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Criminology BA (Hons)

Broaden your understanding of crime in society with the support of our research focused and practice based academics/tutors to develop skills for a career in this field.

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Overview

VC2020 Lecturer Natalie Booth talks about the benefits of studying Criminology at DMU.

This programme will help provide you with transferable skills useful in the criminal justice sector and allied career fields (social work, drugs and alcohol programmes). You can develop your practical experience through a wide range of volunteering opportunities (through the DMU Students' Union) in local criminal justice agencies, including HM Prison and Probation Service, youth offending services and victim support.

This is an applied course and you will learn first-hand from a team of experienced academics who have strong links with the British Society of Criminology and the British Sociological Association.

You will study a range of topics, including Crime and Punishment in Contemporary Society, Crime, Risk and Community Safety, and Young People and the Criminal Justice System. As the course progresses, you will have the flexibility to tailor your learning through optional modules to your desired pathway.

Upon graduation there are a variety of career paths available, including policing, private security, crime prevention, victim support, prison and probation service, youth justice and drug and alcohol services.


Key features

  • Choose to study Criminology to explore three key question, what is a crime, why does crime happen, and how can we prevent it. Or Choose to study Criminology with Psychology to focus on personality, social psychology and more.
  • Recent graduates have gone on to work in sectors including policing, youth justice, victim support, social work, HM Prison & Probation Service and teaching.
  • We have a large team of criminologists involved in teaching and research, most of whom have worked within criminal justice or allied fields and have strong links with the British Society of Criminology and the British Sociological Association.
  • There is a wide range of volunteering opportunities available to Criminology students (through DMU Students’ Union) in local criminal justice agencies, including HM Prison Service, the National Probation Service, youth offending services and victim support.
  • You will study a range of topics including punishment and society, drugs and substance abuse misuse, domestic violence, human trafficking and media and crime.
  • Be taught by experienced academics working at the edge of criminological research and working to promote SDG16 (for which DMU is the global hub) on Peace, Justice and Stronger Institutions
  • Students have gained insights into criminological issues in other parts of the world through our DMU Global programme. Previous opportunities have seen Criminology students gain a better understanding of state crime at the Auschwitz concentration camp, explore sub-cultures in Chicago, and a visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina to explore the experiences of victims of the Bosnia genocide. 

 

  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: L390

Duration: Three years full-time

Start date: September 2023

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: 

2023/24 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

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Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: L390

Duration: Three years full-time

Start date: September 2023

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:

2023/24 tuition fees for international students: £15,250

Find out more about available funding for international students.

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

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Entry criteria

GCSEs

  • Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English and Maths

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A minimum of 112 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 overall 112 UCAS tariff 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.

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.

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

 

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise

 

 

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 
  • Prisons, Punishment and Society
  • Rehabilitation and Society

Plus a range of option modules, which may include:

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

Third Year

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

 

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
  • Online phase tests
  • Case study projects

 

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.

Staff at DMU come from a variety of backgrounds so students will be taught by a team with varied interests, experiences and skills. Indeed, some of our teaching team have professional experience working in and around the CJS whilst others have developed through teaching and research. 

We are passionate about what we do and hold memberships with various professional and research bodies. 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

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilities

Substantial investment has developed our teaching and learning facilities to help you expand your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom. 

The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites. 

Recently renovated, the Undercroft offers dedicated break out spaces and study spaces allowing for collaborative and interprofessional learning beyond the classroom.

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

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Volunteering Opportunities

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

You can also access volunteering and research opportunities through De Montfort Students’ Union and DMU Local, 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.

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Graduate Careers

We have an employability lead for Criminology BA (Hons) who focuses on building up employment links and hosting events to encourage students to think about careers.

Past events include a Frontiers for Future Careers webinar series where local and national organisations hosted session with our criminology students. Guests included CJS agencies, charities and career support services.

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

§  Policy related employment

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DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons, helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK-based activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges. 

Previous opportunities have seen Criminology students gain a better understanding of state crime at the Auschwitz concentration camp, explore sub-cultures in Chicago, and visit Bosnia and Herzegovina to explore the experiences of victims of the Bosnian genocide.

 

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