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BSc Criminology, here at Aberystwyth University, will enable you to develop an understanding of the causes of crime and the impact it has on individuals, communities and society. You will also study the current challenges facing the criminal justice system.

Criminology is multidisciplinary in nature and therefore when studying Crime Causation and Crime Reduction you will draw information from a diverse range of disciplines, including Psychology, Sociology and Law. 

Modules in criminology research methods will also provide you with cutting-edge technical and analytical skills necessary to engage in contemporary debates surrounding policies and practices designed to prevent crime.

On completion of your degree, you will possess a repertoire of skills essential for pursuing a professional career in areas such as Policing, Prisons and Youth Justice. 

  • The degree provides a balanced coverage of theory, policy and practice issues in criminology and criminal justice studies
  • The current teaching team comprises staff with expertise in the main disciplines that inform criminological study, such as psychology, sociology and law
  • Our modules are continually revised and updated to reflect recent changes in patterns of criminal behaviour and crime policy responses
  • You will be taught by criminologists who are actively engaged in research.
  • There are opportunities to undertake a criminal justice placement
  • Students can undertake supervised independent criminological research
  • We have an excellent working relationship with local criminal justice agencies

BSc Criminology, here at Aberystwyth University, will enable you to develop an understanding of the causes of crime and the impact it has on individuals, communities and society. You will also study the current challenges facing the criminal justice system. Criminology is multidisciplinary in nature and therefore when studying Crime Causation and Crime Reduction you will draw...

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Course Content

In your first year you will be introduced to:

  • Sociological and psychological approaches to the study of criminal behaviour
  • Criminal law and the workings of the criminal justice system
  • Basic research skills in criminology

In your second and third years you will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop your understanding of the relationship between theory, research and criminal justice practice
  • Enhance your criminology research skills
  • Conduct independent research on a topic of your own choosing
  • Undertake  a voluntary work placement in a criminal justice setting

In your first year you will be introduced to: Sociological and psychological approaches to the study of criminal behaviour Criminal law and the workings of the criminal justice system Basic research skills in criminology In your second and third years you will have the opportunity...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120

A Levels BBB-CCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-26

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120 A Levels BBB-CCC GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh BTEC National Diploma: DDM-MMM International Baccalaureate: 30-26 European Baccalaureate: 75%-65%...

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Assessment Methods

A number of different types of assessment are used throughout the undergraduate programme. In addition to essays and written exams, you will undertake practical exercises (e.g. conducting a qualitative interview) and give individual and group presentations. You will receive constructive feedback on all coursework assignments.

A number of different types of assessment are used throughout the undergraduate programme. In addition to essays and written exams, you will undertake practical exercises (e.g. conducting a qualitative interview) and give individual and group presentations. You will receive constructive feedback on all coursework assignments.