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BSc Criminology - 2024 entry

Please note: The below is for 2024 entries. Click here for 2025 entries.
UCAS code M900
Duration 3 years
Entry year 2024
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Criminology

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Typical offer

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A levels: AAB
IB: 34/665

Contextual offers

A-Level: BBB
IB: 30/555


  • You will not only study policing, prisons and probation but also learn about international conflict, war and crime, transnational justice and human rights
  • Run by the prestigious Centre for Computational Social Science (C2S2), you will learn the practical data science skills that you'll need to research, and offer impactful insights into the nature of crime.
  • Our optional work placement gives you the opportunity to use your new skills in the real world. Typically lasting 3 to 6 weeks you can choose from a wide range of organisations and receive a bursary.
  • You’ll gain a full range of social research and specific technical skills suitable for developing careers within the criminal justice system, policy development NGOs or research-based careers

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Top 10 in the UK for Criminology

9th in the Guardian University Guide 2024

100% of our Sociology research has internationally excellent impact

Based on research impact rated 4* + 3* in REF 2021. Our research in Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology and Criminology was returned to this UoA

Commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research

Opportunities to study abroad

One of the highlights of my course is the emphasis on quantitative analysis. To the uninitiated, that can sound extremely daunting, but I am so incredibly grateful for the numerous doors such a skill will open for me.

The large variety of available modules also makes it possible for students to tailor their experience however they wish, with classes ranging from Forensic Science to Terrorism.

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Undergraduate student, BSc Criminology

Entry requirements (typical offer)

Qualification Typical offer Required subjects
A-Level AAB n/a
IB 34/665 n/a
GCSE C or 4 English Language
Access to HE 30 L3 credits at Distinction Grade and 15 L3 credits at Merit Grade N/A
T-Level Distinction N/A
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBB
IB: 30/555

Specific subject requirements must still be achieved where stated above. Find out more about contextual offers.

Other accepted qualifications

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English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

Grades advertised on each programme webpage are the typical level at which our offers are made and provide information on any specific subjects an applicant will need to have studied in order to be considered for a place on the programme. However, if we receive a large number of applications for the programme we may not be able to make an offer to all those who are predicted to achieve/have achieved grades which are in line with our typical offer. For more information on how applications are assessed and when decisions are released, please see: After you apply

Course content

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

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.

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.

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.

You will take 90 credits of compulsory modules. You should select a further 30 credits of optional modules (in other words two 15 credit modules). Examples are listed below. Available modules will be subject to change each year. 

90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules.

Compulsory modules

CodeModule Credits
SSI1005 Introduction to Social Data 15
SSI1006 Data Analysis in Social Science 1 15
SOC1001 Social Analysis 30
SOC1039 Social Issues: Part I - Introducing Crime and Deviance 15
SOC1040 Social Issues: Part II - Themes in Criminology 15

Optional modules

CodeModule Credits
SOC Stage 1 Criminology Option Modules 2023-4
ANT1003 Imagining Social Worlds: Texts 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: Field and Case Studies 15
SOC1047 Imagining Social Worlds: Qualitative Research 15
SOC1028 Media and Society 15

60 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules.


Compulsory modules

CodeModule Credits
SOC2035 International Criminal Justice: Comparative Criminology 15
SOC2036 International Criminal Justice: Application of Theory to Transnational and International Crime 15
SSI2004 Research Design in the Social Sciences 15
SSI2005 Data Analysis in Social Science 2 15

Optional modules

CodeModule Credits
SOC Stage 2 Criminology Option Modules 2023-4
SOC2009 Deviance: Interdisciplinary Perspectives 15
SOC2024 Power and Domination 15
SOC2035 International Criminal Justice: Comparative Criminology 15
SOC2036 International Criminal Justice: Application of Theory to Transnational and International Crime 15
SOC2038 On Violence 15
SOC2063 Policy Analysis in Criminology 15
SOC2068 Race, Ethnicity and Criminalisation 15
SOC2069 Crimes of the Powerful 15
SOC2086 Addiction 30
SOC2098 Sociology of Imprisonment 15
SOC2101 Police and Policing 15
SOC2104 Victimology 15
SOC2133 The Anthropology of Prisons 15
SOC2135 Forensic Cultures 15
SOC2136 Deprivation of liberty: Imprisonment and beyond 15
PHL2061 Philosophy of Law 15
BIO2068 Forensic Science 30
ARC2514 Forensic Anthropology 15

Students spend this stage in a partner University on an Erasmus/Socrates exchange or other approved programme of study. The year abroad comprises 120 credits. Assessment is normally based on the credits gained at the partner institution abroad.

Compulsory modules

CodeModule Credits
SSI3999 Year Abroad 120

30 credits of compulsory modules, 90 credits of optional modules.

Compulsory modules

CodeModule Credits
SSI3019 Quantitative Dissertation 30

Optional modules

CodeModule Credits
SOC Final Stage Criminology Option Modules 2023-4
SOC3002 On Violence 15
SOC3034 International Criminal Justice: Comparative Criminology 15
SOC3035 Deviance: Interdisciplinary Perspectives 15
SOC3036 International Criminal Justice: Application of Theory to Transnational and International Crime 15
SOC3086 Addiction 30
SOC3098 Sociology of Imprisonment 15
SOC3101 Police and Policing 15
SOC3104 Victimology 15
SOC3121 Policy Analysis in Criminology 15
SOC3126 Race, Ethnicity and Criminalisation 15
SOC3127 Crimes of the Powerful 15
SOC3129 Cybercrime 15
SOC3134 Forensic Science, Conflict and Justice 15
SOC3141 The Anthropology of Prisons 15
SOC3143 Forensic Cultures 15
SOC3144 Security, Society, and Algorithms 15
SOC3145 Deprivation of liberty: Imprisonment and beyond 15
SOC3146 Forensics in Policing 15
PHL3061 Philosophy of Law 15
PSY3411 Psychology and Law 15
POL3193 Women in the Criminal Justice System: Law, Policy and Institutions 30
POL3298 Studies of Terrorism 15
ARC3510 Experimental Approaches to Forensic and Archaeological Investigations 15

Course variants

UCAS code: M901

Our four-year ‘with Study Abroad’ degree, offers you the possibility of spending your third year abroad, studying with one of our many partner universities.

Why Study Abroad?

Living and studying in a different country is an exciting experience that broadens your academic and cultural horizons, as well as giving you the opportunity to widen your circle of friends. Students who have studied abroad demonstrate initiative, independence, motivation and, depending on where they stay, may also have gained a working knowledge of another language – all key qualities that employers are looking for in today’s competitive employment environment.

Where can I Study Abroad?

We have partnership arrangements with many prestigious institutions across the globe. Exactly where you can apply to study will depend on the subjects you are studying at Exeter. For a full list please visit the Study Abroad website.

Does it count towards my degree?

Credit for academic work during your year abroad is arranged by agreement between the University of Exeter and the host institution. These marks are then translated back into your degree at Exeter. If you are Studying Abroad for a semester or full year, your time abroad will count toward your final degree. Please refer to your College Study Abroad co-ordinator for further details.

How does it affect my tuition fee and funding?

For the year that you spend studying abroad you will pay a significantly reduced tuition fee to Exeter, but nothing to your host university – for more information visit our fees pages. You will continue to receive a maintenance loan if you are eligible for this whilst on your Study Abroad year.


Tuition fees for 2024 entry

UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £23,700 per year


The University of Exeter has many different scholarships available to support your education, including £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*. Financial support is also available for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, lower income households and other under-represented groups to help them access, succeed and progress through higher education.

* Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.

Find out more about tuition fees and scholarships

Learning and teaching

How will I learn

We use a wide range of teaching and learning methods and also ensure that you have regular tutorials with your tutor, together with a small group of students to discuss oral and written assignments. Teaching includes:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Group work
  • Practical exercises
  • Small group tutorials
  • Independent study

You will also have access to personal and subject tutors who will give you the individual help and guidance you need to succeed.

How will I be assessed?

  • Exams
  • Essays
  • Projects
  • Field work notebooks
  • Dissertation in your final year

You must pass your first year modules in order to proceed but your performance at this level does not count towards your final degree classification


ExeTalks are a chance to discover some of the fascinating research undertaken at the University of Exeter delivered by the academics who teach on our programmes.

Optional modules outside of this course

Each year, if you have optional modules available, you can take up to 30 credits in a subject outside of your course. This can increase your employability and widen your intellectual horizons.

Proficiency in a second subject

If you complete 60 credits of modules in one of the subjects below, you may have the words 'with proficiency in [e.g. Social Data Science]' added to your degree title when you graduate.

  • A Foreign Language
  • Data Science
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Law
  • Leadership
  • Social Data Science

Find out more about proficiency options

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Your future

As a BSc Criminology graduate you will have a full range of social science research skills and specific technical skills which will be attractive to employers across a wide spectrum of careers. Alongside this you will also develop a range of professional, academic and personal skills including:

  • Analytical, critical and independent thinking
  • Collect, assess and present evidence
  • Quantitative research methods and statistics
  • Qualitative research including interviewing and thematic data analysis
  • Independent research
  • Discussion and group work
  • Written and verbal communication
  • Articulating ideas and arguments
  • Organising, planning and time management

Career paths

The broad range of transferable skills gained on a Criminology degree enable graduates to pursue further study or employment in a wide range of careers including:

  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Probation and prison services
  • Youth offending teams
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Voluntary sector working with offenders or victims
  • Teaching, academic or research
  • Social research
  • Charities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the UK and abroad
  • Management and administration

Exeter Award and Exeter Leaders Award

Many of our students participate in the Exeter Award and Exeter Leaders Award. These schemes encourage you to participate in employability related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market.

Developing your skills and career prospects

We provide a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. You will be able to access a range of specific activities such as careers skills sessions and employer-led events, or seek bespoke advice and support from Employability Officers.

The Career Zone also organises a busy schedule of activities including careers fairs, skills workshops, and training events, and can advise on graduate opportunities and volunteering.

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