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Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course summary:

  • Study in a department that has received the British Society of Criminology award for teaching excellence.
  • Improve your employability by working on real-life work placements and case studies
  • Build your knowledge of the criminal justice system, including human rights and social justice values.
  • Gain personal and transferable skills for enhancing employability and graduate attributes, through embedded academic, personal and professional development.
On this course students will be given a grounded understanding of the theoretical, conceptual and practical application of criminology in the real world. There will be opportunities to undertake work experiences, placements and scholarly research, fully preparing you for a rewarding career in the criminal justice or social justice sector. How you learn:
  • lectures
  • class-based discussion and debate
  • group tasks
  • projects
  • tasks utilising digital platforms
  • simulation activities
  • case study analysis
  • online learning resources
All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. Gain the knowledge, skills and attributes required for a professional career in the criminal justice or social justice sector from our criminology staff group who have a breadth and depth of knowledge and skills, some from professional practice (including prisons, probation and police), others from academic and research backgrounds. *Applied learning - Work Placements To maximise your career prospects in this area, you will have various opportunities for work-related learning during the course. Employability and placement opportunities are embedded across all three years of the degree course. These include student placement modules and activities with criminal justice/third sector agencies, project work with external agencies, simulation modules, and voluntary work through our employability fair. You will also have access to degree-specific careers advice and support. International opportunities You will have the opportunity to study abroad for the second semester of your second year, at institutions in Australia, USA or Canada. Networking opportunities This course benefits from its links with the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, which ensures that teaching focuses directly and indirectly on ethical and social justice issues related to the social exclusion/inclusion of a range of vulnerable groups, and on promoting social access to all available community resources. You are provided with career-related support from department specialists who help with access to graduate opportunities. Our teaching is developed to supply a 'real world' curriculum and is designed to embed key transferrable skills that will help students with their search for future graduate employment or further study opportunities. In order to deliver this we work in partnership with employers and other key stakeholders to impact on important issues in the local area which enhances opportunities for student success by offering them the opportunity to work with prospective employers whilst applying their knowledge to the local community in order to positively impact a range of agencies and individuals. This can include opportunities aimed at young people, prison-related organisations, community justice organisations, substance misuse services, women's services, accommodation service, victim services, etc.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. Year 1 - Compulsory modules: Applying Criminology Criminal Justice Criminological Landscapes Graduate Research And Development 1 Graduate Research And Development 2 Human Rights And Crime Year 2 - Compulsory modules: Controversies Of Punishment Deconstructing Research Victims Offenders And Vulnerabilities Elective modules: Cybercrime And Society Education: Theory, Policy and Practice Exclusion Rights And Justice Experiencing Criminal Justice Life Beyond Crime, Substance Use And Offending Real World Cutting Edge Research Methods Real World Enterprise And Entrepreneurship Real World Professional Practice Real World Project Management Real World Social Justice And Activism Studies Abroad In Criminology Year 3 - Optional modules: Placement Year Final year - Compulsory modules: Dissertation Elective modules: 21St Century Crime: Threats, Responses And Human Rights Comparative Criminal Justice Crime And Justice In The Information Age Crime And The Media Criminal Justice Compared Criminal Justice Realities Drug Use In Context Experiences Of Health, Illness And Disability Experiencing Custodial And Community Sentences Making Desistance And Recovery A Reality Policing And Crime Reduction Politics Of The City Power, Sex and the Body Sex Violence And Extremism Simulating Justice Practice

Assessment method

Coursework, Exams, Practical

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

To apply for this course through Clearing, please call us on 0330 024 6390.

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Additional entry requirements


Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in both reading and writing and 5.5 in all other skills, or equivalent.

If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15860 Year 1
International £15860 Year 1

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Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS