- You will not only study policing, prisons and probation but also learn about international conflict, war and crime, transnational justice and human rights
- Offered under the prestigious Q-Step programme, we will train you in applied research and data analysis skills which will help you investigate 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
9th in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research
Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*
Commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research
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.
Undergraduate student, BSc Criminology
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
Entry requirements (typical offer)
|Qualification||Typical offer||Required subjects|
|GCSE||C or 4||English Language|
Specific subject requirements must still be achieved where stated above. Find out more about contextual offers.
|Other UK, EU and International equivalences|
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
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.
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 2022 entry
UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £20,000 per year
The University of Exeter has over £2.5 million in scholarships available for students applying to study with us from September 2022 - including our Global Excellence Scholarships* for international fee paying students and financial support 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.
Learning and teaching
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.
- 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?
- 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.
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
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 The 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 based within Colleges.
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.