BSc Criminology with Study Abroad

UCAS code M901
Duration 4 Years
Typical offer AAB; IB: 34; BTEC: DDD
Discipline Sociology
Location Streatham (Exeter)


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 £2000. 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 variations

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

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Entry requirements 2020

Typical offer


Additional selection criteria

We are looking for well-qualified students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the subject.

In addition to the specific requirements listed above, we look for excellent A level* results/predictions and we may also take into account results up to and including GCSEs* and AS Levels* as part of our holistic assessment of an application.

*Equivalent qualifications will be considered. For more information about our equivalencies for specific qualifications please contact our Admissions Office.

Programmes with Study Abroad

Entry for programmes ‘with Study Abroad’ is offered on the basis that you will spend your time abroad at an institution where the teaching and examining is delivered in English. However, we also have partners that teach in French, Spanish and German. Should you wish to study at one of these institutions you will need to take modules through the Foreign Language Centre up to ‘Advanced’ standard in the appropriate language. In order to reach this standard before the year abroad, students usually need to have entered the University with the equivalent of a good GCSE or AS level (or higher) in that language.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements

If your academic qualifications or English language skills do not meet our entry requirements our INTO University of Exeter centre offers a range of courses to help you reach the required language and academic standards.

International Foundation programmes

Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:

Contextual offers

At the University of Exeter we are committed to the idea that all students who have the potential to benefit from higher education have the opportunity to do so. We believe that fair access to higher education is a fundamental enabler for social mobility, improving life opportunities and outcomes for individual students, while benefiting the economy and society as a whole.

Educational context can affect your grades, and we take this into account in order to recognise your potential. If you meet certain criteria, we may make you a lower offer than our typical entry requirements. Find out more about contextual offers.

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.


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 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 the University of Exeter. An opportunity to study for one semester at an overseas partner institution may also be available. More details about study abroad options and destinations can be found on the College of Social Sciences and International Studies study abroad web pages.


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.

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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.

Q-Step members discuss their research and studying social data science with the Exeter Q-Step Centre.

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