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Course summary

Explore the nature of crime, justice and punishment and prepare for a career in criminal justice and crime prevention by studying for our Criminology degree in Cambridge. Explore the causes of crime, the effectiveness of punishment, and how crime and victimisation are represented in the media. In doing so, you’ll challenge your existing opinions. You’ll also develop skills in evaluating contrasting evidence, critical thinking and crafting arguments by learning how sociologists, psychologists, political theorists and law experts approach crime and complex social problems. Our BA (Hons) Criminology course places value on hands-on learning. You'll learn through case studies, the latest research and interactive sessions – and you might also have the opportunity for field trips to courts, prisons and sites such as Auschwitz. We have a supportive community of staff and students at ARU. Throughout your BA (Hons) Criminology degree, you’ll benefit from one-to-one personal tutoring and dedicated Criminology social media groups. Together, we’ll explore the causes of, responses to, and media representation of the most relevant crimes of today. These include violence against women and girls, crimes of the powerful, opportunistic crimes, war crimes, corruption and urban culture. You’ll prepare for your future career from the first semester: building a portfolio and CV, attending volunteer and employment fairs, taking part in our annual Criminology conference, and hearing from key figures in criminal justice debates and the authors of important criminology texts. What’s more, our links to local and national organisations, including Essex, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire police forces, give you the chance to gain work experience, and lay the groundwork for your final-year research project. You could also take up a volunteering placement with organisations like Romsey Mill, a local charity committed to overcoming disadvantage, challenging injustice and promoting social inclusion with young people, children and families. You could enhance your CV by studying abroad for a semester – with funding on offer to help cover the cost. Once you’ve graduated, you can continue to develop your skills with one of our Masters degrees, such as MA Sociology or MA Criminology. Hands-on learning All our BA (Hons) Criminology students have the opportunity to:

  • go on field trips in the UK and overseas
  • study abroad for a semester, with funding available to help cover the cost
  • choose from a range of optional modules and pursue your own areas of interest.
Careers As a BA (Hons) Criminology graduate you’ll be well-equipped for a career in a number of public services. These include the probation service, prison service (officers and governors), police (crime scene and victim liaison officers), the Home Office (researchers and policy analysts), the Crown Prosecution Service, the Court Service, youth offending teams and crime reduction partnerships. The multidisciplinary nature of this course, and its focus on employability and transferable skills, can also open doors elsewhere for example in adult guidance work, charity work, counselling, local government, political analysis, and legal careers. Whichever path you choose, you can be sure you’re graduating with the knowledge, skills and abilities that employers need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements. Our past students have taken up volunteering placements with organisations such as Romsey Mill, or completed their undergraduate major project research with a number of police forces including Essex, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You might choose to stay at ARU and study for a Masters, such as our MA Criminology. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.


Year 1 core modules: Crime News and Criminology, The Evolution of Crime and Criminology, Criminal Justice in England and Wales, Media, Society and Crime. Year 2 core modules: Making A Difference, Revolving Doors: Punishment and Rehabilitation, Ruskin Module, Violence, Masculinity and Confrontation. Year 2 optional modules: Cybercrime and Policing, Intoxicants and Intoxication, Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Health Inequalities, Lessons Learned: Inquests, Tribunals and Truth, Dark Web Policing and Control, Violence, Gender and Victimisation, Using Linguistics: an introduction to forensic, clinical and computational linguistics, Anglia Language Programme. Year 3: Work placement. Year 4 core modules: Undergraduate Major Project, Youth, Crime and Aggression, Criminology and Policing in Policy and Practice. Year 4 optional modules: Comparative and Global Criminal Justice, Investigative Psychology, Organised Crime, Police and Counter-Terrorism, Feminist Debates and Activism, Concepts of Good and Evil, Sexuality and Social Control, Race, Racism and Cultural Identity, Politics and Social Media, Exploitation, Trafficking and Sexual Violence, Anglia Language Programme. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Assessment method

We’ll assess your progress using a range of methods, including case studies, presentations, essays, short, weekly pieces of writing, portfolios, poster presentations, data analysis exercises, examinations and group projects. You’ll receive constructive feedback throughout the course to help you improve your work.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Qualification requirements

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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

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Please note the fee for the placement year is £1250 (This is a provisional fee and subject to change) 2022 international fees are to be confirmed
Criminology [with Placement year] at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS