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This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Health and Social Sciences
Three years full-time
Part-time, full-time
Programme leader:
Dr Anne Foley and Anastasia Karamalidou
Key fact:
BA(Hons) Criminology at UWE, Bristol gives you the applied knowledge, practical experience and transferable skills to rapidly progress in the career of your choice.

Page last updated 13 September 2017


Why study BA(Hons) Criminology?

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 judgements.

Why study our course?

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.

Real-world experience

You will benefit from a forward-thinking course that encourages knowledge exchange, community engagement, professional engagement and work-based learning.  We have strong connections with organisations including the Bristol Young Offenders Scheme, Bristol Youth Education Service and the local police forces. Throughout the course, you will have the chance to undertake your own criminological research, focusing on real-world issues in areas that interest you for future employment. With opportunities in year 2 for work-integrated learning, volunteering roles and international study, you will graduate with all the knowledge and transferable skills you need to get ahead in your chosen career.

Where it can take you

Criminology graduates often enter careers in government, the police and prison services, the court services, the NHS, educational institutions and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) 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.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



Year 1

  • Introduction to Criminological Theory
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Critical Thinking
  • Understanding Crime
  • Foundations in Social Theory

Year 2

  • Prisons and Policing
  • Nature and Use of Research
  • Developing Self and Society
  • Two optional modules from the list below:

Optional modules

  • Criminal Psychology
  • Crime, Youth Justice
  • Transgression
  • Drugs, Crime and Society

Final year

  • Critical Criminology
  • Social Sciences Project and Placement Module
  • Two optional modules from the list below:

Optional modules

  • Victims and Victimology
  • Comparative and Transnational Crime
  • Terrorism
  • Protest, Policing and Public Order
  • Childhood Disorder and Disordered Childhood
  • Representations of Crime and Deviance
  • Digital Media and Society

This structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Understanding the real world impact of criminology

Throughout Year two (Criminological Research and Investigation) and three (Criminology project and Criminal justice placement) you will have the opportunity to do small pieces of criminological research allowing you to apply academic coherence to real world issues. As these are generally self-led, it means that you can focus on what interests you, meaning that you can orientate your research towards an idea that you are interested in for future employment.

Learning and Teaching

You will experience lectures, seminars, workshops, ICT based learning technologies, media presentations, independent project work and reflective diaries.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

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Studying criminology at UWE provides you with the opportunity of engaging with some of the leading scholars in their fields. Teaching is carried out by a team of experienced, enthusiastic and supportive lecturers dedicated to translating aspects of their research into their teaching.

Study time

We guarantee at least 12 contact hours of teaching and related academic activities.


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.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

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UWE Bristol Criminology offers opportunities for work placements, volunteering and other work-related experiences including a programme of external speaker events. In Year 2 you will benefit from work-integrated learning opportunities, which combine work experience with critical self-reflection on what you have done.

Throughout the course, you will have the chance to undertake your own criminological research, focusing on real-world issues in areas that interest you for future employment. In Year 3, you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge on a work placement with a local organisation such as Avon and Somerset Police, Bristol City Council or Victim Support.

Read about Toby's placement experience with Avon and Somerset Police.

Study facilities

You will be taught by an experienced, enthusiastic and supportive team who incorporate their own leading-edge, real-world research into the curriculum. With a stimulating programme of lectures, seminars, workshops, online tutorials, media presentations, independent project work and reflective diaries, you will develop the academic knowledge and practical skills that will make a big difference to your career and your life.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Real-world engagement

Our commitment to applied criminology, knowledge exchange and community engagement is reflected in students' on-going interaction with a range of organisations and social groups. Our staff are active researchers involved with many different organisations that enhance our teaching by arranging special events and activities and providing regular guest speakers. We have strong connections with organisations including the Bristol Young Offenders Scheme, Bristol Youth Education Service, Gloucester Community Services, the Institute of Psychotherapy and local police forces.


Careers / Further study

Criminology at UWE Bristol involves the study of society in all its forms so the range of real-world applications is wide and varied, providing the ideal basis for many careers. Our graduates are increasingly valued by employers for their research and IT skills, their literacy and numeracy, their critical thinking abilities, and their communication skills. In recent years students have pursued careers in research, education, social work, counselling, charity work, healthcare, prison and court services, police as well as the legal sector. There are also many opportunities for postgraduate study and research degrees.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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