• Examine crime, social harms and the policies working to address pressing social issues
  • Our wide range of options include gender-based violence, drugs and drugs policy, youth crime and youth justice
  • Our placement unit enhances your skills, networking and prospects
  • Offered as a three-year or four-year degree, with an opportunity to study abroad

Why study Criminology at Bristol?

Criminology is taught in the School for Policy Studies, which has been ranked first in the UK in the Social Policy and Administration category in The Guardian's 'University Guide 2018'.

Our teaching is research rich and 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, and personal tutors meet students regularly to discuss academic progress, skills, careers and other issues. The school is a friendly, open environment and welcomes students from a wide range of backgrounds and with different experiences.

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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 degrees 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 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.

Read more about what students from the School of Social Policy go on to do after graduation.


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