BSc Criminology provides students with an understanding of crime, criminal and social justice and social harm and the analysis of public policy interventions that contribute towards a safer society.

You will be introduced to a range of topics, including gender-based violence, youth justice, segregation and inequality, migration, drugs polices, globalisation and harm, 'terrorism', as well as corporate and state harm.

You can choose to study criminology as a three-year degree, a four-year degree with a study abroad year or alongside quantitative research methods.

Why study Criminology at Bristol?

Criminology at the University of Bristol is located in the School for Policy Studies, a leading centre for research and scholarship.

Units are delivered by a team of internationally renowned academics who share their collective expertise in policy making, the policy process and policy evaluation relating to crime and social harm.

Global and comparative perspectives inform many of our units to ensure that you receive a broad appreciation of the international dimensions to criminology. Where possible we make links between academic enquiry and practice, for example by organising visits to the criminal courts and inviting practitioners to visit the University to speak.

You will be joining a friendly department that provides a supportive environment in which you are encouraged to flourish as an independent, active learner. You will be taught by lecturers who are passionate about their subjects and who use their research to inform their teaching, meaning your study is relevant and up-to-date.

What kind of student would this course suit?

The inter- and multi-disciplinary nature of our criminology degrees makes them ideal for students who want to develop a broad and holistic understanding of crime, justice and related social harms. They would suit anyone who has interest in understanding these social phenomena and how public policies and other interventions can make society safer.

Our criminology courses provide an ideal platform for anyone wishing to pursue a career in criminal justice or the legal system.

How is this course taught and assessed?

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials and clinics. You will develop transferable skills through small-group work and giving presentations.

Our Criminology Work Placement unit offers the opportunity to gain real-life experience in criminal justice agencies and a range of organisations, working with offenders or victims.

We emphasise the role of assessment and feedback in helping you develop in your studies. We use a wide range of assessments to enable you to perform at your very best.

Methods of assessment include seen and unseen examinations, extended essays and other structured written assignments such as reports, briefing documents, annotated bibliographies and literature reviews; presentations, video-making and poster presentation assignments are also available. The 10,000-word dissertation requires you to conduct a piece of research independently with the support of an academic supervisor.

What are my career prospects?

There are a wide variety of career options for criminology graduates. You may choose a vocational career, entering careers in law, the prison service, youth work or social work. Alternatively, you may use the skills you have developed in business, human resources or the finance sector. You may also progress to further study.

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.


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