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Criminology BA (Hons)

The Criminology degree provides you with a broad understanding of the causes, legal framework and responses to crime, while offering the opportunity to achieve a deeper understanding in a specialist area. 

University Open Day, Saturday 14 October 2017, book your place.

Overview

Reasons to study Criminology at DMU:

  • 100 per cent graduate employability
    students in work or study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2015/16)

  • Practice-based course 
    allowing you to transfer your expertise directly to the workplace after graduation

  • Experienced academics 
    working at the cutting edge of criminological research, support you by keeping up to date with industry

  • Tailor your learning 
    with optional modules to choose your desired pathway from year two

  • DMU Criminology Society
    enriches your experience through intellectually stimulating seminars and social events with fellow students

  • Work placement options
    opportunities to undertake volunteering and research prospects providing valuable experiences

  • Strong industry links
    with Leicestershire Constabulary and other relevant agencies

  • International experience opportunities
    allowing you to develop your skills and understanding of different healthcare issues

  • Benefit from the consistently outstanding teaching and learning on offer
    which recently earnt DMU a gold ranking in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework

  • Rated in the top 10 most popular universities in the UK by UCAS
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"All the academics have had practice in areas of the criminal justice system, which gives us a clearer understanding of the roles we will be going in to."

James Yeoman, former student

 

Scholarships:

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer a scholarship for this course.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2017. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

 

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: L390

Duration: Three years full-time

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: For 2017/18 tuition fees will be £9,250 (subject to Parliamentary approval)

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from placement locations.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 

 

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Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: L390

Duration: Three years full-time

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: £12,250

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 

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Entry criteria

GCSEs

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above including English

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A minimum of 104 points from at least two A levels with a subject at grade C or above

BTEC

  • BTEC National Diploma - Distinction/Merit/Merit
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - Distinction/Merit/Merit

International Baccalaureate:  24+ points

Access to HE Diploma

  • Pass in QAA accredited Access to HE with at least 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

Interview: No

Work experience: No

Personal statement selection criteria:

  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Teaching contact hours

 

 

First Year

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Researching Crime and Justice
  • The Criminal Justice System and its Legislative Context
  • Crime and Punishment in Contemporary Society

Second Year

  • Research for Effective Practice
  • Crime, Risk and Community Safety 
  • Punishment and Society

Plus a range of option modules, which may include:

  • Domestic Abuse
  • Mental Health and Crime
  • Policing 
  • Drugs, Substance Use and Crime 
  • Religion, Faith and Crime

Third Year

  • Dissertation
  • Young People and the Criminal Justice System
  • Critical Criminology
  • Victimology
  • International perspectives

 

Our national and international research is incorporated into our teaching. Projects include:

  • Research into probation training in Europe and development of a curriculum
  • European research into victim empowerment, risk assessment and multi-agency safety planning

Your timetable will depend on your module choices, however, timetabled, taught time is on average 8-10 hours per week, which includes:

  • Lectures
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Personal tutorials 

You are expected to engage in an additional 24 - 26 hours in independent study each week, and you will be allocated a personal tutor.

Assessment methods include: 

  • Essays
  • Group and individual presentations
  • Research
  • Exams
  • Phase tests

Case study project

Contact time is normally 8 hours per week (2 hours per module) for lectures, seminars and classroom study in the first year and second year. In the third year, the dissertation module is supervised one-to-one. Throughout the course, contact time is supplemented by extra-curricular lectures, employability events, group meetings, meetings with tutors, optional trips and other activities. As a full-time student, you will be expected to devote a considerable amount of time to independent study, voluntary placements and extra-curricular activities. 

Contact hours in a typical week will depend to some extent on the optional modules you choose to study. However, typically you will have up to 10 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: approx. 1 hour of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week

Medium group teaching: approx. 1 hour of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Large group teaching: approx. 8 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: approx. 24-26 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences 

facilities

Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Learn more about DMU’s first-class study facilities.

Library

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

We have a team of practice-based criminologists, helping you develop the knowledge and skills required to work within the criminal justice sector.

Volunteering and research opportunities, develop your practical and professional skills, and enhance your employability upon graduation. Previous students have volunteered with local criminal justice agencies, including prison, probation offices, youth offending services, and victim support. Students are also encouraged to visit the local magistrates’ courts and prisons. 

Strong links with criminal justice and allied agencies encourage you to volunteer within the sector. You will be supported to find opportunities that suit your personal and professional development.

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Graduate Careers

Graduate career opportunities are varied, with recent graduates going on to work in sectors including:

  • Policing
  • Youth justice
  • Community safety
  • Crime prevention
  • Victim Support
  • Prison Service
  • National Probation Service and probation partner organisations
  • Substance misuse services
  • Social work
  • Teaching
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#DMUglobal

International experiences can help you differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. We offer fantastic opportunities throughout Europe and further afield which will help you gain invaluable educational, work-related and cultural experiences through our #DMUglobal and Erasmus schemes.

Recent global experiences have included summer schools in Turkey, Japan and South Korea, giving students the opportunity to learn alongside students from around the world, study unique modules and explore the cities of Istanbul, Fukuoka and Seoul.

 

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How to apply

We welcome applications from UK and international students with a wide range of qualifications and experience. We are happy to help guide you through the process and answer any questions you might have. 

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We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with nine halls of residence – and around 2,300 rooms – all of which are within easy walking distance of the campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.

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We have a dedicated team to help deal with any issues you may have before, during and after your studies. From finding accommodation and settling in, to arranging academic support during your studies - our support team can help directly or point you in the right direction of someone who can. Find out more.

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