Criminology courses for 2018

Single Honours

  • Examines crime, and related social harms, and policies addressing these pressing social issues
  • Wide option choice including gender-based violence, drugs and drugs policy, youth crime and youth justice
  • Offered as a three-year or four-year course, with an opportunity to study abroad

Why study Criminology at Bristol?

Criminology is taught in the School for Policy Studies. The school's excellent undergraduate teaching has been recognised in The Guardian University Guide 2017, where the University was placed third overall in the UK for social policy.

Teaching is research-led; most of your lecturers will be researching the topics that they teach, which means your course content is at the cutting edge of criminology research.

The school offers strong pastoral support for students, with personal tutors meeting students regularly to discuss academic progress, skills, careers and issues that may be concerning students. The school is a friendly, open environment and welcomes students from a wide range of backgrounds and with different experiences.

What kind of student would this course suit?

Studying Criminology provides a unique opportunity to examine the nature, extent and causes of crime, social harm, and deviance in national and international contexts, as well as to understand policy responses to them.

The inter and multi-disciplinary nature of our criminology courses mean they are ideal for students who want to develop a broad and holistic understanding of crime and related social harms. They would suit anyone who has interest in understanding these social phenomena and also wants to know how public policies and other interventions can make society safer.

How is this course taught and assessed?

You will study through a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops, in addition to meetings with personal and dissertation advisers. Assessment is by a combination of exams and assessed essays.

What are my career prospects?

There are a wide variety of career options for criminology students. They may choose a vocational career, entering careers in law, the prison service or social work, for example. Alternatively, students may take the skills they have developed and apply them in non-vocational contexts such as business, human resources and the financial sector. Other students will use the degree as a platform for further study.


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