Abertay University

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Criminology asks important questions about crime and society. How do we define crime? What are the causes of crime? What makes someone commit a criminal act and, by knowing this, can we prevent future crimes? Abertay's BA (Hons) Criminology provides you with a strong foundation for a range of careers, including policing, the prison service, criminal justice policy and practice, probation and victim support. Learn from research-active staff with expertise in policing, ethnicity, migration, youth crime, media representations, protest and theory. In year 4, you can choose to undertake a community work placement. Some students have gone on to be offered full-time jobs with their work placement employers after graduation.

Course details


Core modules (subject to change over time) - Crime & Punishment; Classical Social Theory; Criminal Justice Processes; Theories of Crime & Deviance; Contemporary Criminological Theory; Police, Policing & Police work; Researching Society; Penal Institutions; Sociology Honours Project and Contemporary Issues in Criminological Research. Other modules that may be offered (subject to change over time) - Criminal Law & Evidence; History & Social Change; Contemporary Social Issues; Controlling Crime; Introduction to Law; News, Truth & Power; The Social Construction of Surveillance & Cyber Crime; Sociology of Gender; Race, Ethnicity & Migration; Death, Killing & Conflict; Propaganda, PR & Misinformation; Screening Crime: From Detectives to Serial Killers; Political Sociology; Community Links; Policing & Criminal Justice in the 21st Century and Human Rights.

Assessment method

Students learn through an array of teaching modes including lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, online discussion forums, video screenings, guest speaker presentations, directed and private study, and student-focussed group work. Students will be assessed through a number of methods including supervised examinations, essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, project work, class and online tests, trust-and-honour examinations and reflective analyses. A wide variety of assessments will be used throughout the duration of the degree, including essays, reports, critical reviews, case studies, examinations, presentations and a final year dissertation. Around one third of the course is assessed through examination, although the precise proportion will be dependent on your module choices.

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2020.

If you already have a 2020 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.






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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants should have:- National 5/GCSE English at grade C/4 National 4 Maths or Lifeskill Maths (Pass) or National 5 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

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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.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £1820 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £14000 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Criminology at Abertay University - UCAS