Criminology and Policing at Abertay University - UCAS

Abertay University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Abertay University (formerly University of Abertay Dundee)

Criminology and Policing

Course summary

Our BA (Hons) Criminology and Policing degree gives you an in-depth knowledge of contemporary  policing and criminal justice. You’ll learn from both academics and invited speakers with real-world policing experience, getting a genuine feel for key issues related to police work. In the first two years you concentrate on foundations of criminology and sociology. In years three and four you study the specific areas related to criminal justice and policing, such as: Criminal investigation and policing in practice. Cybercrime and policing technology. Drugs, addiction and society. Gender, crime and victimology. The sociology of race and ethnicity. If you are keen to work for the police, you have the opportunity to apply to be a special constable. This experience puts you in a great position to pursue a career in the police force or to work in the police service after graduation. We place a strong emphasis on developing your research skills, which are highly valued in the workplace. Whether it's collaboration, assessing evidence, writing reports, researching or completing project work, your criminology studies will make you extremely employable. After the first two years of study, you can choose to specialise in other areas or carry on studying this pathway. See more in the 'How the Course Works' section below. Our Criminology degree scored 85% for Teaching and Learning Resources in the 2021 National Student Survey.  Abertay is widely regarded as THE place to come for high quality teaching. But don't just take our word for it: The Times and Sunday Times UK University of the Year for Teaching Quality 2021. Guardian University Guide 2020 Top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction with Teaching, Course and Feedback. National Student Survey 2020 Top 10 UK Universities for Student Satisfaction.


Year 1 core modules (subject to change over time) - CRM101 Crime & Punishment; SOC101 Contemporary Social Issues; CRM103 Criminal Justice Processes; SOC120 Social Research in Action 1: Researching Scotland; SOC110 Media & the Digital Society; Abertay 101 Being Successful at Abertay. You are also required to select three MySuccess modules of your choosing. For detailed module information please check our website.

Assessment method

You’ll learn through a blend of lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, online discussion forums, video screenings, guest speaker presentations, directed and private study, and student-focussed group work. Other assessment methods include supervised examinations, essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, project work, class and online tests, and reflective analyses. In your final year, you’ll design and produce a research project under the dedicated supervision of an academic staff member. Around one third of the course is assessed through examination, although the exact proportion depends on your module choices. Put simply, we aim to give you all the skills you need to move straight into a job or further study when you graduate.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.

If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Applicants should have:- National 5/GCSE English at grade C/4 National 4 Maths (Pass) or National 4 numerate subject such as Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics at C GCSE Maths or numerate subject such as Science, Biology, Chemistry at grade C/4 National 5 Maths/Applications of Maths/Lifeskills Maths at grade C Higher Applications of Maths at grade C

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Minimum Qualification Requirements

We may make you an offer at the minimum entry grades if you meet the criteria.

English language requirements

We look for applicants to have achieved an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual test lower than 5.5. Some degrees have higher requirements - refer to the 'entry routes' tab of each degree for more detail.

List of English Language Requirements

Student Outcomes

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Criminology and Policing at Abertay University - UCAS