BSc Criminology

UCAS code M900
Duration 3 Years
Typical offer AAA-ABB; IB: 36-32
Discipline Sociology
Location Streatham (Exeter)

Overview

Crimes and what can be done about them are never matters far from public attention.

As with many Criminology degrees the programme at Exeter offers the opportunity to study policing, prisons and probation. In addition though, we also include a strong focus on international conflict, war and crime, transitional justice and human rights.

Although rooted in strong sociological approaches, this truly inter-disciplinary programme gives you the opportunity to combine a range of different perspectives on crime and deviance via an impressive range of modules from within the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, as well as other departments across the university. Offered under the prestigious Q-step programme, the BSc in Criminology will train you in applied research and data analysis skills which will help you investigate the nature of crime, for instance by analysing crime survey data or the types of information used to inform intelligence-led policing and offender profiling. Additional learning support is provided for all the data analysis modules, and you’ll also receive access to specialist training resources.

You’ll benefit from a placement with one of our workplace partners, supported by bursary of up to £2,000. Designed to give you an opportunity to put in to practice the skills that you are learning on this programme, as well as experience data analysis tools and techniques being used in the real world, you can choose from a wide variety of placements locally, nationally and in Europe - from public sector organisations to industry to NGOs. The work placement is not compulsory but we would strongly encourage you to take a placement as it will enhance your academic learning, give you practical experience and start building your networks with potential employers.

The aim of the programme is to provide you with a full range of social science research skills that will enable you to engage with the nature and complexity of social life, deviance and crime, graduating with specific technical skills sought by employers. The programme is particularly suitable if you are interested in developing a career in the criminal justice system, policy development, non-governmental organisations or any research-based career such as journalism or social research.

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.

Year 1

The first year gives you a foundational knowledge of criminology and social theory, methods and concepts. You will also gain important analytical techniques that will be useful across a range of subjects and research tasks. 

Compulsory modules

CodeModuleCredits
SOC1004 Introduction to Social Data 15
SOC1037 Introduction to Social Analysis: Classical Social Theory 15
SOC1038 Introduction to Social Analysis: Contemporary Social Theory 15
SOC1039 Social Issues: Crime and Deviance 15
SOC1040 Social Issues: Part II - Themes in Criminology 15
SOC1041 Data Analysis in Social Sciences 15

Optional modules: examples

You should select a further 30 credits of optional modules (in other words two 15 credit modules). Examples are listed below.

CodeModuleCredits
SOC1003 Imagining Social Worlds: Texts 15
SOC1008 Imagining Social Worlds: Artefacts 15
ANT1004 Introduction to Social Anthropology-Theorising the Everyday World 15
ANT1005 Introduction to Social Anthropology: Exploring Cultural Diversity 15
SOC1019 Contemporary Society - Themes and Perspectives 15
SOC1020 Contemporary Society - Fields and Case Studies 15
LAW1020 Introduction to the Law for Non Lawyers 15

Year 2

In the second year you will advance your grasp of criminological knowledge and methods through a set of compulsory modules. Optional modules enable you to develop specialist knowledge on a range of topics.

Compulsory modules

CodeModuleCredits
SOC2077 Data Analysis in Social Science II 15
SOC2004 Into the Field 15
SOC2035 International Criminal Justice: Comparative Criminology 15
SOC2036 International Criminal Justice: Application of Theory to Transnational and International Crime 15

Optional modules: examples

30 credits must be taken from the Q-Step modules indicated below and a  further 30 credits of optional Criminology-related modules

 

CodeQ-Step modulesCredits
SOC2091 Immigration in Western Societies  15
SOC2092 Introduction to Terrorism Studies  15
SOC2035 International Criminal Justice: Comparative Criminology  15
POL2071 Experimental Research in the Social Sciences  15
POL2081 Thinking about Race: Perspectives from the Biological and Social Sciences   15
POL2046 The Economics of Politics  15
Those interested in applying for a work placement must take this module.
SSI2002 Data Analysis in the Workplace  15 

 

CodeOther optional modulesCredits
ANT2086 Addiction 30
ANT2009 Living Cities 15
ARA2132 Islamic Law and Society 15
BIO2068 Forensic Science 30
CLA3117 Crime and Punishment in the Ancient World 30
HIH3619 Sexualities 30
PHL2012 Social Philosophy 15
PHL2061 Philosophy of Law 15
POL2057 Security Studies 15
POL2068 Global Justice and Transnational Democracy 15
SOC2035 International Criminal Justice: Comparative Criminology 15
SOC2036 International Criminal Justice: Application of Theory to Transnational and International Crime 15
SOC2095 On Violence 30
SOC2092 Introduction to Terrorism Studies 15
POL3193 Women in Criminal Justice 30
POL3186B Gender, Militarization and Resistance 30
POL3168 War and its Aftermath: Interventions and Contemporary Conflict 30
POL3148 Human Rights and the Political 30

Year 3

The centre-point of the final year is the dissertation. This provides you with the opportunity to explore an area of interest and to demonstrate what you have learned over the previous years of your degree. It is your opportunity to carry out a piece of independent study into a topic which really interests you. You may choose to take a traditional approach to your dissertation or carry out an original project drawing on the practical research skills you will have developed during your degree

Compulsory modules

CodeModuleCredits
SOC3040 Dissertation 30

Optional modules: examples

15 of these credits must be taken from the Q-Step modules indicated below.

CodeQ-Step ModulesCredits
SOC3094 Statistical Methods for Social Data 15
SOC3091 Immigration in Western Societies 15
SOC3092 Introduction to Terrorism Studies 15
SOC3034 International Criminal Justice: Comparative Criminology 15

 

CodeOther optional modulesCredits
ANT3086 Addiction 30
ANT3004 Living Cities 15
ARA2132 Islamic Law and Society 15
BIO2068 Forensic Science 30
CLA3117 Crime and Punishment in the Ancient World 30
HIH3619 Sexualities 30
PHL2012 Social Philosophy 15
PHL3061 Philosophy of Law 15
POL2057 Security Studies 15
POL2068 Global Justice and Transnational Democracy 15
SOC3034 International Criminal Justice: Comparative Criminology 15
SOC3036 International Criminal Justice: Application of Theory to Transnational and International Crime 15
SOC3095 On Violence 30
SOC3092 Introduction to Terrorism Studies 15
POL3193 Women in Criminal Justice 30
POL3186B Gender, Militarization and Resistance 30
POL3168 War and its Aftermath: Interventions and Contemporary Conflict 30
POL3148 Human Rights and the Political 30

Entry requirements 2017

Typical offer

AAA-ABB; IB: 36-32

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

You will learn through lectures, seminars and practical exercises, and you should expect an increasing emphasis on seminar discussion and project work in the second and final years. We teach sociology as a dynamic and self-questioning mode of social scientific inquiry. You will learn to understand the nature, development and structure of contemporary societies. We will encourage you to undertake independent study and assist the development of sociologically informed critical judgement. If you are taking Q-step modules in applied research, you’ll learn how to use SPSS and other industry standard tools while exploring how these skills are used in the workplace.

Assessment

We use diverse methods of assessment to support our emphasis on presentation, teamwork and projects/dissertations, as well as essay writing and exams. You must pass your first year modules in order to progress, but your performance at this level does not count towards your final degree classification.

Module choice

Option modules can extend beyond Sociology if you are studying a Single Honours degree: dependent on timetable constraints, pre-requisites and programme structure, it may be possible to study option modules outside your subject area.

Study abroad

A four year ‘with Study Abroad’ degree programme is available. A full year abroad, at one of our partner institutions, is generally taken in the third year of a four year degree programme. You can apply directly for the four-year 'with Study Abroad' programme, or transfer from another programme once you are at Exeter. An opportunity to study for one semester at an overseas partner institution may also be available to those studying over three years. More details about study abroad options and destinations can be found on the College of Social Sciences and International Studies study abroad web pages.

Careers

Your brilliant career

Find out how we can help you build your brilliant career.

Our Sociology programmes not only give you an understanding of this fascinating subject but also give you an excellent all-round education, where you will learn to understand other people’s points of view, to communicate your own position clearly and to argue effectively. You will also learn to collect, assess and present evidence and to work independently and in groups.

Our programmes are demanding and encourage initiative and open-mindedness, helping to ensure that you’ll be well-equipped with a range of academic, personal and professional skills, all of which will prepare you for future employment or research in a wide variety of fields. Many of our graduates choose to follow their degree with employment or postgraduate study in people-focused fields in the public and not-for-profit sectors, such as central and local government and charities. Others use the interpersonal, analytical and research skills developed on the programme to follow careers in business, marketing and management. Find out more on our Undergraduate Careers pages.

Contact us

Streatham Campus, Exeter

Email: ssis-admissions@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1392 723192

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Q-Step programme

The BSc Criminology is offered under the Q-Step programme with the purpose of developing data/statistical analysis and applied research skills amongst social sciences students.