and seek to develop numerous academic and practical skills. Assessment includes essays, seminar presentations, projects, literature reviews, and ‘unseen’ and ‘seen’ examinations.

Enrolment and Duration

This is a 3 year full time programme comprising of 12 modules. Each year commences in late September or in some cases, early October and runs for a period of 32 weeks. Students may enrol up to 2 weeks before the course starting date however early enrolment is advised as places are limited.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must be at least 17 years of age by 1st September of the year they wish to enter onto the course and must hold a Secondary School Diploma and have sufficient knowledge of the English language.

Graduation Requirements

To achieve the BA(Hons) degree award in Criminology, students will be required to complete all modules within the full duration of the course, earning a total of 360 credits. Students who complete all first year modules (120 credits) will be eligible for a certificate in Criminology; Students who complete all first and second year modules (240 credits) will be eligible for a Diploma in Criminology. (See Course Structure)

Where Next?

Criminology graduates often enter careers in government, the police and prison services, the court services, the National Health Service, educational institutions and non-governmental organisations working with young offenders or victims of crime. Opportunities also exist in a range of social welfare positions and in the private sector with, for example private security firms and law practices.